Syma recently designed an upgrade of its highly popular X5SW toy grade Quadcopter. Named Syma X5HW, this new model is a significant upgrade in comparison to its predecessor: with an altitude hold function being the main feature that sets it apart from most drones in its price range.
X5HW also boasts a fresh, new color scheme and is available in two distinct shades, including pastel blue with black accents and a white one with lime green accents. Besides these minor alterations, X5HW really resembles the X5SW. It has retained the same landing legs and x-shape Quadcopter body.
As I am a big enthusiast of drones, I keep in touch with pretty much everything happening in the Quadcopter realm. This explains why I am so excited to try out the Syma X5HW and compare it to its preceding models in Syma’s X5 series.
The other models in the X5 line of Quadcopters include the X5HC, X54HC, and the X54HW. The X5HW resembles all these models in one way or another: but today, we’ll only compare it to the X54HW (this will be later on in the blog post.)
That said, let us skip to the central section of the blog post and see whether X5HW is worth your hard earned dollars or not.
What you will find in the package
Upon opening the package, you will find the following equipment neatly organized inside.
- 1 transmitter
- 1 Wi-Fi camera
- 2 landing gear
- 1 mobile phone retaining clip
- 1 3.7V 500mAh LiPo battery
- 4 propeller guides
- 1 screwdriver
- 1 USB cable
- A Syma X5HW Quadcopter
- 1 English user manual
Syma X5HW vs X54HW
As promised before, we’ll differentiate the X5HW from the X54HW on this section of the blog post. Before their release, these two models were the catchword in the realm of Quadcopters, and most drone fanatics could not tell the difference between the two.
Well, if you are one of these “aficionados,” it is not your fault. I could not tell the difference at first either. The only thing I could tell was the fact both models had the aptitude to offer their user pilot’s exceptional flight experiences.
That said, after extensive research, I was able to tell the difference. One could refer to them as “subtle” differences, but after all, they are deviations. First, the X5HW comes with First Persons View. This allows the drone pilot to view videos recorded by the quad as if he or she was on the quad.
The second difference is the price. On Amazon, X5HW costs approximately 20 dollars more than the X54HW. These two were the only differences worth noting.
Durability and Build Quality
I am quite impressed by X5HW’s build quality, and I believe Syma designed the drone to handle a couple of rough knocks along the way. This drone retails with prop guards manufactured from thin plastic to shield the quad from damages in case an accident occurs.
Better yet, X5HW boasts a convenient dimension of 330 x 330 x 100 mm, and only weighs an estimated 127 grams with the camera, battery, and prop guards attached. As a result, the quad is conveniently sized and pretty easy to navigate.
I am also reasonably enticed by the flight features, and altitude hold the X5HW comes with. Thanks to the brilliant minds behind the X5HW, you will be able to execute 3D flips and stunts as well as operate the Quadcopter in its headless mode. Even better, you’ll be at liberty to choose whether you fly the drone at a high or low speed.
Features and Specifications
- Product dimension is 330 x 330 x 110 millimeter (with the prop guards attached)
- Diagonal motor distance is 230 mm
- Flight features include an altitude hold, 3D flips, Headless Mode, and 2 flight speeds (a high and low speed )
- Motor size is 8 mm
- The weight of the quad is 127 grams (with the battery in place, a camera attached, and the prop guards in place)
- Camera resolution is 0.3MP and shoots video footages in 640 x 480
- Saves file formats in JPEG and 3GP
- Flight time ranges from eight to ten minutes
- The quad uses one 3.7V 500mAh LiPo battery (it is included in the package)
- Charging time is approximately 2 hours
- Control range is an estimated 50 – 100 meters
- The transmitter uses four 1.5V AA batteries (they are not included in the package)
Syma X5HW Battery Mod
The 3.7V 500mAh LiPo battery is quite potent. This comes as no surprise given the battery takes approximately 2 hours to charge fully. When charged fully, the battery will keep the drone hovering for eight to ten minutes: which is impressive given the quad’s price tag.
We can attribute the time difference to deviating flying conditions. If you are flying the quad on a calm day, then expect the flight time to hit around 10 minutes. But if you’re flying during a windy day and against the wind, expect the battery to last an estimated 7 to 8 minutes.
Furthermore, I doubt you will be willing to wait for two full hours as the battery recharges. To ensure you make the most out of the X5HW, extra batteries are a must. Purchase Extra battery cells on any online retail store at less than 20 dollars.
With this new X5HW, Syma merely has taken its preceding model (which was the best-selling toy from Syma by the way) and upgraded it with an altitude hold and a couple more tweaks. To be more precise, the X5HW is basically an update of the X5SW with an altitude hold, a brand new color scheme, and lighter prop guards.
Syma also put in the time to ensure X5HW is among the best beginner quadcopters in the marketplace today by giving it a slicker and less aggressive flight performance. If you are a beginner who would like to take aerial images and videos at a price that won’t break the bank, then X5HW is the product for you.