Horizon Hobby introduces the Blade 350QX RTF. Is it a cheaper version of the DJI Phantom or a new contender in the market?
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The Blade 350 QX
They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression! That is of course very true. However, there are times when you need to take a second look just to make sure. The new 350 QX quadcopter from Blade might just make you take a second look.
When you first lay eyes on the copter I bet the first thing you thought of is “hmm this looks kind of like a toy” and rightly so. Then your eye may glance over the heli and you may think to yourself “it looks somewhat plain” and you can’t really argue with that logic. However, when you discover that the RTF version of the quad has a price point of $469.99 including a Spektrum™ DX5E transmitter and a 3S 2200mAh LiPo battery and charger, things start to seem a little more interesting. Add to that a GPS, SAFE Circle, 3 flight modes, hands free options and a return to home feature. I would say that’s a pretty impressive list for the money.
Is it a DJI Phantom Killer?
While we have not had a chance to test the heli we do have some interesting comparisons that may actually give the extremely popular DJI Phantom a run for their money. One in particular is the apparent lack of and notoriously horrible DJI customer service. A simple search in the forums will result in many stories on how the customer service simply ruins the love of the DJI Phantom to many pilots.
On the other hand Horizon Hobby has an excellent customer service record and their unwavering support for their entire product line. Personally I have dealt with them and I could not be more thrilled with the respect and the followup that I received on multiple occasions. If everything lines up it looks like we are going to have a Blade350qx vs DJI Phantom showdown in the weeks to come.
The 350 from Blade is a solid performer one which has a tremendous amount of potential. Albeit, the initial production run, after launch, had some major propeller malfunctions. Blade was quick to remedy the situation offering replacement props to customers. Nevertheless, the critics were quick to judge that the 350 QX was rushed in the final testing phase to compete with DJI. Additionally, many customers were reporting having problems with interference with their GoPro cameras. While the exact nature of this problem was very hard to diagnose with multiple versions of the GoPro camera most customers felt extreme frustration centered around the fact that blade painted this quad as GoPro compatible.
A New Version: The Blade 350 QX AP
Named the Blade 350 QX – AP. The AP stands for aerial photography and is the turnkey solution for RC Heli pilots that want to get in to the multi-rotor market. It is specifically geared for those that don’t own a GoPro camera. Additionally, due to the fact that the majority of quad copter pilots flying the Blade 350 QX wanted more control over their aerial shots a gimbal was included in this new set up. So with the addition of an internal camera the “C-Go 1″ and a gimbal the Blade 350 QX AP takes another step closer to matching the technical specifications and performance envelope of the DJI Phantom Vision and now the Phantom Vision 2.
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- Smart Mode
GPS/Altitude Hold, SAFE Circle™ feature and Stick Relativity. Perfect for novice pilots.
- Stability Mode
Limited flight envelope, self-leveling and optional GPS Hold. Ideal for video capture.
- Agility Mode
Aerobatic performance with AS3X™ flight characteristics and unlimited flight envelope. For experienced pilots only.
- Stick Relativity
Move the cyclic stick on the transmitter right or left, and the 350 QX will move right or left relative to the pilot regardless of which way it’s pointing.
- GPS & Altimeter Technology
Keeps the 350 QX in a stable hover position for seamless video capture.
- Return Home
Flip a switch and the 350 QX will automatically return to where its motors were started.
- GoPro Compatible
The 350 QX has more than enough power to carry a GoPro camera.
An anti-vibration camera mount is included with purchase.
- SAFE™ technology provides three flight modes with the flip of a switch
- Smart Mode with GPS/altitude hold, stick relativity and the innovative SAFE circle
- Stability Mode with flight envelope protection and GPS hold
- Agility Mode for aerobatics and aggressive flying
- Return Home function automatically lands at the home position
- GoPro® compatible anti-vibration camera mount* included (camera not included)
- Intelligent motor control automatically stops the propellers upon impact with an object
- Ready-to-Fly out of the box with a Spektrum™ DX5E transmitter, 3S 2200mAh LiPo battery and charger
Aerial footage from the mounted GoPro Camera.
Anti vibration camera mount footage
Thank you to YouTube user zoomtt
Agility Mode Flight Test
Blade 350 QX Unboxing, Assembly and Startup
NEW: Interactive 350QX Parts Finder
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Blade 350 QX Manual
350 QX SPECS – Model BLH7800
|Main Rotor Diameter:||22.8 in (580mm)|
|Main Rotor Blade Length:||8.27 in (210mm)|
|Main Motor Size:||Brushless, 1100Kv|
|Battery:||11.1V 3S 2200mAh 30C LiPo|
|Length:||18.3 in (465mm)|
|Width:||18.3 in (465mm)|
|Height:||5.43 in (138mm)|
|Flying Weight:||24 oz (680 g)|
|Approximate Flight Time:||5–14 minutes|
|Is Assembly Required:||No|
There is no doubt about it, the Blade 350 QX is a very agile and zippy multirotor quad. It has all the features that you would want from beginner to expert and may be considered one of the best investments for entering the hobby. The popularity of the multirotor helicopters has spawned a whole new generation of RC pilots that are eager to get to the skies bypassing the traditional learning curve of several years and hundreds and hundreds of dollars with traditional remote controlled helicopters. Even the traditional single blade fuselage helicopter pilots will agree that the technology, the interest, and the popularity will only benefit the hobby as a whole.