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Blade mCX RTF

*Est. $80
Reviewed
December 2011
by ConsumerSearch
Blade mCX RTF

Best indoor RC helicopter

Pros
  • Four-channel transmitter
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Remote has a beginner setting
Cons
  • Cheaper helicopters are available
  • Average battery life
  • Not for outdoor use

While there are myriad remote-control helicopters on the market, the hardest combination of qualities to find in one is ease of use, fun, durability and relative affordability; this is where the Blade mCX RTF (*Est. $80) excels. With a slew of excellent user reviews, this model can safely be considered the best-reviewed helicopter for indoor flying. The Blade RC copter comes ready to fly out of the box aside from battery charging, and the lithium-ion battery and charger are included too.

The tiny size of the Blade mCX RTF makes it ideal for indoor flying -- at only 7.9 inches long and 4.7 inches tall, it's certainly compact. Its diminutive footprint doesn't mean that the Blade mCX RTF is prone to damage, though; many owners posting reviews are impressed with this model's quality and durability, and multiple users say they've unintentionally crashed the helicopter repeatedly, with no repairs necessary.

Furthermore, this coaxial-rotor radio-controlled helicopter has four-channel controls with the included remote, indicating that there are four controllable inputs for flying the helicopter: rudder control, rotor control, pitch control and roll control. Users appreciate that the remote control has two sensitivity modes, or rates, allowing for either delayed/muted inputs or high sensitivity. This is great for beginner pilots, who can learn to fly in the lower sensitivity mode, and for more experienced users who want the most precise controls possible. The coaxial rotor design and adjustable control rates lead nearly all users to say that the Blade mCX RTF is "highly stable and easy to fly," as one reviewer puts it.

Users report flying times between 10 and 15 minutes, which is on par for toy-grade radio-control helicopters. The included rechargeable battery makes charging easy and cheap, as the helicopter doesn't require disposable batteries. A few users point out that this RC chopper isn't suitable for outdoor use; users who want that capability should be looking at larger radio-controlled helicopters that are built to handle outdoor conditions. The Blade mCX isn't the cheapest radio-controlled helicopter, but the positive reviews seem to indicate that it's worth the price.

This toy helicopter also comes in a version that doesn't include the radio-controlled transmitter. Unless this is desired (for instance, if you already have a compatible controller), be sure to get the ready-to-fly (RTF) version that can be enjoyed right out of the box.

If $80 is out of your price range, consider the Syma S107G RC Helicopter (*Est. $30). While it gets a slightly lower average rating from users because of concerns about quality, the majority still give it 4 or 5 stars, and owners say the cheap Syma is a great value if you're just looking for a fun beginner toy.

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Our Sources

1. Amazon.com

The Blade mCX RTF gets a 4.5-star average overall rating from almost 50 user reviews on Amazon.com. Users are unanimous in saying that the RC helicopter is very easy to fly and very versatile for beginners and intermediates alike. Nearly all reviews indicate that this radio-controlled helicopter is commendably resistant to damage from crashes, and reviewers also appreciate its overall good build quality. Some reviewers are disappointed by the 10- to 15-minute flight time on a full battery charge, but that amount of runtime is pretty common for toy-grade indoor radio-controlled helicopters.

Review: Blade mCX RTF, Contributors to Amazon.com

2. HorizonHobby.com

Horizon Hobby is an online hobby shop specializing in radio-control vehicles and model trains, and has many user reviews for the Blade mCX RTF. With over 90 owners posting feedback, the Blade mCX RTF has an average overall rating of 5 stars. Users highlight the ease with which one can fly this toy helicopter, its good durability and its fair price.

Review: Blade mCX RTF by Blade, Contributors to HorizonHobby.com

3. eHobbies.com

EHobbies.com is another online hobby specialty store. There are only six user reviews for the Blade mCX RTF remote-control helicopter here, but like other sites, the average rating of 4.8 stars is very high. Users here cite the same high points for the toy: lasting fun, stability and durability.

Review: E-Flite Blade Micro CX mCX RTF Electric Ultra Micro RC Helicopter - H2200, Contributors to eHobbies.com

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