Syma X11 Review – The Best Quadcopter For Beginners

R/C products, especially ones that fly, never start out well for a novice. Quite a lot of the time that ends up with a broken toy just a couple hours after it’s been opened. But what if there was a fun, R/C flying toy that wasn’t hard to fly and could take a beating. Say hello to the Syma X11.

Disclaimer: I’m not a quadcopter expert, I don’t know every little fact about them. My quadcopter reviews are purely from the perspective of a novice.

Specs

  • 15.2 cm L 15.2 cm W 3.7 cm H
  • Flight Time: 6-8 min
  • Charging Time: About 40 min
  • Battery: 3.7V 200 mAh Rechargeable Li-Po
  • Frequency: 2.4GHz
  • Controller Range: About 40 meters (130 feet)
  • Weight: 26g

Ease Of Flight

The Syma X11 is by far and without a doubt the easiest quadcopter of it’s size to fly. It’s stable and responds well to the controls. It certainly helps to be experienced with other quadcopters, but if this is your first one, it won’t take you long to get the hang of it. In it’s low mode the quad can gather a decent amount of speed and is fairly easy to control. If you want to fly indoors, I definitely recommend low mode. However if you want to take it outside (which you definitely can) high mode is what you should use. This mode lets you fly faster and also compensates for a breeze much better.

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In either mode both indoors and out it’s easy to control where you’re going. However if you’re just learning, it can still be just a bit tricky, and that brings me to my next section.

Durability

The Syma X11 can take a beating. I’ve purchased two units of the Syma X11 for myself so far (I’ll explain why in a bit) and both still work. Both have been flown into walls and trees at full speed, struck against the ceiling, and much more. Through all of that, they both still fly.

The first Syma X11 I bought was the one that took the most serious beating. This one was my first and the one I learned with. During the first week I used it, I hit it against just about every piece of furniture in my living room, nailed the walls in my garage at high speed several times, and even accidentally flew into a pool of water. After all that I expected the X11 to be dead, but it kept going. However the story goes even further.

One day while I was flying the X11 outdoors, I got caught in the wind while flying at 60 feet or more in the air. Long story short, the battery died and I ended up on top of a tree. A really really tall tree. After a few minutes I accepted that there was no chance I’d be seeing that one again and to add insult to injury, it was going to rain that night. So I ordered a new one. A couple days later, it turned out that the X11 has somehow fallen out of the tree and looked in fine condition. I figured the water had killed it, but after I plugged in a new battery I found that the X11 still worked and worked very well. I was shocked (not literally).

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Needless to say, the Syma X11 is not only one of the easiest small quadcopters, but also one of the most durable.

Battery Life

Powering the Syma X11 is a 200mAh Li-Po battery that is both rechargeable and removable. This means you can easily swap batteries to get more flight time. Generally a full charge on the stock battery brought me a 6-8 minute flight time on low mode indoors. Flying outdoors usually cuts a minute or so off that time. Charging time on a wall charger usually takes about 30 minutes.

Since the battery on the X11 is removable, you can easily buy some spares with a higher capacity for longer flight times. I typically use a 380mAh battery that I picked up on Amazon.

Controller

The controller that is included with the Syma X11 is one reminiscent of the Xbox controller. It has two joysticks and two d-pads. The controller fits well in the hand and if you are a gamer, it makes learning how to fly the Syma X11 all that more natural. The range on the controller is also great. Sometimes it feels as though it outperforms what it is rated for.

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The included controller for the Syma X11

Final Thoughts

Overall I have nothing but good things to say about the Syma X11. It’s easy to fly, insanely durable, and has solid battery life. All of that adds up to a great quadcopter. To make things even better, the X11 is only $30 from most places. That’s a steal for a quadcopter this good.

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If you are someone looking to learn how to fly quadcopters for the first time, someone looking for a small quad to add to their collection, or someone just looking for a fun gift for a friend or family memeber, you cannot go wrong with the Syma X11. I’ve left links below to buy the Syma X11 on Amazon and on Gearbest.