Battery: Built-in 150 mAh (3.7 volt)
Flight time: ~6 mins
Charge time: ~45 mins
Transmitter rates: 3 (changing yaw rate)
Transmitter compatibility: JJRC/Eachine H8
Headless mode: No
Competitors: JJRC/Eachine H8
There’s a lot of buzz right now around the Eachine H8, supposedly the world’s cheapest quadcopter, which you can get ready-to-fly for $14. What I don’t think many people know is that that bears a striking resemblance to – even copies, some would say – an already existing model: the Bayangtoys X7. Allegedly you can fly the Eachine with the Bayangtoys transmitter and vice versa, which lends further credibility to my suspicion that the two comes out of the same factory. The X7 is a couple of dollars shy of the H8’s record breaking inexpensiveness. Does it have something on offer to make it an as good or even better deal? Welcome to this review and flight test of the X7 micro quadcopter from Bayangtoys!
Much like its popular rival the Bayangtoys X7 looks kind of like a scaled down version of the Syma X5, especially the white version here which is one of 5 colors available (along with green, red, blue and pink). The size of this thing is curios, it’s definitively not a nano but yet it’s somewhat smaller than your typical micro, I guess you could call it a mini-micro or something like that. The weight is also a little curious in that it’s very light, even for a quadcopter. Still, it doesn’t feel flimsy and I’m not worried it would break in a crash.
Much like any other quadcopter, there are LEDs inside it which lights up when it’s on. These are color coded to tell front from back during night flights and show up particularly well on this white version since the body let’s some of the light through.
One of the few points where the Bayangtoys and the Eachine quadcopters differ is in the battery department. They’re both 150 mAh (which gives around 6 minutes of flight), but the Bayangtoys is built in as opposed to the Eachine’s which is removable. This has both pros and cons: on the upside there’s no fiddling with wires or having to reconnect the battery after each charge, on the downside you can’t replace it in case it goes bad or upgrade it for longer flights.
Another point where the two rivals differ is the transmitter. This is where I would argue the Bayangtoys quad more than justifies its higher price point. While the Eachine is bundled with a slightly scaled up version of those cheap nano transmitters with which you are familiar if you own for example a Cheerson CX-10, the Bayangtoys comes with a – still cheap, but – much bigger and more comfortable Hubsan-style transmitter. It’s actually a bit smaller than a real Hubsan-transmitter and while not luxurious by any means, definitively gets the job done.
In terms of other accessories, the Bayangtoys X7 comes with a very familiar-looking USB charger (I assume this is interchangeable with for example the CX-10’s charger, charging takes 45 minutes), a full spare set of props, prop guards which screws on with the included screwdriver and an instruction manual. It all comes in this nice, reusable – if a little big – box with that plastic mold inside which holds the quadcopter and transmitter in place when you carry it around.
Notice on the box how it says that this quadcopter is especially suited for windy weather? Remember this, as I will get back to it later. But enough of this, let’s move on to the flight footage!
You’d expect a relatively low cost quadcopter like the Bayangtoyus X7 to be a rough ride, but it’s actually quite the opposite: very stable, quiet and smooth – without feeling unresponsive – in its response to stick inputs. There’s no crazy spinning here, the yaw is actually a bit on the slow side (though it changes depending on which of the 3 rates you are using). Likewise the pitch is not extreme either; the quad is fast enough but cannot compete with the likes of – for example – the JJ-1000.
The flips – on the other hand – are some of the best of any quadcopter I’ve flown! They go in all directions and are incredibly fast and precise. Seriously, if you only take one thing away from this review let it be that the Bayangtoys X7 has the tightest flips of any quadcopter!
Remember how the box boosted about this quadcopter being especially wind-tolerant? I don’t know how this would be reflected in the design, one would assume the opposite to be true judging from the low weight and proportionally bulky body and this is exactly the case. In my experience, flying this in anything more than a light breeze will be more trouble than it’s worth. In fact, I’m flying the Bayangtoys X7 mostly indoors, which I think –despite what the box say – is its primary intended purpose.
In summation, there’s no question the Bayangtoys X7 is a competent and affordable flyer. Who’s it for? Well, this is where it gets kind of tricky. See, for all the things it does well – even very well – I still feel it fails somewhat at proliferating itself on a very crowded market. If you’re a beginner to intermediate flyer who don’t already own a micro quadcopter, this is a perfect fit for you and you should seriously consider it. For anyone else, there are either better suited alternatives out there or you already own something too similar to this to warrant a purchase. Looking at it this way, perhaps the Eachine H8 wins out after all. Regardless of any shortcomings it may have, it’s found itself a niche market with the crazy yaw and the crazy price.