QS Qcopter QC1 Gyrocopter Review – Q Who?
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 a 400 size if you include the rather widely-spaced prop guards. It comes in a couple of colors, but I guess nothing is going to beat that very shiny green finish. It has big bright LED lights, which seem to be ideal for night flying – at least that’s how QS is marketing it, and I have no reason to doubt it. There are colored LEDs all around the fuselage, making for a visually striking quad. The kids will certainly love it.
The shell has the same rounded look that DJI introduced with the Phantom, which is becoming so common that it’s irritating. Still that’s just a pet peeve and doesn’t say anything about the actual quad.
The prop guards look pretty cheap to me and I’d probably take them off as soon as I felt used to the way the Qcopter flew. You could use the lighter weight anyway.
One of the main selling points of the Qcopter is that it has double the typical flight time of quadcopters in this price range. This is thanks to the 1100 mAh battery it has onboard.
Even better news is that the package includes two batteries, so you could ostensibly fly for as much as 30 minutes without needing to recharge anything. That’s a pretty compelling offer.
You also get an 2 MP HD camera with the Qcopter, making this a very good value purchase in terms of features. There’s no mention of any form of FPV though. So you won’t get much control over your footage.
It doesn’t really matter anyway, as many owners have noted that the picture quality from the included camera isn’t very good and suffers from excessive graininess. Luckily, you can save even more weight by detaching it completely.
QS is focusing on the quality of the materials it has used to craft the quad. Specifically it says that the main body shell is aerodynamic and wind resistant. The blades are also made of a very flexible material, which QS says makes for better flight performance, thanks to a low drag coefficient. I suppose it will also help a bit when it comes to crashes as well, since the blades are more likely to bend than break.
Not Remotely Interesting
There isn’t actually much to say about the included transmitter. It seems functional enough and has a small LCD screen that will show you the strength of the signal, power level, trim levels, and camera status.
It also has buttons for headless mode, one button return, and automated flipping.
Yup, pretty par for the course.
Middle of the Road
Well, the Qcopter isn’t anything special as far as I can see. It seems to fly pretty well according to the people who have bought it, but we expect that from the typical 6-axis quadcopter these days. Build quality also seems pretty good; no one has complained about manufacturing faults or anything even remotely serious.
All in all, the Qcopter has a lot going for it, but not a lot to make it stand out. The excessive amount of LED lighting is rather uncommon and so is the extended flight time for this price class.
In terms of value the Qcopter is priced very well actually. Especially if you take the (admittedly crappy) camera into account and the extra battery that also included.
I think the Qcopter is a great, inexpensive option that can bridge the gap between nano copters and move you solidly into something bigger. The Qcopter can be flown indoors and outdoors, it has a good set of features and looks pretty nice. I even like the bright color accents on the radio.
Still I feel a little ambivalent about the Qcopter. I’m not sure I’d be very motivated to buy it when picking from all the options on the shelf. It’s solid and cheap though, so I don’t think anyone who decides to go for this one will regret it.