The toy drone market is becoming quite a crowded field with more products being released every month. Because of the increased level of competition, new brands are entering the market, none more than in the toy drone space where products are less expensive and companies better able to compete on a relatively level playing field.
The result is newer models and improved features, along with downward pressure on prices. These are all things that benefit consumers interested in either their first toy drone or a fun new model to play around with before moving up to something bigger.
GOOLRC T5G MAIN FEATURES:
- Flight duration: Up to 8-minutes
- Maximum range: 100-meters (depends on battery life & local interference)
- Camera: 2-megapixel and SD video
- FPV video control: 5.8-GHz
- Features: Night flight LED, single-button return to base, headless option
When you think back (or perhaps you do not realize) features such as an LED light for night flights, a headless mode for easier flying for beginners, real-time video control systems, and a camera was all things reserved for the largest, priciest drones on the market.
Fast forward several years, and it’s now possible to grab a toy drone with many of these same features for less than $100. In fact, when it comes to the GoolRC T5G you’re in for a treat because it has all these features bundled in. We’ve been impressed with that and wanted to take a look, so here’s our review of the GoolRC T5.
BY THE WAY, HERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD TAKE NOTE OF FIRST:
An RC (remote-control) drone is not a toy. It is listed in the “toy drone” category, but it is still a fast-moving flying object that can do a lot of damage when in the wrong hands. As a result, only kids 15 years old and older should be allowed to take command of one.
The drone will not fly if the propellers are fitted the wrong way around. The correct controller needs to be used with the right drone. Otherwise, it won’t work (they cannot be mixed and matched from a collection of controllers).
If you observe the drone either spinning around uncontrollably while in hover mode or flying to one side improperly, turn off both the drone and controller and re-match them again as they’ve become unsynced from each other.
The battery could be damaged if overcharging. Unplug the charger once the drone is fully charged up.
The T5G model is attractively packaged and is unlikely to be damaged during delivery. There are no AA batteries included (or needed) because the controller has its own 550mAh 3.7V rechargeable battery unit.
To get started, simply unpack the product, add the propellers and landing gear correctly, and then charge up the batteries on both the controller and drone.
What comes inside the box?
- T5G Toy drone
- Battery-powered controller
- Standard propellers and two extra ones
- Propeller guards
- Landing gear
- Charging cable
- Mini screwdriver and screws
- USB port
- MicroSD card
What usually lets the side down with budget models is the quality of both the propeller guards and landing gear. Both tend to be made of cheaper plastic that breaks far too quickly. In this case, these parts are more durable than one would expect for the price.
There are three flying speeds: Slow, Medium and hold your breath (Fast!). Don’t be alarmed if the drone appears to fly slowly on the first flight because it arrives set in the slow speed to let new drone owners practice first. It is necessary to push softly on the throttle of the controller to avoid rapid flight corrections that overdo it and cause a crash. With a little practice, we found we could fly safely in the fast mode, and it was a lot of fun.
FPV & CAMERA
There is a basic 2-megapixel camera that comes with the T5G drone. It can shoot photos or video. While this is no Full HD 1080p or 4K UHD video camera we’re talking about here, it’s surprisingly good for such a little drone. The video images transmitted over the uncluttered 5.8GHz frequency back to the controller. The transmissions don’t get stuck with interference, so the video image is seen in real-time which makes flying much easier. Avoiding the Wi-FI signal frequency cuts out much for the usual lag experienced with FPV. We tested the drone out to around 65-70 meters before the FPV signal started to degrade.
We’re not talking a DJI Phantom model here, so the flight duration is only around 7-8 minutes. The flight duration is pretty standard for a toy drone in this price range so we were not disappointed. It is possible to remove the prop guards and landing gear to come in for a rougher landing and probably increase the flight time by 2-3 minutes, but it’s hardly worth it. When wanting a 15-minute flight duration, just look for a drone with this capacity as standard.
The manufacturer suggests not flying the drone farther than 60 meters. By keeping to this distance, it avoids losing control suddenly. Unlike other more advanced drones with built-in protection against losing control due to either range or battery issues, a toy drone shouldn’t be expected to manage such issues adequately. In an area where there is no interference, and little wind is experienced, it’s likely that 100-meters is possible, but one risks losing the drone in the process, so one must be careful. The FPV is supposed to work up to 65 meters or so, but while you may retain flight capability and control, you could lose video signal beyond that point. Again, that’s fair all things considered.
We’re very impressed with the Goolrc T5G drone. For any product under the three-figure $100 price point, it’s hard to find a match for its features. It’s also a compact model with an attractive color scheme. It’s also light and easy to store. With the inclusion of both a half-decent camera with photographic and video recording, plus accurate FPV real-time video transmission over a better frequency, it’s really tough to find a similarly featured model in its price range.
Flying indoors is also a possibility because it comes with protective propeller guards and actual landing gear. Extreme care still needs to be taken when flying indoors (we try to avoid it), but it’s at least possible. As a first drone or one for an older teenager, the T5G model is recommended.