Hubsan X4 H107L Review
The Hubsan X4 H107L is one of the oldest and best selling quadcopters that’s still available. For those that don’t know, Hubsan is one of the most known commercial drone companies. They are especially known for their budget friendly and super fun quadcopters. And the X4 H107L is no different.
It’s the go to drone for beginners. When you first start flying drones, you shouldn’t be looking at crazy FPV features and that. You should first learn how to fly your drone manually, without any helpful guiding systems. And that’s what the Hubsan X4 H107L is perfect for. That’s also why I wrote this review, to give you an idea of what the drone is like and what it can do. I can already tell you that it’s a lot of fun and definitely worth the money, especially as a beginner drone.
- Dimensions: 83×83×30mm / 3.3×3.3×1.2″
- Motor to motor: 65×65mm / 2.6×2.6″
- Weight: 39g / 0.09lbs (inc. battery)
- Range: 30 m / 98 ft
- Battery: 1S 240mAh LiPo
- Flight time: 8 minutes
In The Box
- Hubsan X4 H107L
- Remote control
- 2 sets of blades
- Blade protector
- USB charger
- 1S 240mAh LiPo battery
The Hubsan X4 H107L comes with a sporty design, which also shows when you are flying it. But more about that later. The quadcopter comes in one color – black. There are still some white lines on the body and LED lights, that help at seeing the drone in low light as well. Especially since it’s so small (83×83×30mm / 3.3×3.3×1.2″) and lightweight (39g / 0.09lbs).
The overall build quality is really impressive. Despite being made out of plastic, it’s really durable. I have crashed it numerous of times while flying indoors, and so far not a scratch. Except for one propeller that I broke but that’s normal. You do get two full sets of propellers so changing them isn’t a problem. But everything else is super tough. There are even small rubber pads underneath each motor. They don’t really do much but I guess they do absorb some impact while landing.
Besides the propellers, you do also get a plastic blade protector that you can attach to the Hubsan drone. It surrounds the entire H107L quadcopter and keeps it safe from crashing into a wall. It’s especially good when flying indoors, as you can easily crash into a wall or a cupboard. It’s also good when you first learn how to fly, as there’s a much less chance you’ll damage anything, which also includes the propellers. So overall you’ll have a better experience at learning.
Only complaint I have is the battery slot underneath the body. I recommend using a tape there when flying aggressively. I have had the battery fall out a few times while flying because I didn’t pay attention to fully pushing it in. So that is definitely something to pay attention to.
The transmitter that comes with the H107L is also pretty basic. Has sort of a bigger playstation joystick feel. Definitely comfortable to fly with though. There is even a small LCD screen for changing modes, calibrating and setting the sensitivity. It uses 4 AAA batteries, that aren’t included in the package.
Flying & Features
Before flying the drone there are a couple of things you’ll need to do. Such as calibrate the transmitter and the quadcopters accelerometer. These are easy to do from your transmitter. Just watch a few videos about it on YouTube and you’ll be fine. There’s a lot of content available to get you started with the H107L. So I won’t get into the hows and more about how the drone actually flies and the different features it has.
First the drone is super fun to fly with. It’s incredibly agile and responds immediately to every move you make. So it’s perfect for learning how to fly drones. Especially if you are later on planning to move onto bigger drones, as they respond much slower. It’s always good to get used to faster at first. You can also change the sensitivity of the joysticks. So you can start off with the lowest setting and gradually move higher as you get better.
There are also two modes: Beginner and Expert. The expert mode means that your throttle works between 0 to 100%. As in you get to use the full power of the quadcopter. This means that the slightest increase of throttle will make the drone shoot higher. That’s a lot of fun once you get used to it, as you can make the drone fly really fast. Plus there are ways to make it flip. There are a lot of tutorials available on YouTube on how to do that.
For example here you can see what the drone is capable of in Expert mode and how fast it actually is.
The drone also has an accelerometer, which keeps your drone steady. As long as you calibrate it with your drone on a flat surface, it will work just fine. It will keep the drone nice and steady in the air as long as the joysticks are centered. How steady it will be, mostly depends on you and how well you calibrate it. It can take some time to do it properly. For example I often need to add extra pieces of paper underneath certain legs during the calibration period. But once you get that over with, you won’t have to do it again and can enjoy flying the drone.
As far as flight time goes, it’s not the greatest. Well if we consider the size of the battery, getting 7 to 8 minutes from it is pretty good. But I would recommend getting a second battery as well. This way you can just charge one battery while flying with the other. The drone does also come with a USB charging cable.
Overall the Hubsan X4 H107L is the best beginner drone to learn flying with. It’s incredibly stable and has options for all levels. There are still plenty of tricks to learn even once you have mastered the Expert mode. Plus the build quality beats even more expensive drones. So I would recommend the Hubsan X4 H107L to both beginners and intermediate flyers who want to get better at manual flying. Especially if your past has mostly consisted of semi auto drones, such as DJI.
The best beginner drone you can get to learn how to fly manually