The FQ777-124 Pocket Drone by FUQI is by far one of the more unique mini drone models on the market today. Traditionally, RC drones are charged by hooking them up to an external power source (car/wall chargers, USB chargers for laptops, etc.). The FQ777, however, absorbs power from a specialized storage box that also doubles as a controller. Yes, you read that correctly: the transmitter is not only used to fly the drone, but it’s also where you put the drone away to charge. For this reason, the FQ777 can be flown anywhere and anytime.
The FQ777-124 Pocket Drone is, in my opinion, one of the more underrated RC drones on the market. It’s not a super high-quality RC quadcopter by any means, but it still offers a ton of benefits that are hard to find for such a low price. Some of its primary benefits include:
- Fast Recharging Time: With an average charging time of 20 minutes, this pocket drone recharges faster than other RC drones of similar weight, size, and battery type. I’m not sure why this is considering that it’s drawing power from batteries rather than an outlet.
- Great Range: This drone’s max range is about 50 meters. Generally, most $22 drones aren’t capable of such a far remote distance. For example, the Holy Stone M61X, which is priced at $35, has a max range of about 30 meters.
- Portability: With the drone’s portable charging station, you can charge your drone at parks, at the beach, or anywhere else where there isn’t access to an outlet.
Let’s continue this review by showing you a more in-depth look at how the drone flies.
Flight and Performance
The FQ777-124 Pocket Drone is extremely light (about 13 grams), so when it’s in the air, you’ll be able to maneuver it with ease. Unfortunately, due to its small size, don’t expect to get much performance out of it when flying in moderate to heavy winds. Indoors, the drone handles like a champ, offering a smooth, agile, and quick flights. Check it out in action:
Thanks to the drone’s prop guards, which are removable, you’ll be less likely to lose or break propellers when you crash. For beginners, this is a huge benefit, because you’ll definitely be doing your fair share of crashing!
“Yaw Rate” refers to how quickly a drone is able to spin right or left on a horizontal axis. Based on how my drone performed, the FQ777’s yaw rate was much quicker than the Cheerson CX-10s’, but not quite as fast as the Eachine H8s’. Overall, this quadcopter has the potential to fly fast and aggressively, but can also be flown conservatively to save battery.
As mentioned earlier in the review, the drone’s storage/charging case also serves as the transmitter. Fortunately, the controller isn’t setup any differently than what you would find in other controllers: the left analog stick controls ascents/descents and yaw rate, while the right analog stick controls your ability to move side-to-side and back-to-front. The transmitter can also be programmed to operate on one of two flight modes: conservative or aggressive.
Simply for the fact that this drone’s storage case serves as its transmitter and charging station is enough to justify the $22 price tag. It might not have the best flight time out there, but it does offer descent range and precise handling. Beginners and advanced flyers can definitely have a lot of fun with the FQ777-124 Pocket Drone.