Here is a detailed and un-biased review of the Cheerson CX-20. The Cheerson CX-20 is a full size quadcopter that’s in direct competition with other full size models, like the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+, DJI Phantom 2, Parrot Bebop, 3DR IRIS+, Blade 350 QX, and others. It’s priced at right around $360, which makes it a lot cheaper than most of the other full-size options. Even the Parrot Bebop, which is very basic with its feature set, is priced higher at $500! So you’re definitely getting a good deal here, in terms of features, product quality, and price.
The Cheerson CX-20, as stated independently by people who actually own one, is not designed for beginner pilots. You could quite easily crash the Cheerson CX-20, damage it badly, and be out the $360 dollars you paid for it.
It makes a lot more sense to purchase a smaller and less expensive drone to practice with first, improve your flight skills, and THEN purchase a more expensive quadcopter like the Cheerson CX-20, once you’re more comfortable piloting.
Below, we’re going to take a closer look at exactly what this Cheerson CX-20 review has to offer:
Cheerson CX-20 Quadcopter Review: All Features
- 300 Meter Control Distance / 300 Meter Altitude Ability – 300 meters is a respectable distance and altitude for a quadcopter. Competing models, like the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+, have a 500-700 meter control distance, which is further than the Cheerson CX-20, but you have to take into consideration that the Cheerson CX-20 only costs 1/3 what the DJI Phantom does.
- 15 Minute Flight Time / 2 Hour 2700mah 20C 3c Battery Charging Time – A total of 15 minutes of flight time (according to each battery charge) is right on par with other full size drones, like the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ (15 minutes flight time), but in a price comparison, the Cheerson CX-20 is much more affordable and a better “bang for your buck”.
Couple this with the fact that the 2700mah 20C 3c battery only takes 2 hours to charge, and you can have all day fun if you’ve got a multi-port charger and multiple batteries to work with.
- 22 MPH Max Flight Speed – 22 MPH is quite fast, especially to the naked eye. The Parrot Bebop flies at about 31 MPH, to give you a comparison regarding drones in the same class as this Cheerson CX-20 we’re reviewing.
- Return To Home Function – Like most full-size quadcopter drones, the Cheerson CX-20 is designed to automatically return to its original take off position through simply pressing a button on the controller. This easily prevents any crashes that could be caused by beginners who don’t know how to land their quadcopter like an expert yet.
- Fixed Position Hover, Altitude Hold, Auto Landing Failsafe – The Cheerson CX-20 has the ability to hover in a fixed position with the flick of a switch, maintain a steady altitude to make video recording easier, and when the battery gets low, it will automatically land, in order to prevent a spent battery crash.
- GoPro Camera Compatible – Hooking a GoPro camera up to the base of the Cheerson CX-20 allows you to capture stunning video and audio files you can upload to the Internet or save on your PC/smartphone. There’s multiple GoPro camera options you can choose from, but there’s not a GoPro camera included in the box, as it’s sold separately.
- Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC) – In case your CX-20 goes into a spin, you don’t have to worry about losing control of it. Through the Intelligent Orientation Control system, the CX-20 will always propel itself in the direction you push the controls. This makes it easy to recover from a spin and set the CX-20 straight again.
- LED Light System – Under each arm of the Cheerson CX-20, there’s a powerful LED light that alerts you to which way the quadcopter is pointing. So, in total, there’s 4 bright LED lights to make the CX-20 visible at night and guide your way.
Final Notes and Ideas On The Cheerson CX-20 Review
As stated earlier in our Cheerson CX-20 review, it has everything you could want in a full size drone with a cheaper price tag than every one of the competing drones in its class. Take a look at this price comparison chart to see just how much more affordable the Cheerson CX-20 really is:
Parrot Bebop: $500
DJI Phantom 2 Vision+: $1,169
3DR IRIS+: $725
Blade 350 QX: $470
Cheerson CX-20: $359
Note: Prices may change. These were the prices at the time of this Cheerson CX-20 review.
So, as you can see, the Cheerson CX-20 is the most cost effective option. Do the job of comparing features to price with other drones you’re considering, and that will make it easier to come to a final decision, as to whether or not the CX-20 is actually a good option for you.
A really cool quadcopter activity is to hook up laser pointers to the base. You can rig the laser pointers up to be constantly on. Finding a way to keep the laser pointer button pressed down, as well as a way to release it when you land (to conserve batteries, safety, etc), is your job to figure out.
Also, you could find a way to drop glitter from the Cheerson CX-20 and really put on a fantastic show for your friends. You’re limited only by your imagination when it comes to creative ideas on how to have fun with your Cheerson CX-20 quadcopter.
Feel free to comment if you own one of this drones or if you have any comments about the Cheerson CX-20 review.