Mainstream RC Hobby Quadcopter Reviews – Sub $200
Drones aren’t just coming, they’re already here. These little flying robots are taking over and (hopefully) making our lives just a bit easier.
While professional quadcopters still cost an arm and a leg, the market has matured and everybody and their dogs are getting into drone flying right now because the price has come down – significantly. For less than $200 you can get a pretty decent mutirotor camera drone, and you can even find sub-$100 quadcopters that are better than the $1000 drones from three years ago. If you like to fly but haven’t started with the new rage yet, now is the time.
Dromida is a RC vehicle maker that actually makes RC cars for the most part, but have now entered the quadcopter market, which I guess is easier to do than getting into mechanically-complex RC helicopters. Dromida has gone for a real predatory design when it comes to the Ominus. I mean, it’s in the name as well. This is CIA-style black ops styling [...]
LaTrax is actually a sub-brand of Traxxas, a well known maker of radio controlled cars and boats. They’ve been around since 1986 and are probably the first company in the U.S. to provide fully-assembled, hobby-grade RC cars. They are also pretty well known for having a strong focus on customer service, with dedicated phone lines to answer questions or [...]
The world of quadcopter design is not known for having a lot of respect for the design intellectual property of other companies. This is why there are so many drones out there that look more than a bit like DJI Phantoms. In the case of the JXD 509W (sold under the “Amosting” brand here), the design definitely riffs [...]
OK, apart from the fact that “Q Who” is a name in Star Trek: The Next Generation, I have genuinely never heard of QS before. It also, despite the name, isn’t a gyrocopter. It’s just a regular old quadcopter. Still we can’t expect a company that makes flying machines to know the difference, can we? The Qcopter is about [...]
Usually FPV racers prefer to build their own machines, tweaking them to perfection for their individual styles. There are beginners who use pre-built quadcopters, but they are usually more pedestrian than this. The Eachine Racer certainly looks the part of a serious racing quad, but is it worth splurging on a pre-built machine? Many [...]
Holy Stone sure has been putting a lot of quadcopters on the market, quite a few of which I’ve reviewed in this site. The company rebrands and imports RC craft from various manufacturers and then provides local U.S. support for them. The X300C (actually by MJX) fills a comfortable niche between the smaller and larger drones, [...]
Blade’s reputation precedes it; the company casts a long shadow in the RC world. From tiny, beginner, fixed-pitch helicopters to high-end collective-pitch 3D monsters, Blade is known throughout the RC helicopter world. It’s no surprise that they have also thrown their hat in the drone ring. Coming from complex collective [...]
Syma is a pretty well-known and respected RC aircraft maker and what it almost exclusively makes are toy-grade fliers. Many proficient RC pilots got their chops inexpertly flinging a Syma product around. Looking at the product shots, though, you may have to do a double take, because the X5SW is riffing very hard on [...]
Like other products sold in the U.S. by Holy Stone, the F181C is actually from a company known as DFD. It doesn’t really matter, since Holy Stone is actually bringing in brands from all over and unifying them under one name. This makes sense in order to build a brand identity, but it also means that [...]
The Holy Stone X400C is a rebranded MJX quadcopter. Let’s get that out of the way as soon as possible. Basically, this is a local U.S. supplier of MJX and other RC craft. They get the stuff from Chinese companies and then brand them all under the same name. Luckily MJX is a pretty decent brand, especially at the [...]
Everyone loves a cheap and cheerful product. Something that gives you almost all of the features and values of more expensive (and more famous) products at a price more of us can afford. On the other hand, we have THOSE products – knockoffs. They are meant to fool the uninformed into thinking they’re getting something [...]
We all dream of the multi-thousand drone Ferraris that get all the attention and the press, but most sensible aspiring drone pilots start off in the nano-drone class; flying indoors and learning the ropes before they venture into more expensive territory. When it’s time to move onto a bigger craft though, and [...]