|Overall rating 4.1 / 5|
We watched a couple of drone racing videos a while back, which piqued our interest in testing such a drone.
The FPV X-190 Edition RTF racing drone falls into this category and can be purchased as an RTF (Ready To Fly) package. This means that you do not need to assemble it yourself from a modular system as usual, you can fly right away.
Driving a racing drone is usually much more difficult because it is smaller and often lacks a gyroscopic system. The X-190 does not have such a system either, but it can be controlled very accurately and has a fairly solid construction. Accidents are less frequent than other quadcopters in this class, and if they do, the hull will be stable enough to withstand it.
A 0.9 megapixel camera is installed, which is equipped with a 5.8 GHz transmitter. The system works very reliably, you can work, for example, with FPV goggles from Fatshark. Videos are recorded at a resolution of only 1280 x 720 pixels. You should not be confused by the clearly “poor camera resolution”, racing drones have photo sensors that are incomparable to large photo and video drones.
The camera angle can be set from -8 degrees to +45 degrees, and the video can be saved to an SD card. Only SD cards up to 32 GB are supported, the corresponding memory card, unfortunately, is not included in the package, it must be purchased separately.
Video recordings and live images are generated at 30 frames per second, which is the standard for such a camera. More fps is not necessary for the purpose a racing drone is supposed to fulfill.
Weighing only 85g, we only recommend flying when the wind is not as strong if you are still a beginner. Dimensions: 115mm (length) x 115mm (width) x 95mm (height).
Unfortunately, with the 2S LiPo / 710 mAh battery, you can only fly for 6 minutes at a time, after which it takes about 130 minutes to recharge. This ratio of flight time to loading time is of great concern to us. There is a solution to this problem, but you can buy some suitable flight batteries and increase the flight time by making several stops and replacing the batteries.
In terms of range, the drivetrain is enough to drive some race tracks. However, it could have been slightly larger. Both the control unit and the 5.8 GHz camera transmitter have a maximum transmission range of 100 meters.
The remote control has a built-in LCD display where you can read the most important flight data. In Expert mode, the X-190 Edition RTF FPV racing drone can fly over terrain with much more agility and even faster. However, this mode is not recommended for beginners. The drone also has a flip function and you can perform acrobatic stunts at the touch of a button.
scope of delivery
Not much in the scope of delivery, but enough to take off immediately with the X-190 racing drone:
- 1 x Reely X-190 RtF Racing Helicopter
- 1 x remote control system with a transmission range of about 100 meters
- 1 x 2S LiPo flight battery with a capacity of 710mAh
- 4 replaceable propellers
- 1 USB charger
- 1 x instruction
Of course, there are also optional accessories, some of which you will need to successfully race. Here’s a quick overview:
FPV goggles are the ideal technical accessory that significantly enhances your flight experience.
The glasses make you feel as if you are sitting in the cockpit of a drone.
When choosing the right FPV goggles, it is important to make sure that the field of view is especially large and the resolution of the screens is sufficient to display all the details captured by the drone’s camera.
For example, the Fatshark Dominator V2 is a further development of the Fatshark Dominator V1 with a field of view of about 32 degrees and a resolution of 600 x 480 pixels. In addition, these FPV goggles are protected from glare from the sun, which is very important.
Of course, there are many other FPV goggles on the market, but Fatshark is famous in the drone racing scene and these models have proven themselves in practice.
FPV monitor is an alternative to FPV goggles. It is used, in particular, when several people want to see the drone flying in first person.
Monitors are technically much less complex and therefore much cheaper. Especially newbies with a small budget should consider whether the monitor is not enough at the moment, since the price is only a fraction of the glasses.
Another advantage is that you can directly observe both the monitor and the drone itself during flight and change eye contact much faster than with FPV goggles.
Sometimes small screens from 5 to 7 inches can be screwed onto the remote. Unfortunately, the Race Drone X-190 FPV Transmitter does not have such a bar.
If you choose to use an FPV monitor, the built-in diversity system is recommended.
This system works with multiple signals, which means that the live image is better received (of course only with good antennas) and the image is largely free of interruptions and errors. Which is very important in drone racing. When purchasing, make sure that the monitor has a brightness of at least 400 cd / m ^ 2, better than 500 cd / m ^ 2.
FPV monitors are available from Fatshark, Boscam, Lumenier, CamOneTec, and common drone manufacturers such as DJI, Hubsan, etc.
A good FPV screen is available from around € 100.
To be able to save videos, you need a matching FPV Race Drone X-190 Edition SD card. Here you can use a card up to 32GB.
Long Range VTX
The longer range VTX is also very popular with drone pilots in the racing sector. Transmitters are often changed because the band is out of range.
Model X-190 Edition RTF is a transmitter with a range of 100 meters, if this is not enough for you, you can buy a corresponding module with which it is enlarged.
Pros and cons
In terms of price, this FPV racing drone is in the lower price range. You must consider this factor when weighing the pros and cons. In short, we have collected for you the most important positive and negative characteristics:
- Fast, agile and agile – the drone can be controlled with great precision
- Reaches very high speeds thanks to 4 extremely powerful motors, but still good for beginners.
- Ideal for flying on narrow and very winding routes
- Flips, somersaults and rolls can be easily performed
- The camera angle can be set from -8 to +45 degrees and is not fixed.
- Can use SD cards up to 32GB (not included)
- Video recording with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels at 30 frames per second
- The complete drone package is RTF, or Ready To Fly – just unpack, charge your battery and take off.
- The FPV Racing X-190 Edition RTF drone has a maximum range of only 100 meters.
- Unfortunately, the maximum flight time is only about 6 minutes with 130 minutes charging time per battery charge.
Conclusion on FPV racing drone X-190 Edition RTF
If you compare an FPV drone that was designed for racing purposes with other quadcopter models, you can say that the X-190 Edition has an extremely good value for money. Here and there there are a few little things that bother us personally, but at a price of about 80 euros, they are not so important.
This becomes problematic if you pay great attention to high-quality video recording. We must not forget that this is not a purely photo or video drone, but a racing quadcopter.
If you don’t have that big budget but are still a beginner, this drone is perfect. Keep in m
ind, however, that you still need FPV goggles or a matching monitor to truly be able to race effectively. Here you should expect another 100-200 or 300 euros more.
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