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Posted by DismayingObservation | Dec 19, 2016 @ 04:46 PM | 11,171 Views
Syma X5UW RTF Quadcopter with 720P Camera from Lightake.com (2 min 45 sec)


Whenever I’ve been offered the opportunity to review a Syma quadcopter, I’ve always taken it and for good reasons. The brand simply makes some of the best flying entry level RTF quads available at very affordable prices.

So, when Lightake.com offered up the model I’m about to review, I couldn’t help but say yes.

I’m very glad that I did.

Up for review is the brand new Syma X5UW RTF quadcopter with a 720P camera boasting both onboard audio and video recorded onto the supplied 4GB micro SD card and/or via a Wi-Fi link to any smartphone. A lot of features including barometric altitude hold and automatic takeoff and landing are packed into a model which sells for $83.75 ready to go.

It’s available here.

Contents

As with all Syma quads, the X5UW is a complete package with the following:
• Fully assembled model with six-axis gyro
• Four-channel 2.4GHz radio
• 500mAh 3.7V lithium polymer battery
• USB charger
• Spare propellers
• Propeller guards
• 720P camera
• 4GB micro SD card and USB reader
• Smartphone retaining clip
• Phillips screwdriver
• Illustrated instruction manual

Needed for operation:
• Four AA-cell alkaline batteries for the transmitter

Syma does a great job on their packaging not only in the looks department but in how securely everything comes shipped in the...Continue Reading
Posted by DismayingObservation | Dec 19, 2016 @ 03:39 PM | 10,391 Views
The little AM/FM pocket radio kit from Banggood.com continues to work beautifully. Since my grandson and I completed the build, all I've had to do was to remove the back to solder a battery lead which had worked loose from a battery terminal.

It proved difficult to get the stations to line up with the dial, but I got it fairly close. Sound quality is a bit tinny given the size and depth of the speaker, but it's remarkably clear thanks to its Mylar cone and very loud. Here's a radio running on two AA-cells with a speaker driven by a transistor instead of an output transformer and it cranks!

AM selectivity could be better, but it picks up the local stations just fine, especially since I live in an area that isn't too RF friendly. Still, this is about the most fun you can have for all of $6.62 with free shipping. It's available here and I have to thank Banggood for honoring my request for one of these kits....Continue Reading