Introduction to the Vortex 150
We find in our ImmersionRC Vortex 150 Mini Racing Quadcopter Review, this is another quality drone that could be good for racing or those that want an awesome FPV experience.
Of course, we are climbing up the price scale but you usually get what you pay for.
Keep reading to see if this could be the right drone for you.
Who Is ImmersionRC?
Inspired by this book from their childhood and equipped with our modern technology, the founders of ImmersionRC created their company with the goal to “develop products which give the wonderful sensation of FPV flight to the world.”
Now, a good ten years after its creation, ImmersionRC is a world leader in high quality FPV equipment.
Their passion clearly drives their development process, with a lot of their products appearing to be truly inspired by the old-school science fiction books that many of us grew up reading.
It really seems that ImmersionRC is trying their best to capture that nostalgic wonder by using the understanding and technology that are available to us now in the 21st century.
But is passion truly enough? Trying to simulate that childhood wonder in both adults and kids is a noble goal, but it takes a lot of work, even after ten years of experience.
This review will see if the Vortex 150 is up to the challenge.
Description of the Vortex 150
One of the interesting things to know about the Vortex 150 Mini Racing Quadcopter is that, in some parts of the world, it is not really considered a drone.
This gives you a lot more choices for flying locations than some of ImmersionRC’s other products.
Another thing you’ll notice is that the Vortex 150 Mini Racing Quadcopter is more expensive than some of the other drones reviewed on here.
These are some of its main advertised features:
- It comes fully assembled, almost ready to fly
- Battery straps installed
- Fully integrated flight controller
- On screen display
- Video transmitter that supports all standard FPV channels
- RGB LEDs on the tail of the drone
As a “pocket racer” drone, the given recommended age to fly the Vortex 150 Mini Racing Quadcopter is 14 years old.
But you know your children best, and if you believe them to be responsible enough, or if you’re supervising them. I have not come across a reason why they shouldn’t be able to enjoy this drone, even if they are slightly younger.
When you visit ImmersionRC’s website you can find the manual for the Vortex 150 Mini Racing Quadcopter. The newest English version should be on the top of the list, with versions in different languages available underneath it.
At the time of this review, the latest one available is the Rev 1.3, from August 2017.
At 55 pages, the Vortex 150 Mini Racing Quadcopter’s manual has plenty of pictures and diagrams that guide you through the setup process, as well as some instructions on how to use this drone.
It even has sections explaining things like the Flight Controller, the different Flight Modes, Beta flight, Flight Controller Stick Commands.
It is very thorough, and I imagine experienced users will have no problem following all the instructions.
I will say that, as thorough and comprehensive as it is, this manual might seem a little daunting for beginners, especially if you don’t know anything about drones at all.
Don’t get me wrong, having an overwhelming manual is better than not having one at all.
But if you’re getting the Vortex 150 Mini Racing Quadcopter as yours – or someone else’s – the first drone ever, then you might feel a bit intimidated by all the technical factors.
But if you can follow manual and instructions easily, even when faced with the terminology you’re not very familiar with, then this should be no problem for you.
Overall, the Vortex 150 Mini Racing Quadcopter is a good mini-drone for those who are interested in both racings and having a good FPV experience.
It also certainly earns the cool nickname “pocket racer”, since despite its small size, it has a decent camera and it does fly rather well.
One negative thing for you to be aware of is that the Vortex 150 Mini Racing Quadcopter does not come with a transmitter.
So, even though it’s nearly ready to fly right out of the box – with only needing for you to bind it to a receiver and then go through the configuration process – this might take a lot longer if you still have to order a receiver compatible to this drone.
How much of a negative that is will really depend on you and your budget.
Regardless, I’d say that ImmersionRC’s goal is shaping up rather well for them, with the Vortex 150 Mini Racing Quadcopter being a good racing drone to add to their collection.
Conclusion on the Vortex 150
As you can see there are many great features to love about this drone. Despite not having a transmitter, there are still plenty of reasons to consider this drone.
Of course, everyone’s own individual wants and needs are different so what works well for some may not for others. Just to be sure to do your homework before you make a decision.