XIRO Xplorer Aerial UAV (V Version) Drone Quadcoter (83%)

XIRO may not currently have the status of some of its heavyweight competitors in the industry, but the Xplorer Aeriel UAV is turning heads for more reasons than one.

First off, it aesthetics alone are enough to incline one to make it a very plausible first pick. It looks like something Wolverine would drop out of if the X-Men were on their way to save the world for the umpteenth time. Secondly, it fairs exceptionally well for a mid-range priced drone of its category. In fact, because of a few key features it may be one of the better choices for intermediate flyers. This version comes with a 3-axis gimbal control stabilization system which houses a camera which delivers very satisfying video recording at a 1080p/30fsp or 720p/30fps option – and is also capable of taking 14 mp quality photos. With its iOS/Android app it, too, offers live feed video streaming of said footage.

It also gives the impression of a relatively intelligent drone in terms of its software. That is to say, it comes with quite a few “fail safes” to make flight that much more enjoyable for anyone who isn’t incredibly competent. For example, its propellers will spin (or not spin) accordingly depending on whether you’re starting flight from an unstable surface; It also has numerous flight modes depending on your current goal or skill level, can follow you around or circle you automatically for some selfies; And its lights directly correlate with whichever status of flight its in (green is GSP mode, red is return home mode etc).

Overall, for a price of about $599, the XIRO Xplorer Aerial UAV Drone is one fantastic option to consider for anyone with the intent of eventually progressing into the more serious models.

XIRO Xplorer Aerial UAV (V Version) Drone Quadcoter

XIRO Xplorer Aerial UAV (V Version) Drone Quadcoter
8.3

Design

9.4/10

Battery Life

7.3/10

Ease of use

8.0/10

Value for Price

8.5/10

Pros

  • Probably the coolest looking drone on the market for under $2000
  • Shoots full HD video @1080p/30fps
  • Real time viewing on flight app to your handheld device
  • Very smooth camera gimbal control whist in flight

Cons

  • Isn't heavy enough to easily handle 15+ mph winds
  • Battery life isn't the best (approximately 15 minutes)
  • Legs don't have definitive "click" to offer assurance that they're ready for landing
  • 1080p/60fps option would be nice