Saturday, 21 January 2017

Hubsan X4 Desire H502E - GPS, Return To Home, Follow Me functions make this an excellent quadcopter


Boxed with heavy duty cardboard you can be rest assured this package is going to travel well.  Once it gets to you and you open the box you will be greeted with a warning sign alerting you to the problem of flying without enough satellites, as this quadcopter has GPS built in, i was quite impressed by this.  Unfolding the 2 flaps reveals the quadcopter on top of the internal space diving petitions, under the copter is the transmitter, once again, with a warning attached to it explaining about the issues faced with flying without the minimum amount of satellites (6) quadcopter and (6) for the transmitter .  Along side that is a spare part box which contains the following:-

  • 8 x propellers - 4 x spare
  • 1 x USB charger
  • 5 x screws - 1 x spare
  • 1 x Philips screwdriver
  • 1 x FPV sun screen

Underneath the copter is a mini SD card slot, although no SD card is provided, so you will need to buy one separately. 
Now we have removed all parts out of the box, lets start on the assembly.


This quadcopter requires a small amount of assembly, this only consists of attaching the propellers, although that is quite a fiddly job.   On the propeller, next to the Letter ‘A’ or ‘B’ you will notice a small mark that looks like ‘ I ‘ this matches a small ridge on the propeller arm.  As long as they both match then the propeller will screw in with ease, repeat this method for the other propellers.  


Once the compass has been calibrated, and over 6 satellites locked on the copter is ready to take to the skies, as with most flights they can start off quite shaky, while the quad was getting its bearings (literally). I found there was a whirlpool effect making the copter sway slightly from side to side, fortunately I found the more i flew, the more stable the copter got.  
This quad is fast and moves at quite a steady pace, and shifting to ‘expert’ mode (mode 2) the speed increases again but is still very manageable, really opening this drone up to Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced fliers 
Whilst piloting i notice the transmitter being really comfortable in hand, and with the added altitude meters built in you get a real sense of being up in the clouds with the quad. 
The in place camera isn’t great at shooting video, its slightly whitewashed, and the resolution is quite poor but it doesn’t get affected by the usual jello effect as its built in to the body and not hanging under the copter.

Overall 8.5/10 

POSITIVES = Stylish design, built very sturdy, GPS stability, built in camera, 12 minute battery life, great feeling transmitter, altitude and distance meter built in, FPV, real RTH function.  

NEGATIVES = You need to stop the video before turning off the controller or you loose the video, waiting for satellites can take up to 10 minutes to complete for the quadcopter and an extra 3 - 4 minutes for the transmitter.

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