PROS / This quadcopter comes with a built-in camera.
CONS / The battery door is somewhat flimsy and difficult to work with.
VERDICT / With a good price, great handling, solid durability and a host of fun features, it's hard to say anything negative about the X5C. Although there are better quadcopters out there, you'd be hard-pressed to find one in this price range.
The Syma X5C is one of the best RC helicopters that we reviewed and a great choice for aerial enthusiasts of all experience levels. Although some of our other contenders outperformed it in some categories, we had almost no complaints with its overall performance. And for the price, it's hard to do much better.
The first thing we noticed about the X5C was how stable it was right out of the box. Admittedly, we got a little over-excited with this guy and started flying before we even read the manual – but honestly, it didn't really have that great of an impact. It was just that easy to fly. Of course, we do recommend reading the manual because there are a lot of features, especially with the transmitter, that you could miss out on otherwise.
When we took this drone outside after a full charge, we also found that it operated quite well in a light breeze. Since most of these RC helicopters are fairly light, wind can often be a challenge. Flights typically last between seven and 10 minutes on a full charge. Getting a full charge takes about 90 with an included USB charger.
In-flight stability is enabled by an internal gyroscope and colored LEDs help you recognize which end is which. If you end up having some trouble flying this remote control helicopter there are also multiple speed modes, that can help you get flying under control before unleashing the full power of the X5C.
The transmitter is every bit as good as any other in our review- offering four-channel control, trim customization and even special buttons to perform flips and barrel rolls. It is, however, like many of the other 2.4GHz transmitters in our review – quite large for kids. It's doable, but reaching all the functions might be difficult for children under 10 or 11.
As far as durability is concerned, we thought that the X5C did well. It's lightweight plastic body looks fragile at first, but after your first few crashes it's easy to tell that that's not the case. Plastic rotor guards help with this, as they keep your spinning props from colliding with trees, furniture or, heaven forbid- you.
The Syma X5C is an excellent quadcopter on all accounts. It provides a fun flying experience that isn't dampened by premature breakages and plenty of features to keep your entertained. If a quad-rotor RC is what you're after, the X5C should be near the top of your list.