Hubsan X4 Quadcopter Review – a lot of people’s favorite first drone

Last update: May 18, 2015 by daniele

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Husban X4
Wingspan: 110×110 mm
Flying Time: 7-8 minutes
Battery Type: 3.7V LiPo
Charging Time: 45 minutes
Controller: 2.4GHz
Camera: No Camera

husban x4 quadcopterI am pretty knowledgeable when it comes to RC gadget, but especially with quadcopters.

I have never been able to buy something as top quality as a DJI Phantom 4 or the Yuneec Typhoon H which comes with landing gear, extra propellers, and top of the line technology, but I have had my fair share of low-mid range quads.

I’m not the type of person that likes tinkering around and fixing things when they’re broken so it’s nice when I can just get a new one when I break the last one.

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Staying in the lower price range allows me to do that while still being able to get most of the capabilities that I want.

Of course, my wife knows how much I enjoy flying quads in my spare time so for my 40th birthday, one of the things she got me was the Hubsan X4 Micro Quadcopter.

The first thing I noticed when I took it out of the box was how light and sleek it was. It is very small but I quickly realized it was powerful and agile.

 

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Along with the quadcopter came a 240mah LiPo battery pack and charger. There was also a fully functional 24GHz transmitter with a LCD screen.

The instructions that came with the package were slightly odd and a little hard to read but it wasn’t too hard to figure out. It was just pretty obvious that they were most likely written by a non-English speaker.

It should have said in the instructions that the first thing that needed to be done is to re-calibrate the controls and level the quad. I realized this because when I first began to fly it, it didn’t just hover.

Instead, it just randomly began to fly in any direction without my controlling it to do so. Because the instructions weren’t clear on how to calibrate it, I had to google search it but it wasn’t too hard to find. Just a little extra work that should have been right in the instructions.

Besides the need to calibrate it and fully charging the battery, it was completely ready to fly right out of the box.

The last quad that I had before this one was the Sky Viper, which is in a similar price range, and this X4 seems to have much more of a learning curve.

Even though I have flown many different types of quadcopters, this one took a little bit of getting used to. Once I really got the hang of it though it was a blast to fly and I have had a lot of fun.

Compared to the 3 channel micro-copters this one is a step above those as it is much more durable and heavy duty.

husban x4 quadcopter flyingI have been able to complete many more tricks and flips and that makes this much more entertaining to play around with.

There is a lot of power in this little quad and it is very flexible and sensitive. You aren’t able to just move the controls around and expect a good outcome. As I said before, once you get a hang of it, the sensitivity is worth it because it is just THAT fun to fly.

When I was first learning how to fly this quad, most of the time I just stayed inside. Winds aren’t ideal for flying quadcopters, especially a small one like this X4 but on calm days outdoors you are able to hover.

The motors are a little fragile but they’ve survived a few minor crashes pretty well.

I crashed it inside when I was trying to do flips in a small room and there was practically no damage except for a little knick on one of the propellers.

The battery that comes with the X4 is a 3.7V 240mAh with the flight time of at least 8 minutes. Compared to many other smaller quads, this is actually a pretty decent flight time.

Of course, I would love to have one battery last at least 30 minutes but that’s not reality. I ended up purchasing 3 extras so I could fly for longer periods of time without having to wait for one to recharge.

This ended up being a great birthday gift that I will get much use out of. For the low price, it definitely does its job.

The battery is strong and lasts longer that others I have used. I really liked the controller as it was easy to use and it fit my hands well.

The structure is very strong and durable, being able to withstand some decent crashes without having to be repaired. As soon as it breaks, I’ll just get a new one but I don’t see that happening anytime soon as the quality is impeccable.

This quad is definitely one of the most ‘basic’ ones around. No real features to speak of, and a simple controller. But hey, that’s great for beginners just getting into it! With that said we still consider the X4 one of the best quadcopters around.

If you’re interested in the Hubsan also check out the Heli-Max 1SQ. Only slightly bigger and more expensive, this quad sports a camera which the X4 doesn’t.

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