Drones are all the rage, these days, especially quadcopters. But not everyone has the space to put a full-fledged quadcopter up, or perhaps you’re more in the mood to torment a cat than experiment with aviation. That’s where the Estes Proto X shines.

Tiiiiiiiiiny Little Quadcopter

Essentially, the Estes Proto X was built to fit in the palm of your hand and have room to spare for the controller. It’s a full-fledged quadcopter, just… very, very tiny, is the best way of putting it. Here’s video of the little guy in action; check it out when he lands on a candle!

Flight In A Tiny Package

This actually has two purposes. The first is to help you learn about quadcopters and how they work. True, bragging rights were likely a factor in engineering this, but it’s also a space friendly method of getting a drone in your life, learning how to operate them, and expanding those skills to larger drones. It’s even got an internal gyroscope so that you’ll be able to have level flight without worrying about losing control. Secondly, it’s designed to be a cheap way to get into quadcopters. Most quadcopters cost hundreds of dollars, largely thanks to the motors necessary to keep the little guy in the air. This is so small that you can buy it for a small child, if you want: It costs just $40 for the copter.

Buzz A Cat Today


And, for many of us, it will be the ultimate cat toy. True, the small size means limited flight time: Just ten minutes for each charge. But it charges through USB and will quickly be refueled so that you can buzz the kitty again while singing Ride of the Valkyries. What? You know that’s what it’ll be used for. It’s available now, for $40.

Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.