Roku U11 Quadcopter Review
The Roku U11 Quadcopter from this review is not the most popular drone on the market. But it’s a decent GPS drone that should have more recognition. It’s a suitable drone that comes with some advanced features. You can get this drone for under $250, whit all it’s technology, nice design, and a clear HD Camera that can record video footage in 2K and capture still images in 4K. Which is just an impressive performance regarding the price you can get it for.
The camera also offers you FPV for your phone so you can observe your camera all the time, this way making better footage. And with the integrated GPS the drone will have an accurate and still movement. But for more information stick with us in this Roku U11 Quadcopter Review.
- Charging Time: 2.5 Hours
- Max Flight time: 18-20 Mins
- Weight : 270 g / 9.52 oz
- Photo Resolution: 3840X2160P
- Video Resolution: 2048X1152P
- Folding Size: 5.9×6.49×2.36 inch
- Opening Size: 9.25×7.68×2.36 inch
- Max Control Range: 150-300M/492-984ft
- Max Live Video Transmission Range: 150-300M/492-984ft
What’s in the box?
- 1 x Ruko U11 GPS Drone
- 2 x 7.4V 1200mAH Batteries
- 1 x Carrying Shell Case
- 1 x Transmitter
- 1 x User Manual
- 1 x USB Cable
- 1 x Screwdriver
- 4 x Extra Propeller Blades
Design and build
The Roku U11 has a clean black design. There is no fancy decorations nor big details on it. It is just simple and small and lightweight drone which is a good thing for minimalists like me. The drone is weighing only 300g (so you have to register it to the FAA). Having a light weight and a foldable design, the drone is very is easy to travel with. The drone in his folded status measures only 5.9 x 6.49 x 2.36 inches which is an ideal size. You can easily transport it in your backpack.
Like every other camera drone, this one has some LED light as well under each arm. This is a standard requirement for each drone. This makes it possible to fly the drone even in the night time. Also, because the front lights are green and the back one are reds you can see which side is the front and the back of the drone. And lastly, these LED lights have one more purpose. It shows when the drone needs to be calibrated, or when you finished the calibration.
However, there is a bad thing about the drone as well. More specifically that it comes with brushed motors. These motors tend to be louder and they require more maintenance. Also, they generate less power from the same energy source as a brushless motor. This is no problem for a short flight, but if you fly these for a long time they can overheat. So make sure you always give enough time for the motors to chill down.
The drone comes with not one but two 7.4V 1200mAH Batteries. One battery can give it around 18 minutes of flight time, and with the second one, you can move this time to around 35 minutes which is absolutely incredible flight time for a drone that you can get for under $200. The batteries are modular so you can change them easily.
The remote controller also has a minimalist design which makes it easier to understand the purpose of each button. The control range with this remote is around 300 meters depending on the environment. The device also has a phone holder for the FPV. The range for that is only 150 meters, so the next 150 meters until it reaches its full potential you have to fly it “blindly”. Luckily the drones save all the footage on SD card, so after the FPV transmission gets lost you won’t lose your footage.
This drone can capture videos in 2K. There are other drones with a better camera, but for the price, you can get this drone is an excellent deal. However, in 2K you will have a low frame per second rate. So if you want perfectly seamless footage you should reduce the quality to 1080p which is also pretty good. Unfortunately, the sensors inside the camera aren’t that good and you will be able to make good photos only in daylight.
The camera is supported by a 1-axis gimbal with some shock absorbers. These will stabilize the footage when the drone makes minor movements. So your photos and videos will be more clear and less shaky.
Other the good look and nice parts like the controller, battery and transmitter it also has a pretty good performance when it’s in the air. The motors do their job and control the drone as you command it to. It’s very responsive to the commands and can face even minor winds.
However, with the app, you might have some difficulties. It seems like the manufacturers didn’t spend much time developing the app, and that causes the app to froze down sometimes. To regain the image, you’ll have to restart the app. Therefore I would suggest you to never control the drone via your phone, just with the controller. But the app is new, so you might get an update soon.
Besides these, the drone has some autonomous flight features as well. Like the Tap Fly, where you can preset a path for the drone and it will follow that route. The Circle mode, or orbit mode when the drone will make circles around a specific object and last but not least the follow me mode, which is one of the most useful features on a drone. You can select a moving object or persona and the drone will start to follow the selected object as long as it can keep up with the speed and it’s inside the range.
The Roku U11 Quadcopter from this review is a well-built camera drone, but it can’t be called a professional-grade drone. It has some minor lacks like the small transmission range or the freezing app. The camera might be good on this, but it can produce 4K which is required aspect for professional filmmakers. That being said if you’re on the start of your drone career this drone can suit you perfectly. It has a good response time, a really good camera for personal use and some autonomous flight modes which could be very handy in some situations.
If you’re interested in the Roku U11 you can check out its price on Amazon.