Since the popularity of the DJI Mavic and the Spark the folding quadcopter was going to be a big thing, and Syma have come on board with the fun little (or not so little) X56W which is I believe, Symas first folding quadcopter. 

The full version come with 2.0mp camera, fpv, flight plan and app control.

The version I bought for this review was the camera-less version and with no camera, you lose all of the above as it uses the cameras wi fi to run it all via the Syma app.

But it does have the excellent transmitter which you get with the X5C. Which has been updated a little, spring loaded throttle which helps with the barometer set height. The Joysticks also click in for different functions, one being the auto take off and land.

Now, folded this quad is pretty much the same size as the Transmitter. Just 18cmx16cm, unfolded though it is surprising, at 28cm on the diagonal its bigger than a 250 racer, add on the prop guards, which have to be removed every time you want to fold up the quad, it comes in at a whopping 45cm on the diagonal!!

Yet it is still super light even with the battery. Flying time is standard of 8-10 min depending on all factors including speed etc.

The auto take off and land work a treat although you need to remember, if you tell it to land, it will go down from the point it is at in the air, it is not return to home. Headless mode works well, it has two mode rates of low and high and It could have been my version but I didnt notice too much difference between them.

The barometer set height works fantastically well and is good for new flyers or younger flyers who need to get the basics before moving to full manual.

It is a fun quadcopter, easy to fly and the version I bought comes in at around £26/30

PROS

  1. Folding and slips into a rucksack
  2. Auto take off and landing
  3. Good learner quad
  4. Good size transmitter.
  5. Big when unfolded.

CONS

  1. High and low rates seem similar.
  2. Battery is a little tricky to get in.
  3. Not as agile as the Syma X5C.

When operating a drone or small UAV, make sure that your aerial vehicle or aircraft does not endanger anyone or anything. You must keep your aircraft within your visual line of sight, which means that it should be no more than 400 feet above you and 500 meters ahead of you. You will have to get approval by the CAA if you want to operate a drone beyond these distances, in which case you will have to prove that you can fly the drone safely.

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