I got lucky and borrowed a review model of this nice machine, the new Eye One Extreme V2! I haven’t flown much yet as I have found that reading the manual and becoming familiar is VERY important. Also, I carefully study the construction of the machine – I like to think “As above, so below”…..that is, if the machine looks well engineered it may fly nicely!
Of course, “real flyers” don’t care much what the box looks like. What they want to do is fly with the least amount of initial hassle…and they don’t want to be replacing parts the first time the drone hits the ground from 6 feet up.
I can’t speak to any of that now – but here is what I can say. Price? For what you get, the basic kit (brushless 180 mm Quadcopter) and batteries for the FPV R/C controller with built-in color screen. Pricing and other information is at https://www.droneart.com/
Anyone who remembers the first Extreme can picture the amazing array of electronic circuit boards that they fit into that mid-sized model. This model is CLEAN with a tiny and lightweight board that must weigh 1/4 that of the older model. The battery does not use the old connectors – but uses a spade system that seems especially robust. Custom batteries, circuits, charger and connectors – this ain’t your daddy’s first walkera put together from a bucket of parts!
Drone Art (RC Logger New Branding) has always had great written documentation and the Xtreme V2 is no exception. The manual is in full color and clearly explains what the model does – and what it should be used for. This is a “fun” machine – for learning and flying FPV. I can imagine camps, schools, Boys and Girls Clubs and other such institutions standardizing on something like this……IF it works.
Let’s face it – the first model of the Xtreme turned out to be a “hackers only” machine due to various problems. I loved flying mine but didn’t feel like throwing more money into it so I sold it before I had to upgrade the frame and everything else.
This machine looks different! For example, look at the bottom of one of the legs in the picture below. Now – your average consumer would say “OK, nice leg – let’s fly”…..but our eagle eye detects some VAST improvements in construction. The landing pads are very soft rubber and definitely have a LOT of play to make up for the shock of landing on a hard surface. White nylon replaceable braces seem to provide the actual strength of the arms – and they look as though they can take some abuse.
Prop guards are included – which might help with the protecting the camera when you hit a tree or a wall. I’ll have to give it a try
Here is our first introduction video:
Who is this Quadcopter for?