Estes 4606 Proto X Nano R/C Quadcopter (78%)

If you thought the Hubsan X4 was the coolest little bundle of joy we’d mention, you’d be wrong. The Estes 4606 is even more portable, affordable, concealable, stalking-stuffer-able than any drone we’ve reviewed. With the same girth as about 2 quarters and only $30 on Amazon, this is one of those devices where you just can’t go wrong.

The Estes 4606 comes in many different colour variations for personal customization, and surprisingly flies with a sound combination of speed, yaw and pitch. Visually, watching it fly is pretty entertaining for the 7 or so minutes it lasts, and in expert mode you’ll be blown away at how fast this thing will zip past your head without being able to catch it with the naked eye (we highly recommend starting in beginner mode while indoors unless you plan on losing an eye). The LED lights it comes with certainly add to the fun (blue and red) and sort of give off the impression you’re controlling a sort of bio-engineered overgrown flying insect with blue eyes.

We don’t need to get into the specs with a drone like this because, quite honestly, Estes isn’t the sort of thing you buy because you want to be impressed by its earth shattering features and powerful motor. It’s simply a very small, zippy little powerhouse that offers a great escape from reality until the battery dies. Note: extra parts may be essential unless you’re a skilled pilot.

Estes 4606 Proto X Nano R/C Quadcopter

Estes 4606 Proto X Nano R/C Quadcopter
7.9

Design

7.8/10

Battery Life

6.8/10

Ease of use

8.0/10

Value for Price

8.8/10

Pros

  • One of the smallest and more affordable drones on the market, while still offering satisfying performance
  • Cool LED lights make for an entertaining visual experience
  • Flies quickly on expert mode
  • Propellers often reattach after crashes

Cons

  • Reported issues of motors burning out before its time should be up
  • Propellers come off easily
  • Control sticks feel a little stiff at first