Today we’ll be reviewing their Blade Zeyrok, a very simple beginner quadcopter rivaling the likes of the popular Dromida Ominus and Syma X5C. Let’s get to it!
Smooth and Sporty Flight Performance
In essence, the Blade Zeyrok is pretty basic. I’d say it’s above average in terms of flight performance compared to other similar toy grade quadcopters.
It flies well. Sporty and maneuverable, even in the lower flight rate while still maintaining it’s stability. Its motors are brushed, which is surprising considering the steep price.
There are two flight rates, beginner, and expert. Beginner is your standard flight rate, stable and easy. Perfect for those who are just learning. Expert flight rate begins to get a little faster and much more maneuverable. The yaw rate, the rate of which the quadcopter spins, gets bumped up to insane speeds here. It can be spun around, sort of like a top. This also adds to the maneuverability of the quadcopter greatly.
My only gripe with flying this, along with most other toy quadcopters is they tend to feel just a tad underpowered. This is the same for most other quadcopters of the sort, most notably the Dromida Ominus and Syma X5C as stated before, but for the price of the Blade Zeyrok, I would have expected more.
Acro Mode on a Toy Quad?!
The Blade Zeyrok has three flight modes.
- Stability modeStagility mode
- Stagility mode
- Agility mode (Acro mode)
Each of which has their own distinct flight characteristics.
Stability mode is your typical quadcopter flight mode. It levels itself off when letting go of the control sticks so you don’t need to worry too much about keeping it balanced.
Stagility mode still maintains the stability of the previous, while adding the ability to perform flips by pushing the control stick fully in any direction you choose.
Agility mode is where the Blade Zeyrok starts to get really interesting. In Agility Mode, the stabilization turns off completely. This means the pilot is responsible for keeping the quadcopter stable. It will keep pitching in any given direction you push the control stick until you push it in the other direction to level itself off. This is also sometimes referred to as acro mode among the quadcopter community.
The amazing thing about having acro mode on the Blaze Zeyrok is that most toy grade quadcopters simply don’t. It’s a little difficult to actually fly in this mode and even harder to perform flips and tricks due to the brushed motors. But it can be fun to practice the basics of acro mode flying such as hovering and maintaining your orientation.
Battery, Charge & Flight Times
The included battery is a weirdly shaped 750 mAh 1s LiPo with a JST connector. I call it weirdly shaped because it’s long and thin, different from most 1s batteries we so often see.
It lasts about 8 minutes of flight – about average. And takes 1 hour and 20 minutes to charge with the included USB charger with JST connector.
There is one big issue, however, and that is the LVC. LVC stands for low voltage control, which is the warning that your quadcopter gives you when the battery is low. The Blade Zeyrok does this by flashing the LED lights underneath the quadcopter.
The problem, however, is that the LVC warning is way too short. It only lasts a couple of seconds. About 5 if I had to guess, and then the Zeyrok simply falls out of the sky. This is dangerous, because you won’t know your quadcopter battery is dying until it’s too late. This can cause crashes and damage to your quadcopter. To prevent this, I suggest flying with a timer and setting it to 8 minutes. After 8 minutes of flight, return the quadcopter to you and charge or replace the battery.
Included Transmitter vs. Spektrum Transmitters
The Zeyrok RTF (Ready to fly) bundle comes pre-packed with a cheap, plastic transmitter.
Despite it’s lacking build, it fits surprisingly ergonomically in my hand and is very comfortable to hold.
It has your basic functions like the ability to change your flight rate by pressing the left stick, changing flight modes by flipping the back left switch and activating camera controls with the switch on the back right.
Despite this rather mediocre included transmitter, one of the main benefits of any Horizon Hobby product is that you can bind it to a hobby grade Spektrum transmitter. These transmitters, while often rather expensive and sold separately, will give you a much higher-quality feel as they are hobby grade transmitters. But the old saying is true. “You get what you pay for.”
Disappointing 1.3MP Camera
One of my major complaints of this quadcopter is the camera quality. A 1.3MP camera for a quadcopter over $100 is extremely disappointing. Even cheaper quadcopters for less than $40 include 2MP cameras.
Now that my camera quality frustrations are out of the way, I can speak about the good about this camera. It’s actually extremely stable for a toy quadcopter. I was actually surprised how well the camera being mounted directly onto the quadcopter really helps stabilize the image and videos. Now if only the camera quality was better….
My SD Card Got Stuck!
One of the most subtle issues, yet one of my biggest complaints about the Blade Zeyrok is it’s SD card slot.
Located underneath the quadcopter, through the landing legs, the included 4GB mini sd card fits right in…. Sometimes.
Sometimes it can actually get stuck underneath the sd card slot in a tiny gap in between the landing legs and the quadcopter itself. This is a nuisance, as you’ll need to unscrew the landing legs and remove them to get it out, which is an unnecessarily timely process. Furthermore, my SD card gets stuck in the slot whenever I put it in. I’m not sure if this is a design flaw, or if it’s just my model in particular, but I need to pull it out with tweezers every time which is a bit of a disappointment.
What’s In The Box?
- Blade Zeyrok
- 4GB Micro SD card
- 4x Spare Propellers
- 750 mAh 1s Battery
- USB Charger w/ JST Connector
- Instruction Manual
Carbon Fiber Frame Upgrade Kit
One of the neatest features about Zeyrok is the recently released Rakon Heli carbon fiber upgrade kit. At an additional cost, you can replace the stock frame of the Zeyrok with a well-designed and durable carbon fiber frame.
You can also purchase an FPV mount to go along with it, which will allow for FPV flying if you provide your own camera/FPV equipment.
Overall, this is an extremely pricey upgrade, and the Zeyrok is already pricey to begin with, so that’s definitely an important factor to consider. But if you are a lotto winner with tons of money to blow, this might be worth taking a look at.
Here is a video of the Blade Zeyrok Upgrade Kit in action:
Should You Buy the Blade Zeyrok?
Overall, the Blade Zeyrok is a high quality, slightly more expensive than average beginner quadcopter. The camera version further increases the price substantially!
For a similar flight experience, you can get a Dromida Ominus which also has acro mode and is about $20 cheaper. I have flown both and there is no real clear winner, but the Zeyrok is just a tad better overall.
If customer service is important to you, I know first-hand that Horizon Hobby has some of the best out there, so that’s basically what the extra cost would be going towards.
In short, if you’re looking for a premium beginner quadcopter, and cost isn’t a factor, the Blade Zeyrok may be for you.
We hope this Blade Zeyrok review was helpful. Let us know what you think about this model in the comments below and whether or not you would buy, or have considered buying this quadcopter!
– Drone Trove