A super FUN Launch Set!
- Helicopter Nosecone Recovery
- Cool Cat Decals
The up side: This is a fun little quad, great for indoor flying; the small size makes the room seem a whole lot bigger. It can be a bit tricky to control at first, especially for a novice (like me), but that's part of the fun (Hint: Adjusting the trim helps a _lot_ - Make a short hop to see which way it drifts, land, tap the trim buttons, repeat until drift is close to zero). Charging time is 25 - 30 minutes, continuous flight time is about 4 minutes, and flashing LEDs give 20 seconds or so warning to land soon. A propeller will sometimes pop off in a bad crash, but this is also an opportunity to clean the 'dust doughnut' off the motor shaft, which may extend the motor life a bit. The propeller (once you find it) just presses back on.
The down side: Reliability is a bit of an issue. The Proto-X comes with a 90-day warranty, and I've had to use it twice. My first Proto-X lasted about 10 days, then quit with an apparent sensor (accelerometer? gyro?) failure. The replacement flew for about 6 weeks before a motor died. The second replacement is about 4 weeks old and still flying fine. Fortunately, warranty claims are quick and painless - One phone call and a replacement shows up in less than a week.
(Posted on 4/11/2015)
I got this as my first quad, because it was cheap enough that if I broke it, I wouldn't be too upset, and because it was generally considered to fly rather stable, and it's small/light enough to fly indoors.
I've played with it a few times now, and it's certainly great fun to fly, if a bit tricky to learn. It's still a challenge to get it to hover in place, at least with the stock controller, but I think that's part of the learning process. Had a few minor crashes, mostly to save it from bigger crashes, but thankfully there's been no noticeable damage at all. Blades pop off before any serious damage seems to occur. Still, I'm trying to order a 3D printed prop guard for it.
TO THE ESTES ENGINEERS: You have a HUGE opportunity here, to create something of major "maker"/community significance, along the lines of the Raspberry Pi or Arduino, but for mini-quads! The Proto X is already one of Amazon's top RC toys, and they could totally take the next one, to the next level!
I hope for the next "proto x" style quad you guys make, you should consider making it more kit-like. Maybe something people can assemble modularly, add parts too, and and easily replace/repair. But keep a similar size and price to the Proto X, to make it super accessible. Create a camera attachment, or similar things.. This could become as big for RC hobbyists as arduino has become for the robotics hobbyists!
(Posted on 10/6/2014)
Flew great right out of the box. One blade came off a bit too easy and was lost. Spares came in box. Simply a fun little quad to fly inside.
(Posted on 10/5/2014)
I flew the Proto-X for about 3 months and one motor failed. the good thing was Estes service. they replaced the motor and it flew well for about 2 months, then another motor failed. It doesn't have very reliable motors, so I would give it 2 stars for the fast shipping and good service, but other than that, I wouldn't recommend this product to someone who doesn't have very much money to replace parts.
(Posted on 9/11/2014)
I purchased this quad copter at an local hobby Shop and have thoroughly enjoyed its great flying qualities and rugged durability with my grandchildren wherever possible. one recommendation I had to purchase the blade guard it definitely enhances the durability of the props tremendously
(Posted on 7/30/2014)
A super FUN Launch Set!
Tons of Fun
Just a fun Launch Set!