The Cheerson CX-10 is one of the best RC drones for beginners (especially kids). The reason why is because it’s small enough to be flown indoors, but also has enough power to handle outside environments.
It’s very fun to fly and is highly responsive. In fact, you’re going to be surprised by how well this RC drone handles.
If you’re new to flying drones, it’s better to hone your skills on something small like the CX-10 until you’re ready for something more expensive (like the DJI Phantom 3).
In this Cheerson CX-10 review, we’ll show you why it’s an excellent beginner quadcopter.
Let’s look at an overview of what this drone has to offer:
- Built-In LED Lights: Night flying just got a whole lot more fun since the CX-10 comes with built-in LED lights. These lights are highly-visible at night, allowing you to track your drone when flying in the dark. The drone comes with 2 red LED lights in the front and 2 blue LED lights in the back.
- One-Button Flips: This is by far my favorite features of the CX-10. At the push of a button, you’ll be able to perform flips! No experience required. No you can look and feel like a professional flyer without having a ton of experience.
- Decent Flight Time: This quadcopter gets about 4-5 minutes of flight time. That’s pretty good for a nano drone. Note that if you put prop guards on, the flight time will dip a bit. You can also preserve your flight time by not flying in the wind.
- Fast Charging: The CX-10’s battery can be fully charged in as little as 30 minutes. For some people, this might be too long to wait. For this reason, I recommend buying a second Cheerson CX-10 (they’re very cheap) so that you can fly while the other is charging.
- Good Range: I was actually pretty surprised by this drone’s range. At its longest, I was able to control it from about 120 feet away. But as I went further than this, it began to lose its signal. Still, that’s an impressive range for a nano RC drone.
When you buy this beginner drone, you’ll receive a spare set of propellers. Trust me, you’ll need these.
If you’re new to flying, you’re going to do quite a bit of crashing, and one of the first things to break will be the props.
By having an extra set handy, you can quickly replace broken props and get back into the air right away. Here’s a Cheerson CX-10 review in video format:
Very Fast Yaw Rate
In the drone community, the phrase “Yaw Rate” is used to describe how quickly a drone is able to rotate either clockwise or counterclockwise. This model has a very fast yaw rate.
I can’t give you any exact numbers, but I can say for certain that it’s faster than models like the Syma X5C and the UDI U818A.
A faster yaw rate can make flying your drone more fun, so it’s definitely an added bonus for the CX-10. If you’re looking for a drone with an even faster yaw rate, then check out the Hubsan X4 H107L.
Here’s a fun fact about the Cheerson CX-10: the transmitter is actually bigger than the drone itself. That says a lot about the size of this drone.
The transmitter comes with two joysticks (for controlling the drone), an off/on button, and sensitivity adjustors (for making the transmitter more or less sensitive).
While I personally don’t have anything against the drone’s transmitter, I have heard complaints about it being too small. I guess that if you have big hands then it could be an issue.
Be careful about dropping the transmitter. While the CX-10 can definitely take a beating, the transmitter cannot. It’s made from cheap plastic, which is understandable coming from a drone this affordable.
Also know that the transmitter requires two AAA batteries which don’t come included in the original packaging! I wanted to make these things clear before continuing this review.
Whether you’re a beginner flyer or an advanced flyer, this drone will adhere to your flight style perfectly. Why?
Because the transmitter comes with different flight modes which you can adjust based on how experienced you are.
So if you’re more experienced, then simply make the transmitter more sensitive to fly faster/more aggressively.
Likewise, if you’re less experienced, you can make the transmitter less sensitivity to fly more conservatively.
Note that on an advanced flight mode you will drain the battery more quickly. The CX-10 comes with a beginner, intermediate, and advanced flight mode.
The prop guards are the things that protect your propellers during flight. The question is: do you need them? It depends.
If you’re new to flying, I would definitely recommend buying a set of prop guards (they’re very cheap on Amazon). But if you’re more experienced and don’t expect to crash a lot then you probably don’t need them.
Charging and Flight Time
In this part of the review, we’re going to talk about everyone’s favorite topic: flight time. This drone gets a flight time of about 4 minutes.
This is an average. You may be able to extend this by one or two minutes by flying conservatively, removing the prop guards, and avoiding flying in the wind.
The drone’s battery will charge to completion in about 30 minutes.
As we mentioned earlier, if you feel like 30 minutes is too long to wait to get back in the air, purchase an extra CX-10 (since they’re cheap) so that you can fly while the other is charging.
Cheerson CX-10 Review – Bottom Line
For the price, this RC drone is a steal. Despite its small size, the CX-10 is very fun to fly. You’ll lose track of time as you zip back and forth through the air.
It has a flight time of 4-5 minutes, range of 30-50 meters, and a fairly durable design that can take a beating.
We hope that this Cheerson CX-10 review has helped you learn more about what it has to offer. Thanks for reading. Good luck and fly safe.