Micron Helicopter Review

On first impressions the Micron mini rc helicopter looks just like the previously tested Syma S107 just smaller, and like the Syma S107 it is very well built for a helicopter in it's price range. Fitted with the similar Gyroscope system the Micron should be more manoeuvrable and stable compared to other models, something which I test and review later on.

Micron Mini Helicopter

Review
Removing the helicopter from its packaging it feels very sturdy for such a small helicopter. The metal frame and hardened plastic body gives the Micron a great look whilst still having the ability to protect it from any knocks and crashes. Included in the box in addition to the helicopter and controller are some basic instructions, a USB cable for charging and a spare tail blade should you need a replacement at some point in the future.


The helicopter has an on-off switch on the underside of the body which is located next to the charge point. A great feature of the Micron is it's ability charge not only from the controller but also from the supplied USB cable (again similar in design to the Syma). Once charged the USB cable lights up red to indicate the helicopter is ready to use again.


Throughout the review I make reference to the Syma S107 mainly because the Micron is so similar in design and how it fly's. Just look at the two side by side and you will see what I mean.

Micron Vs Syma S107



Micron Box

The controller requires 6 x AA batteries and although this may be a couple more than other models by using the supplied USB cable the batteries will last longer than normal.

Fitted with an adjustable rotation control to minimise in flight rotation and channel switch the helicopter can run on three different channels.

Micron USB Charger

The test:
Below is a basic video test flight to show you just how easy it is to control and move around the room - courtesy of Red5.


First impressions are very good; the micron flys just as well as the previously tested S107. The controls are precise and acurate, and hovering is easily achievable and both forward and reverse movement along with left and right directions are accurate. You would really find it hard to tell much difference between this and the larger Syma.

An ideal helicopter for beginners it's really difficult to pick a favourite between this and the S107, I would guess it boils down to the Micron being slightly smaller, cheaper and having the ability to run on three channels (great for 3 in a room at the same time.


Priced at £20 the Micron helicopter is available from Red5 - click here.

Spec:

  • Charges in 30-40 minutes via USB or handset to give 6-8 minutes of flight time (approx.)
  • Measures 11.5cm (length) x 2cm (width) x 6.5cm (height)
  • Main rotor measures 11cm in diameter
  • Range of 30ft (approx.)
  • Rechargeable 3.7v Li-poly battery included (helicopter)
  • 3 frequencies available
  • Requires 6 x AA batteries
  • Spare parts/blades available

  • With quoted flight times of upto 8 minutes on a 30-40 minute charge it would be a great toy for a home or office as you could simply pick up and play when you want and then charge via your PC or Laptop.


    Available in 3 different colours red, green and blue the Micron is up with the Syma S107 in terms of how easy it is to control and with cool little features such as the USB charge ability it is great value of money.



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