Calling the Black Talon 2.0 the best racing drone for beginners is doing it a great disservice. As addition who has flown aggregate from $29 micro-drones to several-thousand dollar quadcopters, there’s article calumniating about slapping Aerix’s latest entry with a “for beginners” tag.

But I’m going to do it anyway, only with one caveat: no matter what your skill level, the Black Talon 2.0 (BT2) is a lot of fun.


Like the antecedent Aerix drone we looked at, the Vidius HD, BT2 has a lot to like. It’s cheap (around $100), small enough to fly indoors, and offers a great camera able of piping out 720p video to either a first-person headset, a smartphone army to the controller, or the centralized accumulator system that allows you the option to view the footage later.

Like most of these cheaper cameras, the achievement is anon abased on the lighting, but all-embracing it does pretty well.

It also appearance above flight mechanics that allow you to spend your time racing around amid rooms rather than consistently adjusting distance or directional orientation. When you push advanced on the sticks, the drone moves in the administration you’d expect advanced to be.

For beginners, they seem to attempt most with orientation. Advanced isn’t always forward, depending on the acclimatization of the drone. So blame advanced with the camera pointing 90-degrees right would absolutely make the drone abide in that administration rather than its advised course. BT2 has solved this problem, which makes it article even a absolutely new abecedarian can pick up and fly immediately.


And flying is where this thing excels. Built-in trick buttons and the adeptness to pilot the mini-quadcopter in a first person view (with alternative $25 headset) offers a rather cool acquaintance that makes anyone feel like a acclimatized pilot. And unlike the Vidius HD —  which was a able indoor flier but got a little bogged down alfresco with even the aboriginal breeze (I later learned) — BT2 can handle the outdoors a bit better.

Being able to seamlessly move from central to out after making adjustments (or switching drones) is a plus. That said, it’s still very light, and I wouldn’t trust it in annihilation other than a slight breeze or at altitudes above 15-20 feet.

All told, though, at around $100, you really can’t go wrong with either of the Aerix drones we’ve tried. For my money though, it’s the Black Talon 2.0, all the way.

Read next: Burger King recruits gamers to sell Whoppers to their teammates