RCU Review: Latrax Alias Quad-Rotor Helicopter


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    Contributed by: Joseph Vermillion | Published: June 2015 | Views: 15750 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
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    Traxxas

    6250 Traxxas Way
    McKinney, TX. 75070

    www.traxxas.com

    Since 1974 LaTrax has been producing high-performance, high-quality, ready to run R/C Cars at an affordable price. LaTrax is backed by Traxxas, and we know what they have accomplished in the R/C Car world. Now let's see what they can accomplish in the Quad-Rotor world! Their first release in the Quad-rotor market is the Alias. This Quad-rotor boasts great performance and adds confidence-boosting multiple flight modes and a nearly indestructible airframe. This all adds up to a great flying Quad-rotor that will appeal to a wide variety of pilots!

    "Quad-Rotor Flight Re-imagined - More Powerful, More Durable, More Fun!" This is a quote taken directly from the Traxxas website to describe the LaTrax Alias. So lets dig into it and see if they can hit that mark!!


    • Ready to Fly - No Assembly
    • Auto-Leveling, Six-Axis
      Flight System
    • Up to 15 Minutes of Flight Time per Charge
    • 3D Flips, Rolls, and Twist
    • USB Charger with Dual Charging Modes Included
    • 2.4gHz Transmitter Included
    • Four "AAA" Batteries Included for Transmitter
    • Open Accessories Port for Future Upgrades


    • Prop Guards Not Included


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    Name:Latrax Alias Quad-Rotor Helicopter

    Price: $99.95 (Accurate at time of review)

    Weight: 3.53oz (100g) with Flight Battery
    Blade Circle: 14.78 (375.30mm
    Rotor Diameter: 5.51" (140,00mm)
    Radio Used:2.4GHz 6-Channel Multi-Mix (included)
    Battery Used: LaTrax 650mah 1S LiPo (Included)



    Items Needed To Complete

    • USB Power Source for LiPo Charge








    The LaTrax Alias arrived in a very colorful box that doubles as a carrying case and has one of four color choices marked on the side. - inside the box I found, the LaTrax Alias, 2.4GHz Transmitter, USB Charging Adapter, One 1s 650Mah 20c Lipo, a set of extra Props, a well written and colorful "quick start guide", manual, spare hardware, thumb sticks, and a 1.5mm Hex Wrench (more on that later!). Everything I needed to get flying in ONE BOX!

    It's easy to see that there's a lot packed into the small box - and nothing else is needed to get the Alias in the air.






    The transmitter is about the size of most of today's game controllers and fits well in the hand. The unit also ships with a set of thumb sticks that make it nicer for us "pinch" guys. The size and weight of the transmitter should make it easy to control the many features of the LaTrax Alias! The transmitter also has several features that I have only seen on the larger more expensive Quad-Rotor Airframes. It has the standard control sticks with trim buttons located within easy reach of the main sticks, and on the top left there is a button that controls the flip maneuvers when used in conjunction with the sticks. On the top right there is a second button that controls the optional accessories that attach to the Quad-Rotor. The "Quick Start Guide" has a very detailed and easy to follow account of how the buttons are used and in what sequence. The right stick button when pressed down changes the mode settings for the three different flight modes, easy mode, fast mode, and expert mode. The Transmitter also sports a very nice LED Screen that gives you all of the information you may need. Including the Aux status and flight mode you are currently in and believe it or not telemetry readings for the life of not only the Transmitter battery but the Quad-Rotor battery as well! (very nice feature!) Traxxas has really pulled out all of the stops to make this transmitter very functional for its small size!!



    The 1S 620mAh LiPo battery and USB charger with two charging modes are included, so you can charge in normal mode or in quick mode. Just plug the charger cable into a USB power source and in about 20 minutes (in quick charge mode) you will be in the air! - no assembly needed!

    The one thing I would have liked to see Traxxas include would have been prop guards for the "less experienced" pilots out there. The Alias is very stable so it's not a must, and they do include a second set of props for any mishaps that you may incur during your first flights. With the flight mode settings on "easy" you should find that even if you are not an expert Quad-Rotor Pilot, in no time at all you'll have the hang of it! Once you have mastered the basics you'll find that the "Fast" and "Expert" modes will have you flying just like the Pros quickly!!!



    Manual


    The instructions are easy to read and Traxxas has also included a "quick start guide" that should get you into the air very quickly! It's really all you need to get yourself up and flying your new Alias, but it's still a good idea to read through the full manual.






    What's Left To Do?


    The LaTrax Alias arrived ready to go, all that was needed to do to get in the air was to insert the included AAA batteries in the 2.4gHz transmitter and charge the flight pack! The included charger requires a USB power source to plug into. You can use the USB port on any computer or if you have a USB Charging block that comes with most cell phone you can use that as well. A third option would be to use any LiPo charger that has JST connector capability. The included 650mAh battery has a standard JST connector this was a big plus for me as a lot of the manufacturers have gotten into the habit of putting different types of connectors on their packs that don't fit anything. Once you choose you charger setting, (normal or quick) the LED on the charger will go out when the battery is fully charged and ready for flight!

    One of the cool things about the LaTrax Alias is the accessory option. If you grab a LaTrax Alias LED Light Bar (TRAE2655) you will have the added feature of a transmitter controlled light bar! This is a very nice addition in that it makes night flying so much more fun! The light can be adjusted to be point straight towards the front or straight down, and it's really bright for a bar this size! The right side upper transmitter button turns the light on and off so it's not on all the time which is very nice. For around 20 dollars this is a very worth the cost addition!!!



     





    With its size I was able to give the Alias a short flight in my living room, just to make sure everything looked like it was supposed to. Bringing the Alias up to a low level hover was very easy, and it was extremely stable! With just a click of right and a click of reverse, she was holding a hover hands off! This Quad-rotor is very stable!

    After my short indoor flight it was time to move outside! And we definitely tested the stability of the Alias! The day of the initial maiden flight it was a beautiful, cloudless, 84 degrees. The down side happened to be a 25-35mph wind factor! So on this day we were sure going to see how the LaTrax Alias handled the wind. After turning on the transmitter and installing the flight pack in the Quad-Rotor, we were off and running! I was simply amazed at how well this little quad handled the strong, swirling winds! Other than the occasional minor corrections that had to be made to keep on course, very little stick movement was needed to hover. The "Auto-Leveling 6 Axis Flight System" was doing its job very well!

    After the first few minutes of flight, it was time to start checking out the functions. In "easy" mode, even the first time flyers will be able to get comfortable controlling the Alias in a short amount of time. Once you get your bearings with a simple click down on the right stick you are in "fast" mode! In this mode its game on! Now you have all of the Alias' 3D capabilities at your fingertips! With a click of the upper left function button and then a movement of the right stick in any direction you are in flip mode! It not only has the normal front, back, left, right flip mode but also has the added feature of the "cross-axis" flip. This one just looks cool! Yet another function is clicking the upper right function control or "spin" button and a left or right movement on the left stick and the Alias will go into a flat spin in whichever direction you choose. The neat part is it will rotate five full rotations and stop in whatever direction you were going when you started the maneuver, as well as hold its altitude. This is a very cool feature!

    After about 10-12 minutes the transmitter beeps at you and the LED lights around the Alias start flashing to let you know that the fun is over for this flight. It's a very nice feature to have the telemetry between the RX and the TX to keep track of your battery levels on both the Quad-Rotor and the Transmitter. The only real complaint I have about this is that it only ships with one battery pack!




    Check out the video to see the LaTrax Alias in action! The second video is Traxxas's promotional video.


     













     


    Over all, I am very impressed with the LaTrax Alias Quad-Rotor! It is easy to fly and has all the hard core 3D capability that anyone could want in a Quad-Rotor this size! I recommend that anyone interested in Quad-Rotor aircraft add the LaTrax Alias to their hanger soon as possible! You will not be disappointed!




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    6250 Traxxas Way
    McKinney, TX 75070

    www.traxxas.com




    Comments on RCU Review: Latrax Alias Quad-Rotor Helicopter

    Posted by: smoketrailcharlie on 06/25/2015

    Posted by: smoketrailcharlie on 06/25/2015
    totally agree,My friend lost my first alias,While flying my new replacement we round the lost Alias six months later.Put a new battery in and it flew like a new one,This after being exposed to snow.freezing temps wind and rain.What a bird ,Many crashes and no serious damage,Great job LATRAX.
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