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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadricopter (Snow) by Review Summary ,  Jul 29, 2015

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadricopter (Snow)
Report Date: 08/12/2015
Based on 138 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.5
Returned or considering to return: 5.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Control3.8   average
Flying3.8   below average
Price3.8   below average
Camera3.3   below average
Video3.3   below average
Battery3.1   below average
Quality3.1   below average
Wi-Fi2.3   average


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Battery

Battery:
"Since rough landings or small wipe-outs cause the wifi signal to be broken you have to pull the top off the drone, disconnect the battery, then reconnect the battery and put the top back on the drone to get wifi connection back, a big hassle, so install the on off switch will save a lot of time and headaches."
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"My only complaint is that the standard battery doesn't last longer than 15 minutes."
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"Next adventure was battery problems, I bought a larger battery for more flight time but didn't pay attention to how you insert the larger battery into the stock charger, it bent the wires making the charger practically broken, I fixed it but I could see it well fail soon enough so I bought a higer end hobby king charger that solved that problem and another higher capacity battery but that was a dud and had to return that."
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"Good beginner model, but not easy to overlook the shortcomings:Short battery lifeShort range on the controlsLow quality photosCharger doesn't fit snugly into an AC outlet."
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"I did buy an extra HD battery with the Drone which I HIGHLY recommend as flight time is 15-20 minutes per battery and charge time is around 1 1 2 hours."
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"In the beginning when researching my first drone purchase I wanted to buy DJI phantom 3, but luckily I showed a little restraint and decided to get the AR Drone 2.0 because it's a 1 4 of the price of the phantom and if I trashed it or just didn't get into the hobby I'd only be out $300 instead of $1,250.I had no trouble at all getting the Drone software updates done and other than charging the battery it is pretty much ready to fly out of the box."
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"I would also recommend purchasing a couple extra batteries as you get about 10-12 minutes of play time until the battery is discharged."
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"I have 3 batteries and the thing looks good and it will fly."
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Camera

Camera:
"One note: The stock cameras are not great."
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"So if you're buying this for HD camera action you'll probable by disappointed as I was."
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"This biggest problem with this is the camera and jello effect the drone produces."
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"Camera is not the best but still fun."
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"Negative: poor quality camera, shakes a lot in the wind, bateria."
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"The down camera didn't take good pictures"
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"The only good part about this drone is the camera"
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"The Front mounted camera takes great video's!"
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"So no, these are not professional grade but they are easy to fly, take good video from the horizonal camera and you cannot get into much trouble with them because of the limited range."
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"The picture quality of the horizonal camera is very good, the vertical camera very poor."
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Control

Control:
"After several flights and understanding the controls (I took it really slow) I could video with a great deal of precision."
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"Drone 2.0 Elite Edition is an extremely frustrating waste of money due to its wifi control signal."
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"Unfortunately, the control cuts out at roughly that distance as well, so you have to follow it around to use it fully."
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"The main drawback is the control system."
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"I started looking at posts about mod's and after-market parts so I just started trying different things, replaced props with better balanced ones, replaced prop drive gears with lighter ones, removed the outside metal decal covering to remove weight, Those mods fixed the problem of flying at this altitude as now it will fly as high as I want and I have very good control over it."
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"After several flights and understanding the controls (I took it really slow) I could video with a great deal of precision."
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"It has really good control, and nice range and height."
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"Good as it is for fun and basic control"
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"So lets backtrack to when I initially got the drone out of box powered it and up it rose hovering incredibly-never flown and Radio control aircraft before so the initial ease can be misleading."
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Crash

Crash:
"I had one crash where I broke a motor and had to replace with a new one, but other than that it is very durable."
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"Now I can pretty much do whatever I want with it and no crashes."
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"He has crashed it into a few trees and buildings, not the drone's fault, he's just a bad pilot...after the crash the drone still flies! "
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"The quad is pretty difficult to crash because it's artificial intelligence keeps it buffering pretty high winds (10-15 mph) stable and stationary."
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"Not sure exactly how durable it is, but I've crashed mine somewhat dramatically several times and it still works."
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Flying

Flying:
"I started looking at posts about mod's and after-market parts so I just started trying different things, replaced props with better balanced ones, replaced prop drive gears with lighter ones, removed the outside metal decal covering to remove weight, Those mods fixed the problem of flying at this altitude as now it will fly as high as I want and I have very good control over it."
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"It did fly away once under it's own with no signal but I was able to run it down and retrieve it."
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"The drone no longer flies like it initially did which wasn't very good to begin with."
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"I use joystick mode using my phone to control it I think the limited range of the wi-fi is a plus as this is a starter drone and hard to get into trouble by flying it onto the white house lawn or other sensitive areas or high enough to affect aircraft when it has a range of maybe 50 yards max, also hard to lose sight of it."
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"I am unable to fly this thing because it sways 20 ftt to the right immediately on liftoff."
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"Very cool drone, easy to fly and great video recordings."
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"I started looking at posts about mod's and after-market parts so I just started trying different things, replaced props with better balanced ones, replaced prop drive gears with lighter ones, removed the outside metal decal covering to remove weight, Those mods fixed the problem of flying at this altitude as now it will fly as high as I want and I have very good control over it."
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"In the beginning when researching my first drone purchase I wanted to buy DJI phantom 3, but luckily I showed a little restraint and decided to get the AR Drone 2.0 because it's a 1 4 of the price of the phantom and if I trashed it or just didn't get into the hobby I'd only be out $300 instead of $1,250.I had no trouble at all getting the Drone software updates done and other than charging the battery it is pretty much ready to fly out of the box."
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"My son loves the drone, easy to fly, pretty durable."
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Price

Price:
"Drone 2.0 Elite Edition is an extremely frustrating waste of money due to its wifi control signal."
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"Don't get me wrong, I own other Parrot products with satisfaction (I bought my kids a Jumping Sumo and a Rolling spyder), but this product is the worst use for my money in 43 years (Yes, I'm 43)."
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"You have wasted you hard earned money on something that is just the worst engineered product in years."
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"This drone is in exactly the wrong price point: it's expensive enough you'll be very upset when you destroy it, but not expensive enough to have proper features like GPS or a proper dedicated controller with good range."
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"I may end up buying a better grade but for now I give these a 5 star based on it being a very well designed, fairly easy to fly and repair at a reasonable price.."
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"The fact that the extras are available and cheap makes this a perfect first drone."
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"The customer service at Parrot is a joke and only found 1 guy that was some what cool but this drone is a great way waste money and spend time taking it apart and replacing parts."
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"The RC hobby should be eased into otherwise you will be literally paying the price for skipping steps."
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"I bought one of these and it's a money pit, do not buy, it was only problems after problems parts and more parts, I make this public because Parrot never even answerd to my problems and it was brand new 8 flys is what I got at first, bought an extra battery, extra axels , shafts, learned to fix it in all ways, then after fixed for the third time the arm that holds the motor just broke in thin air...Do not buy!"
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Quality

Quality:
"There's a bit of lag on the real-time video feed and it's not great quality, so I don't recommend relying on that for flying ( i. e. keep line of sight), but the copter itself is plenty responsive."
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"Video quality is a disappointment to say the least but I really didn't know that then."
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"I flew it for about 10 minutes and it was fun, video quality good, but some problems with connectivity to my iphone... when it would get maby 30 feet away it would loose connection."
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"The first one i received flew fine, but when I tried to record video in flight the quality of video was terrible; fully of wavy interference to the point of being completely useless."
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"Negative: poor quality camera, shakes a lot in the wind, bateria."
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"The picture quality of the horizonal camera is very good, the vertical camera very poor."
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"Video quality is excellent and the drone is really pretty easy to fly."
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"Flown this a number of times over the past few weeks, and the quality and ease of use is excellent."
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"Good quality, and superior value compared to simular items."
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"I flew it for about 10 minutes and it was fun, video quality good, but some problems with connectivity to my iphone... when it would get maby 30 feet away it would loose connection."
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Range

Range:
"It would randomly go on the fritz (I followed all instructions of balancing, etc)- The WiFi direct range was terrible."
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"I use joystick mode using my phone to control it I think the limited range of the wi-fi is a plus as this is a starter drone and hard to get into trouble by flying it onto the white house lawn or other sensitive areas or high enough to affect aircraft when it has a range of maybe 50 yards max, also hard to lose sight of it."
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"The only thing I don't like is the WiFi doesn't have a good range Like you would with a digital controller ."
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"Wifi range is terrible, and fly-always happen a lot."
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"There are two problems with this: First, it only has the range of a WiFi network, which means that at best you can only fly it around 35 yards away from you before the signal gets weak."
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"It has really good control, and nice range and height."
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"This drone is in exactly the wrong price point: it's expensive enough you'll be very upset when you destroy it, but not expensive enough to have proper features like GPS or a proper dedicated controller with good range."
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"There are two problems with this: First, it only has the range of a WiFi network, which means that at best you can only fly it around 35 yards away from you before the signal gets weak."
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"It's good, I like it but if you like long range flying then the wifi on it's not very dependable."
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Video

Video:
"After several flights and understanding the controls (I took it really slow) I could video with a great deal of precision."
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"I bought the mainboard, received it promptly installed it and it finanally flew but the video feed was giving me a connection error warnning."
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"When I turned it on recently I got video error messages and the video did not work."
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"There's a bit of lag on the real-time video feed and it's not great quality, so I don't recommend relying on that for flying ( i. e. keep line of sight), but the copter itself is plenty responsive."
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"I would also not recommend it for ariel videos, they are ok but the DJI Phantom is much better for that."
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"Very cool drone, easy to fly and great video recordings."
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"I recommend watching AR Drone instuctional videos which are all over the net before attempting to fly just so you know the important check-list stuff to do each time before you fly and understand how to setup the configuration options."
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"The Front mounted camera takes great video's!"
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"After several flights and understanding the controls (I took it really slow) I could video with a great deal of precision."
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"I managed to keep the drone from hitting the power lines adjacent to my home as it drifted in between them multiple times (I've got the video of these lines close up) before I was able to safely get it back on the ground."
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Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi:
"Since rough landings or small wipe-outs cause the wifi signal to be broken you have to pull the top off the drone, disconnect the battery, then reconnect the battery and put the top back on the drone to get wifi connection back, a big hassle, so install the on off switch will save a lot of time and headaches."
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"Drone 2.0 Elite Edition is an extremely frustrating waste of money due to its wifi control signal."
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"It would randomly go on the fritz (I followed all instructions of balancing, etc)- The WiFi direct range was terrible."
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"I use joystick mode using my phone to control it I think the limited range of the wi-fi is a plus as this is a starter drone and hard to get into trouble by flying it onto the white house lawn or other sensitive areas or high enough to affect aircraft when it has a range of maybe 50 yards max, also hard to lose sight of it."
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"The only thing I don't like is the WiFi doesn't have a good range Like you would with a digital controller ."
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"Wifi system does not always connect easily and controls seem to work off and on?"
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"very nice product yes the Wi-Fi rage is not big but now you can connect the transmitter to somebody make that modification and send you the transmitter and the receiver only you half to do just plug and play."
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"Controls are easy but WiFi limits distance."
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"ready to fly out of the box super easy to learn how to fly, easy Wifi connect reliable connection, only bad thing is the super short battery life."
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"The Good:-- Easy connection with Wifi makes it a snap to connect and start flying in minutes."
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