Shopping around for drones is fun but it can be a little frustrating. No one wants to drop $500 or more dollars on what they think is a top-end model and then find out that it is lacking basic features. Thus, we review, so that you can know what is out there and that you are getting the very best. The subject for today's review is the X5SW Drone. So, does this lovely piece of modern aviation gadgetry have the bells and whistles that you crave? We'll review the X5SW and give you the scoop, including specs, features, what we liked and what we didn't like so much so that YOU can be the judge.
The Cheerwing Syma drone comes with some good features for an introductory drone. It's specifications are as follows:
- Size - Medium sized, measuring at 12.4 x 12.4 x 4.13 inches. This is not a very large drone but it's a fun size.
- Flight time - Flight time is fairly minimal, running about 5-7 minutes with a 3.7 volt battery (only 4 minutes with the camera running)
- Recharge time - 90-120 minutes, so you will definitely want a spare battery or three.
- Camera - .The camera is at 0.3 megapixels with Wifi First person view
- Range - The range is not very far, ranging in at about 50m from your controller(approximately 164 feet). With the size and the range this may be more of a drone for indoor flights or outside around the house or in the park.
Not incredibly impressive but you want to keep in mind that the XwS5 V3 is a bit of a beginner drone. Now that we have discussed the specs, what actually comes in the box? We're glad that you asked!
What you get
Inside the box of the Cheerwing Syma X5SW V3 drone you will find the following items:
- The manual
- 4 extra propellers (just in case)
- Your remote controller
- USB cable
- Smartpone clip
- Your battery
- Your drone
- A handy screwdriver(saving a trip to the tool box, it's a kindness.)
Now let's go into the pros and the cons of this model so that you can decide if this is a good beginner drone for YOU.
The Syma X5SW V3 has some features that we like. We're going to outline them for you in bullet format for quick and easy digestion. Without further ado, here are the pros:
- Very user-friendly - The controllers for the Syma X5SW drone are intuitive and extremely easy to use. This is great for beginners who want to get a taste of flight before investing in a more expensive model.
- Cost - At around $60, you really can't beat this for a beginner model. The cost is very much in your favor, especially if you factor it on the pizza scale(1 drone = 3 pizzas, not bad!).
" Delight yourself and dazzle your friends."
- Decent camera - The .3 megapixel camera is not the most powerful but it looks good and takes good video.
- 'Headless mode' - This allows a beginner to fly the drone without having to worry about how the drone is oriented. This is a good feature for novices.
- 360 degree rolling - This feature is pure fun. Turn on the camera and film the rolls as you delight yourself and dazzle your friends. This is a hard feature not to like.
- Tough - This drone is pretty durable and should sustain a few crashes as you are getting to know the fine art of flying an unmanned aerial vehicle.
So now that we have discussed the parts that we like, let's go into the shady side where we will discuss the aspects of this drone that we didn't like as much. While it's not the most fun section, this will help you to make an informed decision so we want to make sure that you have all of the facts at your disposal. Presenting... the cons!
While there are a lot of factors that are in Syma X5SW drone's favor there are, of course, some things that we did not like so much. Below is a list that we have compiled to share this information with you. The cons that we have found for our Syma X5SW review are as follows:
- Materials - While durable, we felt that the materials could have been a little better. Still, at the price, we suppose that it is a fair trade-off for the fun factor.
- Flight duration - The flight duration leaves a bit to be desired. With the camera active you are looking at a series of 4 minute flights. At the price range we suppose that this is to be expected but it's still no fun having to swap out batteries every 4 to 7 minutes so we sadly must report this factor.
- Camera issue - While the distance is only 50 meters, the further that you get the drone from the Android or I phone to which it is reporting then the more occasional lag you will experience. This can be a little frustrating and takes away a bit from the entertainment factor in our opinion.
- Wind bug - There is a bug that is well known to these drones where a strong wind can cause an imbalance in drone flight resulting in, well, crashing. This is not a problem when the breeze is low and favorable but forget about flying this drone in strong winds. Hopefully Cheerwing will work through this for future models.
Our verdict? Well, you really can't beat this drone for the price. While it doesn't have the bells and whistles of more expensive models it is still an excellent drone for beginners. It's a great way to improve your fledgling flight skills in preparation for something more robust! Until next time, Cheers!