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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2012
My son got this for his birthday and was really excited. We've broken a few of the Syma S107 type units (and repaired them) so we thought this would be a great product for him. The cage is a great idea and I wonder why it hasn't been thought of before. It works like a champ to protect the product.

The problem we have is with the copter itself. It's obviously a cheap build and can only be charged with the controller, which means it'll eat batteries. We haven't been able to have a stable flight yet, much less be able to hover. The forward function is a trigger at the top of the controller and is a little awkward (plus there is no reverse), but we haven't had much of a chance to use it since the copter doesn't fly straight no matter what we do.

All and all we've had a lot of experience with mini-helicopters and this just isn't a quality product. For the price, you'd be better off with a Syma (or similar) for $25 and just buy a few extra sets of blades/parts to go with it. Hopefully some of the other manufactures (third party or OEM) will produce similar cages for better mini's.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2012
This thing has never flown straight. It turns left constantly, most of the time so much so that it's impossible to even fly. The push-button trim controls have no affect. It's very durable, my 6-year-old has crashed it countless times and it still operates perfectly. Unfortunately, though, I have yet to meet someone that can control the flight with the endless spinning. The push-button forward controls are also a terrible idea, they have tremendous lag in their response and are subtle when they do. Also, removing the cage has no affect on the erratic flying.

A fantastic alternative, at an unbelievable price, is the Syma S107/S107G R/C Helicopter available from Amazon for only $16.49. This thing is a metal piece of artwork, and I was flying it perfectly right out of the box. It has full-motion levers for flight control and is so intuitive that my son instantly hovered it and then directed it around the room. It may be more fragile than some gimmicky helo with a cage around it, but so far it's crashed dozens of times with no damage. Save your money and buy two of the S107 helicopters for what you'll pay for the Air Hog. You'll NEVER regret it!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2012
My sentiments echo what you have read previously.

This helicopter is incapable of true, controlled flight. The trim feature is incapable of countering the torque created by the main rotor, so the fuselage will always spin. Since the cage DOES NOT protect the tail rotor (actually as important to controlled flight as the main rotor)you WILL need to attempt a re-trim with each take off (good luck!), because this thing is next to impossible to land as the collective control has a very inconsistent cut-off point; Typically it thuds unceremoniously to the ground. Also, the airframe is so light that it actually becomes disturbed by the turbulence of its own rotor, and again, is incapable of controlled flight in ANY wind or breeze condition (tried to fly it indoors with 1 small window open, even THAT blew it around). The cage does nothing to preserve flight; If you hit something, you're crashing. Sorry. Maybe it saves the main rotor (but again, NOT the tail rotor), but I hardly see the point in that when the chopper can't even be controlled in the first place. Forward flight is a sorry joke, and it lacks a reverse which ironically allows the cage to contribute to all manner of ridiculous crashes. I've flown all kinds of RC Helis (and a couple of real ones), the translational flight dynamics of rotary wing aircraft are not lost on me, but very lost on the designers at AirHogs. A true POS.

In short:
1. It never goes into trim.
2. The cage does not prevent crashes or damage to the tail rotor, nor does it allow post-collision flight.
3. The tail rotor is exposed beyond the cage and easily knocked out of adjustment
4. Inconsistent collective (altitude) controls make hovering and controlled landings a thing of the past.
5. Lacks any level of noticeable gyroscopic stabilization, even from the main rotor (quite a feat of engineering)
6. No reverse, no roll.
7. Short run time on charge (about 5-6 minutes of flight), the entirety of which you will spend attempting to trim it to a predictable flight model.
8. Requires a re-trim on each take off (or at least has, so far)
9. Near mass-less body a slave to any breeze, wind, or its own rotor wash.

However, if you are buying this for someone you don't like, or have a child you wish to bitterly disappoint, I would wholly recommend it! 5 stars for that.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2012
I picked up this Air Hogs model at a local Target after seeing my friend's Syma Apache helicopter. Though there is a button for trimming to stabilize the helicopter, all this model succeeds in doing is spinning around in circles or slamming into a wall. I have no issues with the Syma model my friend had and have recently returned this Air Hogs model and picked up the Apache in its place.

This wouldn't be such a bad product if the helicopter worked. Charging from the controller I can live with if I can still maneuver the helicopter around, but any attempts at trimming to keep the chopper in the air are pointless. You're better off picking up a Syma on here or getting an RC helicopter from a kiosk at the mall. If you buy this product, you will regret it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2012
I find this helicopter almost impossible to fly. My son bought this and is very dissatisfied. If you can get it to hover long enough to trim it before it hits anything you might could get it to fly but as soon as it hits something else you have to trim it again. The helicopter and cage are very durable (so far). I would not waste the money on this helicopter, again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2012
All I can say is it has terrible terrible design. We just got it last night. It worked out of the box but only for couple of minutes because it has to be recharged for 30 minutes or so. After recharging, it does not go up anymore. I changed the battery (I put new one but changed it anyway to another new ones to be sure) but same thing. I checked and found a LOT of hair trapped in the propeller bottom (main one) and the rotor. The rotor is easy to remove and replace but the main propeller holder has no way to be removed other than breaking the thing itself. Then the switch on the copter itself is so tiny and cheap. It broke off on us the very next day. Now my $39 is only a display that does not even look good. Do not buy this and save your $39.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2013
Short list:

Pros
- It has a cage, helping it roll back up right when it falls down.
- The altitude control is not sensitive, which is good to keep a child from slamming the throttle to the max and slamming the helicopter into the ceiling.

Cons:
- NO PITCH CONTROL, that's a deal breaker, I will explain further below.
- The helicopter charger works off the remote, you can't charge it off a USB charger, meaning unless you have rechargeable AA batteries, you'll be eating through them.
- The battery has an extremely short duration compared to other RC helicopters.

Now onto the real deal breaker: NO PITCH CONTROL.

My wife made the mistake of buying this for Christmas. She should have known better and let me choose the helicopter, as I had bought some a few years back (they broke over time, but that's wear & tear).

This R/C helicopter only has altitude and yaw control. The pitch is fixed to make the helicopter always move forward. That means you can't ever stop the helicopter to hover in a fixed point. It makes it VERY difficult to control it inside a house without crashing into walls.

I bet Airhogs thought it would be easier for kids to control, but they were very very wrong. A child can't learn to control the altitude if he/she has to constantly make the helicopter turn away from the walls since it never stops moving forward.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2012
This toy has problems correcting the trim fly's in circles and will not correct. Very annoying would not recommend this toy, I want my money back it sucks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2012
I thought that this would be better than the helicopter with no cage, but the cage throws it off horribly and it doesnt fly straight at all, it just spins and spins and spins. It has an adjustment to fix the spinning, but it doesnt fix it - it actually makes it worse. I'm so disappointed in the amount of money this cost and that I wasted it on such a horrible product. I will never buy again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2012
I can confirm all the negative reviews about this product. We bought this for our daughter for a Christmas present. We could never get it to work properly as it kept spinning wildly out of control to the left. Repeated attempts to fix the trim only seemed to make the problem worse. Complicating matters was the fact that the remote would often not work. We would have the throttle all the way up and the helicopter would just sit there for a minute or two. Then, without warning, it would shoot up. Or, while in the air, it would simply lose power and drop to the ground.

The "cage" doesn't work and the landing gear on the copter broke after the 3rd or 4th out of control flight.

The remote control is also difficult to master. Instead of using a joystick to control the movement of the copter forward, you have to push buttons on the top of the controller. There is no way to go backwards.

All in all a poorly designed and poorly made product. Avoid it and look for others that perform better.
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