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Syma X12 Review: A Small Drone That Packs a Punch


If you’re looking for a drone that’s fast and fits in the palms of your hands, then look no further than the Syma X12.

Despite its small size, this RC quadcopter really knows how to zip through the air.

Also, while it’s not invincible, this little guy sure knows how to take a beating. Its plastic frame does a fairly good job at staying together on rough landings.

The X12 has small rubber feet for landing, and even bright LED lights for night flying.

If you love nano quadcopters, this is a great one to add to your collection. Once you get behind the controls, you’ll see that it flies similar to the CX-10. Let’s continue this Syma X12 review to see what else it has to offer.

Syma X12 Review – What to Expect

If you’re new to flying drones, don’t overlook the smaller models as being fun to fly.

In some cases, they can actually be more fun than flying the bigger models. That’s because you can zip through areas where larger drones wouldn’t be able to (under tables, inside buildings, etc.).

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This drone is perfect for people who don’t feel comfortable flying something bigger.

You can hone your skills on this quadcopter, and then when you’re ready, move up to something like the Syma X5C. To give you a taste of what this nano drone has to offer, here’s a flight test:

The Pros

Syma X12 Review

By far the biggest benefit to the Syma X12 is its price. Priced affordably, you’ll get amazing value for your dollar. Another great feature is its ability to perform 360-degree flips.

You don’t need to be that skilled either. Just press the flip button, pick a direction, and the drone will automatically flip for you! It really is as easy as it sounds. Now you can look and feel like a professional flyer, even if you don’t have that much experience.

The Cons

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As you can imagine, there’s no such thing as a “perfect drone”. Every model has good and bad qualities.

The downside to the X12 is that it has a relatively short flight time of about 4 minutes. When you’re excited to get in the air, this can be frustrating.

To stay in the air longer, I recommend checking out my article on extending drone battery life. Another drawback is that the drone doesn’t hover in one spot.

That’s because it doesn’t contain the sophisticated flight sensors that the more expensive models have. Despite its flaws, it’s still an excellent quadcopter for children.

An Amazing Quadcopter For Beginners

Are you a beginner flyer trying to learn the ropes? Then the Syma X12 is the drone to practice with. Think about it: would you rather crash a cheap or expensive drone?

Obviously, it’s better to crash the first one so you don’t waste a bunch of money.

After a few weeks of practice, you’ll be good enough to move up to more advanced models like the Syma X8C or Hubsan X4 H107D (both of which have cameras!).

Also, even if you’re experienced flyer, you’ll still have tons of fun with this little drone.


The transmitter for the X12 comes in a cool red color and is pretty small too. Keep in mind that it’s not that durable.

In fact, you might be surprised to hear that the drone is actually tougher than the transmitter! I actually broke my transmitter before breaking the drone.

Drone Transmitter

That says a lot about the X12’s toughness and durability. The transmitter will fit nicely in your hands (unless you have huge hands, in which case, it might be tougher to control). The transmitter needs 4 AA batteries to operate which don’t come in the box.

Fly Indoors and Outdoors

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No Syma X12 review without mentioning the fact that this drone is a great indoor and outdoor flyer.

Due to its small size, you can fly it around the house without having to worry about breaking your stuff. Just be careful about hitting the ceiling fan!

Likewise, this drone can be flown outdoors as well. The only downside is that it doesn’t handle itself that great in the wind. If there’s even a light breeze outside, you will have difficulty controlling your X12.

Charging the X12

RC Drone USB Charger

In the box comes a USB charging cable that you’ll use to charge your drone. It takes about 30-40 minutes to completely charge the battery.

I recommend buying a second X12 (since they’re so cheap) so that you can fly one while the other is charging.

Otherwise, you’ll need to wait a whole half-an-hour before getting back in the air! Unfortunately, this model doesn’t allow you to swap out the battery that easily (unlike the Hubsan X4 H107L), so don’t bother buying extra batteries for it.

Important Tip – Buy Extra Propellers

The Syma X12 only comes with a few set of extra propellers in the box. If you’ve ever flown a nano quadcopter before, you already know just how easily the props break.

Because of this it’s recommended that you buy extra propellers. They aren’t that expensive. You can buy spare sets of propellers for the X12 on Amazon for a decent price. Fortunately, as you become better at flying, you’ll be less likely to break your props, thus saving you money.

Bottom Line

If you’re shopping for a quadcopter for a kid, co-worker, or loved one, then consider the Syma X12 as a potential option. It’s a beginner-friendly model that’s fun to fly and easy to control. Plus, it won’t break the bank, which is a good thing.

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You can fly this drone indoors without a problem, and outdoors when there isn’t any wind present.

If you want something that’s a little bigger but still easy to fly, then check out the Hubsan X4 H107C. Not only does it have better flight time, but it also comes with a camera! Thanks for checking out this review.

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