While the Pentagon brought the UAV to broad public consciousness, the first serious foray into the consumer market came from French manufacturer, Parrot. In 2010 they released their Bluetooth-controlled AR Drone and within a year, its upgrade, the Parrot AR Drone 2.0. Right on their tail-feathers, Chinese drone-king, DJI, opened up the UAV’s photographic potential with the Phantom. Between Parrot’s lines of playful drones and DJI’s impressive fleet of camera-ships, the market took off.
As with much initially pioneered in the USA, the majority of the manufacturing is now in China. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, at least in the regard that it shifts the depredations of industrialization eastward, though low prices often come at high cost. Companies with pedigrees or at least websites, like Syma, Yuneec and Walkera, have released a wide variety of some very serviceable drones. Other companies are more cryptic, releasing little more than the instruction manual and promotional copy to operate with. Well, and the product.
In 2014, mysterious Chinese company Yi Zhan brought forth the X4, a low-slung, tough-looking little quad-copter. It sports a nice tuxedo color scheme -- black and white or black and gold -- with very sharp detail including some scimitar-looking blade guards. These give the X4 a resilient form with effective function. The props are mixed-color so quad orientation is established by LED running lights on the underside of the outriggers. The green front and red back lights are not overly bright, limiting X4 as a night flier. The 2.4Ghz mini hobby-grade transmitter has sticks and buttons, some of which are a trifle awkward to access while flying. Two controller options exist for a negligible price differential – opt for the one with the back-lit LCD display for trim settings and status. Another stable flier with a slow yaw rate that can perform nice flips in close confines. With 5.5 minutes of flight off the battery, it comes with a USB charger, good for 2 batteries at once.
Easy to use, children loved it and the price was good.
Amazing features and performance for the price, really happy!
This little mid sized quad handles really nice. It is solid built and well worth the money if you want an easy flyer. It has great speed and yaw response as well.
Very, very disappointed with product description... Poor materials used, battery cover on controller broke, preventing me from installing the batteries. Item not used.
Very fast quadcopter, durable. Fast yaw and high pitch rate. One of my favorites so far. Quality product, inexpensive price. LED's great for night flying.
Looks great but doesn't bind. Quad refuses to bind to controller regardless of where it is placed or what order you turn them on in.
Good but you need high-quality batteries... can be controlled easily but you need a large place.
Loads of fun at a reasonable price. Durable. Easy to learn but offers three flight modes with the highest being very challenging and great fun.
It is a very fast and powerful quad with a lot of inertia. Very stable, nice banked turns and able to do manual flips. It flies well in windy conditions in all rates.
Very good stability and maneuvering. Excellent speed and control. Very fast in responding. I strongly recommend it! Also very durable to crashes.