Air Hogs has made products for young and inexperienced would-be pilots for years. While some have relied on nothing more than a bit of air pressure and the basic principles of lift, the company has also made products that are best thought of as entry-level, experimental craft for those who aren’t quite ready for more expensive and breakable gadgets. This review seeks to take a look at one of those products, the Air Hogs Helix X4 Video drone. In this Air Hogs Helix X4 review, we will take a look at this budget-friendly product to figure out what makes it tick – and how well it might suit the average consumer.
Air Hogs Helix X4 Drone Main Features & Specs
The Air Hogs Helix X4 Video’s main feature, as you might imagine, is the camera. Though low-fidelity, it’s one of Air Hog’s few drones with this feature. The drone also features a styrofoam outer shell that should help new pilots avoid major catastrophes when crashes occur. You can check out another drone for beginners that features a great camera, the Holy Stone F181.
Air Hogs Helix X4 Drone Specs
|7 min||Indoor/ Outdoor||Non-HD Included||3.7 volt/140 mAH LiPo||2-3 hours||1,4 pounds||3.1 x 15 x 12 inches||76 m|
Another major feature of the drone is its easy control scheme, which is meant to ease pilots into the process of flying a substantial drone instead of scaring them away with complex functions.
Arguments: Pros and Cons
- Very easy to fly;
- Construction makes it almost unbreakable;
- High-quality controller;
- Easy to take video;
- Very slight learning curve for new fliers;
- Includes a high-speed and low-speed flight mode;
- Ducted fans are a great feature;
- First Air Hog to really be able to fly outside.
- Not the highest-quality construction;
- Easy to lose in the wind;
- Video images are low quality;
- Relatively short flight time;
- No extras in the box;
- No stunt features.
Air Hogs Helix X4 Drone Remote Control & Set-up for First Flight
Shaped quite a bit like a standard video game controller, this unit doesn’t have a lot of extra functions to confuse a new flier. Instead, everything the pilot needs is easy to reach.
This controller is very simple, featuring only five buttons. There are two joystick-style controls that control pitch and yaw, with a power button and a camera button between them.
Under the right stick is a trim control, and at the bottom of the controller is a switch that allows the user to switch between high and low speeds. While the relative lack of controls does mean that you can’t be precise with this drone, it also means that there’s much less in the way of flying the drone.
Flying the Drone
We flew our drone in a large, open space indoors for our Air Hogs Helix X4 review, only because we were a little afraid of losing the relatively light drone. However, you can fly it outside, but we recommend taking your test flight inside so that you can get used to how the drone moves.
If you’ve never flown before, rest assured – you’re going to crash it once or twice. So you might as well do it where you can easily find the drone. If you are going to take it outside, though, make sure to keep it low – the high-speed setting can put up with a bit of wind, but a strong gust at a high altitude will help you to quickly lose this drone.
Your first flight is going to be significantly easier than what you’d expect from most drones. There’s no syncing necessary here, nor will you need to worry about setting up the drone for any kind of stunts. Instead, you’ll just charge up the drone with the included USB cable and put fresh batteries in the controller. Once that’s done, you can turn the unit on and get into the air.
There’s no one-touch take-off here, so you’ll need to pitch the drone upwards to get it flying. Once you’ve done that, it’s a matter of getting used to the controls as you fly it around. Not counting charge time, it took us about five minutes to get the drone in the air for this Air Hogs Helix X4 review.
We took our initial Air Hogs Helix X4 review flight on low-speed, and we definitely recommend that you do the same. High-speed is a necessity for flying outside, but we found it to be overkill if you’re going to be flying around inside your house.
You should also make sure to go a bit gentler on the controls than you might expect – this drone is a little touchier than you might think, and even though it’s strong there’s no need for you to send it careening into every wall you encounter.
The Controller and USB Charging Cable Included; Instruction Booklet included
What’s in the Box?
As you might expect from a beginner-level device, you’re not going to find much in the box here. Our flight didn’t really require any spare parts, but it would have been nice to see them included in the box. Instead, you’re just getting the basics. It’s probably not wise to expect more, but it still feels like this drone should have come with a few more bells and whistles. The Air Hogs Helix X4 includes:
- The Air Hogs Helix X4 Drone;
- The Controller;
- USB Charging Cable;
- Instruction Booklet.
In short, this is a wonderful toy – but it’s not the best drone out there. This is a good choice if you want to get a younger child his or her first drone or if you want to fly a toy around without wasting too much money. But you’re never going to get a top-shelf experience from a product like this. For what it’s worth, though, you’ll have a good time while you fly this one. Was your experience similar to ours? Was it different? Don’t be shy about what you think – get in contact and let us know how you felt when flying this drone.