Sometimes, bigger isn’t always better – at least this is the case with the Estes 4606 Proto X Quadcopter. Measuring at just 5.5 x 4 x 2.5 inches, and weighing about four ounces, this drone has earned its spot as one of the smallest quadcopters in the world. It’s particularly great for beginners who are entering the world of drones for the first time. While it can be flown outside, this tiny drone is better-designed for indoor use. It’s by far one of the coolest nano drones in the world!
Overview and Tech
The 4606 Proto X Quadcopter operates off of a 3.7 100mAh lithium battery that’s built into the drone. For this reason, you can’t take it out and replacement like you would other drones. Average flight time is 4-6 minutes, while charging this tiny little drone takes about 30-40 minutes using the USB charger that comes included in the box. Also in the box of the Proto X Nano are four spare propellers in case you break or lose the ones you have.
A Small Transmitter for an Even Smaller Drone
It measures about three-and-a-half inches wide by two-and-a-half inches long. It sort of looks like a video game controller that has been shrunken down. The 2.4 GHz transmitter can operate on one of four channels, which means that you can fly you drone without having to worry about interference from someone else flying their drone in the vicinity.
As you can see from the picture above, the transmitter for the Proto X comes with two joysticks. The left joystick is used for controlling the drone’s rotation (spinning clockwise or counterclockwise on a flat plane) and altitude (going up or down). The right altitude is used for controlling the direction of the drone (forwards, backwards, left, or right). Overall, the transmitter isn’t anything special. It’s made of plastic, and is actually weaker than the drone itself (I actually broke my transmitter before my Proto X).
Awesome LED Lights for Night Time Flying
The Estes 4606 Proto X Quadcopter comes with red LED indicator lights on the rear rotors, and blue LED indicator lights on the front rotors. This will help keep you oriented while you pilot the drone. Compared to most nano quadcopters, these lights are bright! They turn on as soon as you power on your drone, and actually add to the aesthetic appeal of the Proto X.
Don’t really count on them outside during the day as the sun can cause the lights of these drones to become negligible. Once useful feature about this drone is that the LED indicator lights will begin to blink as the battery starts to run low. This can give you an early warning so that you can land your drone safely and charge it rather than have it drop out of the sky randomly.
In The Air
Although lightweight, it’s still fairly durable, which will help make your investment go a long way. Just keep in mind that it’s NOT indestructible.
This quadcopter is very quick and agile, and can zip through the air with ease.
It doesn’t come with a “Return-to-Home” function like the Eachine H8 Mini, so make sure that you fly it in direct sight.
Will it last forever? No. But can you think of a better way to spend $35? If handled and flown with care, you can squeeze hours of fun out of this tiny drone. The Estes 4606 Proto X Quadcopter is a fun, tiny quadcopter for all ages, and at the very least, is one great way to pass the time.