Cheerwing Syma X5SW Review


Everything that comes out of Syma’s assembly line is easy to use and has quite an affordable price. We have here the Cheerwing Syma X5SW or the upgraded version of the ever-popular Syma X5C model that has dropped its 2.4 GHz RC and opted for a Wi-Fi solution. This means not only that the drone is easier to control, but it also makes room for other opportunities, like mobile applications. Read our Cheerwing Syma X5SW review and find out everything you’ll ever need to know about this outstanding low-cost and easy to fly drone.

Cheerwing Syma X5SW RC Quadcopter Drone

Cheerwing Syma X5SW Drone Main Features Specs

The Cheerwing Syma X5SW, also known by its boring and long-tailed name of Cheerwing Syma X5SWFPV Explorers 2 2.4 GHz 4CH 6-Axis Gyro RC Headless Quadcopter UFO with HD Wifi Camera (White) is a mid-range drone, good for both indoor and outdoor flying.

This drone is equipped with four brushless engines, which sport out the coreless technology. This nifty addition prevents the drone’s rotors from overheating during an extended flight.

Cheerwing Syma X5SW Drone Specs
Flight Environment Camera Battery Charge Weight Size Range
5-7 min Indoors and outdoors HD 0.3 MP WiFi FPV 3.7V 500 mAh Li-Po 90-120 min 4.19 ounces 12.4 x 12.4 x 4.13 inches 50m

As for its design, the Cheerwing Syma X5SWFPV Explorers 2, looks both intimidating and functional. However, upon closer view, the drone’s body suspiciously resembles DJI Phantom’s design minus the fan guards.

Now, the whole thing is powered by a 3.7V 500 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery, which can keep the drone up in the air 5 to 7 minutes. However, with the fan guards attached, the battery’s life decreases to 6 minutes, and with the camera switched on all time, the user will only get 4 minutes of flying.

As far as aerial photography is concerned, the Cheerwing Syma quadcopter drone sports a 0.3-megapixel imaging sensor that has the real-time transmission technology.

Cheerwing Syma X5SW RC Quadcopter Drone Amazon

Arguments: Pros Cons

  • Easy to fly around;
  • Impeccable maneuvering;
  • Can perform air stunts;
  • Is compatible with both iOS and Android;
  • Lightweight;
  • Good for beginners.
  • Doesn’t support anything lower than Android 4.0;
  • Poor camera and video quality
  • Wind bug not fixed;
  • Stalls and crashes without any reason;
  • Small issues with Wi-Fi reception;
  • No SD card slot.

Cheerwing Syma X5sw Drone Remote Control Set-up for First Flight

As part of our Cheerwing Syma X5SW review, we were able to test one of these flying marvels. Unfortunately, we were not able to try the drone indoors, but the outdoor tests were more than conclusive.

Remote Control

Cheerwing Syma X5SW Quadcopter Drone Remote Control

Even though when holding Syma X5SW’s remote control we felt like holding an over-glorified toy car’s remote control the drone’s RC still felt great to the touch.

Also, we had no issues reaching the buttons placed on the outer end of the remote control. So, the RC s divided into three parts. There’s the upper part which contains the RC’s Wi-Fi Antenna, the high/low-speed switch on the left and the one-touch 3D eversion key on the right side.

The upper part of the also RC contains the phone holder, which, judging by the size of it, can hold the even bigger phone like those from the Samsung Galaxy Edge series.

We have the middle part which contains two semi-spherical stick like controllers, coated with an anti-slipping material. The middle part also contains two buttons for left or right trimming. Also, there is a big power button smack in between the two stick controllers and button that switches between video and camera.

As for the bottom part of the controller, it contains a small LCD which can show some useful information like thrust, inclination, and cruise speed.

All in all, the remote control has a nice black-and-white touch to it, and it responds well to commands. Another thing that we’ve enjoyed is that we didn’t need a port to connect our smartphone to the RC since the Wi-Fi transmitter has a large enough bandwidth.

First Flight

Cheerwing Syma X5SW RC Quadcopter Drone

For the purpose of our tests, we chose a day with a light breeze. So, after setting up the drone, and connecting the smartphone to the RC, we’ve switched on the drone. Take off was more than impeccable, and we’ve liked the fact that the drone is pretty silent considering its sizes.

Landing and take-off are smooth, and so are the in-flight controls. There’s virtually no lag between the drone’s remote and the quadcopter, or any sudden loss of signal. However, the drone’s camera is not equipped with any SD card slots. So that means that every time the user wants to record something, they will have to do it through Syma’s mobile application.

Handling the drone is pretty easy, thanks to its responsive interface and the included headless mode. Also, the drone is more than able to handle twists, turns, frontal flips, and evasion, without too much difficulty.

Now, regarding photo/video capabilities, we had a couple of issues. First of all, we’ve noticed a small lag in Wi-Fi reception. More specifically, the transition between the frame is not smooth, giving the feeling that the drone is actually moving in slow motion.

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