RCU Review: Estes Proto Z


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    Contributed by: Geoff Barber | Published: September 2015 | Views: 9745 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    RCUniverse.com - Estes Proto Z Micro Quad



    By: Geoff Barber




    So it's the middle of winter, or the wind is blowing like crazy outside. YOU have an itch to fly something - what do you reach for? Well, in this day and age, a micro quad-copter might just provide that 'fix' you're looking for! Sure, there's plenty of them on the market already, but if you're looking for a new one or another one, you have to check out the new Proto Z from Estes. Building on the success they had with the smaller Proto X, Estes has 'launched' a new, slightly larger quad! At nearly twice the size of the Proto X, the Proto Z has a diagonal dimension just short of four inches.



    Included with the fully-assembled micro quad are a USB charging cord, 2.4 gHz transmitter and batteries, and a spare set of props - in case you're having TOO much fun in the house. (Mom always warned you about that?)





    A new, slightly larger transmitter replaces the tiny one included with the Proto X. Just looking at it, I know it will be easier to fly with than the original! A pair of AAA batteries are included, meaning that nothing else is required to get the Z in the air. The new transmitter's layout is simple and effective, and includes a flip button for some quad-style aerobatics. One of the new features on the Proto Z is the True Direction mode, which allows the quad to fly in whichever direction you point the sticks regardless of which direction the quad is facing! This is FANTASTIC for beginners! One of the hardest things to master on any type of 'copter (heli or quad - they're all the same) is that the directional controls are reversed when the nose of the aircraft is pointed at you - True Direction eliminates that, allowing the quad to fly where you think it should go!



    Breaking the mold from their earlier design, Estes has introduced a lean, mean, flying machine. Gone is the circuit board motor platform - the new Proto Z looks much more like machine MUCH larger than itself! Four powerful motors and efficient props provide the thrust to get the Z airborne, and keep you entertained for several minutes! The battery is built into the quad, meaning you'll have to power down the quad for charging - I guess you'll just have to get a few to keep the fun going!








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