Blade Chroma Review

Blade Chroma Review

Horizon Hobby and Blade have been consistently pushing their aerial photography platforms forward. It was only 2 years ago when the first Blade 350QX launched, and in the time since, we've seen two additional releases from that line. The Blade Chroma's launch marks a departure from Horizon's two year convention, breaking free from the clumsy naming standard and into a new era of consumer-friendly monikers.

The question, however, is whether the Chroma is a worthy successor to the popular 350QX line of products. Can the Chroma bring Horizon forward in the crowded camera-equipped drone market? Can, as their tag-line goes, the Chroma make epic easy? Let's find out.

Read More

FAA's Drone Regulation Reaction

FAA's Drone Regulation Reaction

Hobby Watch is a new editorial about the hobby industry, from radio control cars and helicopters to the model train world to puzzles and everything in between. Hobby Watch is an opinion piece, and thus the opinions contained within belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions held by Roger's Hobby Center, Inc.

In the first installment of my Hobby Watch article, I talk about the FAA's drone regulations proposed last month - and what that means for any companies that want to use quadcopter technology for filming or photography purposes.

Read More

Dromida Ominus Review

Dromida Ominus Review

About a year ago, Dromida was just releasing their very first R/C cars. We didn't take them seriously. But they sold well enough that we had to take a second look, and we've been carrying them ever since. The line has proven to be popular with consumers and retailers alike. Now, Dromida has expanded their selection to include quadcopters as well as their surface vehicles. Enter the Dromida Ominus.

Will Dromida do as well in the air as they have on the ground? How does the Ominus stand up against the already-crowded quadcopter market and the competition therein? Let's find out.

Read More

LaTrax Alias Review

LaTrax Alias Review

Way back in 2012 (seems like forever ago, doesn't it?), Traxxas announced not one, but two helicopters would be their entrance into the radio controlled helicopter market. I, for one, was pretty excited about Traxxas' arrival in the R/C heli world; we've had such good luck carrying their R/C cars and trucks, and that success seemed destined to carry over to the helicopter world. Unfortunately, things didn't work out that way, and we had some bad experiences with Traxxas' quadcopters when they came out. And when Traxxas announced the LaTrax Alias, we hesitated on it. Blade was coming out with their Blade 180QX HD, a similarly-sized quadcopter that came equipped with a camera. And while the new Blade quadcopter was a bit pricier than the Alias, we felt that Blade had a better track record, and opted toward them.

We had the Blade 180QX HD for a while (and still do - you can see our first hands-on video here), and it became obvious that the higher price point was preventing some people from purchasing it. Other features were lacking as well, namely navigation lights. And so we decided to give the Alias another look, to see if Traxxas had stepped up and fixed the issues that plagued our first batch of helicopters. Here's what we found.

Read More