Drones are one of the most in-demand products in the market today. There are plenty of affordable brands to choose from, and they can cater to beginner to expert drone users. The tricky part is choosing from all of these options available. One particular model that’s creating waves in the market is the Typhoon H from Yuneec.
But is it worth the $1,299 price tag? Well, according to experts, while the Typhoon H may have one of the best designs out there, it falls short on controls. Complexity is something that all drone enthusiasts need to consider before making a purchase. Remember, the easier the drone is to use, the better.
Yuneec Typhoon H: A Sleek Yet Complex Drone
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The Typhoon H is often compared to the ever-popular DJI Phantom 4. But its six-rotor design seems to be much closer to the S900, a DJI-designed craft made specifically for Hollywood professionals. So that alone is a good selling point for the Typhoon H, as it does cost way less than DJI’s $3,400 price tag.
The rotors of the Typhoon H does fold down to the body when not in flight, and like many high-quality drones, it is relatively easy to transport around. As for its body, the drone comes in a solid gray color and the material is made of both ABS plastic and carbon fiber.
Included in box:
- Sizable remote control called the ST16 Ground Station
- A dozen propellers
- Battery—4s 14.8v, 5400mAh, 79.9Wh LiPo battery, which allows up to 25 minutes of flying
- AC/DC charger (charging takes approximately 2.5 hours)
- 16GB micro SD card and SD card adapter
Setup and Registration
Note that before you can even fly your quadcopter, you need to register your drone with the FAA; and if you don’t know by now, the regulations are quite lax this year. Registration fee is only at $5, failure to do so may call for some hefty fines.
So now you are ready to set up your Typhoon H. It is pretty easy, as all drone’s rotors quickly snap into place. You won’t find it difficult to connect either, as the rotor arms are color-coded and quickly release by pressing the button at the center of the rotor.
Piloting and Remote Control
Flying the Typhoon H is relatively simple for seasoned UAV pilots, but beginners might have to steer clear from this drone. The ST16 Ground Station is as complicated as it can get, with multiple knobs and buttons that are essential for stable flying. It is around a foot wide, and approximately 8 inches long, which is quite bulky compared to the DJI Phantom 4’s lighter remote control.
The centerpiece of the Ground Station is an Android-based ground control interface that gives real-time updates on the following:
- GPS tracking availability
- Current position
- Photography presets
Overall, users will find that piloting modes in the Typhoon H are similar to the Phantom 4 and the 3DR Solo. For example, there is Curve Cable Cam that allows you to choose a number of points for your drone to fly between, but at the same time, you still get full control of the camera movement. Then there’s selfie mode, which creates dramatic reveal shots to satisfy the cravings of every drone enthusiast out there.
Users are also in control of the overall flight speed. Yuneec calls them turtle/rabbit mode; as to how they work, it’s pretty much self-explanatory as their name already gives it away. Unfortunately, all these features are not that quick to learn, which means, one needs to do thorough practice before deciding to fly the drone in an open area.