Earlier this week, I wrote a review on the Air Hogs Megabomb R/C Helicopter. If you haven’t’ read it, check it out here. The boys also received helicopters from a family friend, but these are made by a company called Syma. In the Air Hogs review I stated that I didn’t like it due to its instability and how difficult it is to fly. Well, the Syma is almost the exact opposite. This review is for the Syma S107G R/C Helicopter.
Compared to the Air Hogs, the Syma is a Cadillac to fly. Once unboxed and charged, we were flying the Syma helicopters successfully almost immediately. I honestly feel bad for comparing the two toys, since they are on a completely different level. While the Air Hogs looks, feels, and flies like a cheap toy; the S107G looks, feels, and flies like a hobbyist level R/C vehicle. It’s an unfair comparison on almost every level.
So lets discuss the controller. As you can see from the picture above, it has two joysticks. The one on the left controls elevation. It is not spring loaded to stay down, like some controllers (cough Air Hogs cough), which makes it easier to maintain level flight. The stick on the right controls movement. The only other control that you use during flight is the “trimmer” control. This allows you to adjust the horizontal spin while in flight. Basically, it keeps the helicopter from spinning uncontrollably and is precise enough to allow minor tweaks to keep the helicopter pointed in the desired direction. The controller is made with inexpensive plastic, but you can’t expect more from a toy in this price point. It does function and is comfortable to use, so it’s good in my book.
The helicopters themselves are nicer than expected. The frame consists of more metal than plastic, so it seems like it will take a beating without issue. Our initial crash testing has proven that the S107Gs don’t break easily. The 8 year old finds it funnier to crash than to fly, so everyone in the room has to pay close attention to where he is aiming, otherwise you might get a face full of R/C helicopter. The plastic accent pieces are made well and add a nice look to the helicopters. Like I mentioned before, with just a little bit of practice you can be flying well almost immediately.
Also included in the box is a USB charging cable and an extra tail blade. The USB charging cable allows you to charge the helicopter using a USB port on your computer. You can also charge the helicopter using the controller’s charging cable, which is neatly tucked into the controller itself. The controller does require 6 AA batteries, which are not included, so keep this in mind when purchasing.
There may be better R/C helicopters out there, but I would bet that they are much more expensive. The Syma does everything we could ask for very well right out of the box. So if you are looking for a fun indoor R/C toy, I recommend giving the Syma S107G a try.
If you would like to learn more about other Syma products, please visit their website – http://www.symatoys.com/.
Disclosure: This post is NOT sponsored, solicited, or endorsed in any manner. I received this product as a gift for my personal use, and decided to write about it.