Good luck trying to learn more about the company behind the Hubsan X4 H107 Micro Quadcopter! The website exists, but all you can get are the details about the company’s product line. You can order parts, but the stealthy folks behind the scenes remain a mystery. Maybe that the intrigue that drives the interest in their iterations of the X4 Quad. Does it matter who’s behind the brand? Nah, not really — but it would be fun to know whether real people — or elves for that matter—are toiling away crafting these micro quadcopters or whether a couple of precocious 12-year-old geniuses fueled by PB&J sandwiches are heading up the Hubsan research and development team!
- Weight: 1.2 lbs
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 2.3in x 2.3in x 7 1in
- Flight Speed: –
- Flight Time: 10 minutes
- Experience Level: Beginner
- Flight Controller: Transmitter
If you belong to the ‘bigger is better’ school, the Hubsan X4 H107 might make you second guess your desire to purchase it. After all, it’s only 4-by-4 inches! But packed into this compact little gem is not just versatility to spare, but the size of this quad works in an operator’s favor: it has the capacity to set down in smaller places where larger models might suffer appendage breaks (skid damage) and worse. Further, don’t judge until you experience the performance that’s been enhanced by modifications and re-designs since the last version of this craft was produced, or you could wind up apologizing to your buddies for being wrong. Again.
Indoor & Outdoor
You decide. That’s the beauty of this quad, but frankly, owners of this particular Hubsan craft agree that outdoor operation is the ultimate thrill. You get plenty of range thanks to the 2.4 LCD radio control transmitter, but hold on to your blood pressure if you send the unit too high in the sky; other reviewers of the drone report losing sight of their quads when pushing flying height to capacity. It’s small, remember, so pack binoculars if you’re aiming for height records. On the other hand, if your intention is simply to amuse your family–and if your home features lots of high and vaulted ceilings–have all the fun in the world from your favorite recliner with an icy brew resting on an adjacent table.
Quad a la Mode.
Opt for normal mode if you’re a newbie and would love to hold on to your Hubsan long enough to master all of the nuances of the craft’s engineering. Go for the expert mode only when flying conditions are excellent and you’re comfortable with the amount of maneuverability at your disposal. Like all model quadcopters before it, the enemy is and will always be slamming into concrete and cement. If you’re busy showing off in expert mode and the Quad decides it’s out of juice and needs to set down, you could need a drone doc to put your plane back together again.
One tricky craft.
In addition to dueling modes giving you opportunities to showcase your prowess, you can flip the H4 Micro Quad in four directions when you’re in expert mode. Importantly, keep tabs on the amount of fly time logged so you’re not in the middle of a priceless move as the juice runs out of your battery. Expect around eight to nine minutes of flying per charge. Fans of model aircraft will tell you that a perpetually-charged battery is the secret to non-stop enjoyment, but who wants to wait half an hour for a battery recharge when you can keep backup batteries ready for deployment? Pesky power issues can be short-circuited with a little forethought and planning, so make sure to pack extra batteries in your fanny packs.
Try this at home!
What can go wrong?
Plenty. Need we remind you that you’re piloting a 4-by-4 inch plastic body? Experienced drone operators report having to recalibrate gyros when performance flags, but if you know how to undertake this simple fix–and pick a flat surface to undertake the job–you’ll be stabilized and in the air fast. One quad purchaser had a nightmare experience: three of four motors died before he wound up returning the product. He reported that Hubsan made the return process easy. There have also been reports of frustration over the craft’s trim controls, so keep that in mind.
If you notice the quadcopter “drifting” quite a bit, you have to re-calibrate it. Place it on a flat surface and follow these directions:
Switch to Mode 2
Power up and allow to bind
Press down on left stick to operate switch under it and hold it on
Wriggle right stick left/right
“Eye” lights will flash and calibration done.
UPDATE: Fore the new versions:
Power up and allow to bind.
Press and release right under stick switch to put it into “Expert” mode (says Expert in tiny letters on LCD and red LED flashes)
Hold full right rudder on left stick (care – no throttle as it is live)
While doing this wriggle right stick left/right
“Eye” lights will flash and calibration done.
No Camera on this model.
Whatever you do, don’t purchase this craft if your goal is to attach peripherals. Let’s say you’re the type who reads directions and says, “Yeah, but my camera really doesn’t weigh much, so I’m gonna try morphing my X4 into an aerial photography machine.” Don’t do it. You risk destroying your camera, the craft and your ego. Nuff said?
The price is right!
At last check Amazon had this puppy listed for less than $40.00. A perfect price for newbies interested in testing out quadcopters in the safety of their own home – by far, cheaper than the big boys which can range from $300, all the way to $1000.
The most recent iteration of this Hubsan quad includes fixes hobbyists complained about: improved coreless motor, soft pads to cushion less-than-perfect landings, four blue LED lights help keep tabs on night flight missions, more distance thanks to an improved transmitter and an anti-flip function in expert mode. Six-axis flight control and the ability to do flips are icing on the cake. That stated, one hobbyist warns: “Don’t mash the sticks around and expect your experience to end well.” Great advice. The best feedback of all? “OOOO my god,” a 65-year-old youngster raves as he pilots his Hubsan X4 around his house. See if you can top that emotion when you write your own review!