Battery Life (for size)
Value (bang for your buck)
Summary : Recommend for both novice quadcopter pilots. The Syma X1 is tough, simple, well built and fun to fly.
Pros: The Syma X1 is a incredibly durable for it’s size. A quality unit, that is fun and fairly easy to fly. Great novice quadcopter.
Cons: Instruction manual is really lacking. Binding the transmitter to the unit isn’t intuitive. No LEDs for night flying.
One of the best entry-level quadcopter you can buy is the Syma X1 quadcopter. It comes complete and “ready to fly” out of the box. Insert the batteries in the transmitter and charge the quad battery and you’re ready to fly.
Included in the Syma X1 box:
- Syma X1 Quadcopter
- Transmitter with LCD display
- Spare blades
- Battery USB charging cable
- Instruction manual
The Syma X1 is lots of fun, yet is not as fast as other models, which allows you to become used to the remote controls before graduating to something faster such as the Hubsan X4, which has an expert mode.
If there is not too much wind (less than about 7 mph) you can fly the Syma X1 outside. Anything beyond 7 mph tends to cause the unit to get out of control, and its small motors generally aren’t strong enough to regain control.
One of the drawbacks about the X1 is that the range is only about 130 from the transmitter. You can buy other quadcopters with a range of as much as a quarter of a mile, but this is, after all, an entry level model on which you can practice and learn how to operate the controls without smashing the quadcopter in a crash.
Even if you do crash it, the results are often not all that alarming. One owner said that he had crashed the Syma X1 “countless” times in his living room and didn’t have any damage. In any case, even if you should damage it, the X1 comes with a set of four spare props as well, so you are well covered.
One thing that should be noted is that when you first insert the battery it is necessary to place the quadcopter on a flat level surface immediately. This is because the X1 calibrates itself and if you are holding it in your hand, which is what a lot of people do, it will not fly correctly.
The Syma will flash it’s red LED about 10 times very quickly, letting you know the calibration is complete. Once complete, turn on your transmitter. The throttle should be all the way down. The Transmitter will then make a series of beeps and stop once it is bound to the X1.
The other “con” is that flying time is only about nine or ten minutes, but you can buy extra batteries for it so that you can play with it for longer. It comes with a USB charger for plugging into a computer and the battery takes around an hour to charge.
That aside, you can have a lot of fun with the X1. Because it is not as fast as other quadcopters it means that you can go through the learning curve, crash the machine many times, and begin to graduate into an excellent pilot when you may well want to invest in something faster such as the Hubsan X4.
In order to do flips and rolls the makers recommend that you have the quadcopter at a minimum height of 10 feet, so you might not want to try these indoors, but you may get away with it if you do.The Syma X1 comes with the front rotors white and the rear rotors black so that you can easily see the way the machine is flying. Some models come equipped with LEDs so that you can fly them at night, but X1 doesn’t; however, bear in mind that it is an entry level piece of kit which will get you so absorbed in this hobby that you will wonder how you ever lived without it.
There is only one other snag and that is the instructions. Most users complain that the instructions – written in what one customer calls Chinglish, translated from Chinese into English – are anything from somewhat difficult to follow, to completely useless.
That said, just about every customer has managed to fly the Syma X1 and had a bundle of fun with it. For the price, you really can’ ask for much more.
Here’s a video of the Syma X1 in action outside:
The bottom line
While very basic, we recommend the Syma X1 for both novice and experienced quadcopter pilots. The x1 is agile, very tough, inexpensive and just plain fun to fly. A definite buy recommendation.