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Syma X5 4 Channel 2.4GHz RC Explorers Quad Copter by Review Summary ,  Jul 29, 2015

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Syma X5 4 Channel 2.4GHz RC Explorers Quad Copter
Report Date: 08/12/2015
Based on 270 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 4.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Speed5.0   above average
Flying4.8   above average
Price4.5   average
Control4.4   above average
Size4.4   above average
Wind4.3   above average
Battery3.5   average
Camera3.3   below average
Motor1.3   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"Only complaint is the battery life."
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"I recommend getting a few extra batteries as the charge time is the only thing I have to complain about! "
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"I'm giving it 3 stars because the battery that comes with the copter is not of very good quality."
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"If you are looking for a good entry copter this will be fine but buy replacement batteries or you will not be able to use it."
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"I find the batteries a bit tight and inconvenient to change, and somewhat low capacity."
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"The one drawback is the short battery life but you can compensate for ordering extra batteries"
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"I easily get 8 minutes of flying time out of each battery."
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"FriendIt has been fun so far..also buy extra batteries cause you only get 5 minutes of fly time per rrcharge."
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"Here's additional batteries that fit and work great:http: www."
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"Nice to have extra battery though."
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"I recommend getting a few extra batteries as the charge time is the only thing I have to complain about! "
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Camera

Camera:
"Being able to take still pictures on demand while flying could be cool, but again, the cameras on the X5C are not known for great picture quality ;-) So the basic X5 still has value in the marketplace, my opinion."
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"The only thing that disappointed me is that I thought it has a built in camera (It's my fault that I didn't read the description very well), otherwise there are no mistakes and you deserve the 5 stars."
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"This would be a real problem if I had a camera as the battery compartment door pops open in flight."
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"The downside of the camera from what I have read is it drains the batter and reduces flight time, so the 808 camera (720x480) may be better in the end."
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"-Camera customization, the x4 and spider have integrated cameras that both have terrible cameras both moving and still."
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"I prefer the version of this quad without the camera because I'm picky about photo resolution and you can easily do front and back flips."
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"Was able to hook up one of my other 2 stock cameras and flew the X5 for a 3 minute break in flight."
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"Easy to calibrate, the camera is above average but you buy these to zip around in and they are very quick."
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"You get about 8-10 minutes per battery (without camera), which seems pretty standard (especially in this lower price class)."
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"many people love this product, and it's camera equipped brothers."
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Control

Control:
"I got this earlier than expected, i flew it indoors and its very easy to control and it won't break easily."
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"I bought two and both times I've had motor 3 (as marked by the control board) has failed within a day."
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"An altitude control system is all that this is missing, be careful, it climbs quick!"
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"Great choice if you are a beginner flier and want something easy to control and don't get damaged very easily."
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"All controls work great."
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"Really easy to fly once you get the hang of the controls."
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"Easy to control, easy to see, good distance."
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"A small breeze can easily make you lose control."
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Crash

Crash:
"While I would not recommend purposely trying to crash the unit, it did hold up perfectly in some of my less delicate landings."
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"The quadcopter naturally went unstable and the resulting crash broke a propeller -not a big deal as replacement blades come with the kit."
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"When you crash, odds are that it will land right side up and you will be able to take right back off again."
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"Also is built fairly well; I've taken a few crashes with no damage."
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"I have flown for dozens of hours and crashed many times since and have not had any problem."
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"That happened to me as well when I crashed into a tree."
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"This X5 will fly all day (and night with it's decent lighting array) and even survive crash after crash (as in my videos) and still fly."
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Flying

Flying:
"Came with a light and a propeller engine not working well, but it flies! "
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"I did remove the prop guards because they really aren't necessary unless you fly it in your house a lot and are worried about the props banging into stuff and knocking things off shelves and counter tops."
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"It is fun to fly around but is not a good helicopter for beginners ."
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"The good news is that the lighter weight means that it doesn't land so hard (though the LED covers seem to pop off VERY easy...already lost both orange ones in just a couple of days of flying).- The prop guards are helpful, but pretty flimsy."
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"I easily get 8 minutes of flying time out of each battery."
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"I've been flying R C's off & on for 20 years, this a very easy R C for new people."
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"Once you get it trimmed, it is very stable for it's size, easy to fly in very tight spaces."
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"Beautifully designed little quad, great for beginner intermediate...fun as all get out to fly."
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"One seems to fly well but second is not functioning."
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Motor

Motor:
"My son got this for his birthday and unfortunately one of the motors was not working properly."
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"Motors were weak and the switch broke after w days"
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"After you wreck the first one, you'll have your old one to cannibalize for parts like prop motors that will probably eventually fail."
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"Second, other reviewers have complained about the tiny motor sprockets coming off."
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"Had three of them and a motor failed after an hour or two of use."
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"Buy some spare motors and a soldering iron because the motors will fail and need replacement."
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"Who knows if that's good for the motors, but hey, it's great."
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"The copter is good but those gears on the motor are designed to give and will need to be replaced."
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"Luckily since I still had the remains of my last drone I was able to swap out a motor with it and I'm back to flying."
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"i would love to leave my 5 star rating, but i have had to order a motor and wait and i have only had it 3 weeks."
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"update:10 20 2014While i really enjoyed flying this quad and it is really fun, one of the left spinning motors quit."
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Price

Price:
"I've been playing around with the smaller ones that are at the same price point for awhile now and just got frustrated with constantly replacing blades."
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"Not goin to spend anymore money on this peice of junk...i know you get what you pay for but come on $50 is alot!"
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"When I came I was a little worried because it feels VERY thin and cheap."
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"Overall for the money and quality you can't beat the fun you will have with it."
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"Best drone at this price level"
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"fast delivery and well made best price love it"
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"Great product for the price."
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"Decent build quality for the price."
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"Hard to believe they can make something so much fun and inexpensive too! "
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Propeller

Propeller:
"Came with a light and a propeller engine not working well, but it flies! "
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"After you wreck the first one, you'll have your old one to cannibalize for parts like prop motors that will probably eventually fail."
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"The problem I have is the gears that spin the propellers are completely exposed on the bottom."
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"my kit was missing one screw from the prop guards which was kinf of annoying but im sure it was just a fluke .. bottom line, great product for the price."
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"The quadcopter naturally went unstable and the resulting crash broke a propeller -not a big deal as replacement blades come with the kit."
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"The good news is that the lighter weight means that it doesn't land so hard (though the LED covers seem to pop off VERY easy...already lost both orange ones in just a couple of days of flying).- The prop guards are helpful, but pretty flimsy."
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"- Propeller guards is a very good thing...highly recommended to save $$ on replacement props."
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"The good news is that the lighter weight means that it doesn't land so hard (though the LED covers seem to pop off VERY easy...already lost both orange ones in just a couple of days of flying).- The prop guards are helpful, but pretty flimsy."
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"Getting the prop guards on was easy (its making sure they stay on is the challenge)."
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Quality

Quality:
"I'm giving it 3 stars because the battery that comes with the copter is not of very good quality."
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"Being able to take still pictures on demand while flying could be cool, but again, the cameras on the X5C are not known for great picture quality ;-) So the basic X5 still has value in the marketplace, my opinion."
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"I soldered it myself, but was displeased in the quality of the controller."
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"Terrible build quality."
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"Outside I've had more fun, but again, the quality of the video is not great."
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"Overall for the money and quality you can't beat the fun you will have with it."
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"Great quality product very easy to fly would recommend for beginners."
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"Decent build quality for the price."
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"Perfect quality, and simply fast and stable on all 4 units purchased."
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"The video quality is quite good although learning to control it for recording does take a little practice."
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Size

Size:
"SO if you damage the motors or put small dings in the rotors it wont fly right because of the loss of autobalance-Most people enjoy altitude locks, but the syma gives you full control (which takes a small learning curve, 2-3 flights if you are new) of thrust, manual maneuvers are much more fun and rewarding than pre-installed ones."
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"Even with all of that, the size and the lights make it great to fly during the day or at night (the Hubson is so small, that daytime flight makes it hard to see what it is doing, but the nighttime flight is awesome!"
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"Once you get it trimmed, it is very stable for it's size, easy to fly in very tight spaces."
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"It flies outside a bit too well for its size with around 9 mph winds."
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"Best small quad I've tried under $100.00."
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"A small breeze can easily make you lose control."
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"And it's size makes it easy to spot at a distance and easy-ish to discern orientation at a distance."
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Speed

Speed:
"It flies outside a bit too well for its size with around 9 mph winds."
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"fast delivery and well made best price love it"
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"It's so stable and can be really fast in high rate mode but can also be great for indoors in low rate mode."
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"They came fast fly good and take a beating what else you want a cookie :P"
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"Perfect quality, and simply fast and stable on all 4 units purchased."
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Video

Video:
"- It comes with everything you need, including a 2GB micro USB card (BTW, before you use it for video, I would recommend a full format...I used the card without formatting and got several corrupted videos that I wasn't able to playback."
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"Outside I've had more fun, but again, the quality of the video is not great."
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"If I wanted great video, I'd spend more money on something else."
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"The actual video looks very good."
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"The video quality is quite good although learning to control it for recording does take a little practice."
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"I finally found a u-tube video explaining how to re-caliber, and now it's perfect."
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"The videos are unwatchable-Price is reasonable, half of the cost of the x4 or the spider-motor auto cutoff, if you hit something they immediately stop."
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Wind

Wind:
"This product is good to learn on, particularly if you have a large indoor area or a calm outside area, but my biggest complaint is that this quad does not fight the wind well."
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"This quad doesn't do great with any amount of wind."
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"It flies outside a bit too well for its size with around 9 mph winds."
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"Flying this you feel much less confident about being able to bring it back when it's too far away in strong winds than flying say, a Hubsan x4, which are great for flying in the wind."
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"This product is good to learn on, particularly if you have a large indoor area or a calm outside area, but my biggest complaint is that this quad does not fight the wind well."
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"I'll jump right to the pros cons first for those of you who don't want to read the whole review:PROS* Affordable; losing it in a tree will not be a catastrophe* Large enough to fly outside in light wind* Durable* Very little assembly prep required; just screw on the blade protecters with the provided Philips screwdriver, charge the battery and it's ready to go* Red lights for front green lights for rear make it easy to see which direction it's oriented in."
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