Today we’re going to take a look at Syma X21W review, one of the cheapest and smallest drones that still packs quite a punch. X21W is what I call a palm drone. It’s very small, with only 13.5cm across, and around 3cm in height. To put it in comparison, its older brother Syma X8SW is 50cm across and almost 20cm tall.
Syma is a manufacturer with over 10 years of experience in creating drones and other electrical gadgets. They won’t disappear over night, or anything like that, should you need after-sale support.
Who are small drones good for?
If you’re not a fan of small drones, then you should probably skip Syma X21W drone and go for something like Syma X8SW. Newcomers to the world of drones, regardless if you’re a kid or an adult, are however encouraged to buy smaller drones.
Most of the time they are cheaper, and easier to control, so it’ll be easier to learn how to fly the drone. Plus, smaller drone can be flown inside the house, if the weather doesn’t allow you to go outside.
Why should you be interested in Syma X21W?
Syma X21W Review
Look and feel
Syma X21W is what they call a pocket drone. Overall design of the drone looks very bulky, like a tank. Camera is embedded in the drone head, its front side. Bigger drones have it down below, on the drones belly. Three colors are available black, green and white. Blades are easily removable via a simple plug-and-play operation. LEDs are included. They are placed under the blades. They will blink when the battery is about to go out, warning you to land the drone. All in all, beefy look and well built.
Despite the low price and small size, X21W has a lot of interesting features that users can have fun with. Let’s have a deeper look at what they are.
Drone has a barometric sensor that allows it to maintain altitude after you release controls. In other words, if you fly the drone 60ft in the air, and release the controls, it will stay at 60ft. It only goes down if you order it to, or it runs out of battery, 🙂 . This functionality is also know as altitude hold.
Camera & FPV
Controller comes with a clip that lets you put a smartphone atop of it. By connecting the phone to the camera you can then catch a live feed from the camera on the drone screen. Camera is 720p with 0.3MP. Drone has a micro SD slot for storage. Videos and photos can also be stored on the phone when in FPV mode.
“Syma GO” app doesn’t only stop at the FPV function. It also gives the user option for controlling the drone using on-screen controls. App actually has more options than the controller. For example the app is what’s used for activating and managing the waypoint and gravity control modes.
Waypoint function is something that I had a lot of fun with. It lets you use the Syma app to draw a path on which the drone will then fly after double tapping on screen. You can draw shapes, paths, you name it and then drone will follow it. How neat is that. Make sure to use points for direction changes. Curves don’t work.
Gravity control function
Have you been playing a lot of games on tablets or smartphones? Racing games perhaps? Well then you have plenty of experiance with the gravity control function. It works by using phones gravity sensor (via Syma app) to fly the drone by tilting the phone.
Headless work mode
Headless mode is available. While headless mode is active, it’s no longer necessary to keep an eye on the drones orientation when changing direction. In other words, you don’t have to point its head into the direction you want the drone going. The controller become the point of reference in space.
Flying the drone
Drone is very easy to fly. Remote control, both the physical one and when using app control, are very responsive. Like all Syma drones, top right trigger can be used as a one key take off. Before doing that, make sure to turn on the drone, and the controller. Due to its small size, the drone is easy to maneuver even in closed spaces. I know you probably shouldn’t fly drones in your house, but I did it because I’m a rebel, 🙂 .
The thing I had most fun with are the waypoint and gravity control work modes. Before X21W I never played around with these kind of controls and I have to say that they are very fun. My favorite would have to be the gravity control. Give it a try if you decide to go with Syma X21W.
SYMA X21W Review
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I have to say that it is really hard to find faults for Syma X21W, especially for the price. It is a great beginner drone, to learn the basics of how to fly and learn the basic terminology from the world of drones.
Waypoint function and gravity control mode are especially fun to play around with. You don’t expect to find such a feature on a drone with an under $50 price tag.
One thing that I’m a little bit disappointed with is the camera. They could have maybe put a slightly better sensor. Video quality is grainy a bit, but again, for the price, it’s good. If you want to get into drones, or if you want to buy a drone for your kids as a present, Syma X21W is a great choice.