516 of 531 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2011
I have a small squadron of mini helicopters and this one is by far the best so far. I read great reviews of the Syma S107. I was quite pleased with it compared to some of the older Syma models. Then I saw the positive reviews for this and thought I would give it a go. It flies incredibly well! Quiter than the other seven helicopters I have and so stable, smooth, and responsive. It is a little slow with forward and reverse momentum, but not bad. Slow is easier to control...maybe that was intentional. We fly these every day in the office and this hands down outperforms everthing else.
For those comparing models, here you go:
Syma S109 Apache- Excellent
Syma S105G (Sport Helicopter) Very Good -Fastest, stable, but somewhat loud, durable metal frame
Syma S107G- (Sport Helicopter) Very good- nearly identical to S105 but a little slower, different scheme,older?
Syma S026 Chinook- Looks cool, flies ok, but hard to control. Too much power for its weight; 'Cieling magnet'
Syma S013 Black Hawk- Horrible! Very light, spins uncontrollably, fragile
Syma S013 Apache- See S013 Black Hawk review. (friend purchased this one to join the fun: nothing but regrets)
Heard the S108G Cobra is good too but haven't tried it. My deployment to Iraq is almost over, so I probably won't be buying any more toys.
156 of 166 people found the following review helpful
UPDATE after a year and a half of owning and flying this. Amazingly, still going strong after all this time, and still using original battery! Has to be the best toy value around. One very easy mod to make your heli move a little faster (forward), is to get some solder, and wrap a few coils around the nose at the very tip (don't block the IR sensor though, so be careful if you add weight using something else, like a coin as some people do). The way the model is shipped, is too light in the front, IMO, because (at least for mine), I could go quite a bit faster BACKWARD than I could forward. To add some forward collective speed at the slight loss of some agility, I highly recommend adding a little weight, so that you can still go backwards, but just barely. On a side note, I enjoyed flying this micro copter so much, I bought it's big BIG brother, the Syma 023G, so I could fly outdoors (RF instead of IR allows this to happen). Love that one as well, and has the exact same mechanics (but with additional tail rotor boost). http://www.amazon.com/Syma-S023G-Apache-Military-Helicopter/dp/B0057PEB2G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353080357&sr=8-1&keywords=syma+s023
What a difference a gyro makes! Incredible...I tried one of the 1st gen micro R/C copters (no gyro on those) not long after they came out, and found them to be extremely difficult to control and not much fun because of it.
This generation with the gyro is just amazing though...SO stable, SO easy - but not boring. There is still a learning curve for complete R/C noobies that will make this a great first R/C copter, but I look at it almost like a challenge...trying to master this little beast is FUN!
This also actually looks like a real helicopter, compared to the ones I bought previously, which looked like....well like R/C copters - completely unrealistic.
The LED lights are awesome so you can fly at night (my kids LOVE that - the dog...not so much), and the thing even seems to behave like a real helicopter, with ground effect and having to reduce speed (thrust?) to tilt forward (I am no pilot or physicist, but I do know that the previous models I tried did not give me any kind of sense of "this thing FEELS like I am flying a real helicopter!")
Gonna stop now because I sound like I work for the company (not even sure who the company is actually, but whoever it is, they sorely need an English native to write the English part of the instruction manual!)
Can't recommend this enough. Easy easy 5 stars.
FYI if you are interested in modding your Syma (specifically, the cheap, easy and awesome tail rotor mod that makes it faster and more agile), you should buy the model that looks like the R/C copter (107G I believe). Found this out the hard way, but I still prefer this one for the looks. Video of the mod results: [...]
75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2012
I own all the Syma Mini Military helicopters. Here is my review for all 5.
1. S108G Cobra. By Far the fastest and the most aggressive of the helicopters. This one takes a little bit of time to get used to and is for the more experienced flyer. Its super fast and super durable.
2. S109G Apache. Another good helicopter from Syma. Runs the same as the Cobra. Fast and swift.
3. S026G Chinook. A good beginner helicopter. Very stable in flight. It can be fast if you want it to be or it can be slow. This is one of my favorites out of the series.
4. S102G Black Hawk. My brother has the S107G and this flies just like it. This is probably the best helicopter that syma makes. Extremely stable and can take a serious beating. (But so can all the others.) It will fly at the speed you want it to from slow to fast and takeoffs and landings are extremely smooth.
5. S111G Coast Guard Rescue. This too is a fine product from syma. Super smooth flyer and very stable when hovering. And yes, this one wins in the looks battle. It works just like the S102G Black Hawk.
6. And last but not least, the S023G Big Apache. This is a massive outdoor version of the S109G Apache. But this one is meant to be used outdoors. This one is not infrared like the little ones but is a 27mhz radio control helicopter. This guy has some serious power to it and boy does it fly. Very fast and extremely stable are how I would describe it. It is also very easy to control.
All in all, Syma gets a 20 out of 10 stars on their helicopters for the price. And when you do buy one from them, MAKE SURE IT HAS A G AFTER THE NUMBERS. LIKE S109-G-. The G stands for Gyro. The Gyro makes it twice as easy to fly.
135 of 152 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2011
I own two other indoor helicopters that I purchased for three to four times as much money at the mall. This is the helicopter that has the best control out of all of them. I can land this thing on a soda can and fly circles around my wives head (my favorite part, especially when she is watching stupid tv shows like the Kardashians). This is the absolute best gift for any male you know. My 8 year old can fly it. Cant say enough about what you get for the price. I also love the silly Engwish warnings printed on the props.
61 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2011
Wow- I don't know what more you could want in a micro-copter. The design and detail are impressive and the balance between performance and control (for us office-flyboys) is spot on! HIGHLY recommended - if you've ever been frustrated by one of these formerly impossible-to-fly gadgets give this a try; you will be amazed at the ease of operation.
Well, I've also had the same problem several others have had with these Syma helicopters; after only a few weeks of use it no longer will fly more than a few inches from the ground. I've taken away all but one durability star and overall it's now a 3 star. It was a blast while it was working- but I've barely used it!
37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2011
This is my 3rd Syma Heli, and another example of a perfectly-flying micro coaxial heli that works flawlessly out of the box. Hovers like it's hanging from a string, very steady, nice forward and reverse flight. I can't say that for most other inexpensive micro heli's out there, but this thing is as good as, if not better than, a $100 Blade MCx micro heli. Great Apache scale looks, a nice gift for any RC helicopter enthusiast. Quite durable, can smack it into walls and ceilings without breaking it.
A great buy, perfect gift for anyone into RC heli's or planes. Excellent for indoor flight, can easily maneuver through small rooms. Best heli in this price range, by a long shot, I'd say that it's better than most coaxial heli's at 3-4x the cost.
One of the best features of the S019G is the horrible Chinese-English Warning translation on the blades: "If blade damage, don't be fly. otherwise it will create the human body or blame damage". Classic.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2012
I thank God that I don't fly anything with me in it because I crash this helicopter about a thousand times. I tell you this helicopter is extemely fun to fly, albeit a little slow. It was amazingly stable when it is hovering. Here are some of the things I notice about this toy:
1) battery life(per charge): it last about 5 to 6 minutes, which is long enough for cat harassment. I have since bought other RC helicopter to keep me occupied. The charge taking about 30 to 40 minute. After reading other reviewer regarding overcharging, I am now more diligent and unplug the charge whenever it is done charging.
2) operation: I like the simplicity of the control. The "drift" capability in other helicopter makes it more complicated to control. one thing I noticed is that as the helicopter flys toward you, it begin to slow down. Not sure why. I thought it might be due to the angle of the IR emitter. When it flys away, it picks up speed.
3) durability: ultra, ultra durable. I crashed in the ceiling, curtains, walls, cats, more walls and still flying. The rotory blades are a bit worn but still holding up. I have nose-dived 20 to 30 times and nothing broke. On the contrary, I broke the landing skid on the new V911 in the first 30 seconds of flying. I have this helicopter for a month now and am still loving it.
4) modification: the slowness of this helicopte annoyed me a bit so I decided to lop off the two side wings with the missiles and the two tail wings. It did make it fly faster, a lot faster. This translated into more furious crashes. I had to tape a penny on the back of the helicopter to balance it so that it hovers right. Also, remove/disengage the spring for the throttle so you can hover without actively pushing on the lever. That's a crash preventer!
Summary: I love the way this helicopter banks and slides through the air. I also love the way it flys straight at you at eye level. It is like having a duel with yourself and see who flinches first, you or yourself. It makes a very good cat toys (for the human). The cat smacked at it a couple of times but the rotor wind and noise scared him.
If you are looking for a cat toy, or a toy for your kids, this is the one to get. It looks mean, like a giant flying locust. I didn't think the coast guard version was as cool looking.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2011
Value ladies and gentleman, value. The short comings of this little copter such as short flight time and... well... that's all I can think of, are SQUASHED by the absolute ease of use, fun, durability and most of all the tiny price tag.
We have a blast with this thing in the office, people laugh and marvel. Everyone flies it and gets the hang of it fast.
I take it home and my 5 year old flies it around, that's how easy to use it is and says a lot about it's durability. This little thing has been in some nasty wrecks and continues to fly well.
31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2012
This toy was defective. Flew it twice, then it would not lift. Took it to a toy store to get their opinion. Declared defective. Amazon did stand behind the product and refund my money. Thank you.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2011
After seeing these helicopters all over the place for the past several years, I decided to go ahead and order one thinking it would be a hit at the office when we were slow... I just received this today, and after charging it up (wow, 50 minutes for ~5 min of flight time per the manual?!), I turned it on and... Nothing. Made sure that I had it set to the right channel, etc, and.... Nothing. I tried power cycling, etc, and just could not get it to work.
Thinking that I had a dud, I decided that I would plug it in for just a few more minutes and if it didn't work after that, I would just send it back. After another 2 minutes on the charger, I pulled it off and sure enough, the rotors were spinning; time to play!
After getting it off the ground and a few sudden unexpected complete drops from mid air (losing connection?) the helicopter was out of juice. This was after less than 60 seconds of the rotors spinning. This was well less than the 5 minutes the manual stated.
Thinking that all of the issues above might be related to a battery not getting charged, I have now tried charging this via several different USB ports on diff computers and via a UBS to 110 wall charger and no matter what I *was* getting the same results. After about 4 times through this process, this just plain will not connect/charge/work any longer.
After seeing how cheap this thing really is, I am somewhat doubting all of the 5 star reviews on Amazon. -- If I were you, I would highly suggest saving your money on this, and splurging for a better one at the mall.