Syma S107 Review

Syma S107 Review

Syma S107 Review ImageI crowned the Syma S107 as the best beginner micro helicopter in my Top 3 Beginner Micro Helicopter Comparison.  In this review I’m going to give you my thoughts on this helicopter after having a chance to play with it hands on. By the time you’re finished reading this, you should have a feel for whether or not the Syma S107 is right for you. There’s also a hot link for a discount price I found on the S107 at the end of this article. Let’s get started…

In case you’re not familiar with the S107, it’s a 3 channel, coaxial, micro RC helicopter with a built in Gyro. What does that mean? Let’s break it down…

  • 3 Channel: The 3 channels allow you to make the helicopter fly up/down, rotate (yaw) left/right, and  go forward/backward.
  • Coaxial: Coaxial helicopters are equipped with dual counter rotating main blades. I’ve talked about how coaxial helicopters work before, so to keep this short, lets just say that coaxial helicopters are very stable and easy to fly/control.
  • Micro Helicopter: As with all of the helicopters I talk about, the S107 is a micro helicopter that is around 7″ long.
  • Built in Gyro: The built in gyro is a device that is able to compensate for sudden and unexpected movements when flying a helicopter. The gyro picks up where the Coaxial blades leave off to provide a very stable and easy to fly heli.

The Syma S107 is ideally suited for people who are just getting started with micro helicopters. Experienced pilots who just want a really inexpensive and easy to fly micro helicopter for goofing around  indoors with, should also consider the Syma S107.

This helicopter can usually be had for under $50 and if you watch for online sales, you can often even find it for around $30. Okay, so it’s cheap and it has the features to make it easy to fly indoors. But what’s the quality like, and how well does it actually fly?

Before I get to that, I’m going to tell you about my first impressions. The first thing I noticed when I unwrapped the shipping paper was that the helicopter was packed up-side-down in the box with the manual sitting in the front. Why would they do that?
Syma S107 upside down in a box.

Inside the box, the helicopter and transmitter were packaged really well with a million twist ties holding it to a piece of cardboard from behind. Getting it out reminded me of un-boxing kid toys at my daughters 2nd birthday a couple months ago (can you sense the frustration).

The fit and finish of the helicopter was surprisingly good. Especially at this price point. Good quality metal construction with a nice plastic canopy. The transmitter on the other hand was a bit more sloppy.  Not bad mind you, but there were a couple details that were less than stellar.

  1. There is a decal on the bottom that is meant to sit inside a raised oval. The decal wasn’t centered though, and spews over the raised oval giving it an unprofessional look. Of course, this has no impact on function or performance though. Just something that bothered me. S107 Flaw
  2. There is a selector switch with labels “A”, “B”, and “C” on it.  The idea is that you can select from three different infrared wavelengths to communicate with the helicopter. When I slide the switch though, it only has two settings. One sits between “A” and “B”, and the other one sits just past the “B”. That means I only get two out of the three wavelengths. To be fair though, I don’t know why you would really need to have three different wavelengths anyway. The idea is that you can have three people simultaneously flying three different helicopters independently. But does anyone really do that in practice? The other problem is I don’t actually know what wavelengths I’m using (can’t really tell by looking at the switch. This is really a non issue though because the helicopter automatically selects the correct wavelength when you switch it on.

S107 Transmitter switchS107 transmitter switch2

When it came time to charge the helicopter, I noticed that the included power connectors (yes both of them) would not fit in the power receptacle on the helicopter, nor would the charge light come on. After a few tries it started working though. I’m not sure what was going on there, but I suppose it’s possible that I was trying to plug it in backwards. In any case, the charging works fine now.

Syma S107 Charging via USB

How Does it Fly?
In flight this thing is pretty awesome. The degree of control you have is really quite astounding. It is very easy to maintain a hover in a fixed position. Yaw right and left are pretty quick and respond precisely to any inputs on the stick. Flying forward works great too. The only issue I had with the way it flies was flying backwards. It seems to really bog down when you try to fly in reverse. Not only that but it causes you to loose altitude. If you really need to fly backwards this might not be the heli for you. For me though, not being able to fly backwards isn’t a problem.  I’d much rather fly around forward anyway, and I don’t miss backwards flight.

All in all I think the Syma S107 helicopter is a great little heli, especially given its very affordable price tag. If you’re new to the RC heli scene, or just looking for something cheap and fun to bum around with, the S107 might be it.  Just be aware that you only get two usable wavelengths on the transmitter, and that flying in reverse kinda sucks. If you are able to overlook those two minor flaws, then I highly recommend you pick up an S107. It really becomes a no brainer if you can find it at a discounted $30.

I hope you enjoyed this Syma S107 Review. If you think the S107 is right for you, I know there’s one of those sales I mentioned above going on right now. Click here right away to check it out before they sell out or end the sale.

Syma S107 RTF Helicopter Kit



12 Responses to “Syma S107 Review”

  1. russell
    December 7, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

    i have this helicopter something has seem to come loose and top blades are tangling with lower blades while in flight all blade linkages seem to be ok have you heard of this problem before

  2. admin
    December 8, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    Hi Russell,

    This can sometimes happen if you make extreme sudden movements. If it’s happening during normal smooth flight, something is wrong. If the links to the flybar are intact, make sure the blade grips aren’t too loose and are attached solidly to the main shaft.
    Good luck.

  3. Geoff
    December 21, 2011 at 3:15 am #

    Hi
    Where is the frequency selector on the helicopter? Reason I ask is I want to fly 3 choppers in the same room, each on a different frequency. The manual indicates the controller and helicopter must be on the same frequency.
    Would appreciate any help.
    Thanks
    Geoff

  4. admin
    December 21, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

    Hey Geoff,

    You’re not the first person to ask that question. The manual is wrong. It may have been correct at one point, but not any more. The helicopter will auto detect which band the transmitter is set to. If you want to fly more than one helicopter, you’ll have to make sure that each helicopter only sees the signal from it’s own transmitter until it binds.

  5. Balaji Sp
    December 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    Hi

    I bought Syma 107G. It was working all OK. Now, If I take off it from the ground, it takes a round and the balance bar is getting hit with the top blade and it fall down. Do you know why? Any suggestions?

  6. jason
    December 26, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    Hey, Mine flies backwards on take off. Any way to fix that? Thanks and your review was pretty good.

  7. admin
    December 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    Balaji,

    Make sure the connec buckle between the top blades and the flybar are still attached properly. Also, double check to mak ensure that the gears are engaging.

  8. admin
    December 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    Jason,

    On the S107 that’s probably a balance issue. Try removing the canopy and positioning the battery a little further forward.

  9. Heli Maniac
    January 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    Hi, Mine sometimes jerks suddenly in flight. Anyway to fix that?

  10. admin
    January 10, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    Heli Maniac,

    Jerks suddenly in flight? without any input? Just make sure everything is connected properly and that all of the blades can turn freely without any resistance.

  11. Bill
    January 22, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Mine worked fine for a month, but just stopped. Now, when you turn it on and throttle up, the blades spin for a fraction of a second and then stop. If I keep trying, every once in awhile (say, every 7 or 8 seconds) I can get it to do the same thing. But nothing else. Happens on a, b, and c settings. Both heli and remote are fully charged, etc.

    Any thoughts/suggestions?

  12. admin
    January 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    Bill,

    Sounds like a loose wire, bad switch or maybe a problem with IR interference. Do you have a plasma TV, fluorescent lighting or direct sunlight? Any of those could cause interference with the IR.

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