The Nano QX is one of the most popular beginner drones available. Period. While not FPV equipped (You can purchase the FPV Nano QX HERE) the Blade Nano QX is a micro quadcopter that is great for teaching beginner drone enthusiasts the basics of drone flight. Complemented by built- in propeller guards, interchangeable color props and canopy, and a nearly indestructible frame, the Blade Nano QX is definitely a beginner drone you should consider. The Nano QX is available in RTF (Ready To Fly) and BNF (Bind And Fly) variants. For the purposes of this review, we’ll be looking at the RTF variant.
LET’S START WITH THE FACTS:
- The Blade Nano QX (RTF) is $78.29 from Amazon.com
- The Nano QX comes pre- assembled and ready to fly
- The Nano QX features a flexible and lightweight plastic frame
- The Nano QX is a Line Of Sight (LOS) micro drone, not FPV
Now that you’ve got the basic specs, it’s time to dive a little bit deeper into what makes the Blade Nano QX such a great beginner drone. Without a doubt it has some downsides, suffering the same ill effects of small size as the Hubsan H107D does, but in the end it pulls ahead as the beginning of your drone fleet or an excellent addition to your existing one. Let’s take a look at the Pros and Cons of the Nano QX to help you decide if this is the drone for you.
BLADE NANO QX REVIEW | FRAME QUALITY: 8/10
With a more open frame than the Hubsan H107D, the Nano QX still features a unibody frame design that is well suited for many of the requirements of servicing micro sized quad copters, but falls short in some areas.
- Easy access to central control board
- ‘Clip in’ and ‘clip out’ motor mounts make removing motors easy
- Arms feature small clips to keep motor wires secure and hidden
- Small tabs on side of frame allow for easy swap- out of canopy
- Battery slot provides little friction to keep battery in place
BLADE NANO QX REVIEW | DURABILITY: 9/10
Not made of stiff carbon fiber or composite materials like larger 250 sized FPV drones, the Nano QX features a lightweight, flexible plastic frame that stands up to the abuse of beginner flying. With propeller guards already molded into the frame to protect propellers from impact, the Nano QX really nails down the durability department.
- Flexible plastic allows frame to bend under stress
- Built in propeller guards protect props from damage
- Light weight frame means very little impact damage
- Somewhat weak in narrow areas, like the base of the propeller guards
BLADE NANO QX REVIEW | ELECTRONICS QUALITY: 7/10
While scoring big in the durability and frame design categories, the Nano QX offers poor performance in terms of electronics quality. Due to it’s small size, the Blade Nano QX suffers from the same ailment as the Hubsan H107D- it just can’t pack the same quality gear that the bigger 250 sized racing drones can. Because of size and price, the Nano QX utilizes small coreless brushed motors and not the best RC control antenna.
- Easily removable motors and connectors
- Decent quality battery
- Brushed motors tend to wear out
- RC control antenna provides limited range
NOTE: While our pros and cons may make it seem like brushed motors have no chance of succeeding- that’s not true. They just need a bit more TLC than their bigger brushless motor cousins do. Here are a few quick steps to protecting your brushed motors from damage and prolonging their service life:
- Avoid contact with objects in flight.
- Immediately lower throttle completely upon landing, crash, or other impact.
- Allow motors to cool for about 3-5 minutes after each flight.
- Routinely service motor shaft to remove dust, lint, and hair that may become wrapped around the shaft between the motor can and the propeller.
BLADE NANO QX REVIEW | FLYING EXPERIENCE: 8/10
The Blade Nano QX is perhaps one of the easiest micro drones for beginner drone pilots. With it’s default auto- level flight mode, first time pilots can easily learn the basics of how to control drones without having to worry about taking their hands off the sticks. For more experienced pilots looking for a fun indoor drone, the Nano QX also features a fully fledged acro flight mode, allowing pilots to push the Nano QX to it’s aerobatic limits without the restrictions of auto level. While the Nano QX offers an unparalleled beginner flying experience, more hardcore drone pilots may find the Nano QX limited, as it does not offer the ability to change rates and tuning settings on the onboard flight controller.
- Auto Level mode makes first time flights easy
- High and low rates built into the RTF controller
- Acro mode allows more experienced pilots to push the limits
- Cannot adjust onboard flight controller settings
BLADE NANO QX REVIEW | IS THE NANO QX THE DRONE FOR YOU?
It’s clear that the Blade Nano QX is an excellent micro quadcopter for beginners, and will make a perfect first drone for someone looking to get into the drone hobby. With it’s dual flight modes, high and low rate capabilities, and resilient frame, the Nano QX is definitely a drone that can take a pilot from their very first flight in auto level all the way to performing flips and rolls in acro mode.
Even for experienced drone pilots, the Blade Nano QX will provide a good amount of entertainment for inside flying on rainy days, and is a great micro quad to take travelling if you don’t have room for your full setup.
While the Nano QX features brushed motors, these motors can last a considerably long time with proper maintenance and care, as we’ve mentioned above. In the instance that you need to replace a motor, consider buying a full set of replacement Micro Motor Warehouse Nano QX Motors instead of the stock Blade Nano QX motors. The Micro Motor Warehouse motors offer an increase in performance, are cheaper than the Blade replacement motors, and also last longer than the stock motors.