Akaso X5c Review – The Best Low-Cost Quadcopter?

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 a 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 easy to assemble design. However, at a first glance, the X5c model looks like a cheap plastic model put together in haste, but after you fly it you will see the drone is very maneuverable and quite fun to fly.

Akaso X5C RC Quadcopter

Akaso X5C Drone Main Features & Specs

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. A 6-axis gyro system ensures mid-air stabilization, just like the Qcopter QC1 Quadcopter. The enhanced flight stabilization system allows the drone to perform intricate air stunts like 360-degrees quick turns, flips, and evasions.

Akaso X5c Quadcopter Specs

Flight Environment Camera Battery Charge Weight Size Range
5-7 min Indoors and outdoors 1.3 MP HD 3.7 V 500 mAh LiPo ~60min 2.9 ounces 11.8 x 11.8 x 5.5 inches 100 m

 

The Akaso X5c is controlled via a 4ch 2.4 Ghz remote control. Also, the drone features a headless mode, which helps the user fly the drone much easier, and it is equipped with a 360-degree flip macro key. It also has a LED Night Light and bright LED directional lights.

Akaso X5C RC Quadcopter

Arguments: Pros & Cons

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;
  • Can perform stunts;
  • Sleek design;
  • Good for beginners;
  • Easy to set up.
Akaso X5c Cons:
  • Poor battery life;
  • Low-quality camera;
  • Cheap plastic materials;
  • Can get tangled in trees;
  • Bulky remote control;

Akaso X5c Drone Remote Control & Set-up for First Flight

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

Akaso X5C RC Quadcopter ControllerAt the first glance, the remote control looks bulky and pretty hard to use, also it seems like one of those RCs made for toy cars. As far as we can tell, Akaso’s RC is divided into two sections. 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 has two twin-axis, stick-like controllers. The one on the left is used for ascending/descend/left turn/right turn, while the second switch is for forwarding/backward (left/right sideways flight). These do not have any springs, so they have to be brought to their initial position manually.

There are four additional arrow-like buttons near the right stick-like controller necessary for commanding forward and backward trim. At the bottom of the two-stick like controllers there are four more trimming controllers, for left/right turning trim and for left/right sideways trim.

Of course, there’s the usual on/off switch smacked in the middle of the controller and an LED power indicator above it. The lower part of the controller has a tiny display that shows the in-flight information like throttle ration, air speed, and how much juice there is left in the battery.

Akaso X5c RC Quadcopter

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.

Overall, the Akaso’s remote control looked bulky, uncomfortable and lacked the functionality of a professional remote control. In the next part of our Akaso X5c Review, we’re going to show our impressions regarding how the drone handled our flying tests.

Flying the Drone

Akaso X5C RC QuadcopterAs we’ve mentioned before during this 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 expectation. 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 lamp we tried to fly the drone in 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 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 observed that even a little stroke of wind can impact the drone.

During the outdoor flight test the drone kept tipping all the time no matter how hard we tried to compensate for wind speed. Another thing that we need to mention is that the drone has some tree issues, mainly due to the fact that its propeller guard kept getting caught in the branches.

We 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.

What’s in the Box?

  • The Akaso X5c Quadcopter with Camera;
  • The 2.4G Remote Controller;
  • USB Connection Cable;
  • Micro SD Card;
  • TF card reader;
  • The battery;
  • Instructions Manual.

Our Verdict

In order to conclude our Akaso X5c review, we have to make some final observations. First of all, we have to say that this drone works best for beginners or for individuals who don’t want to spend a lot of money on a drone, but can be frustrating for users with experience. Overall, the drone flies well but has some issues with branches. Also, another aspect that we didn’t like is the battery life. According to the Akaso drone instructions manual, the user can increase the drone’s flight time by buying a better battery. However in order to do that the user has to remove the battery cover, take out the battery and to place it in a charger. That can be rather hard since the cover is secured in place with metal screws.

8.8 Total Score
GOOD!

360-degree Flip: Just press the key, and you got 360-degree Flip, continuous roll for perfect action and wonderful performance.

Design
7.5
Quality
9
Price
10
Flight Time
8.5
Performance
9
User Rating: 4.23 (2 votes)
2 Comments
  1. Reply
    Diane Gauthier November 23, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I would like to order the 4 battery pack with charger for the AKASO’s X5C RC Quadcopter. Amazon will not ship it out to Canada, so where can we get it from that will.

    I have a suggestion for the company. Why not sell the 4 battery pack with the drone so people like myself doesn’t have to order one.

    Diane

    • Reply
      Andreas - Droneista Team November 26, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      Hi Diane,

      You can buy/order 4 battery pack with charger for the AKASO’s X5C RC Quadcopter from any Walmart. Hope this link will help you buy desired product. Just open it HERE

      Droneista Team.

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