If you’re willing to get into this droning mania, then check out our Akaso X5c review to learn more about this nifty quadcopter that is incredibly light and wallet-friendly.
Being roughly the size of basketball, the Akaso X5c quadcopter is a great way to start your drone piloting career, even if you don’t know anything about drones.
Overall, the Akaso X5c is a decent first-timer, with a good flight time and an easy to assemble design. However, at a first glance, the X5c model looks like a cheap plastic model put together in haste.
To give a little extra kick, Akaso even thought about equipping the quadcopter with a rudimentary 1.3-megapixel camera. Still, the drone is very maneuverable and quite fun to fly.
Akaso X5C: Product Specifications
The Akaso X5c, also known as the AKASO X5C 4Ch 2.4 Ghz 6-Axis Gyro Headless, RC Quadcopter with HD camera, 360-degree 3D Rolling Mode 2 RTF RC Drone (Bonus MicroSD card& Blades Propellers included), is powered by four brushless motors with a low-threshold sound intensity.
This nifty drone has a maximum speed of 20 meters per second, ensured by the four Modified Nylon propeller blades, protected by a plastic propeller guard.
The whole ensemble is powered by a 3.7 V 500 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery that keeps the device up and running for seven straight minutes.
A 6-axis gyro system ensures mid-air stabilization. The enhanced flight stabilization system allows the drone to perform intricate air stunts like 360-degrees quick turns, flips, and evasions.
The Akaso X5c is controller via 4ch 2.4 Ghz remote control, that has a maximum transmission range of 100 meters. As far as the camera is concerned, the Akaso X5c is equipped with a ventral camera that can shoot decent-quality photos and record in HD, thanks to its 1.3-megapixel imaging sensor.
Other Features and Specifications:
- The drone features a headless mode, which helps the user fly the drone much easier;
- The drone’s remote is equipped with a 360-degree flip macro key;
- LED Night Light;
- Bright LED directional lights;
- Package includes a USB adapter and a TF memory card;
- Extra blades included in the pack;
- Dimensions: 12 inches in length, 12 inches in width, and 5 inches in height.
Akaso X5c Review: Product Testing
During our Akaso X5c review, we were able to test out the Akaso X5c Gyro headless drone. In order to see how the drone fares, we’ve conducted an indoor as well as outdoor tests. Let’s take a closer look at the drone’s remote control.
Remote Control – Hands on
To be frank, we were not too impressed with the drone’s remote control. Compared to drones of the same caliber like the Hubsan or Holy Stone, the Akaso’s remote control looks and feels like one of those RCs made for toy cars. Even the red and black design reinforced this impression.
At the first glance, the remote control looks bulky and pretty hard to use. As far as we can tell, Akaso’s RC is divided into two section: the upper part of the remote control which contains a pointy antenna, a button for speed control, a button for flip stunt mode, one for easy mode, and two more for switching between camera and video modes.
The central part of the remote is adorned by two twin-axis, stick-like controllers. The one of your left is used for ascending/descend/left turn/right turn, while the second switch is for forwarding/backward (left/right sideways flight).
There are four additional arrow-like buttons located near the right stick-like controller which you can use in order to command forward and backward trim.
At the bottoms of the two-stick like controllers, you will find four more trimming controllers, for left/right turning trim and for left/right sideways trim.
Of course, there’s usual on/off switch smacked in the middle of the controller and an LED power indicator above it.
The lower part of the controller is occupied by a tiny display that shows you in-flight information like throttle ration, air speed, and how much juice you have left in the battery.
Built-in 6-axis gyro quad-rotor: strong stability, can easily implement various flight movements, stronger wind resistance, easier to control.
The RC felt pretty heavy and quite uncomfortable. We had some issues reaching the speed control and easy mode buttons located in the upper part of the controller.
Although the buttons seemed to have been coated with something, it felt like touching cheap plastic.
The twin controllers did not have any springs, which meant that you had to bring them to their initial position manually.
Overall, the Akaso’s remote control looked bulky, uncomfortable and lacked the functionality of professional remote control. In the next part of our Akaso X5c Review, we’re going to show you our impression regarding how the drone handled our tests.
Flying the Drone
As we’ve mentioned before, during our Akaso X5c review, we were able to perform a couple of tests on the drone. The first test included a small makeshift indoor obstacle course, but nothing too fancy: just flying the drone inside the living room.
Surprisingly enough, the drone exceeded all expectations. Within a manner of seconds, the drone was up in the air, buzzing around the living room. We’ve even tried to fly it up close to the ceiling to see if the drone has any issues hovering around the lamp.
After a few laps around the lamps, we’ve tried to flew the drone to the rest of the house. All in all, the drone performed well and did not crash. Moreover, we did now have any issues taking sharp turns or flying it under the table.
With the first phase completed, we’ve decided to take the drone outside for further testing. For this, we chose a sunny day, with little wind. After the drone took off, we’ve observed that even a little stroke the wind can impact the drone.
During the outdoor flight tests, the drone kept tipping all the time, no matter how hard we tried to compensate for wind speed.
Another thing that we’ve observed is that the drone has some tree issues, mainly due to the fact that its propeller guard kept got caught in the branches.
We’ve also tried to tape both performances. The result was a low-quality video, highly distorted, looking like it was filmed with a 0.3-megapixel VGA camera.
Still, we have to admit that the drone is pretty maneuverable, and the motors are not that noisy. As part of our Akaso X5C review, we will also show you the pros and cons of buying this drone.
Arguments: Akaso X5c Pros:
- Excellent maneuverability;
- Akaso X5c price: approximately $35.00;
- Can perform stunts;
- Sleek design;
- Good for beginners;
- Easy to set up.
Akaso X5c Cons:
- Akaso X5c battery life: poor;
- Low-quality camera;
- Cheap plastic materials;
- Can get tangled in trees;
- Bulky remote control;
In order to conclude our Akaso X5c review, we have to make some final observation. First of all, we have to tell you, from the start, that this is a drone better suited for beginners or for individuals who don’t want to spend a lot of money on a drone, but can be frustrating for advanced users.
Overall, the drone flies well but has some issues with branches. Also, another aspect that we didn’t like is that you can’t do anything to improve battery life.
According to the Akaso drone instructions manual, the user can increase the drone’s flight time by buying a better battery.
From our little experience, we’ve discovered that you can improve flight time by one or two minutes tops with an extra battery.
Also, compared to other drones which were equipped with a charging port, the Akaso X5c quadcopter did not have one.
So, in order to charge the battery, the user has to remove the battery cover, take out the battery and to place it in a charger.
The process can become quite frustrating considering the fact that the cover is secured in place with metal screws.