Estes Proto X Nano Quadcopter Review

8.6 Total Score
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The beginner pilot looking for a cute gadget to fly in the house is guaranteed to have a ton of fun with this mini quad.

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PROS:
  • Long flight time
  • Short recharge time
  • Durable construction

CONS:
  • Lithium battery is built-in and not replaceable
  • No return-to-home feature
  • Not ideal in windy conditions

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Estes Proto X Nano Full Review

proto-x-nano-sized-quadcopterSometimes bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. Measuring a mere 5.5 x 4 x 2.5 inches and weighing in at a miniscule four ounces, the Estes Proto-X Nano is hailed as the world’s tiniest quadcopter.
Great for beginners, this little guy is perfect for flying indoors and getting its pilot acquainted to the joy of drone flying. Recommended for flyers aged 14 years and above, this ready-to-fly (RTF) aircraft is no bigger than a bug but could possibly be the coolest toy drone ever.

Proto X: Tech Info

The aircraft has a one-piece plastic body and uses a 3.7V 100mAh lithium battery (included) which gives the Proto-X a pretty good flight time of approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Charging the aircraft usually takes about 30 – 40 minutes using the included USB charger. As a bonus, it comes with four spare rotor blades.To offer a little variety, it comes in six vibrant colors including purple, yellow, green, red, white, and black.

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Tiny Remote for a Tiny Quad

este4606_1-300x240The remote controller is bigger than the actual quadcopter, but not by much. It measures about 3.5 inches in width and 2.5 inches long and mimics a shrunken video game controller.

It’s a standard 2.4 GHz remote control radio that use four channels which means you can fly your drone with no interference from other flyers in the area. The only thing you need to buy is two AAA batteries for the remote control.

There are two joysticks on the controller. The left is used to control the rotation (turn the quadcopter left or right) and the altitude (going up and down). The right stick controls the direction it flies. It can hover in place by putting both stick in their default upright position, but be careful. Being so tiny means that the aircraft can be easily picked up by a rush of wind and tossed about.

Also located on the remote controller are the trim buttons, but since the remote itself is rather on the small side, reaching these buttons during flight can be rather difficult.

Light It Up

Proto x LightsThere are red LED indicator lights near the rotors on the back of the body and blue lights on the front that helps to keep the pilot orientated to the drone’s direction.

The lights are quite bright. Bright enough, in fact, to illuminate the flight path if you decide to take your Proto X on a night mission.The LED lights automatically come on as soon as the engines start.

Being so tiny, having the lights on even during a day flight is helpful since it would be easy to lose sight of it even at a short distance.

When the battery is low and the drone is nearing the end of its flight time, the LED lights blink alerting you to recharge. There will be about a minute of flight time left at this point. If you don’t end the flight, the Proto X will stop where it is and come to a soft landing.

Flying the Proto X

A slight buzzing noise is emitted while flying but it only adds to the minuteness of this itty bitty quad.You might think that this little guy would need to be treated with tenderness. But it’s proven to be able to take quite a beating. The durable hard, yet lightweight, plastic design protects it to a high degree. It’s not indestructible, but it can handle a few crashes without much damage.

This aircraft can fly just like larger drones in that it can take off with quite a bit of pep, make tight turns, smooth changes in altitude, and take a soft landing. There is no return-to-home feature so make sure it doesn’t fly out of your direct line of sight.

Let’s Compare

Everything has its good and bad qualities. To make it simple, below is a quick list of the basic pros and cons of the Proto-X.
PROS:
  • Long flight time
  • Short recharge time
  • Durable construction

CONS:
  • Lithium battery is built-in and not replaceable
  • No return-to-home feature
  • Not ideal in windy conditions

Proto X : Final Thoughts

The Estes Proto X Nano is definitely the most miniature of the minis. The remote controller is made to match. There’s no doubt that it’s made for tiny hands. There is no camera capability, but that’s not really what it was intended for. The beginner pilot looking for a cute gadget to fly in the house is guaranteed to have a ton of fun with this mini quad.

8.6 Total Score
Top Mini Quad

The beginner pilot looking for a cute gadget to fly in the house is guaranteed to have a ton of fun with this mini quad.

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