The JJRC X11 RC drone seems to take inspiration from DJI’s most famous Mavic Pro. With the latter shares form factor, in addition to the fact of being foldable, while no lack of important technical features, such as GPS, automatic return to base, follow me mode, and others still.
The JJRC X11 is a large-sized drone. Not that it is too bulky and not very transportable, but it is not a drone that stands on the palm of a hand. It’s similar to DJI’s Mavic PRO, but thanks to the four foldable arms it can be carried in a small backpack.
The battery is placed on the back of the drone, it is a quick release, but does not need to be removed to recharge it. And in fact, there is a microUSB port, which serves just to recharge it, accessible even when it is installed on the drone. It is a convenience, because X11 does not need special chargers, being sufficient a common microUSB cable.
It has four brushless motors, which allow the drone to be fast and always responsive during in-flight movements. The brushless motors also ensure longer life and do not require maintenance. In flight, the noise is moderate, although it is certainly heard, not being as quiet as the last examples of DJI house.
On the front nose there is a camera that records video at 1080P, 25 fps, with a wide viewing angle of 120 degrees. The camera is embedded in the body of the drone, then protected by the plastics of the body, not protruding. It is possible to change its inclination from the remote control, a really pleasant element, which is usually not present in the drones of this price range. At the level of construction the drone is well designed, even if to the touch the plastics do not seem to be the best quality.
According to the technical data sheet, the drone has a control range of 1200 meters, but it is not. During our tests we were able to move away by about 200/300 meters, no more. Moreover, we were in a rather isolated country area, certainly far from interference of any kind.
The connection between the remote control and the drone, as far as the transmission of the video stream is concerned, takes place via the WiFi connection, which obviously has its limits: it is enough to go a few hundred meters away to already have some lag. In short, X11 certainly does not enjoy the advanced systems of the most famous competitors, but still manages to return pleasant flight images.
The GPS works well, the drone remains stable in flight, and above all can return to the base with a simple click on the button. It is also a protection for beginners, and wants to return to the base of the drone without having to worry about doing anything else. On one occasion we have found a landing a bit ‘abrupt’ of the drone, while usually the descent to the ground, for the automatic landing, was done in a gradual and impeccable way.
Among the advanced flight functions is the “Follow Me” function, thanks to which the drone will automatically follow the subject. Although it works, it is not very reliable, especially when the subject passes behind trees or even behind other subjects: on several occasions the drone has changed completely target and has not been able to follow us properly.
Among other modes, also those that allow you to start shots and recording by hand gestures: even in this case, the system has not always proved impeccable and accurate. These are, then, options that are present, but not main ones.
Very good, however, the autonomy, which on paper is declared to be 25 minutes. The 2500 mAh battery was not able to keep the drone in flight for the declared time, but exceeded about 20 minutes. In any case, the flight time changes depending on weather conditions and driving style.
The remote control is well designed, and also convenient to hold. Not only does it have a smartphone dock on the back, it also has two extensions on the bottom that make the handle even easier and more comfortable. From the remote control you can take pictures and record videos, as well as set the speed of the drone and the angle of the camera.
The app is simple and easy to use, with the main screen leaving room for the live streaming video stream from the drone chamber, with numerous flight options on the top.
As always, we leave you to a movie that shows the exact qualities of the drone chamber. We are far from what is appreciable with a Mavic Pro, but in any case the room gives back appreciable past. These are mostly images that can be shared on social networks, or viewed on smartphones or tablets. The stabilization software is present, although not on three axes, and there is a small jello effect. Overall, however, these are enjoyable images. Judge for yourself.
The JJRC X11 has a compact size, brushless motors and excellent flight autonomy, all seasoned with a valid GPS module that will allow the return home in total safety in the event of loss of signal or various dangers. The video quality is not exceptional, but is especially enjoyable for viewing on smartphones or tablets, and therefore suitable for sharing on social networks. Easy to drive, and also to carry, is a good starting point for those who want to approach the world of drones for the first time.