Syma X1 Spacecraft Review
Syma X1 Spacecraft Review
The X1 Series of RC Quadcopters by Syma are among the most popular and most rated quadcopter models currently sold on the giant retailer website Amazon.. The main reason why so many people buy them is mainly because of the price. When we first started reviewing and building our own models, these costed around $45-50. Now, the price has dropped by 30% and the number of great reviews on this line of quadcopter models have increased dramatically. For mass marketed bulk volume quadcopters on sale, they are among the cheapest. They are also relatively simple and easy to understand and operate.
- Model is based on the industry standard 4 channel 2.4 GHz frequency
- Stabilizer system is 3 axis creating a gyro for orientation purposes
- Two speeds: Slower and Faster
- Faster speed mode allows for acrobatic tricks, like flips, rolls, and more
- Product Battery: 3.7V/350mAh Li-po
- Charging time: About 40 Minutes
- Flying time: About 5-6 Minutes
- Controlling distance: About 40 Meters
The Syma X1 Spacecraft is one of the best rated rc quadcopter models around. The last we checked, it was on the top spot for search results if you search for “quadcopters” on Amazon. The last we checked back in 2014, there was more than 500 reviews and it gets an average rating of 8/10 which shows that for most of the buyers they had overall a good experience with it.
In terms of the actual product specifications, the Spacecraft has almost the exact same specs as the UFO and BumbleBee. The main difference is the cover that goes on top of the pcb or main circuit on the quadcopter is a different shape. However let’s see what those specifications are again, just to remind ourselves what this X1 Spacecraft Quadcopter can do.
First, it has what is known as a 3 way precision controller, which means that it can go in all 6 directions, backwards, forwards, left, right, upwards, and downwards.
Second, you can fly it supposedly both outdoors and indoors. From what I have seen of its size and weight, it probably would not be a very good idea to take this model outside, and definitely not when it is windy at the risk of it being blown away.
The adjustable gyroscope sensitivity stabilization system is based on 3 axises. This means that it should always have a way in midair to balance itself out to be flat and be able to hover. However it seems that to be able to get the X1 Spacecraft to be able to just hover in one place in mid air is actually extremely difficult. Most people suggest that one always keeps an eye on where the device is going to fly in, and give it more room to do it by going outside.
The types of aerial stunts that you are supposed to be able to do with the Spacecraft Quadcopter 3D maneuvers like pirouettes, flips, and rolls. However you can only do these tricks when you click the button which allows the rc quadcopter to go into the fast, or advanced mode.
The type of battery that goes into the X1 Spacecraft are a 3.7 Volt LiPo at a rating of 350 mAH. You need to charge this battery for around 40 minutes for it to be fully charged and the flight time is only around 5- 6 minutes.
(Note On The Batteries: For the person who has never flown one of these toys before, they might be a little shocked at just how “poor” the battery performance may be, but that is actually sort of average. To spend almost a full hour charging the battery only to get a little over 5 minutes of total flying time from the RC toy before running out of battery juice is extremely common. It turns out that traditionally, Radio Controlled Toy Flying Aircrafts, like RC Helicopters and RC Airplanes was not possible. That was because there was no energy storage system that had a high enough energy packing density but also had a low mass density. It wasn’t until the creation and mass production of LiPo batteries did the quadcopters and multicopters finally exist. It just wasn’t possible to lift an aircraft upwards against gravity using electrochemical energy sources aka batteries. There are other types of energy storage/batteries with higher energy packing density but their mass density was just too high.)
The range for the device is around 50 meters, which seems to be the standard range for the transmitter to still work, which uses the standard 2.4 GHz radio frequency signal to communicate with the receiver on the quadcopter. The transmitter is based on a 4 channels system. It is definitely recommended that one spends slightly more money to buy some spare LiPo batteries around because the batteries are used up very quickly.
From the buyers of the product…
When you snap the LiPo battery to the bottom of the X1 Spaceship, make sure that you have the quadcopter on a level surface. This is to let the gyros to stabilize themselves.
A major problem of buyers of this model might have noticed is that the quad and the transmitter or controller can’t seem to be able to bind themselves correctly, or communicate. To resolve this problem, you want to do the following. Right after you snap on the battery to the quad, you want to wait until the LED lights that starts flashing to indicate the receiver is looking for a signal from the transmitter. When the flashing starts to go faster, then you flip on the controller. When the LED light on the quad turns solid where it stops flashing, that means that the binding process worked.
If you are a first time buyer of rc quadcopters you are going to probably not figure out how to keep the quadcopter in the air continuously for the amount of time it is supposed be able to do, which is 5-6 minutes. Most likely the controllers are going to be tricky so you are going to crash it a few times, in the grass, on the carpet, etc. This model seems to be one of the more durable models so you have time to slowly figure everything out, how to trim it, how to do flips by going into the fast mode, etc. The highest distance up it can go is around 100 feet.
From one reviewer they state… “ it will hover in one spot, turn 360 degrees and circle, go forward and backwards… it has a button to do front and side flips,”
So is the Spacecraft model worth checking out for the beginning hobbiest?
Based on just the price alone, currently less than $30, it would be an incredible deal. In our reviews of every single model that we could find and get our hands on, the people from Syma selling the X1 series seems to have managed to push the price on these new flying toys to a price base level which is unbeatable. A lot of the other mini-quadcopters we have found like the Estes Dart for example, is listed at over $50. How two different reseller companies can price their products which are made of the same amount of material so far apart shows how good some sellers at reducing their prices. If you want something cheap, which you will not get stressed over when it breaks, go with this model. It will save you money while you get the hang of flying this UAVs.
We are not sure which model type of the X1 the guy in the video is flying. He somehow managed to get a small pin-hole sized camera fitted on the Syma, which we were surprised he could do due to the weight issue. We had always assumed that the X1 models, at around just over an ounce, that the additional weight of a camera would be too much and tip the drone while in mid flight so that it could not hover correctly.