$350 to $380 | Beginner-Intermediate
The Conspiracy has plenty of power to make this a competitive racer, and for an aircraft
that comes just about completely assembled, the flight performance is impressive. The
Conspiracy really punches out with some power and will move through the course at
a competitive speed. The combination of rudder and ailerons will result in tight moves
through the corners, and it will hold its line in flat-out straight runs. Adding a sport camera
required a little more diligence on throttle and some loss of speed, but the drone had
enough power to make it work. The FPV camera angle was easy to adjust and maintained
its position throughout the flight, and the rear lights could be seen from some distance.
We really liked flying this quad, and all the flight tests were done without having to
connect it to the computer to adjust the settings.
$430 | Beginner-Intermediate
This multirotor comes out of the box completely
assembled and ready to bind with your radio. The
stabilization system on the Mach 25 is very good, and
if you are coming from the fixed-wing sector, it is easy
to quickly adapt to flying this bird. It wants to get up to
speed right away, and we like that. The control is really
good in High Bank Angle mode, and you could easily race
in that mode. But if you’re looking for some quick and
snappy flying, then Agility mode would be your cup of
tea. Landing was easier because the motor did not have
to be canted at an angle, so that is a real plus. Once you
adapt to the Mach 25 flying style, you will have a blast
scooting around the field. Throw in some obstacles
and another racer and you will be totally hooked in the
world of FPV racing.
Ares Z-Line Crossfire
$350 | Beginner
In the Ares Crossfire, you have a racing quad that has
an attractive price point, comes ready to fly, and only
needs a little time for setup. This is the perfect quad
for newbie racing pilots who want to get in the air right
away and start flying with their buddies on the weekend.
This bird not only is fully assembled but also comes
with a 3S 2200mAh battery, the preinstalled ultramicro
200m W 40-channel 5-band video transmitter, and 720p
high-resolution camera with a 120-degree field of view.
The wide angle and quality of the video is right up there
with any other racer. With the first couple of flights, you
should start out in the stabilizing mode to get the feel of
the quad and then turn it down. We found the Crossfire to
be a stable flier in all flight modes, and this thing is pretty
quick. It is not the fastest one out there, but its speed
is competitive with many of the racers flying at events.
Depending on how you set up this bird, you’ll find that it
can be a docile flying machine or a responsive racehorse.