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Air Hogs DR1 Race Drone

£24.99
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The Air Hogs DR1 Race Drone is the perfect drone for kids. There is a beginner mode and advanced mode so it is easy for kids to control, no matter what their ability.

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Jennifer Watts

4th December 2017

By Jennifer Watts

Mum, Wife, Gadget Lover & Foodie


The Air Hogs DR1 is sort of a cross between a kids toy and a drone. It doesn’t have nearly as many features as a ‘proper’ drone, like GPS or anything like that, but it does function well as a basic flying toy, and is intended for use by kids aged from 8+ with a sturdy, indoor-only design to reduce risk of damage.

Options

There are two types of Air Hogs DR1. There is the more basic Air Hogs DR1 Micro Race Drone, which is smaller and cheaper, and there is the Air Hogs DR1 FPV Race Drone which comes with a VR-type headset. If you attach your smartphone you can use the app to stream video from the drone. It is surprisingly good quality for a toy, but the slight lag is quite annoying. The recommended minimum age for the FPV is 10, which I think is probably because up-close visuals could damage younger kids’ eyes.

A Drone For Kids

Although this doesn’t have the same level of features as some of the more expensive drones, I would say that the Air Hogs DR1 Race Drone is the perfect drone for kids. There is a beginner mode and advanced mode so it is easy for kids to control, no matter what their ability. The beginner mode makes use of ‘assist technology’ so it automates some of the control to make it easier for the little ones. My 6 year old daughter (younger than the recommended age!) got the hang of the controls really quickly.

I think it helps that the Air Hogs DR1 is so small. The Micro measures 3” x 3” x 1” so it is really tiny, smaller than the palm of my hand. The FPV is a little big bigger but not much, it measures 3.5” x 3” x1.5”. The drone is very easy to set up and use, which is good because the instructions were a bit limited.

Flying

The controls were very simple to use and we were all able to work out the best methods for controlling the drone pretty quickly. The 250 ft communication range would probably be a bit restrictive if this was designed as an outdoor-flying drone, but as an indoor toy we found it to be more than good enough.

Unfortunately my daughter was disappointed with the 7 minute flight time (and it then needs a 30 - 45 minute charge!). Because she’s still little it takes her a few minutes to properly get control, by which time she doesn’t really have long to fly until the drone gives up. A better battery would have been preferred.

Design

I found the design to be a bit strange. The Air Hogs DR1 looks and feels sturdy and durable, and it is supposed to be able to withstand minor bumps and crashes. However, one of our propellers bent on the first day! Luckily there were a few extras in the box, so we replaced and will just need to be more careful.

Worth It?

If you’re looking for some sort of feature-filled professional-type drone, then this isn’t it. This is definitely more of a kids toy than a ‘real’ drone. But if you’re looking for a drone that is easy to use and completely kid-friendly then I think the Air Hogs DR1 is the best one to get. The controller is very simple, even for 6 year olds, and the semi-automated flight makes it really easy for kids who have never flown a drone before. It is also one of the more affordable drones out there, and it is excellent value for money.

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  • Manufacturer: Spin Master
  • Version: Air Hogs DR1 Micro / Air Hogs DR1 FPV
  • Rotors: 4
  • Age: 8+ (Micro) / 10+ (FPV)
  • Dimensions: 3” x 3” x 1” (Micro) / 3.5” x 3” x1.5” (FPV)
  • Includes: 1 x Drone (Micro & FPV), 1 x Controller (Micro & FPV), 1 x USB Charger (Micro & FPV), 1 x Instructions (Micro & FPV), 1 x Headset (FPV Only)
  • Batteries: 2 x AAA (Not Included)

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Air Hogs DR1

4

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£24.99

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4

4k

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4

1080

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£405.00


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