JJRC X2 Review – New Cheap Brushless Quadcopter!

JJRC X2 Cheap Brushless QuadcopterTime after time again we see new and cheaper brushless quadcopters being released. The most recent being the JJRC X2, the successor of the popular JJRC X1.

Noted for being one of the first cheap brushless quadcopters of its time, the X1 gained a lot of notoriety.

Let’s see how well this  quadcopter lives up to the original in this in-depth JJRC X2 review!

 

Pre-Flight Preparation

The JJPRO X2 comes assembled straight out of the box. Quite convenient, so you can give your battery a charge and head straight to the field to fly!

The one thing I urge you to do before giving this a fly, though, is making sure your motor mounts and propeller hubs are properly tightened.

The motor mounts are located directly underneath the motors and can be tightened using an ordinary Phillips screwdriver. This will ensure that your motors will properly hold in place during flight – and tightening your prop hubs will ensure that one doesn’t fly off mid-flight. It might seem minuscule, but it’s one of the most important safety measures you can take before flying.

JJRC X2 Unboxing

How to Bind the JJRC X2 to the Transmitter

A couple more quick notes then you’ll be ready to fly. The first step is binding the quadcopter to the transmitter.

An unusual step you must take to bind and calibrate the quadcopter is you must first power on the quadcopter, and then the transmitter. This is backwards compared to what most RC pilots are used to, at least for those who have been in the hobby for a while. Newer models tend to not be so particular, but it’s still important to note that the X2, in particular, prefers to be powered on before it’s transmitter.

How to Calibrate the JJRC X2 Gyros

Once bound, we must calibrate the gyros before being able to arm the motors. The instruction manual fails to mention this so I figure I’d let you guys know myself.

To calibrate the gyros, do the following.

1. Place the quadcopter on a flat level surface.
2. Power on the quadcopter.
3. Power on the transmitter.
4. Bind the quadcopter to the transmitter.
5. Hold both control sticks down/right for 1-2 seconds.

Once complete, we can move onto arming the motors and actually getting to fly!

Note: You must calibrate the gyros just before arming the motors each and every time. This can be a bit of a pain and I wish the process was a bit simpler, but it’s not a huge thing to complain about.

How to Arm the Motors

We’re almost done guys and gals, it’s almost time to fly.

Once the quadcopter is bound to the transmitter and its gyros calibrated, it’s time to finally arm the motors.

This is the simplest step of them all.

Simply hit the button on the top left bumper of the transmitter, and your propellers will start spinning.

There you go! Your JJRC X2 is armed and ready to fly.

JJRC X2 Flight Performance

One of the strong sides of the JJRC X2 is definitely it’s flight performance.

It’s not as nimble or punchy as a custom-built FPV racing quadcopter, but for the price, it definitely flies well.

It has a good amount of punch and power – not too much, but I didn’t feel like it was underpowered during any of my flights. One of the things I was surprised about was how quick and smoothly it gains altitude, even during a turn. It handles the wind rather easily as do most brushless quadcopters and won’t have a problem flying this even in wind up to 12 mph.

Beginners making the jump to their first brushless quadcopter will find the JJRC X2 a blast to fly. It would likely be a little too much for beginners to handle – I recommend the X2 for intermediates to experts only.

JJRC X2 Flight Rates

The X2 has 3 different flight rates, each of which performing slightly different. They are:

1. Beginner Rate: Despite its name, I feel that Beginner Rate is a little too fast for beginning quadcopter pilots. It’s quite agile for a “beginner” rate – and I feel actual beginners would have trouble controlling this quadcopter, since it’s so fast, even in the slowest of its modes.
2. Intermediate rate: Intermediate rate just takes the already fast beginner rate and makes it even faster.
3. Expert rate: Expert rate is the fastest of the three and is the most sporty/acrobatic. In expert rate, you can do extremely fast pass-bys and tight funnels and acrobatics. This is my preferred method of flying and it is extremely fun.

Transmitter

The included transmitter is once again the same old JJRC transmitter, packaged with other JJRC models such as the JJRC H31 Waterproof drone and the JJRC H26W. Truthfully, I’m not all that much of a fan of the JJRC transmitter. which I’m not all that much of a fan of. I honestly think it’s one of the few things holding the JJRC X1 (and now the X2) back from being more popular than it already is.

Sure, a nicer transmitter may add to the cost. But I’m sure most people who are buying this quadcopter as their very first brushless drone would appreciate having something that feels more substantial.

The current transmitter just doesn’t. It’s not terrible, but it feels extremely toy-grade, cheap and plasticy.

With that said, the “feel” of it is my only complaint.

It has all of the features you’d come to expect from any typical quadcopter – trims, control sticks, a flight mode control button and an arm/disarm switch which also functions as an emergency motor kill-switch by holding it down for 2 seconds.

Battery

The included battery is a JJ PRO branded 1200 mAh 7.4v 20C LiPo, with a JST connector.

Flight times are a bit shorter than expected and seem to average more around the 6-7 minute mark, depending on how hard you push the quadcopter. I tend to fly faster and harder, so shorter flights will likely be the norm for me. 🙂

JJRC JJPRO X1 vs X2

Overall, not much has changed from the original JJPRO X1 to the newer JJPRO X2.

The main change is the obvious change in design – the X2 model seems to have added some plastic to reinforce the weak points, at the cost of losing the X1’s aerodynamic look. Personally, I think the increased durability of the X2 is more important, so that’s a tradeoff I am more than ok with.

It’s obvious that the X2 is cheaper and that’s definitely not something to take lightly. This gives the X2 the crown for one of, if not the cheapest brushless drone currently on the market, just as the X1 was when it was first released.

Kudos to JJRC for always pushing for affordability and value – their prices are cheap, but you get a good product for the cost. The ultimate balance!

The Final Verdict

The JJRC JJPRO X2 is definitely one of the best bangs for your bucks when it comes to cheap brushless quadcopters.

While it doesn’t have as good of a transmitter or flight performance as the previously reviewed XK X251, it’s a little bit cheaper. Having a more affordable option is always nice.

I think a slightly better transmitter and having the “wobble” issues fixed might put this one ahead, but only barely. Would definitely pick this over the original, though. And especially for newcomers looking for their very first brushless quadcopter, the X2 is a cheap entry and can be a lot of fun too.

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