Syma Electronic Toy Reviews
Syma S107 Helicopter
With Christmas fast approaching I thought it was high time I reviewed some of the classic remote control toys on the market. In this case I am reviewing the Syma S107G helicopter which will give young and old alike hours of fun. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? Recently I have seen the Syma for just under £15 on ... good old Amazon and if you can beat this price you are doing well but you better be quick as these always sell like hot cakes before Christmas!
WHAT'S IN THE BOX?
Remote control unit
Extra tail blades
WHAT COLOUR DOES IT COME IN?
The Syma RC helicopter comes in Yellow or Red
3 Channel remote control
Advanced stability technology for easy control and manoeuvrability
LED Strobe light
Already assembled and ready to fly
Infra-red control system
Main blades: Plastic
Body: Alloy Metal
Power Source: 3.7V Li-Poly battery
Main rotor diameter (upper): 190mm
Main rotor diameter (lower): 190mm
Tail rotor diameter: 30mm
Fuselage length: 220mm
Fuselage width: 38mm
Fuselage height: 98mm
On/off switch: Yes
Charging time: 40-50 minutes
Power system: 180 motor * 2
Flight duration: 5-6 minutes
Operating temperature: 10-45 deg C
Power source: 6 * 1.5V AA Alkaline batteries (not included)
Range: Up to 10m
Flight control: Up/down, Forward/Backward, Left/Right, Trim Tab
WHAT'S IT LIKE TO FLY?
We now finally get to the question on everyone's lips, "What's it like to fly?"
Well the helicopter is meant for 10 year olds and above but it is so stable that, given a bit of practice (and space) a younger child could fly it and my 8 year old daughter managed to master it in a relatively short space of time! After it has charged up for the first time with the usb charger (approx 45mins), simply set the helicopter on the ground, switch on and making sure you have plenty of space in all directions, gradually increase the speed of the rotors with the remote control until the blades start to spin.
Within seconds the Syma will be up in the air and ready to fly. A reasonably steady hand is required at first until you gauge how to keep the copter at a steady height and once you have achieved that then use the joystick to manoeuvre it forwards, backwards, left, right, up, down.
The auto stability feature makes it a dawdle to fly and you will find yourself hovering the little Syma inches in front of people's faces, the strobe light flashing in their eyes just for fun!
Now I am sure a few of you are wandering how tough it is because inevitably you will crash it at some point! Well despite having whacked it off ceilings, lights and walls, mine is still in one piece and astonishingly survived an outing in the washing machine (please do not even think about asking me how that happened!). I simply fitted a new tail rotor (supplied) and it flew first time, amazing!
Parts are readily available online and cheaply too so if you seriously break it then chances are it can be repaired rather than replaced.
What I would maybe suggest is that you buy two of these if you are going to be doing a lot of flying as the flight time is rather short (about 5 or 6 minutes) and if you have one already charged then you will always have one ready to fly.
All in all, this is a superb remote control toy which will inevitably find itself into Dad's hands even if it was meant for his son or daughter!
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Syma S107 Helicopter
It seems the longer I've been with Jen, the more her family seem to be realising that I'm quite like her dad. We both have a passion for anything remote controlled and it is perhaps no coincidence that we both received a Syma Infrared Controlled Helicopter for Christmas. In fact the only difference between the two presents were the ... colour. Now I'd previously considered buying myself one of these a couple of times, but just couldn't quite justify the expense, so getting one as a present was the ideal solution.
This model is one of a new generation of RC Helicopters and certainly is far better than any of the previous ones I've owned. It measures in at 22cm long by 3.8cm wide and sits approximately 9.8cm high. The actual Helicopter itself is actually quite small but with the twin rotor blades on the top it adds quite a bit of height. It is made of 90% plastic creating the outer shell of the Helicopter, with a far more durable metal framework.
Whilst it is quite small in appearance, the remote control is almost bigger than the actual Helicopter it does have a considerable amount of detail on the plastic outer shell. The best thing about this model is the fact there is no assembly required. I've found with previous RC models that have required assembly that its quite easy to not connect something properly or miss a bit and I far prefer RC models that are ready to use out of the box.
In order to start using the Helicopter it will require 6 AA batteries for the remote and you will need to charge the Helicopter. In order to charge the Helicopter there are two methods you can use. The first is to connect it to the controller using a cable stowed away in the side of the controller. This takes approx. 50 minutes per charge, but the disadvantage with this charging method is that it will drain the AA batteries in the controller.
The other option is to connect the Helicopter to your PC using the USB cable supplied. This obviously preserves the batteries in the controller, meaning if you aren't using rechargeable then they will last considerably longer. This method of charging also takes around 50 minutes. Once it's all charged up and ready to go you get about 10 minutes worth of flying time out of each charge, which is quite reasonable as this is more of an indoor gadget and so your unlikely to be flying it for too long at one time anyway.
Getting Under Way & Flying
Once you are ready to get flying there is a small switch on the back of the Helicopter, which brings it to life and ready to fly. The control is done via infrared from the controller to the Helicopter. This makes it much easier to control from the comfort of a sofa. The Helicopter will have a small flashing LED on the front, which tells you it's got a charge and is ready to fly. The controller is made up of two joysticks, one to control the height of the Helicopter and the other which allows you to go forwards, reverse or turn left and right.
It took me a few minutes during the first use to get the hang of the controls but they are relatively simple to get to grips with. Before too long though it becomes quite easy to judge the direction and height making it quite simple to get the hang of. Given the relatively short battery charge this is a good thing and means you get the optimal use out of those ten minutes. The flight is one of the smoothest I've ever had on a remote control Helicopter and this is helped by the built in gyroscope, which makes the mechanisms work a lot smoother.
Due to the manufacture of the Helicopter and the Infrared control system it is not advisable to take it outside. As a result of its size it can get caught easily in a breeze and it's almost a certainty that you will lose control of the Helicopter. This can result in the Infrared losing contact with the Helicopter and it crashing to the ground and will almost certainly damage it.
One of my main concerns with the Helicopter was the feel of the Helicopters blades. They felt a little flimsy and like they'd break quite easily, but thankfully that hasn't been the case. I've crashed the Helicopter into walls and lamps on numerous occasions since Christmas day and as yet neither the Helicopter nor its blades appear to have been damaged. I was also pleased to see on amazon that should the blades be damaged you can buy a set of replacements for £2.69.
A Decent Gadget
This is a very enjoyable gadget to waste away 10 minutes every now and again. It's a fun item to play with for a short time and certainly kept Jen's cousins two kids entertained on Boxing Day. These Helicopters retail at £22.95 on amazon and for what you get it is a reasonable price, however I'm glad I didn't actually have to buy it, because no matter how much fun it is, almost £23 for 10 minutes entertainment is a little much. The technology in them has come a long way and it makes for a very enjoyable present. I'll still continue to use the Syma but I am glad I didn't buy it myself. I can only really criticise the Syma for the length of charge it maintains, otherwise it is an excellent gadget.
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Syma S107 Helicopter
It's true what they say about boys - they love their toys and this Syma Helicopter has been one of my favorites. During a rather random shopping trip in Cardiff I popped into the Modelzone model shop for some 'me time' and I discovered this fabulous looking machine. The staff members were doing their usual demonstrations of the ... helicopters right at the main entrance of the shop which to my surprise went totally wrong and it resulted in a lady having one of these helicopters stuck in her hair for the whole 10 minutes that I was in the store. However before this incident the helicopter had impressed me so much that I had to pick one up. The usual price was £29.99 but I had mine on a special offer and it only cost me £14.99 but the total soon went up when I was persuaded to pick up a pack of AA batteries at the checkout, toy shops like to rip customers off on these!
*** About the Syma RC helicopter ***
It's a rather sturdy looking remote control helicopter that is controlled by an infrared remote control powered by six AA batteries, the helicopter however has its own battery built in that can be recharged. The helicopter can be charged from the little wire coming from the remote control or by the USB lead that simply pops into your computer; this saves battery life of the remote control! The helicopter is designed for indoor use and is small and sturdy enough to fly in any size room without causing too much damage, it has flashing lights that look rather attractive and it apparently flies very well.... I shall find this out next!
*** Opening the box and setting up ***
In the box I found;
The remote control
Spare rear blades (in case of a collision)
A mini screwdriver
And the 'all-important' instruction manual that does not make any sense as it is written by someone who does not have the art of English writing.... Most of the helicopters controls are rather self-explanatory so I will not complain too much.
Now getting into the box was rather easy and there were no annoying straps holding the helicopter in like most toys, two twist ties later and we were ready to go. The batteries are not included as with most toys but it takes standard AA's, I personally recommend Duracell or any other high performance batteries for something like this as you certainly don't want to run out of power in the middle of a flight! There is a little screw on the back of the controller that needs to be removed to insert the batteries, to my surprise Syma had included a free mini screwdriver for this purpose that I was very impressed with, that is proper service.
Everything so far felt pretty good quality, the helicopter quality is exceptional and it has a full metal frame. The controller is light and I doubt that it would survive a drop onto a hard floor, the control levers feel weak and I actually almost snapped one getting it out of the box but I wouldn't worry too much if you're careful with things. The USB charger does feel weak and I do recommend that you try not to knock it while it's plugged in as there is a good chance that it will snap, after 4 months of use mine is starting to disintegrate but it still works!
After inserting the batteries it was time to charge the helicopter. This is done by either plugging the helicopter into the remote control or by using the USB charger that goes into the computer. In the instruction manual it says it takes roughly 40 minutes to charge which seems very long but the charge light on the USB charger went off after about half an hour from flat so not too bad really. The instructions also say that the helicopter will give about 6 to 8 minutes of flight but this obviously depends on the way the user is flying.
*** Time to fly the machine and cause some damage to property! ***
Now this is always interesting.... Have you ever flown a helicopter before Nick? Nope, let's do it! Once charged I flicked the little on switch to the on position on both the helicopter and the remote control and I set the helicopter in the centre of the room on top of a biscuit tin. I had a sudden rush of adrenalin as I pushed on the 'Up' toggle on the remote control and my little machine lifted up into the air very steadily and perfectly in control. Considering that I had never flown one of these before this time I thought I was doing a rather good job and I was thoroughly enjoying my little flight around the living room. I flew around trying out the basic controls and I soon had the hang of it and I was able to land on top of my biscuit tin with ease.
The control has six motions, up - down - left - right - forwards and backwards. These are all done from two small joysticks on the controller and they are very easy to master within a few minutes. My first impressions were very good and I found the helicopter extremely easy to turn and it was very fast both forwards and backward. It was instantly noticeable how good the control was and I did doubt that I would be able to fly the helicopter indoors but I had nothing to worry about. There is also a trim feature so if you helicopter does not fly straight you can turn the trim knob and straighten it out, this is very handy indeed.
The takeoff and landings are the hardest bit to learn with this helicopter, I was quite lucky and I had the hang of it within a few usages. It just takes determination and once you have it, you have it! It's like riding a bike really.
*** Durability ***
Now this is always a major thing to consider when purchasing a 'Toy'. Personally I would not call this a toy and I don't believe the manufacturers do either but Modelzone were definitely advertising it as one. The model is extremely well built and I have so far crashed mine so many times that I could not have possibly counted them. I have crashed it into lampshades, wooden beams, TV screens (WHOOPS!) and many other hard objects and so far (Apart from a few vibration noises) I have not had any problems with the helicopter and I have not had to replace the blades as of yet.... I have owned this for four months and I reckon that this is pretty good going!
The blades of the helicopter are made from a very flexible but obviously strong plastic; they must be strong judging some of the crashes I have had with this helicopter. The blades are rather sharp and in all honesty if you accidentally hit someone with this copter in flight then it is going to hurt, I have experienced this when I actually flew it into my head (Ouch). One of my crashes did result in the balance piece above the blades coming loose but some slight playing around in the garage I had it fixed and ready for flight once more. The motor on this helicopter sounds very smooth and I have actually oiled the gears inside using lithium grease, this has smoothed my helicopter out amazingly and it still works like new - even after four months of almost daily use.
The batteries in the helicopter hold the charge for about 7 minutes of average flying around the room, I'm a slightly reckless flyer and my helicopter is constantly climbing and descending so I should think that you could get an even better battery life out of this helicopter! The remote batteries last a very long time, I use standard Duracell's and I use it daily finding that I only need to change them once a month, if you decided to charge the helicopter using the control then this will obviously reduce the battery life but I use the USB as it is much faster and probably cheaper than buying batteries all of the time.
*** Safety ***
This is always an important factor when buying a thing like this. In my honest opinion, this remote control is only as safe as the person flying it - almost like the real thing really ;) It can hurt slightly if you fly into someone and of course you must be extremely careful around people's eyes etc. The box said it was for ages 14 and up, I think this is about right - it certainly is not a deadly machine anyway.
*** Overall opinion ***
I absolutely love this helicopter and since buying mine the whole family now has them too. This is a slight downside as there are only three channels of these helicopters available. Different channels allow more than one helicopter to fly at one time as otherwise they will interfere with each other, being six of us in the household with a helicopter each makes it impossible to fly together but usually families are not as big as ours. I find this helicopter extremely stable and easy to control and it is an actual joy to use, I do not recommend outdoor use as we tried this one day and nearly lost it due to the slightest of wind... It really is an indoor only aircraft.
I would recommend this helicopter to anyone as it is fun and very easy to fly. It is obviously very reliable as it has lasted my rather reckless flying for 4 months and I think that it is a bargain (Even if I did pay full price for it). A VERY happy Syma customer
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