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Great for beginners, will not bore experts
on July 13, 2013
After becoming addicted to small flying craft through the purchase of a SYMA 107 Helicopter, my eventual progression was the Hubsan X4. I have made my way through various infrared and 2.4GHz models and found very nice company with the Hubsan X4. This is a craft with fairly steep learning curve the first few times out, but the sheer stability of the thing will keep you coming back.
If you read reviews of the X4 you will see that they make the Hubsan X4, Traxxas QR-1, and Estes Dart. I have personally found that radios, flight boards, props, batteries, and motors to be cross compatible across models. There are slight variations, but ultimately the same factory makes them all.
To date, I have not yet met a person that is not immediately awed by the sheer performance of this thing. It is fast, nimble, and goes really stinkin high. Not to mention this improved version is most definitely a step in the right direction.
The most obvious difference is the added LED's on the arms. This was one of my biggest frustrations with the original. When the battery has drained to around 35% the front LEDs would blink to indicate it was time to come in before the whole thing shut down. Unfortunately, flying in daylight made this nearly impossible to determine, and I have replaced many a prop and motor due to over zealous flight times. Although still difficult to see in full sunlight, the blink is quite noticeable when the X4 gets close. I have not yet had a crash due to battery shutdown. Also, the LEDs bring an entirely new element, NIGHTFLYING!!! Yeah, I love flying at dusk, but with the old version this almost always turned out bad because I would quickly loose my bearing trying to determine the white from the black props. In the shadows it is all dark. Now flying in the dark is no big deal, in fact it is sometimes preferable. Both the blue and white LEDs shine nicely off the black and white props (I was wondering how well this would work with the black ones).
Other improvements like the shortened motor shafts make a huge difference, one wrong move wont send you to the work bench armed with a soldering iron and replacement motors. I began cutting motor shafts on the original version before I knew they were doing a 2.0.
Flight characteristics are the same as the original, and the ability to turn off the auto flip feature has made it that much more capable. It is small enough that it can go just about anywhere. I am truly impressed that after flying these things for quite some time, I keep coming back. If I have a catastrophic crash, I will most certainly be purchasing another.
Remember to calibrate often! I have recommended this quad to friends, but they have become frustrated that they crash so often. I realized that I forgot one tiny but important detail. Calibrate before every flight! Before every flight I place the hubsan on a level surface, I pull the left stick (Throttle, Yaw) to the lower right then wiggle the right stick (Pitch, Roll) left and right a couple times until the eyes flash. There are plenty of Youtube videos of this process and makes the craft much more stable.