Welcome to my ImmersionRC Vortex Review. As someone who only got into the FPV racing community several months ago, I’m quite aware of how difficult it can be to find a good RC drone. Many are simply too difficult to use, or require an excess of technical know-how just to get the thing flying. I’ve spent quite a while looking for just the right fit, whether through borrowing friends’ drones or spending money on my own. After a while of searching, I’ve found the ImmersionRC Vortex to be the ideal choice for someone like myself. Overall I have found it to be easy to use, very responsive and agile, and quite good-looking on top of that.
The ImmersionRC Vortex is a solid purchase for just about anyone in the FPV drone community, all the way from beginners to experienced racers. This drone is surprisingly durable for how lightweight it is, at just over 350 grams(or for Americans, about three-quarters of a pound). The carbon-fiber frame is high-quality and overall looks very sexy, and I really couldn’t stop appreciating the red-and-black aesthetic of the drone. The ImmersionRC Vortex flies great right out of the box, requiring minimal tweaking and adjustment due to the flight controller and video transmitter already being fully integrated with the on-screen display. In fact, all I needed to buy once I had the ImmersionRC Vortex was a suitable RC transmitter and a battery, and I was good to go. The video transmitter itself has a fairly long range, but the picture isn’t as clear as I’d ideally like it to be. Fortunately there is a camera-mount for Go-Pros (GoPro Hero 4 Black is a great option) so that at least you can review the footage in HD.
One of my favorite features on the ImmersionRC Vortex is the built-in Pro-Tuners system that lets you customize your flight experience through the on-screen display menu, whether to find your ideal flying-type or experiment with a variety of different styles. You can even select the flying style of one of your favorite FPV pilots. Some of the other notable features include an adjustable on-board camera frame and folding arms that make transportation even easier given the already diminutive size of the drone(285 mm). Other features include a strong, long-range video transmitter, a relatively powerful 350 milliwatt power source, and a camera-mount for video recording through a Go-Pro or similar camera.
One of the only issues I have noticed with the ImmersionRC Vortex is that even though the carbon-fiber frame is quite strong given its size and weight, it is still prone to damage from crashes. This is often a problem with most Racing Drones, however. The folding rotor-arms tended to knock against the frame during high-speed collisions, occasionally causing damage to the carbon-fiber. This was quite easily fixed by a few carefully placed zip-ties to hold the arms in place once I was ready to fly, and I have seen other solutions such as rubber padding to protect the frame. In addition, the bottom of the craft is supposedly resistant to water-damage and corrosion, although I would be hesitant to test this out myself. Another downside is that the LEDs tend to not be quite as bright as those on other drones, which can make it difficult to track during races.
At under $500, this may be one of the best-value FPV drones on the market. It is rare to see such a degree of electronics integration right out of the box at this price, and the customizable flight-experience makes for a hell of a lot of fun. This drone is great for someone like me who loves flying but doesn’t want to get bogged down in the assembly and tweaking(and I know many of you do exist). The flight controls are very responsive and of course are adjustable to the user’s preference. The craft is quite fast and agile due to the finely tuned flight-controls and aerodynamic design. At 285 mm, 350 grams, and with folding rotor-arms, the ImmersionRC Vortex is among the most lightweight and portable on the market, and oftentimes I can just throw it in my backpack rather than lugging around a heavy-duty case. The ease of use is incredible, and I would certainly recommend it to someone who is just getting into FPV drones and might be intimidated by either the time-consuming assembly required for other drones or the difficulty in handling for some of the lower-end models. All I would advise to someone who is looking to buy this is that you should be comfortable doing a couple of minor physical modifications to ensure that it is resistant to damage in case of a crash. If you are willing to shell out the $450 for the ImmersionRC Vortex, you will certainly find that it is worth your investment.
ImmersionRC Vortex Review Final Rating: 4/5 Highly Recommended
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