DroneX Pro Review 2019: Is it any good?

Quadcopter drones have become quite common these days. Whether it’s industrial filming, surveying landscapes, or just for adventures. Drones come in a variety of shapes and sizes as well as price. Some are more suited for filming while others are just meant for fun and play.

Are you looking to own one yourself? If so, let me introduce to you DroneX Pro by Hyper SIs Ltd. This drone has a high-tech, slick design and futuristic feel to it. Maybe you have always wanted to get a bird’s eye view of your yard or just want to upgrade your current trashed drone to a better one, you might consider DroneX Pro in your top priority list. DroneX Pro comes with a majority of the features to satisfy a typical photo enthusiast.

The DroneX Pro will definitely enhance your adventures. Taking group selfies from an elevated position is now easy. Impress your social media buddies with beautiful landscape photos. Scout a variety of terrains while you are just chilling somewhere whether at the comfort of your balcony or standing next to a cliff.  

So in this review, we will be taking careful scrutiny at the new DroneX Pro which has hit the market by storm. Is it worth your pocket? What do you get from having this piece of tech? Let’s get right into it.

DroneX Pro features and performance

  • Foldable design

One of the physical features that make DroneX Pro stand out is the collapsible joint between the frames holding the Propellers and the body. The Propeller blades are not fixed as well.  This incredible feature enables you to fold the drone when in transit or just when you are not flying it.

  • Portable

DroneX Pro is incredibly lightweight to carry and furthermore when folded, it can fit at the palm of your hand. If it can fit at the palm of your hand, you can definitely carry it in your pocket with ease. This is very convenient especially when it comes to outdoor use. This means you won’t have to carry bulky and heavier drone alternatives.

  • Camera

The DroneX Pro comes with an on board HD camera of 2 megapixels that is able to take photos and record videos. This camera supports resolution of up to 720p which is really great. The camera is able to capture still images at a wide angle of 1200. With the panoramic mode, you can be able to capture 3600 images with one click of a button. The drawback with the camera is the fact that it is fixed therefore as the drone moves and shakes, the camera shakes as well. So shots taken while the drone is moving are not that good.

  • Flight time

Compared to other pocket-sized drones, DroneX Pro has a pretty decent flight time. This drone can fly and film for around 10 minutes on a fully charged battery. Charging the battery will take an average of 70 minutes. If you are looking to have longer flight time, arrange for some spare batteries.

  • Stability

DroneX has advanced stabilization algorithms used in rake off, flight as well as landing. In the case of turbulent conditions, the drone is still able to maintain its course considerably. This means you will not have to use a lot of skills to keep the drone from being blown away. Another cool feature of DroneX Pro is the altitude hold mode. This ability enables it to hover which maintains the drone at the same position and height for a chance to take smoother and timed shots.

  • Controls

DroneX Pro is one of the easiest drones to land. Most of us usually worry about wrecking our drones when trying to land them. When it comes to the DroneX Pro, you don’t have to worry about that anymore. This drone is able to detect the ground and land smoothly. Furthermore, most drones when the transmission is cut off, you will find it fallen somewhere since controls have been lost. When the DroneX Pro detects that the connection is lost, it begins a slow decent until it lands. You can still regain control by moving closer to the drone in time before it reaches the ground.

  • Durability

In case of a crash, this drone has Proved to be resilient all this being credited to the fact that its Propellers are collapsible. It also has a strong outer covering.

  • Control options

DroneX can be controlled with your smartphone or just the controller that comes with it. It would be convenient to control the drone with your smartphone when out of sight. This means you will receive real-time FPV feed to your smartphone screen as you monitor where your drone is flying to. You can as well control your drone only with the remote control. This would be suitable when in the open and the drone flying in sight.

  • Other exciting features

The DroneX Pro is one of the easiest drones to fly out there. This drone comes with one-key press functionality for landing as well as taking off.

This drone also comes with two led lights just next to the camera. This can come in handy when trying to maneuver the drone in dark, close Proximity.

DroneX Pro has a feature that enables it to roll 3600 which is quite spectacular. This is one of the features that come in handy when you are looking to wow your friends.

The drone is able to respond to gravity sensors on your smartphone by just pressing the gyroscope icon on the app. This means that you can be able to control the movement of the drone by just tilting your mobile device just like playing a video game on your phone. Gravity sensors make flying this piece of tech seamless. The drone can also be connected to virtual reality glasses for a more interactive experience.

With the headless mode, this enables the front of the drone to be the same as that of the remote control. This greatly makes flying the drone easy. There are situations when a drone is flying far away and you can no longer differentiate which is the front, therefore, controlling it becomes a pain. DroneX Pro eliminates that Problem with the headless mode.

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How does the DroneX Pro work?

The DroneX Pro work by receiving flight control instructions wirelessly from its controller. You can control the flight of the device using the controller that comes with it or you can use the designated app on your smartphone instead.

The controller is pretty straight forward. The remote control has a cradle at the bottom for holding your smartphone which means you can use both hand-in-hand. Control the flight of the drone as well as monitor the terrains when in flight through your smartphone.

  • Controller

The controller comes with two primary control knobs for controlling the drone. Each knob is supposed to be held by the thumb from each arm. The knob on the left is used as throttle and the knob on the right is the main controller for direction while in flight.

Pressing the throttle forward causes the drone to move up and increase altitude. Pressing the throttle backward causes the drone to descend. Moving the throttle to the right causes the drone to rotate on a vertical axis to the right and vice-versa. Then the two buttons next to the throttle are used for automatic take off and automatic landing. An arrow pointing up and an arrow pointing down are drawn on these two buttons respectively. So if you are’t skilled with the throttle, use those buttons instead.

The main controller knob controls banking to the left and right, as well as pitching to the front and back according to where the knob is tilted.  The rest of the buttons on the front face of the controller are used for precision control (trim) of the main controller joystick. They control how precise the drone banks and pitch.

JY UFO app

The app brings more functionality and experience. You can control the drone and receive FPV feed all in one app. The app includes all the functionality specified in the controller. The app can be downloaded on google play store or apple store.

Some of the extra features that make using the app over the controller are:

  • Gravity sensors- Just click the gyroscope icon to initiate.
  • Trajectory flight- This allows you to draw a trajectory line on your phone then the drone follows. Just click the trajectory icon.
  • With the app, a real-time feed can be received.
  • The app allows you to execute extra modes to enhance flight.

DroneX Pro range

The drone and its controller can actually maintain transmission for a longer distance compared to maintaining FPV feed. This means you will first start to experience glitches in the video being received to your phone before you start to experience the same with the controls.

DroneX Pro can fly for a radius of about 80m without you losing control of the device. While you can only maintain FPV feed for a radius of about 50m.

DroneX Pro unboxing and first flight

When you unpack the DroneX Pro right after purchase, you might expect to find the Propellers dismantled. You will first have to install the Propellers. Just look for the screwdriver in the package which is meant specifically for this task. Next charge the battery which will take around 70 mins. A detailed manual is provided in case you run into trouble.

Once charging is done, connecting your drone to the controller is quite easy:

  1. Press the huge grey/black power button on top of the drone. You should start seeing blue lights on top and back LED lights flashing. Front LEDs should flash as well.
  2. Turn on the toggle button on the controller. Turning on the controller is accompanied by a sharp beep.
  3. Now initialize the connection by doing a forward and backward throttle. When the LED lights stop blinking and go solid, this means you are connected and ready to fly.

DroneX Pro accessories

When unboxing the DroneX Pro, apart from the drone itself,   here are some of the items you expect to find together with it.

  • Four spare Propeller blades. Just in case your drone crashes and breaks a Propeller, you just replace it.
  • A storage bag which prevents your drone from collecting dust when stored.
  • A screwdriver for fixing Propellers.
  • A USB cable.
  • A user manual that is written in English.
  • And of course a battery.
  • Although not available together with the package, you can buy Propeller guards separately. All other spares are also available in case they run out.

DroneX Pro specifications

  • The drone uses radio frequencies of 2.4GHz.
  • WiFi FPV enabled
  • Includes 3.7V 500mAh Lipo battery
  • Suited for both indoors and outdoors
  • Includes a micro SD card slot
  • Charging time is roughly 60-70 mins
  • Gyroscope: 6-axis
  • Flying time is between 7-10 mins
  • Distance for maintaining steady control is about 80-100 m
  • Distance for clear FPV is about 50 m
  • Comes in black color.
  • The camera is 2MP 720P wide angle of 1200. Produces photos of around 0.3 megapixels.
  • Comes with LED lights
  • Alternatively mobile controlled with the JY UFO app. Supported in both Android and iPhone.
  • Quadcopter size: 27×19.5x5cm (with arms not folded)
  • 12.5×7.5x5cm (with arms folded)
  • Package Size: 17.5x16x7cm
  • Package weight: 360g

DroneX Pro price

With its many features and functionality, this drone is quite inexpensive. As showcased in the Hyper SIs website, these guys have different packages and offers as follow:

  • Package one: With this pack, you will get one DroneX Pro at $105.
  • Package two: This package allows you to get two DroneX Pro and one free. The pack goes for $209.
  • Package three: This package gives you three DroneX Pro with two free at $316. Each package includes free shipping.

You can get a cheaper price at Amazon which goes for $92.99.

My verdict

The DroneX Pro is a great option for beginners who do not have much skill in flying drones since it comes with a lot of enhancements for making it easy to fly. If you are looking to take simple shots and videos with ease, then this is for you. Although this would not be a great idea when it comes to doing high-quality filming and production. But let’s face it, DroneX Pro has way better camera compared to other miniaturized drones.

I love almost everything about this drone from its design, stability to ease of use. Not to mention its range. Most pocket-sized drones can only maintain transmission for a radius of about 30 meters. The only discouraging issue about the DroneX Pro is its flight time. Considering the amount of time it takes to charge, it would be convenient for it to take a while longer in flight. Its pros greatly surpass its cons not to mention it is pocket-friendly.                            

 

10 Reasons Why I Hate WordPress Self Hosted Blogging Platform

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WordPress is currently the most popular content management system out there, especially for blogging. Most of the blogs on the internet today are built upon WordPress, from sites like The Verge to the Los Angeles Times Magazine. I personally have quite a few sites on WP as of today, however, on the contrast, I’ve had quite some disappointments with the platform lately. I feel like the developers behind the company aren’t doing the best to improve it, or to add new features and functionalities. Here are the top 10 reasons why I hate WordPress:

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10 Reasons Why I Hate WordPress

1. Constantly hacked! There are bots crawling the web for WordPress installs and trying to hack/brute force them.

My advice for existing users: Use a simple server-side firewall and site-side live protection (there are many great plugins for this, like WordFence, etc., as long as you set it up right and have the right hosting-side protection set up)

2. Non-standards based coding methodology.

3. Bloated and legacy codebase.

4. Not object-oriented.

5. Too much fluff!

6. Varying degrees of quality in 3rd party plugins and themes, including unscrupulous developers who highjack your site in various ways.

7. Requires plugins to do basic things, such as speed up your site, have a decent contact or enquiry form, and security, to mention a few.

8. Slow as hell!

9. Constant bugs, conflicts, and issues with all the different moving parts and plugins.

10. Tries too hard to be all things to all people, in turn creating lots of unnecessary garbage.

 

I asked a few of my comrades to put forward their opinions on this topic. Here are their thoughts..

Dylan: Sorry Wilson, can’t agree with you here. Many of the problems you list have to do with using poorly designed/coded themes and plugins. As for hackers, well, whatever is popular is what they will target, no matter what it is. Don’t have time to answer everything nor list my 10 reasons to love it, but user-friendliness, versatility, easy of use are among them. I can teach WordPress to 65+ y.o. who have no clue about computers. You are a software engineer, so maybe the problem is right there: you should code instead of using the tools made for the rest of us?

My Response: Very few of the reasons I list have to do with poorly designed/codes themes and plugins. In fact, one of the reasons listed specifically states there are too many poorly designed/codes themes and plugins. Also, only numbers 6 and 9 have any relation to that. And as a non-developer, as most WordPress users are, how are they to know/determine what is and isn’t poorly coded?

Andy: It is far, far, far (can I write ‘far’ enough times?) easier for the average Joe to learn just enough to overcome all the problems you’ve listed, than it is to ‘go elsewhere.’ Almost everything you’ve listed is either insignificant when it comes to the pursuit of a good and successful website, or is quite easy to overcome. And with WordPress, you have a metric shit ton of resources, sites, support forums, code snippets, etc. that you can use to do stuff, or overcome stuff, when you want to. Go elsewhere – or have something custom developed – then you do not have this and might even have to continually pay a developer to tweak things when you need it.

I agree with all of that.

What are your thoughts? Are you satisfied with the current state of WordPress? Let me know in the comments..