Syma X5HW WiFi FPV – Review
Recently Syma has released an improved version of its popular drone X5SW, a toy quadricopter. The new model is called X5HW, which is an evolution of the former with the difference of having altitude control.
This is also a sporty model and features an interesting color scheme, white with details in lime green and pastel blue with black.
Leaving aside the small differences, the X5HW is very similar to the X5SW, as it kept the same body of the X-shaped drone and the landing gear.
The X5HW is part of a whole Syma replacement project around the toy quadricopter line, four models that will replace the X5 line. The other models of the new line X5 are: X54HW, X54HC and X5HC.
Dimension: 330 x 330 x 110mm (with propeller guards)
Weight: 127g (with battery, camera and thrusters)
Flight time: 8 to 10 minutes
Camera resolution: 0.3MP (photo) and 640×480 (video)
Battery: 3.7V 500mAh Li Po
Recharge time (battery): 120 minutes
Control distance: approximately 50 – 100m
Transmitter battery: 4 x 1.5V AA batteries (not included)
What has changed?
Unlike the X54HW and X54HC that innovated in design compared to the older versions of the older X5 models, the X5HW looks more like a revamped X5SW.The characteristics that changed were propellers with thinner plastic, new propellers and a new color scheme.
In addition to the appearance, the drone features a new battery connector that has been registered by the company. This seems like a move from Syma to monopolize the sale of the battery for the latest X5 models.
The old X5 models used the conventional two-pin molex connectors, which provided great compatibility with a variety of batteries. The new X5 models already have connectors that resemble JST-type models with grooves.
This approach may not sound very good to consumers who want to continue the batteries they already have in the new X5 models.
As mentioned earlier, a great feature that has been added in the X5HW is altitude control, which has become a key feature for all “toy” drones under $ 100.
This is undoubtedly the reason why customers will prefer the X5HW instead of the X5SW.
Altitude control makes flight much easier, so the drone includes a barometer that is used to keep track of the air pressure.
The X5HW maintains consistent air pressure reading for propeller adjustments to compensate for altitude variations.
For the driver to keep the X5HW hovering in the air in a firmer way is very simple, simply adjust the throttle stick by 50% and let the barometer work for you. To facilitate the pilot’s work, the throttle stick is set to automatically stabilize at 50%, which is the level required for the drone to hover in the air.
To move the X5HW up or down just accelerate or decelerate using the joystick.
The X5HW also has new protocols to arm or disarm the engine. To arm the engine, a simple push on the acceleration stick for about one second causes the engines to start spinning slowly, if the acceleration stick exceeds 50% acceleration the X5HW will take off.
To disarm the engines after landing, press down on the throttle stick for 1 or 2 seconds. There is also a way to immediately stop the engines by pressing the two knobs down and then towards each other.
Be careful not to do this while the X5HW is in the air, otherwise the motors will stop and the drone may collide.
Although the X5SW has good flight conditions, it was notorious for not being able fly well in stronger winds.
This problem became known as the ‘wind bug’ of the X5SW among drone connoisseurs and this happened in various intensities of winds.
In these situations the X5SW will lean forward, despite the pilot’s effort to control the drone. In the new model (X5HW) this problem has been corrected and the drone has no problem flying in light to moderate intensity winds.
With the addition of flight stabilization, the X5HW appears to greatly advantage over the X5SW, but has a smoother and more predictable flight at both flight speeds. That is, the X5HW is slower and less aggressive than its predecessor.
This does not influence the evaluation of the drone, since most of the users of this drone are beginners in the area and people who just want to make videos and aerial photos at a more affordable price.
If you want to use the X5HW in a more sporty or aggressive way, just remove the camera, the landing gear and propeller protection so the drone will be lighter and faster, but not as fast as the X5SW.
This drone also features some “automatic” maneuvers, which is quite peculiar.Before the X5HW practicing a maneuver, it will rise gently in the air before making the move.
Like other toy drones that feature altitude control, the X5HW will gently lose altitude (about 30 centimeters) after performing maneuver to compensate for altitude loss. However this abilty only works indoors or in calm conditions.
When maneuvering in open air places, even in light wind situations, the situation is worse – the X5HW will dive about 3 meters to stabilize in the air. The scenario only improves if you remove the camera from the system.
This phenomenon happens due to a confusion in the drone control system, it perceives from the barometer a sudden ascent in the altitude and tries to compensate this phenomenon by reducing the altitude, causing the drone to fall.
All this maneuvering takes some time until the control system perceives the fall in altitude and generates propulsion again in the system.
The maneuvers are awkward if the camera and propeller guards are attached due to their weight. This makes the drone need a lot of room to perform some maneuvers, so if you try to maneuver near the floor or ceiling the drone may collide.
The X5HW is not alone in dealing with issues when recovering altitude, the same problem affects other toy drones such as the newly released JXD 510G.
Despite this, the features in the X5HW are still very good in terms of flight for a toy quadricopter. It is stable, smooth and has precision in the air that will win many fans.
Its altitude control appears to be one of the best in a toy drone. The X5HW impressed on its ability to stay steady in the air, especially in quiet flight conditions.
The X5HW seems to use the same camera as its predecessor. Overall nothing has changed and the camera resolution has remained at 0.3MP WiFi FPV. To view the video in FPV (First Person View), it is necessary to install the application on your smartphone and connect to the same WiFi connection as the drone.
Your smartphone can also be used to record videos and photos through the drone camera.
The camera has an embedded FPV WiFi transmitter that has a range of 50 to 100 meters. Range depends on straight distance and obstruction on the way. Being a toy drone, the X5HW’s camera graphics cannot be compared to more advanced drones.
Nevertheless, the camera is good enough to view higher buildings or analyze your roof, for example.
A notable absence in the new Syma models, X5 and X8, was the 5.8GHz FPV transmission type which is well superior to the FPV WiFi. The transmission at 5.8GHz FPV does not suffer as much latency and leaves the transmission smoother.
On the subject of latency, the X5HW should not be flown using only in the FPV, as this can generate accidents. This is down to the transmission to smartphone which has a delay of around 1 to 3 seconds.
Other companies in the market, JDX and MJX, are including the 5.8GHz FPV model in their toy drones this year, while Syma is still one step behind. This does not make sense and can decrease the market share for that company.
With the new X5HW Syma has improved one of its top-selling toy drones, with altitude control and other minor improvements here and there.
The X5HW is basically the X5SW with altitude control, new color scheme and lighter propeller protection.
The company also focused on new consumers in the world of drones, giving a smoother and less aggressive flight performance. Certainly the X5HW is designed for beginners who want to take photos and videos without spending too much.
It may not hit the X5SW in a race, but it’s a lot easier to drive.
One feature that fairs well on the X5HW is flight control. This drone is able to maintain the altitude precisely between 30 to 60 centimeters in calm environments and does not present any great errors in the control of the altitude, like ascents or descents, that other toy quadricópteros present.
Another important issue that Syma solved was the wind bug the X5SW presented, which Syma fans expected to be corrected.
On the downside, the X5HW features its own battery connectors, which can be a problem if you want to use conventional batteries.
In addition, the drone has been a bit clumsy to perform stunts in the air, especially if it is heavy (with all the extras – camera, landing gear and propeller guards) or outdoors.
Despite these little problems the X5HW is a good toy drone. It is very stable and precise in the air compared to its predecessor.
Thanks to reduced flight power and the implementation of altitude control, the X5HW will certainly be at least as popular as the X5SW, although it faces a tougher competition from its rivals that feature the 5.8G FPV transmission.
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