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Houston, We Have a Problem

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Saturday, January 9th, 2016
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Tough to fly here in northern Utah in the winter. It’s cold, windy, and of course there’s the snow thing.

I took my Arris X-Speed 250 racer out today and got through one battery. On the second battery I was having some FPV interference and not able to see where I was going very well. I ended up losing altitude on a turn and then the FPV went “white.” I can see why now.

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Before the crash. Happy face.

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First Look: Arris X-Speed FPV280 Racing Drone BNF

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
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In for review from Arris Hobby is their new X-Speed FPV280 Racing Drone. This unit came fully assembled and almost ready to fly. The only needed items to get it 100% ready are a transmitter, receiver, and optional FPV transmitter. The unit has the motors, ESC’s, lights, controller board, power distribution, and even a 700 line built in camera, all for under $200 at Arris Hobby’s website.

Below is my first batch of photos, right out of the box. On a few I hooked up a battery and configured the LED lights for different colors. I’ll be reviewing the X-Speed FPV280 Racing Drone soon, when I have the receiver and transmitter installed. I have yet to order them but will very soon.

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Mini Drone Review: ARRIS V676 2.4G Super Mini UFO RC Quadcopter RTF

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Friday, December 11th, 2015
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What a fun article this has been doing the research for.  Today I’m reviewing the very fun, tiny-tiny Arris V676 Mini UFO RC Quadcopter Drone.  This is a micro drone which is roughly 1.25 to 1.5 inches from motor to motor.

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This type of tiny done is meant for indoor use, though with no wind it could be flown outdoors.  I don’t recommend that though, for fear of losing it.

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Features

  • Gyroscopically leveled quadcopter flies smooth and steady
  • Super-small.  Can be taken anywhere
  • USB charger included – charges in roughly 30 min
  • Included remote control
  • Extra props (needed, trust me)
  • Left button on remote changes sensitivity
  • Right button on remote initiates flip maneuver!
  • FUN!

I’ve loved flying this little guy indoors when the conditions outside are too windy or wet to fly my big birds.  I can get my flying needs taken care of.

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The left sensitivity button allows the user to fly conservatively with low sensitivity, or go for trick flying with the sensitivity set to high.

The right button on the remote initiates a flip maneuver.   Push the button, hear a few beeps, then the bird will flip in whatever direction it is flying including vertically.  I’ve managed to somehow pull off multiple flips at once, though I have no idea how I did that.

Video

Here’s a very basic video showing the unit in action.  Please no comments on my piloting skills.  I’m used to flying giant GPS powered heavy lifters!

Critiques

As is the case with most Chinese RC equipment, there’s no manual or instructions included.

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Packaging

As you can see, the packaging is very unique and “happy” with its heart shape.

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Conclusion

At a mere $26 on Amazon, this micro quadcopter drone is a blast to fly.  It would make a great gift.


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