The Hubsan X4 is a quadcopter that is surprisingly good for its price point and its micro size. The Hubsan X4 only measures 4.6” x 2.3”, but boasts impressive power and stability that beats many far larger quadcopters. Its body comes illuminated by LED lights and while its design is primarily for indoor flight, its excellent stability allows it to fly outdoors in calm conditions.
The Hubsan X4 is no slouch when it comes to power and it comes with a lithium polymer battery, and a USB port so that it can be charged with a computer. With a full charge on the battery, you can expect about 8 minutes worth of flight time, and the LED lights will blink to warn you when it’s time to recharge the quadcopter.
The remote control that comes included is a 2.4 ghz transmitter, that allows you to easily switch between normal and expert mode. It It also allows for easy trimming through an LCD screen with trim adjustment buttons. The controller can also be used to perform trick flying, but the combinations required for some of the tricks take a bit of getting used to, and aren’t overly intuitive.
The tricks that this small drone can perform are actually quite surprising, and it can do barrel rolls, flips and banking, though these are all advanced maneuvers and take a fair bit of experience before they are attempted. The drone does recover quickly from failed tricks though, so you can usually avoid painful and costly crashes.
Perhaps most impressive thing about the Hubsan X4, is the stabilization software that comes built in. While many of the micro drones are slightly unstable even in indoor conditions, this performs perfectly indoors, and well enough outdoors that you can fly it without too much concern.
When the Hubsan X4 (H107L) first arrived from Amazon for me to review, I was shocked at how tiny it was. Many of the pictures that you see of this drone are deceptive and I really expected a larger drone. After taking some time to assemble the drone, I will say that the drone has some heft to it. There is a solidness to this drone that you don’t get with many of the micro drones out there.
After the Hubsan X4 was assembled and charged up, it was time to test the drone. This drone has power behind it, and it went from resting on the ground to shoulder height in no time flat. And from the moment it took, it was perfectly level and very easy to keep stable.
Given the chance to play around with it for a few minutes, I have to say that this is a very responsive drone. While many of the lower end drones feel a bit sluggish on the controls, this one handled extremely well, and I soon found myself trying some more advanced flight manevuers.
It took a bit of getting used to before I tried the rolls with this drone, since it is so small and has so much power behind it. The first roll didn’t work out so well, since you have to do the roll through a weird combination of controls on the remote controller. But even though I botched the roll slightly, it did recover quickly and I had it mastered after a few more tries.
After I had mastered indoor flying, (and had sent my dog into coniptions), it was time to try the Hubsan X4 outdoors. I was a little hestitant to try this outdoors based on the size of the drone, so I waited for a very calm day before attempting outdoor flight. Within minutes it was high in the sky, with the LEDs illuminating it.
Even outdoors with a bit of wind to contend with it stayed extremely stable, and there were few issues with controlling it. I tried rolling and banking the drone, and it had no troubles at all doing those maneveurs and was even easy to hover in place.
Overall, this is one of the best budget priced drones on the market. A word of warning for anyone new to drones – this one takes a bit more repairing than some of the other smaller drones, but the rewards that with being one of the best small drones on the market.
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