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Reaper FY919: A Real Beginner Drone with a Real Beginner Mode

The Flying3D FY919 Reaper at first glance doesn’t seem all that different from other drones on the market, but it has a few very surprising features. It has the features that we have come to expect like headless mode, WiFi FPV, automatic takeoff and landing, and altitude hold. It has nice built-in propeller guards that can be…

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HD camera drone quadcoper
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Force1 Thunderbolt: WiFi, FPV, Altitude Hold and More…

The Force1 Thunderbolt is a beginner drone that is packed with features. It sports an HD camera with a live FPV feed that you can access through the free smartphone app. The Thunderbolt has altitude hold, auto-takeoff and landing as well as a headless mode to help the beginner pilot. It also comes with three…

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How to FPV
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FPV 101: What You Need to Know to Start Flying First Person View

Flying a drone is a fun experience, but flying FPV takes that experience to a whole new level. FPV, or first person view, puts you in the cockpit of your quad. You and your machine become one as you feel every loop, dive, and turn. It is a thrill and has been growing in popularity….

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CES 2017 Drone Round-up: The Best Drone Info from CES is HERE

It was another big year for drones at CES, and Half Chrome was there to see what was new. There was plenty to see and there are some new and exciting things on the horizon. We will go through some of the most interesting drones that we saw at CES. Jump to the section that…

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Best drone under 50
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What is the Best Drone Under $50?

You don’t have to spend a ton of money to enjoy piloting a drone. In fact, we would highly recommend that your first drone be an inexpensive one. You will crash. It happens, and you don’t want to have to worry about a $1000 investment. Start with one of these drones. They all start under…

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Syma Vs. MJX

MJX X102H, a viable competitor to Syma?

Here at Half Chrome we have tested countless Syma models including the X8W and the X8HG. We find them to be reliable drones that are simple to fly and are free of major flaws. Our Syma X8W has been crashed more times than we can count. Despite our best efforts we can’t break the thing….

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Upgrade before and after
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Syma X8 Camera Upgrade

The Syma X8 drones are a favorite platform for an action camera drone upgrade. In very little time you can put your favorite action camera up in the air on a Syma Drone. We like these drones so much that we have reviewed two of them already, the X8HG and X8W. If you already have an action camera like…

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Vertical Takeoff Speed Test

Here at Half Chrome we like to test the performance of our drones. A key metric for drones is their thrust-to-weight ratio. This tells you how much vertical thrust the props generate compared to the size of the drone. Drones with lots of thrust compared to their weight tend to be able to accelerate upwards faster,…

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X5UW drone
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Syma X5UW Altitude Hold FPV Drone Under $100

The Syma X5UW is a feature-packed drone coming in under $90. It is the most feature rich drone in this price range that we have ever seen, with effective altitude hold and good high quality no-lag first person view (FPV) streaming footage on your smart phone. In typical Syma fashion, this little drone takes some…

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Eachine E010
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Eachine E010: This May Be the BEST Beginner Drone!

The Eachine E010 is an unapologetic clone of the original Inductrix from Horizon Hobby. This micro flyer is an great indoor drone that can pinball off walls and keep on going. The ducted propellers help keep it quiet, aid in efficiency and are excellent propeller guards. Its small size, durability and ability to be upgraded make this an…

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