4.0 out of 5 stars | Looks and flys realistically for $60!
The media could not be loaded. Take this product for what it is intended to be ~ a pretty decent representation of The Enterprise AND it actually flies realistically. It's NOT a performance drone. . .not fast, not really maneuverable and the battery life before it just won't stay in the air is about 5 minutes. The sound effects come from the transmitter. There are about 10 different effects which sound pretty authentic, however you can't choose which effect you hear. . you just hit the button and they cycle through all 10 or so. Being a Star Trek fan, I really like this product! Like I said, since it's a slow flying drone, it actually looks very realistic when flying! The lights on it look really cool in the semi-darkness too. Trimming is a bit of an issue. The transmitter doesn't remember the trim settings so every time you fly it you have to re-trim it for neutral flight. Mine tends to fly backwards and to one side so I've found that the easiest/safest way to trim it is to hold onto it and throttle up until it's "neutrally buoyant" meaning it'll just about hover when you let it go. Then, release it a bit and see which way it's tending to drift and make your trim adjustments before actually flying. That way you're not fighting it while flying and trying to trim it at the same time. After a few flights, you should pretty much know what trim to input before flying and it'll be pretty close to neutrally stable. Have fun!
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2017 by Kenny
4.0 out of 5 stars | Long Recharge Time
First off, if you're a Star Trek fan, it doesn't really matter how this thing flies, you're gonna want it. It's super cool just sitting on the stand. Now, on to the flying part. This is my first drone-type device. I have played with helicopters before, but this is my first quad-copter type. It takes a little getting used to. It took me almost a week to figure out that you can rotate it by moving the left joystick left or right. The helicopters left joystick only went forward and back. Yes, I could have read the instructions, but it was more fun experimenting. In a very still room, I could never get this thing to just hover in one spot, no matter how much I trimmed it with the remote. But it's not horrible. It's super cool to see this thing flying around. And it's the Enterprise! So cool. This thing is very sturdy as I've crashed it a lot! You do have to check that the rotor blades don't get caught in the saucer section after a crash. If you have the sound effects turned on, every time you crash, the Red Alert sounds. This can get a bit annoying, so I just turned all of the sound effects off on the remote. The only complaint I have about this, is that the recharge time is super long. I get about 7 minutes of flying time, and it takes almost 2 hours to recharge. But even with the long recharging time, it's still a great toy. I got it during Prime Day, so the total was right around $90. Very well worth it at that price.
Reviewed in the United States on July 30, 2016 by P. N.
5.0 out of 5 stars | Set Phasers for Stun!
As a senior who once started a petition to bring back Star Trek on NBC for a third season, I have loved the show for fifty years. So when this Enterprise quadcopter went on sale, I couldn't resist the temptation. I'm happy to report that this is the ultimate toy for Trekkers, better even than the various phasers, tricorders, and communications pins we've seen over the years. First, though, a word about Amazon's poor packing. The shipping box contained NO air bags or packing of any kind, so the product box inside was susceptible to shifting about and therefore looked as if it had been the victim of a front-end collision. I feared what was intact inside the product box, and my fears were not alleviated when I saw various items -- the remote control and a plastic bag containing a USB cable and the snap-together plastic stand -- loose in the box. Amazingly, though, the Enterprise and the other parts emerged from the carnage unscathed. Apparently if baddies like Khan and the Borg couldn't take the good ship down, neither could Amazon or UPS. As with most toys these days, it took some careful work to release the Enterprise from the plastic tray surrounding its main dish. If you are buying this for your kids, you will probably want to unpack the toy yourself. Then it was easy to install the four AA batteries in the remote -- no screwdriver needed, I'm happy to say -- and to charge the Enterprise with the USB cable plugged into your computer. The blue light on the front of the Enterprise's warp engine flashes while the ship is charging and then extinguishes when charging is complete. A full charge takes about an hour, which yields about seven minutes of flight time. One joystick on the remote controls altitude and the other direction. There are pairs of trim buttons to adjust for spinning and drifting -- I haven't had to use these yet, although I might want to try the spin buttons to get the Enterprise to do a U-turn in my modest-sized living room. There are also two collar buttons, one for "warp speed" -- yes, the Enterprise zips forward accompanied by the warp sound -- and the other to activate a variety of other famous sound effects from the show. These emerge from a speaker in the remote, keeping weight down in the ship. Most amusing is the way the "red alert" alarm sounds whenever you lose control and crash the ship! I almost expected to hear McCoy say, "Damn it, I'm a doctor, Jim, not a pilot!" Otherwise, the Enterprise has a plastic main dish section, while the body and nacelles are made of foam. In addition to the warp engine light, there are also two blue lights in the front of the nacelles, and the central column of the dish lights up in white. As I have only flown my Enterprise indoors, I can't comment on its flight abilities outdoors. I can say it's a good thing that the fan blades are encased in the plastic body of the dish, protecting them from harm when you crash. I also can't speak about durability or reliability. Needless to say, the foam parts will probably break at some point... But for the moment, I am tickled that the Enterprise has come to dock in my humble home, and I imagine other Trekkers will feel the same, especially if you get the celebrated starship on sale... PROS: * It's the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-A! * Full-function remote. * Fan blades protected from harm during crashes. * Lights and authentic sound effects. * Seven minutes of flight after a one-hour charge. * Snap-together clear plastic display stand serves as launch platform. CONS: * Khan, of course (not included!)
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2016 by Jerry P. Danzig