If you want to try a drone designed specifically for beginners, then check out our Syma X11 Rc Quadcopter review to learn all about this cutting-edge piece of equipment. The X11 R/C quadcopter bears the mark of Syma, one of the largest toy manufacturers in the world.
Generally, the name of “Syma” is associated with high-quality, low-cost mini drones, the X11 R/C model being the epitome of their design. At a first glance, the X11 model might look like a mere children’s toy, but, it’s much more than that. Let’s take a closer look at the drone in order to see if the Syma X11 R/C quadcopter can truly be crowned the king of beginner’s drones.
Syma X11 RC Quadcopter Review Main Features & Specs
The X11 RC model has an elegant design, combining functionality with sheer power. Measuring no more than 15.2 centimeters in length, 15.2 centimeters in width, and 3.7 centimeters in height, this drone makes flying easy. As you might expect, the X11 Quadcopter is incredibly light, weighing no more than 0.6 kilograms with the battery and propeller guard attached.
The drone takes to the skies with its four brushless motors, equipped with PVC blades. Moreover, for extra protection, the motor assembly and the blades are surrounded by a protective plastic guard. The Syma X11 RC is powered by a 3.7 200 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery; that keep the drone in the air for 6 to 8 minutes.
|Syma X11 RC Quadcopter Drone Specs|
|$55.99||6 – 8 min||Indoor/Outdoor||Not included||1 mAH Lithium battery||40min||13.6 ounces||30.4cm||40m|
As far as stabilization is concerned, the drone employs a cutting-edge 6-axis stabilization system, with 3D lock and flight scheduling also incorporated.
Here are some other specs and features:
- LED Nightlight;
- Built-in gyro system;
- 4 GHz 4Ch Wireless remote control;
- Remote Control Transmission Range: between 30 and 50 meters;
- Chassis material: plastic;
- Can perform intricate stunts like 360-degree evasions, flips, and rolls.
Arguments: Pros & Cons
Syma X11 RC rose above all expectations, truly worthy of its title of best drone for beginners. And, as part of our Syma X11 Rc quadcopter review, we will show you the pros and cons of buying this drone.
- Excellent for beginners;
- Good battery life;
- Increased precision thanks to its 6-axis gyro;
- Can perform intricate stunts;
- Doesn’t need a platform in order to take off;
- Intuitive controller.
- Doesn’t have a camera;
- Chassis is made out of cheap plastic;
- The blades can break off easily;
- The drone is not windproofed.
Syma X11 Rc Quadcopter – Remote Control & Set-up for First Flight
As part of our Syma X11 Rc Quadcopter review, we were able to test out the Hornet model from Syma. As a result, the testing section will be divided into two parts: in the first part we are going to share our impressions regarding Syma’s wireless controller, followed by a detailed account of how the drone handled our flight tests.
Syma’s remote controller seemed like the natural extension of the quadcopter. It looked shiny, sleek, and quite cool actually, compared to other remote controls. After unboxing the thing, each of us had the distinct impression that Syma’s RC wasn’t actually a drone controller, but more of an Xbox wireless controller.
In fact, if you put a regular Xbox One controller side-by-side with Syma’s RC, you couldn’t tell them apart. The controller has a nice and eye-pleasing tint of red, lost amidst a sea of white. One of the first thing that made us fall madly in love with Syma’s RC is that it doesn’t have a bulky antenna sticking out of it.
It looks like Syma didn’t leave any stone unturned when it came to designing. Furthermore, all the buttons are distributed evenly on the remote’s surface, the user being able to reach any of it without too much effort.
Syma’s remote control was so light and compact that we were able to carry it around in our pockets. The buttons were responsive and, as far as we can tell, there’s no transmission lag.
Syma X11 RC is powered by a 3.7 200 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery; that keep the drone in the air for 6 to 8 minutes.
Syma X11 RC has 6 Axis Stabilization System for smooth flight and includes 1 prop guard and a spare set of 4 propellers
In the upper part of the remote control, you’ll find the high/low-speed switch, followed by the 3D tumble soft key. The central part of the remote control is occupied by two one-axis stick-like controllers, the left one being used for adjusting the elevation, while the one on the right controls the direction.
Furthermore, during our tests, we have discovered that the right controllers can be used in order to perform eversions. In the lower part of the controller, you’ll find two additional button clusters, used for fine-tuning, reset, and for switching flying modes.
All in all, the controller felt great to the touch, and we did not have any issues reaching the buttons.
Flying the Drone
After unboxing the Syma X11 RC quadcopter, we’ve taken it to the backyard in order to fly it around. The first thing we’ve noticed about this nifty quad is that you don’t need to set it on the ground in order to take it up in the air.
The 6-axis stabilization gyro is so good that you can basically toss the drone in the air, and the gyro will kick in the blink of an eye. As far as mini drones go, we have to say for a fact that the Syma X11 is the most silent one we’ve tested so far.
Another thing we’ve noticed when testing the Syma X11 model is that it has no issues when maneuvering around obstacles. For the purpose of our outdoor tests, we’ve tried to fly the drone as close as possible to things like poles and tree branches.
On more than one occasion, the drone was so close to one of the poles, that we could hear the plastic of the propeller guard scraping against metal. Still, upon pressing the control, the drone would perform loops around the objects, without getting tangled.
All in all, we can say that the Syma X11 RC rose above all expectations, truly worthy of its title of best drone for beginners. In case you want to learn more about this brand, read our review of the Syma X5C quadcopter.
What’s in the box?
We can’t call our Syma X11 Rc Quadcopter Review complete without telling you what parts and accessories you will find in the box upon delivery:
- Syma X11 RC Quadcopter,
- Remote controller,
- USB charging cable,
- 1 screwdriver,
- 1 tail blade,
- prop guard,
- 4 spare propellers.
In order to conclude our Syma X11 RC quadcopter review, we need to add a few observations about this outstanding drone. First of all, it will be a good idea to try to find the drone outside, rather than indoors, because the Syma X11 quadcopter frequency typically matches the frequency of your Wi-Fi transmitter and you might have some connectivity issues.
Overall, the drone performs magnificently under any circumstance, being able to handle itself quite good around obstacles. The only thing wrong with this drone is that it doesn’t sport out other useful features like “return home” or the auto hover mode.
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The X11 RC model has an elegant design, combining functionality with sheer power. Measuring no more than 15.2 centimeters in length, 15.2 centimeters in width, and 3.7 centimeters in height, this drone makes flying easy.