FQ777-124 quadcopter review – A $20 Pocketable Drone

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We talk about the FQ777-124 quadcopter today. It is made by FUQI, a China based toymaker specializing in making RC toys. The FQ777-124+ is a mini quadcopter, so small that you can easily carry it in your pockets and have the thrill of flying it anywhere. Read on below to found out whether its worth the money or not.

Unboxing and First Impressions

Owing to its small size, the FQ777-124 quadcopter comes in a very small box, even smaller than some phone boxes. The box has a white background with the photo of the drone given on it for illustration as well as the branding details. Inside the box we find,

  • The quadcopter.
  • The controller with an integrated slot for keeping the quadcopter when not in use.
  • 4 main rotor blades and 4 extra rotor blades.
  • 4 rotor protectors for each of the four sides of the drone.
  • 3 pieces of landing gear for balancing the drone on ground.
  • 2 Li-Po batteries(thumbs up for extra batteries!)
  • 2 screwdrivers for tightening the blades to the drone.
  • User Manual.
  • The charger and the cable.
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On first look, the drone is extremely small. Its length and width are exactly 7 centimeters, with its height being 4 centimeters. You will have to be careful with it, as due to its size it is prone to getting misplaced. Also the plastic of the bottom part of the drone creaks a bit and does not feel well made when compared to the top plastic.

The blades are very light and may break if enough force is applied due to their miniature size. It also weighs less than 50 grams, so it is very light. The controller though, has a unique design and even has a holder for holding the drone when not in use, Our drone came in white color, though you can also get it in other colors like black, red and blue.

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Performance

The FQ777-124 quadcopter has four small motors, which is pretty good as it lifts up the quadcopter at an instant. It also has the ability to turn 360 degrees and can also hover at one location. It also has a one-key return function, which allows it to comes to its start position when pressed. It also has a six axis gyroscope for precise movements which also help in giving it extra stability. The drone can theoretically go up to 50 meters, though in our testing it worked fine about 35-40 meters.

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The controller has 2 joysticks, along with a power key to control the drone. It communicates with the drone over 4 channel 2.4 GHz band and the communication range is about 20-50 meters. Usually the left joystick is for throttle and the right for direction, but one can also change it to the opposite.

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The battery lasts for 5 minutes, which is a downer, but not unexpected in this budget, the good thing though is they have provided 2 batteries, so that you can swap and fly again. But nothing beats more battery life. The silver lining though, is the charging time of the battery, which charges completely under 20 minutes. The drone also has inbuilt LED lights, which are nice additions but are not that powerful.

Conclusion

The FQ777-124 quadcopter is an okay enough drone, but it is not without its flaws. It has no camera for starters and the plastic quality at some places isn’t good. But it has a good enough motor, and it grips and handles well. The best part though is, it can be easily found for under $20, so one can buy this as a beginner drone before investing in a good enough model with more features.

(xiaomitoday.com, http://goo.gl/4JHpqi)

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