Introduction to the Eachine Wizard X220
Drone racing has gained extensive popularity resulting in mass production of FPV quads. These come in different shapes and sizes each of them offering unique features. Initially, the price was a major issue when acquiring these drones but lately, there has been a production of reasonably priced quads that you can get for as little as $100 or even less. The Eachine Wizard X220 is one of the most affordable racing drones in the market but what exactly does it offer? How is the handling and most importantly, how is the entire racing experience of this drone? Well, let’s find out.
As you climb up the ladder of the price scale you begin to see huge improvements in components and features on quadcopters. Keep reading our Eachine Wizard X220 Review to see if the price is worth it.
You may be pleasantly surprised at this little machine.
Who Is Eachine?
Eachine is a company whose vision is that of a merging of technology and creativity, allowing drones to be accessible to everyone.
They seem to value their customer’s feedback, stating that they take all of it into consideration when improving and innovating their designs.
Quality and prices seem to be another one of their focuses. In their “About Us” page, Eachine takes the time to really enforce the idea that they are working hard to bring the best drones available for affordable prices.
And, honestly, it looks like they are true to their word. Racers, micro quadcopters, FPV systems, RC Toys… When looking through their website you’ll find a variety of products and spare parts, all easily available for purchasing.
Creative, dynamic, top-quality, affordable… Those are all great and marketable goals for any company to have. But does the Eachine Wizard X220 keep true to that vision?
Well, let’s see.
Eachine Wizard X220 Review Description
The Eachine Wizard X220 comes in two versions; Almost ready to fly (ARF) and the ready to fly (RTF) version. Both of these drones offer relatively the same experience and the only difference is in the assembly necessary before you start using it. For the ready to fly version, you’ll get an opportunity to build up the entire drone from scratch using the included components. The ARF, on the other hand, is designed for individuals that already have a radio system and have used previous models of similar drones.
One of the first things you might notice about the Eachine Wizard X220 is that its price leans a bit towards the more expensive side. So it’s very natural to feel some hesitancy when faced with a price tag like that, especially if you are a beginner or if you’re buying the drone for someone else.
Here are some of the features that set the Eachine Wizard X220 apart from their competition:
- 3 blades reduce vibration, which in turn gives a smooth and stable flight
- Light streamline allows for good acceleration and lift
- Usable with multiple types of propellers
- A led indicator that allows for night flight
- 700TVL camera
Assembling the Eachine Wizard X220 is pretty simple and shouldn’t take much of your time. When you receive this device, the rotors will be in a different packaging from the main box. Each component of the drone is tightly packed and covered with foam. This helps in protecting these gadgets from impact during shipping.
When you unpack the main box, you’ll also realize that the transmitters and a few other devices are already assembled. In fact, most of the complex items come readily set up, and this reduces the amount of time and hassle you would have incurred setting it up. Other than the rotors, you’ll also have to manually install the camera.
One of the major limitations of this drone is that you’ll have to purchase the FPV VR glasses separately. This not only adds to the total expenditure you’ll have to incur but also raises issues of compatibility. So, while the price of this drone may be slightly low, to get it fully functional you’ll have to spend more on these glasses and the total can end up being more expensive than other fully equipped drones in the market.
Generally, the assembly process is very easy and the brief manual will also help you in setting it up. There is also a lot of additional information online to assist you further.
Quality of Build
For such an affordable gadget, you shouldn’t have high expectations when it comes to the overall quality of its construction. Eachine has only done enough to get the job done without adding lots of fancy equipment. It doesn’t look like the luxurious $400+ drones but it’s still relatively good looking.
The rotors, speed controllers, and battery are all purple. The main frame is black and shaped like an X. Most of the body parts are made of durable carbon fiber which offers extra protection to the interior components in case of accidents.
The designing is also well thought-out. The receiver is easily accessible and the side plates are fitted with cutouts where you can mount the camera. The wires are safely covered below the arms and there is also a USB port that allows you to edit or update the drone’s programming.
The camera of the Eachine Wizard X220 is great and mounted at just the right place to capture stunning angles. The manufacturer has also connected a video transmitter that allows you to record live video footages and view the display on your controller. This video transmitter is connected with a carbon fiber and secured in place using a rubber grommet. The antenna is then screwed into the connector creating the perfect connection. Thanks to this mounting, vibrations from the drone won’t interfere with the transmission of the videos. This connection also helps to protect the transmitter from crashes.
The camera provided is only for low altitude flights and works well in low light areas. When the sun is too bright or if you try flying the drone too high the video quality will reduce significantly!
In an attempt to redeem themselves, Eachine fitted a little frame above the aircraft where you can mount an action cam or GoPro. This frame, unfortunately, will only work well if you are using a small camera because the battery takes a lot of the space. Another problem with including a big camera is that you’ll increase the load which will consequently reduce your flight time.
The Fsi6 transmitter that comes with this aircraft is quite good but it doesn’t come without its limitations. Although the transmitter is easy to program and can be used with multiple aircraft, it doesn’t have the PPM support and that’s why some people prefer the Flysky version to the Eachine version of the FSI6 transmitter.
You should also know that the Eachine Wizard X220 doesn’t have a GPS system or telemetry. Instead, it has been designed with a red light on the left and green light on the right which should make spotting the drone much easier. Of course, it will take time before you can master the lighting to be able to tell whether the drone is coming towards you or away from you.
If you are seeking precise flights then I’m afraid the X220 is not for you. This drone is made for individuals that are not afraid of speed. It is designed to fly at high speeds and take smooth but fast corners. The drone has been programmed with two flying modes but neither of them is slow. If you are a newbie then it may be a good idea to learn on another drone before trying this one out lest you end up crashing it.
The Eachine Wizard X220 also has adjustable settings, with a flight time of about 12 minutes. Another big plus is that it comes already fully assembled, all you have to do is put the propellers on and do the setup.
All of these features make for a powerful racing drone.
Eachine Wizard X220 is also very sturdy. Seriously, this thing could take a few crashes without much damage. Which is a good thing too, since it’s racing drone status means it can go fast. Really fast.
The minimum age recommendation for this drone is 15 years old, and for reasons addressed at the end of this review, I’d say this is a pretty good suggestion.
Eachine Wizard X220 Review Upgrades
Most of Eachine Wizard X220’s reviews have been extremely positive, so it should be no surprise that there haven’t been a lot of complaints in regards to upgrades, either. With no instruction manual to follow, though, YouTube will have to become your new best friend.
Eachine has tons of spare parts available on their website that can help you upgrade your Eachine Wizard X220. They can also serve as replacements, making this drone even more durable.
There was one person who complained about an update problem with the transmitter, but that was easily fixed and shouldn’t cause any more hassle.
Some people have also complained about the charger, but that’s another easily fixable issue.
All of this makes the Eachine Wizard X220 a customizable drone with lots of possibilities for upgrades… But it also makes it a tad bit overwhelming for beginners.
Eachine Wizard X220 Review Other Comments
It seems that it’s every feature was purposefully designed to suit its racing purpose, meeting and exceeding its users’ expectations.
If I were to give one word of warning about this drone is that if you are a less experienced drone user, than the Eachine Wizard X220 might be a bit too overwhelming for you.
Despite having a stable flight, Eachine Wizard X220 has no altitude hold, and no one key landing or return home feature. And while it may also come fully assembled, it does not come with an instruction manual.
This means that you’ll have to rely on YouTube videos for the setup. If you’re not familiar with that process, that might take a lot of time and patience.
These might not seem like such huge setbacks, and perhaps some beginners or older children might be able to pick it up fairly quickly. However, for others, it might mean that it will take time before you can enjoy this drone properly.
Eachine Wizard X220 Features
- 5-inch Tri-blade props
- 700 TVL CMOS camera
- 4 GHz 6CH FS_iA6B receiver (RTF version)
- 4G 6CH remote controller (RTF Version)
- 1500mAh battery (RTF version)
- Carbon Fiber frame with 4mm arms
- Protective side plates
- Features LEDs below the motors to help with orientation
- Fitted with rubber grommets protecting the power cables and VTX antenna connection
- Spare props included
- Durable build
- The motor bearings are of poor quality
Eachine Wizard X220 Review Conclusion
When we are talking about speed, which is an important aspect of racing drones, then the Eachine Wizard X220 performs brilliantly. Controlling the drone is also pretty easy. We also can’t complain about the quality of construction of this drone given its low price.
The drone, however, has several limitations that may make you question the whole point of investing on it rather than just adding a few bucks to get a better drone. One of such issues is the poor VTX connection. Eachine hasn’t provided any documentation of this connection which means that you probably won’t be able to take part in any organized races until you’ve made a few alterations. You will also need to go through the hassles of updating the software and configurations of this machine before you start using it. We also just can’t avoid mentioning the poor quality of the included camera. With all these factors, it becomes clear that although the drone is inexpensive, it is still not the best starter quad you can get and its features will also, probably, not meet the needs of most professionals.
If you are more experienced and love racing, though, than this drone might just be the perfect one for you. You know your own abilities best and at the end of the day that will be the component that will decide if the Eachine Wizard X220 is right for you.