SYMA X1 4 Channel 2.4G Rc Quad Copter - UFO
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- Stability and agility in flight simplify professional 3D maneuvers like pirouettes 3D fun flips, rolls, and more.
- 2.4GHz radio control
- 3 way precision controller: up/down, left/right, forward/backward
- Two fly mode: indoor/outdoor
- Controlling distance: about 40 meters
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stability and agility in flight simplify professional 3D maneuvers like Pirouettes 3D fun flips, rolls, and more.
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the latest 3-axis flight control system, with adjustable gyro sensitivity, permits Super stable flight.
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up, down, left, right, forward, backward, leftward flight, rightward flight.3 way precision controller: up/down, left/right, forward/backward
speed up mode
two fly mode: indoor/outdoor
built-in three axis gyro
Includes:<1x 4CH 3-axis Quadcopter <1x 2.4G LCD remote
1x 3.7V 350mAh LiPo battery (built-in quadcopter)
1x USB charger <2x main blades a
2x main blades b
1x English manual
specification:charging time: about 40 minutes
flying time: about 5-6 minutes
controlling distance: about 40 meters
channel: 4 channels
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Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2014
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I had a couple of people tell me that they could not get their copter transmitters to connect. After playing with the sequence a bit, we found that on some copters (not all... go figure) the TX should be turned on and initialized BEFORE the copter gets to the gyro initialization process - which makes it even more important to be ready to set it on a level surface before plugging the battery in. Anyway, this sequence change seems to address the problem some of the copters were having. The instructions have been updated to reflect this change.
Now back to your regularly scheduled review...
I've been in R/C for 30+ years, and was very involved in R/C helis. This was my first quadcopter, and have enjoyed it very much. The hardest thing about this copter is getting it out of the box. Lots of cheap fun, and definitely a gateway drug to the hobby-grade multi-rotor platforms. But as many have commented, the instructions are horrible. So, I wrote this revised instruction manual when I gave these as Christmas presents.
Revised Instructions for QuadCopter -
The original instructions are written in horrible Chinglish, but you're welcome to read them if you want. Plus, they have pictures.
As a note - the instruction refer to the default transmitter control mode as "Mode 1", where the left stick controls the throttle&rudder, and the right stick controls the forward&aft, aileron left&right. In the real R/C world, this is called "Mode 2", (and most of us in thew US fly in this mode), so the folks writing the original instructions got it backwards. In any event, don't worry about it. It initializes in true Mode 2 so you don't need to change it... unless you're used to true Mode 1 - then you're on your own to try and use the original instructions to figure out how to switch it.
1. You'll need to charge the little silver rectangle LiPoly battery using the USB charger that's in the package with the replacement props. It'll take about an hour (or less). You can plug it in to any USB port or USB phone charger. I charge it while placing it on a plate since I don't always trust these Chinese charger/battery combinations to not catch fire, but I'm paranoid.
2. Install (4) AA batteries (not supplied) in the transmitter (TX).
Once the LiPo battery is charged, and the TX has batteries, you're ready to go.
1. There is no off-on switch on the copter. When you plug the battery in, the quadcopter is "on". Plugging it in snaps it into the red connector and two plastic latches that hold the battery in. These latches are semi-annoying and really over-kill, but they will keep the battery from flying out if you do a series of fast pirouetting spins. I'll leave it to you whether you want to snip the barbs off or not. You may want to wait to do so until you've flown it a bit.
Before you plug the battery in, you need to be ready to set it down on a flat surface quickly, because you'll need to sync the controller before it goes into the gyro initialization sequence. It's handy to have a table nearby to set it down, sync the TX, allow the gyros to initialize, and once you have a solid red LED on the copter (and solid blue on the TX), move it to its take-off and landing zone.(LZ) So, ready, set, here we go...
1. Plug the battery in to the belly of the quadcopter. The red LED on the copter starts flashing about twice a second. Set it down on a flat surface.
2. Turn on the TX. It beeps and the blue LED flashes rapidly. Move the throttle (left stick) all the way down, then all the way up (TX will beep), and then all the way down again. Now the blue LED will go solid "on", and red copter LED will turn off momentarily, and then start flashing much faster (it's initializing the gyros).
3. Once the fast flashing stops, the red LED on the copter will go to a solid "on". Now place it in the flat LZ area. BE CAREFUL NOT TO MOVE THE THROTTLE (LEFT) STICK WHILE YOU'RE MOVING IT TO THE LZ OR ELSE IT WILL COME TO LIFE ON YOU!
It's now ready to fly.
Flying the quadcopter:
A couple of things to know: The left stick is throttle (up and down), and rudder, or rotate left or right. The right stick is forward and backward, or tilt left and right. The white propellers are the front of the copter - you'll be able to see them as they spin - and the black props are the rear. They will mostly disappear visually as they spin.
You have to "fly the tail" on this because it will keep pointing in the same direction no matter which direction it is moving. It has no real rudder to keep it pointing forward as you fly it forward, which is a little strange if you're used to flying planes or helicopters (without heading-hold).
1. The TX has a silver button on the upper left corner (and another button on the upper right corner... but don't touch that button! ...for now). This left-side button switches the TX from low sensitivity to high sensitivity. The LCD screen on the TX shows this with an "L" or an "H". The TX always starts in low mode, but I find it's not responsive enough for my liking, so I press the button and switch to high ("H") mode. You might start in "L" just to get a feel first.
2. Make sure you have a fairly large area to start with, preferably inside so the wind doesn't throw you off. An empty garage is a good place to learn how this flies.
3. Lift the copter up off of the LZ by raising the left stick. It will probably start to drift left or right, or tilt or turn. Set it back down by lowering the left stick and then use the trim tabs around the two sticks to correct the drift. Toggle the trim tab levers in the opposite direction of the drift you are trying to correct. Do this a few "beeps" at a time. Repeat the lift-watch-set down-trim process until it's fairly stable. Then you're ready to fly it around.
4. First step - Learn to hover it in one spot.
5. Second step - start moving backwards and forwards, left and right, and rotate left and right (with the left stick) also.
6. As you get more comfortable, you can begin flying it around. It will handle calm outside conditions, so outdoor flight is possible. Try flying easy figure-8 patterns.
7. The props are fairly resilient, but if you're about to hit something, chop the throttle and let it fall. It will do less damage that way and will probably survive the drop unscathed.
Acrobatic 360 flip:
Yes - It will do this with a touch of a button (remember that upper right button on the TX?) by holding down the button on the top right corner of the TX and moving the right stick left (or right, depending on which way you want it to flip - it will flip forward and backwards, too!). Make sure you are at least 4 feet above the ground when you do this, and keep in mind that it will continue to try and flip as long as you hold the stick to the right or left. It happens pretty fast, so be prepared to be startled.
That's it! Have fun!
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The Syma is much larger than the Hubsan, the Hubsan is the size of a single propeller of the Syma.
Of the two the Syma is SIGNIFICANTLY more stable than the Hubsan in flight, making it the ideal choice for a beginner.
The Hubsan is incredibly nimble, even with out using the advanced mode. I highly suggest practicing in beginner mode before using advanced mode, the Hubsan is face seeking indoors. You have been warned.
The Syma on the other hand is not nimble at all in beginner mode. This is good for learning to fly but not very fun if you already know what you are doing. If you have any experience flying at all flying the Syma in beginner mode will actually make it hard to fly due to the extremely limited range of motion in beginner mode. In beginner mode the Syma will basically just drift slightly in the direction you input, even at full tilt on the joystick. I think you could get it to move in a more nimble manner if you just blew on it really hard.
Using the advanced setting on the Syma does make the the copter significantly fun to fly, not anywhere near as nimble as the Hubsan in it's beginner mode, but still very fun to fly. The advanced mode on the Syma will become mandatory after 2 or 3 flights.
The stunt mode button on both the Syma and the Hubsan are basically just suicide buttons. Unless you have a ton of room and are able to fly at around 5 meters above ground I would suggest not pressing the stunt button to make them do flips, especially with the Hubsan. The Syma can do a complete flip from a height of about 3 meters but will likely bounce off the ground at the end of the loop. Seriously, don't use the flip button on the Hubsan unless you have a ton of room, it will come for your face and it will want blood.
Due to its small size, the Hubsan is ideal for flying in a very small area. The Syma however is not ideal for flying in a very confined area, you can do it but it won't be as fun as the Hubsan since all you will really be doing is narrowly avoiding walls and obstacles and not doing anything crazy with it.
Both of the copters have held up extremely well with durability. After about 50 flights on the Hubsan and around 30 on the Syma nothing has broken what so ever. The propellers were hard to remove on the Hubsan, to the point that I thought it would break, the first time I cleaned some string and hair out of the motors. The Hubsan seems to be a magnet for any string or hair in your carpet, the Syma on the other hand I have yet to need to clean. Of the two I have crashed the Hubsan significantly more times in various ways on various surfaces. (carpet, tile, concrete, the empty bath tub, and one wall) I have crashed the Syma in almost the exact same ways I have the Hubsan. (minus the bath tub) However, I should mention that I have crashed the Syma significantly less times than the Hubsan, due to the Hubsan's high mobility.
Now for the batteries. The Syma has a larger battery, it takes around an hour and a half to get a full charge. The Hubsan will charge in about 45 minutes. (manufacture tells you 30 but 30 minutes is drastically under charged, even the charger will tell you its not charged at 30 minutes) For the flight time the Syma flies around 2 or 3 times as long as the Hubsan. (around 20 minutes if you don't go full throttle) The Hubsan will fly for about 5 to 10 minutes. (the reason for the large range is due to external factors, such as having the blade guard on, the camera turned on, taking the plastic body off, putting in a SD card, or using advanced mode, and many other small things) I would fly the Hubsan till it died, then while charging I would fly the Syma, then the Hubsan again because of the charge times and flight times. In an hour and a half you can fly the Hubsan about 3 times, maybe 4 if you under charge it, and the syma once. (hence the difference in number of flights I had on the two)
Finally the Hubsan I got had a camera, the Syma does not have one. The Hubsan's camera is horrible don't get the camera upgrade. For some reason it has a microphone in it that records nothing but the extremely loud sound of the motors. Resolution is horrible, so is its ability to adjust to different light levels. Seriously, save your money and don't get the camera option.
So, to summarize:
Both copters are fun and worth the money.
Hubsan is better for advanced flyers due to its high mobility.
Syma has the longer flight time but a very long charge time.
Hubsan is better if you only have a small area to fly (like a very small apartment)
Syma is the best option for a beginner or a child.
Hubsan camera is useless, don't pay extra.
If you are a beginner or are buying for a child get the Syma,
If you know how to fly or are buying for a bored teenager / college student get the Hubsan.
Remember - the Hubsan wants your blood and will get it eventually, be careful.