Well my friends if you have not been hiding in your bunker lately then you have heard about these new gadgets called drones. Well our friends over at at Potensic sent me their Syma X5C-1 upgraded version drone to test and review. Now I’m always skeptical of new fads. So when they offered me the chance I was like sure what could it hurt.
As you can see in the following pictures you will see the box it arrived in and your first glimpse of the Syma X5C-1 drone.
As you can see the box clearly states that it’s for ages 14 and up but we will talk more about that later on.
In the package you get the drone. a few sets of blades, a 4 channel remote, blade guards, battery charger, micro SD card reader, and a screwdriver. I will post a picture of the included material now.
I want to go a little more in depth with a items included.
First let chat about the blades and blade guard.The blades are in white and blue camo . You also get a white set or a red set, I also had a red set thrown in my box. You also get one set of blade guards which are meant for inside flying. These help protect yours blades from breaking. The one thing I have learned is that they go on the drone in a certain order and if not placed on correctly your drone will not fly correct. I will post a picture of the blade and the diagram of the blade placement for you.
As you can see you can do it several ways of installing. It is nice they send you the diagram so you know.
Check out my unboxing and flight review video here!
Now like I mentioned before the blade guards are meant for inside flying. They go on with one little screw which is included on the guard. As you can see.
Now once these are on like the picture above you’re good to fly inside. They do suggest you take them off for out side flying.
The Syma X5C-1 comes with the battery and charger. The charger is just a plain simple USB cord with a red LED that lights up when connected to the battery or the USB port. It takes about a hour to charge sometimes less. You get about 7 minutes of flight time with one charge. Now that is short flight time but you can pick up extra batteries for around 15 dollars. With 7 minutes of flight time you would think it would not be that fun but it really is. The battery is a 3.7v 500mah battery.
With the remote control that comes with the drone you will need to buy four AA batteries. This are not included in the package. I suggest buying good ones so you don’t need to go back to the store later and pick up new ones. The remote it self is a 2.4ghz 4 channel remote.
The remote has several buttons. The first being camera control. You can turn on video by sliding it down. Now I want you to know you must slide the button again to shut it off. If you don’t you wont get the video that you just filmed. To get single pictures you slide the same button up. You will need to slide it up every time you want to take a picture. I will get more into the camera in a few. The other buttons are the joystick which is for flying. The left stick is for power up and power down. So you slide the stick up your blades will start turning. The higher you push it the faster they go and you start to take of the ground. Same with pushing it down. You slow down and the drone will come down. Turn the same stick to the left or right and the drone will make a 360 degree turn.
The right stick will make the drone go left or right and backwards or forwards. There are two more buttons on the top of the remote. The left one controls the speed you can set it to high or low speed. Now if you press left and right together when pressing left or right your drone will do a barrel roll. The rest are to set your calibration on the drone so you can make sure it flying correctly.
The drone it self it a nice white with blue and white camo blades.
As you can see the drone is rather nice but semi small. This works well it also has a few LED’s on it so you can see it, if it is dark. On the side of the drone is the on and off switch. You will need to turn it on and the remote at the same time then push the left stick up and down to connect to the drone. As you can see in the next picture if the on and off switch.
Now you can also seen in the picture above is the Micro SD card slot for the camera. This is also where the battery compartment is. I will show you that open now.
Now the camera faces forward on the drone. As seen in the next picture.
If you watch the video in the beginning you can see the camera at work I added some flight footage of the drone in action. You can see it from both the drone view and my wife’s view. I think for what the camera is it takes rather good pictures and video.
The drone is nice for the price. One thing I wished was you could see real life time footage as it was flying but still not a big issue for me to be honest. When flying the X5XC-1 drone remember that it does not fly well in high winds over 15 miles a hour. You can fly it but it drifts.
One thing I mentioned before was the age limit. Now I would honestly say that a 5 year old could fly this. I do get that there are small pieces that can be choking hazards but it is simple enough for kids under 14 to fly it, so don’t rule it out as a gift for younger kids (just mind those plastic parts and have an older kid or adult assemble).
When all is said and done I think Potensic Syma X5C-1 drone is a great drone for the price. It handles well. I even think someone who has never handled one before can fly it with in the first couple of try’s. For the price of 59.99 USD you cant go wrong. This would definitely a must for Christmas for many. I would really suggest picking it up.
Disclaimer: Potensic sent me their Syma X5C-1 ugraded version drone to give a honest review of. All onions are mine and mine alone.