I’ve waited a long time for this moment. For weeks I’ve seen advertising for the Wundercopter DroneX Pro all over the web and I’ve had a lot of marketing slogans pelt into me. Of course, one promise is more distinctive than the other. But now the drone is finally in my hands and will find its place next to the other drones.
In this test report I show what the DroneX Pro is made of and how the foldable quadcopter performs compared to other models in the price range.
About the DroneX Pro
Type: Mini drone
Suitable for: Beginner, Hobby
Weight: 95 gram
badge required: no
Price range: up to 100 Euro
What is in the box?
Drone X Pro Scope of delivery: This is in the box
Chic transport case of the DroneX Pro
Drone X Pro Quadrocopter (Eachine E058)
Buy Drone X Pro: Test shows strengths & weaknesses
All kinds of accessories for the Drone X Pro: Compared to other mini drones top!
The Drone X Pro comes with a small case. To be honest, that’s pretty chic! The transport case has a shiny hard shell look on the outside and is padded with foam inserts on the inside. Looking back I have to say: The case is better than the contents. But I don’t want to anticipate.
In addition to Quadrocopter (DJI Mavic Pro optics), remote control (also replica) and battery, manual, protective frame and charging technology are included.
Compared to other mini drones under 100 Euro, the Drone X Pro is quite ontop.
Range: 50 meters
Flight duration: 5-7 minutes
Autonomous flight modes: No
Photos: 0.3 megapixels
The DroneX Pro is smaller than expected. The quadrocopter measures barely 10 cm when folded. But the misery starts with the folding of the Quadrocopter. The axes do not engage, no clicking, no marking signals: Up to here and no further. Or: The axis has to be aligned even further. The positioning and thus the distance between the motors remains vague.
Weak point of the drone: Quality!
Also considered as a whole, the whole axis hinge construction makes an extremely spongy, wobbly and cheap impression. The DroneX Pro is not alone in this: many cheap drones, whose biggest (and only) feature is the folding axles, have this problem. shrugging my shoulders, I give up the topic and ask myself how it will be during the flight. For me, increased randomness of engine positions hardly goes hand in hand with better flight performance.
Drone X Pro Test: Battery, Insert Battery
Battery compartment of the DroneX Pro: You can’t get the battery out without a screwdriver…
Next I use the battery and am happy that the Copter finally gets some weight. The DroneX Pro is very light. Inserting the battery works well, I’m happy about a direct connection and that I don’t have to frill Molex plugs yet.
Unfortunately, I can only get the battery out of the battery compartment with force and a screwdriver. I have to use such force that I think it tears the copter apart.
Drone X Pro SD card: exposed to water unprotected
Unprotected SD card contacts. Don’t end up in the damp grass!
But with all this work I discover the slot for the microSD card. Unprotected at the bottom of the drone. Good to know where my photos and videos will end up later. The unprotected compartment seems a bit risky to me. A few landings in the (damp) grass and a short circuit is pre-programmed.
The design and construction of the remote control is familiar from the DJI Mavic Pro and the ScharkSpark Thunder FQ 35. However, nothing can be folded out, the two transmitting antennas are just a show as with the FQ 35.
Drone X Pro: Review & comparison with professional drones
twins side by side: DroneX Pro, ScharkSpark Thunder, DJI Mavic Air and Mavic Pro
Testing the DroneX Pro: Preparations for the maiden flight
I’m trying to get rid of the bad mood that’s built up by now. But I can’t get rid of the feeling that a really cheap scrapcopter is being marketed as a great multiocopter for entry.
So let’s see how the Drone X Pro flies. As usual, I charge the battery, insert the batteries and dedicate myself to the app. As with most FPV drones, you can view the live image of the DroneX Pro on your smartphone. Many (too) cheap beginner models and mini drones try this feature. Usually, the practical usability of the video stream fails due to the low camera resolution, too few frames per second (slide show effect) and a bad WIFI signal.
This app for the DroneX Pro is an old acquaintance, which is used by different drone brands as a cheap solution for FPV live pictures and some telemetry data. The last time I was almost desperate for the JY-UFO app, and since then I’ve come to appreciate the in-house solutions from Ryze, Syma, Parrot and of course DJI.
Well, the app is back on mobile, quadrocopter and RC spark. Here we go.
Flight test with the DroneX Pro
At least I think so – because the Copter acknowledges the first two start attempts with a wild gyroscope on the floor. The axles are so wobbly and unevenly aligned that nothing works at all. I fix the hinges with fibre tape.
In the air the DroneX Pro flies in the best case okay. After I, probably not least because of my gluing action, have to trim enormously, the Quadrocopter holds itself more or less on the spot. It reacts promptly to control commands, the range I would estimate with a solid 30 but a maximum of 50 meters. In the test the Copter flies good 6 minutes, afterwards a loading break is ordered.
I don’t dare to fly big laps. As soon as a breeze comes up the DroneX Pro becomes a wind chime.
Picture test: The pictures of the DroneX Pro are that good.
Test image of the Drone X Pro: View into the garden
Single photo of the DroneX Pro with 1280x720p resolution
Drone X Pro Test: Selfie with the foldable drone
An ugly Selfie. There were already better copters for the same money.
Ryze Tello Range
For comparison: This is a picture from my DJI Tello test (costs even less…)
The DroneX Pro has a small camera on board, which can record photos and videos during the flight. The camera itself can only be aligned vertically before the flight. After take-off this is no longer possible, which is why I recommend an inclination of about 20-30° from the horizontal axis for normal video and photo flights.
Unfortunately, there is no digital image stabilization, which is why videos are horribly blurred and remind more of a slide show because of the low frame rate.
Drone X Pro: Camera under test
The camera of the Drone X Pro can be aligned vertically before the flight.
DroneX Pro: A Life as a Clone
The fact that the DroneX Pro is only a cheap copy of the DJI Mavic Pro should be clear to everyone. Shape, color and “racing strip design” resemble the Mavic to the hair. But only very few people know that the DroneX Pro is only a renamed second edition! Because: The foldable Quadrocopter is also available under the name Eachine E058 – and partly significantly cheaper.
I wouldn’t buy either of them. Cheap fakes are never a good choice and there are really good alternatives for this price.
Conclusion & Rating
I would like to strongly discourage the purchase of the DroneX Pro!
The best thing about the drone is the suitcase. The rest is a design fake in the creepiest quality. In the test the product quality was my biggest opponent, whether with the axles, the camera or the app. Yes, the Copter flies – but that will soon be all.
For 100 Euros there are definitely better alternatives where you’re not cheated.
Alternatives to the DroneX Pro
If you want to buy a drone that looks like the DJI Mavic Pro, you should order it. Everything else is plagiarism that sacrifices performance at the expense of design. Sure, real Mavic drones (Pro (1), Air, Mavic 2 Pro) cost a lot of money, but quality has its price.
A good quality for about 100 Euro you get with the Ryze/DJI Tello: 5 megapixel camera, great flight, great app, FPV and small selfie modes.
A drone for fun is the Parrot Mambo, which can spread fear and terror with a cannon on the roof.
In the ranking buy drone: The best drones 2019 I have presented the Top 20 Copter of this year. Each one is better than the Drone X Pro.
If it’s really a camera drone, the comparison of the best drones with camera is interesting. Also here you can find che