The Syma X1 Series is a popular choice for beginners. Part of our beginner drone series, this toy drone is a cheap option for anyone looking for their first quadcopter. Syma has a ton of great products and is a trusted manufacturer of drones. Lacking the advanced features of some of the higher-end models, the Syma X1 Drone is a fun model for anyone looking for a great flight experience while they learn how to fly. Reading the entire Syma X1 review will help you decide if this is the right beginner drone for you.
Coming in three unique models, the Syma X1 has the Spacecraft, UFO, and Bumblebee designs. They are all available for about $40.
Check out the full Syma X1 review below:
Things We Like
Two Modes of Flight: This is a 4-channel drone, meaning that you get to control up/down, forward/back, sliding side-to-side, and turning left/right. Don’t worry though, the Syma X1 has two different flying modes. The first mode, or default mode, has on-board gyroscopic stabilizers that keep all channels of flight besides up/down stable. This is about as easy as you can get when it comes to flying a drone. It flies slow and although you can accelerate, it does not get out of control. Keep it relatively low to the ground and you’ll be fine. Pressing the left bumper will switch the Syma X1 into “H” mode (which will be reflected on the LCD screen). “H” mode is a bit harder to fly and should be used after you have mastered the default mode. This mode might be slightly harder to fly, but it’s definitely worth it. In this mode, pressing the right bumper and moving the joystick in whichever direction you want performs a back flip. Most intermediate to advanced level drones use a 4-channel system and anyone looking to learn will be glad they did on a cheaper model.
Battery: The battery is a small, compact, 3.7 volt battery that recharges with a simple USB cord. It easily slides in. Recharging this is extremely easy because you only need to connect it to your laptop and leave. Many cars now even have USB ports as well.
Transmitter: The Syma X1 transmitter is awesome. The joysticks provide excellent control and are easy to control. The LCD screen on the controller shows you which way you are applying pressure to the joysticks and displays battery life.
Pricing: For around $40 you can get any of the three versions. That’s relatively cheap for any drone, especially one with such great flight capabilities. Add in a couple of extra batteries (see “Battery Charge” below) and you’re looking at around $60 for a Ready-to-fly drone. Tough to beat that anywhere. This is hands-down one of the best beginner drones on the market.
Design: The Syma X1 Series has three different styles: UFO, Bumblebee, and Spacecraft. We have the Spacecraft pictured above. The shells are essentially a piece of plastic and aren’t indestructible, so be careful.
Things We Don’t Like
Indoor/Outdoor Use: As a smaller drone, the Syma X1 can fly outside in comparison to other toy drones. Make sure the conditions are good and the wind is rather calm or you will have some difficulty flying this. The Syma X1 is also enjoyable to fly indoors, but be careful if you’re a novice flyer, as you can damage the drone blades if you hit a wall or other stationary objects.
Battery Charge: The biggest problem we found at the start was that the battery only lasted 5-6 minutes and took 10x that to charge. Tip: Buy a few extra batteries HERE and keep them charged. You’ll be able to easily switch out a dead battery for a new one and fly for a lot longer. This quadcopter is addicting so we highly suggest having the option to keep flying even if your first battery dies.
The Syma X1 Drone Series is an awesome first drone for someone looking to learn or a fun option for someone already heavily experienced with drones. Because it has two modes of flight, this quadcopter drone is versatile and an overall great piece of equipment. We do not recommend this drone for anyone looking for aerial photography or advanced FPV cameras.
The Syma X1 review is intended to help you make the best decision possible when buying a drone. Make sure before buying that you understand what you’re paying for by focusing on what your needs as a drone buyer are. This drone has two flight modes which makes this a great option for anyone looking to learn. This drone is approved by us as one of our best beginner drones for the price.
The Syma quadcopter review is intended to help you make the best decision when buying your drone. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.