Cheerwing Syma X5SW Review

Everything that comes out of Syma’s assembly line is easy to use and has quite an affordable price. We have here the Cheerwing Syma X5SW or the upgraded version of the ever-popular Syma X5C model that has dropped its 2.4 GHz RC and opted for a Wi-Fi solution. 

This means not only that the drone is easier to control, but it also makes room for other opportunities, like mobile applications.

Read our Cheerwing Syma X5SW review and find out everything you’ll ever need to know about this outstanding low-cost and easy to fly drone.

Cheerwing Syma X5SW Drone Main Features & Specs

The Cheerwing Syma X5SW, also known by its boring and long-tailed name of Cheerwing Syma X5SWFPV Explorers 2 2.4 GHz 4CH 6-Axis Gyro RC Headless Quadcopter UFO with HD Wifi Camera (White) is a mid-range drone, good for both indoor and outdoor flying.

This drone is equipped with four brushless engines, which sport out the coreless technology. This nifty addition prevents the drone’s rotors from overheating during an extended flight.

Cheerwing Syma X5SW Drone Specs
5-7 minIndoors and outdoorsHD 0.3 MP WiFi FPV3.7V 500 mAh Li-Po90-120 min4.19 ounces12.4 x 12.4 x  4.13 inches50m

As for its design, the Cheerwing Syma X5SWFPV Explorers 2, looks both intimidating and functional. However, upon closer view, the drone’s body suspiciously resembles DJI Phantom’s design minus the fan guards.

Now, the whole thing is powered by a 3.7V 500 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery, which can keep the drone up in the air 5 to 7 minutes. However, with the fan guards attached, the battery’s life decreases to 6 minutes, and with the camera switched on all time, the user will only get 4 minutes of flying.

As far as aerial photography is concerned, the Cheerwing Syma quadcopter drone sports a 0.3-megapixel imaging sensor that has the real-time transmission technology.

Arguments: Pros & Cons

Arguments:Cheerwing Syma X5SWPros:

  • Easy to fly around;
  • Impeccable maneuvering;
  • Can perform air stunts;
  • Is compatible with both iOS and Android;
  • Lightweight;
  • Good for beginners.

Cheerwing Syma X5SW Cons:

  • Doesn’t support anything lower than Android 4.0;
  • Poor camera and video quality
  • Wind bug not fixed;
  • Stalls and crashes without any reason;
  • Small issues with Wi-Fi reception;
  • No SD card slot.

Cheerwing Syma X5sw Drone Remote Control & Set-up for First Flight

As part of our Cheerwing Syma X5SW review, we were able to test one of these flying marvels. Unfortunately, we were not able to try the drone indoors, but the outdoor tests were more than conclusive.

Remote Control

Even though when holding Syma X5SW’s remote control we felt like holding an over-glorified toy car’s remote control the drone’s RC still felt great to the touch.

Also, we had no issues reaching the buttons placed on the outer end of the remote control. So, the RC s divided into three parts.

There’s the upper part which contains the RC’s Wi-Fi Antenna, the high/low-speed switch on the left and the one-touch 3D eversion key on the right side.

The upper part of the also RC contains the phone holder, which, judging by the size of it, can hold the even bigger phone like those from the Samsung Galaxy Edge series.

We have the middle part which contains two semi-spherical stick like controllers, coated with an anti-slipping material. The middle part also contains two buttons for left or right trimming.

Also, there is a big power button smack in between the two stick controllers and button that switches between video and camera.

As for the bottom part of the controller, it contains a small LCD which can show some useful information like thrust, inclination, and cruise speed.

All in all, the remote control has a nice black-and-white touch to it, and it responds well to commands. Another thing that we’ve enjoyed is that we didn’t need a port to connect our smartphone to the RC since the Wi-Fi transmitter has a large enough bandwidth.

First Flight

For the purpose of our tests, we chose a day with a light breeze. So, after setting up the drone, and connecting the smartphone to the RC, we’ve switched on the drone.

Take off was more than impeccable, and we’ve liked the fact that the drone is pretty silent considering its sizes.

Landing and take-off are smooth, and so are the in-flight controls. There’s virtually no lag between the drone’s remote and the quadcopter, or any sudden loss of signal. 

However, the drone’s camera is not equipped with any SD card slots. So that means that every time the user wants to record something, they will have to do it through Syma’s mobile application.

Handling the drone is pretty easy, thanks to its responsive interface and the included headless mode. Also, the drone is more than able to handle twists, turns, frontal flips, and evasion, without too much difficulty.

Now, regarding photo/video capabilities, we had a couple of issues. First of all, we’ve noticed a small lag in Wi-Fi reception.

More specifically, the transition between the frame is not smooth, giving the feeling that the drone is actually moving in slow motion.

Cheerwing Syma X5SW Headless Quadcopter Drone with HD Wifi Camera

Equipped with the latest 6-axis flight control systems, 3D lock, More scheduled flight, operating more to the force!

Since the camera is not equipped with an anti-glare filter, it’s impossible to take a picture or to record during the day, not to mention using the FPV mode to wander around.

But this issue can be resolved by buying an anti-glare filter, which is not at all expensive.

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However, sadly enough, it would seem that Syma did not fix the wind bug that makes flying in strong winds seem impossible, a problem that started with the X5C series.

When we tried flying the quadcopter into the wind, keeping the drone stable became very hard. Needless to say that after a moment the quadcopter crashed into the ground.

Concerning flight, our Cheerwing Syma X5SW review concludes that the drone handles well, the controls are responsive, and it’s quite fun to pilot.

What’s in the box?

When you receive and unpack your new drone, this is what should be in the box:

  • The Cheerwing Syma X5SW drone;
  • The remote controller;
  • A clip for smartphone;
  • 4 spare propellers;
  • The USB charging cable;
  • A screwdriver;
  • The battery;
  • Instructions manual.

Our Verdict

Writing our Cheerwing Syma X5SW review, we’ve managed to find out quite a lot about this drone. We’ve appreciated the fact that Syma wanted to manufacture a low-cost drone that packs quite a punch. 

However, the drone does have its share of issues, starting with the shaky, poor video/photo issues and ending with the wind bug.

Overall, the drone’s performance was satisfactory, and we liked the fact that there is virtually no lag in controls.

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