A starter drone should be both fun and easy to fly. There are many on the market, but few that actually satisfy both of those qualities. The Hubsan H108 Spyder Quadcopter is one such drone, a popular starter that bridges the gap between nano drones and more complicated machines. This review seeks to figure out if it deserves its current reputation. Doing so requires looking at basic specs, some of the pros and cons, and ultimately how the drone flies. Through this examination, we’ll help consumers to determine if the drone is the right fit for their needs.
Hubsan H108 Spyder Quadcopter Drone Main Features & Specs
The Hubsan H108 Spyder Quadcopter is marketed as a very basic starter drone, and it does that job incredibly well. The drone abandons most of the features that one would expect in a drone of this category (one-touch flight, dedicated trick controls) for an experience that is both simpler and purer.
This stripped-down drone is instead focused on providing precision controls that help new pilots understand the basic principles of drone flight.
Hubsan H108 Spyder Quadcopter Drone Specs
|7 min||Indoor||Not Included||3.7 V 240 mAh LiPo||30-45 minutes||1.1 pounds||2.3 x 2.3 x 1.2 inches||100 m|
What the drone lacks in extra features it makes up in style. A solidly-designed drone, the Spyder looks like a piece of sci-fi tech and moves like one as well. The LED lights on the machine make it easy to track the unit both in the sky and on the ground, while the bright color of the unit helps it to stand out even if you manage to lose it in the high grass.
While function is always more important than form, Hubsan has managed to marry the two in order to provide a fun experience for pilots. You can also look at the Hubsan X4 H107d if you want a drone with camera.
Arguments: Pros and Cons
- Easy to fly;
- Very simple transmitter;
- Comes with spare blades;
- Easy assembly;
- Tricks are easy to pull off;
- Easy to spot in the air;
- has a very good range for the size;
- Perfect for novice pilots.
- Short flight time;
- Easy to lose in the wind;
- No batteries with the controller;
- Can break easily;
- No camera;
- Hard to find support.
Hubsan H108 Spyder Quadcopter Drone Remote Control & Set-up for First Flight
Since it’s meant for novices, there’s a lot of carry-over from gaming in general, and the two-stick design should feel familiar. The layout is simple enough, however, take-off and landing can be a bit tougher than you might expect.
Moving from left to right you’ll have a throttle control over a pair of trim controls, then an LCD information screen followed by a rudder control over a pair of trim controls.
It’s easy to tell that the layout is meant to provide a gentle learning curve for new pilots. By leaving out things like one-touch takeoff or dedicated trick controls, the pilot will learn how to undertake those tasks on his or her own. That makes it a bit harder to do basic tasks at first, but it will eventually give the pilot more confidence when attempting complicated maneuvers.
Flying the Drone
Our flight of the Hubsan H108 Spyder Quadcopter took place indoors in a large, open room. This drone is rather small, and we didn’t feel comfortable subjecting it to the rigors of flying outside. It’s a good thing we didn’t, as even flying with a fan on in the room was enough to send the light drone flying around. Thankfully, it was easy enough to rectify that problem and to get the drone flying correctly.
Contains The Hubsan H108 Spyder Quadcopter; The Transmitter; A USB Charging Cable & Instructions Manual
The good news is that getting the drone in the air is simple. After getting it paired with the remote, you’ll be flying in seconds. We recommend giving yourself plenty of space because this drone might be a little jumpy for first-time users – it can definitely move a bit faster than you might expect.
Try to spend the first flight concentrating on basic movement. You’ll need to get used to how the drone flies (there’s no headless mode here) and how to alter its altitude before you can do anything else.
Once you have the basics of flight down, though, you’ll be doing loops and flips like a professional, your first flight should be quite entertaining.
What’s in the Box?
Fortunately, the Hubsan H108 Spyder Quadcopter comes with quite a few pieces. More extras in the box would be nice, though you’ve got almost everything you need to fly here. The drone does not come with the batteries for the transmitter – you’ll have to buy those for yourself. Included in the box are:
- The Hubsan H108 Spyder Quadcopter
- The Transmitter
- 3.7v Li-Po Battery
- USB Charging Cable
- 4 Replacement Blades
- 1 Set of Rubber Feet
- 1 Blade Removal Tool
- Instructions Manual
The Spyder Quadcopter is a fine starter drone, helping new pilots to get a feel for flying a drone. Though it is short on features, it manages to make flying fun – something that’s very important for both new pilots and for hobbyists who prefer quick flips to complicated controls. This design is solid enough that pilots of all skill levels will find something to enjoy. If you have flown this drone or have questions, make sure to get in contact with us through a comment below.