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ImmersionRC Vortex 180 Review

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Updated May 11, 2022
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If you are looking for the best FPV racing drone, you’ll probably be looking for something sturdy with a decent operational range. And if it’s nimble in the air, that’s just a bonus. The ImmersionRC Vortex 180 fits all these criteria, so you should check it out. Just remember that it’s an ARF (almost ready to fly) drone. These are some of the features that make this drone a highly-rated drone.

Why We Like It – ImmersionRC Vortex 180

The ImmersionRC Vortex 180, like all ImmersionRC drones, is known for its fabulous construction. Made out of durable carbon fiber, the Cortex 180 should be more than okay if you crash it while learning to fly. This is especially important considering its top speed is 30 miles per hour, which is quite impressive for a beginner drone.

Pros
  • Incredibly Nimble in the Air
  • Sturdy and Well-Built
  • 1.2 Mile Operational Range
Cons
  • Poor Flight Time
  • Doesn’t Give Exact Resolution
  • Not Ready-to-Fly

Speed/Power

Similar to the Parrot Anafi drone, the top speed on the Vortex 180 is around 30 miles per hour. As a beginner racing drone, this is actually quite fast and should help you get your bearings. If you want to start with something even slower, and that can fly inside if you are completely new to drones, make sure you check out the Holy Stone HS200. Another plus of the Vortex 180 Is that it’s incredibly nimble, making it easy to turn sharp corners and avoid objects. Check out the JJRC H37 review if you want a drone that you can control with your phone.

Range

It’s a common issue among beginner FPV racing drones, and even just drones in general, that flight time isn’t the greatest. You get some with half-decent flight time, but most skirt that line. The Vortex 180 takes one giant step backward, though, and offers a mere 6-minute flight time. Very low even by beginner standards, try the Walkera F210 if you want something you can actually have decent practice time on. Our Hubsan Zino Drone review showcases a drone with a 1000-meter range.

Durability

Like all ImmersionRC drones, the Vortex 180 is well-built and sturdy. All the electronics are nestled between the carbon fiber on the top and the printed circuit board on the bottom. The camera does stick out, yes, but it is protected by a hard plastic case should you accidentally ram into something. You can also check out the Holy Stone HS200 and the Hubsan H122D for more great drones.

Camera Features

The camera on the Vortex 180 is a Fatshark TVL CCD with an HS1177 sensor. I don’t know why they can’t just give the resolution the video transmitter will receive, but considering it is a high-resolution camera, I think it’s safe to assume 720P. A cool thing you can do with the camera is record in slow motion. If you’re a beginner, this should help you see where you went wrong if you do end up crashing.

Value

The flight controller comes with ImmersionRC’s ‘Synergy’ technology for a more stable connection. Speaking of connection, the operational range is about 1.2 miles, which is more than enough for a starter drone. But be warned that this isn’t a ready-to-fly drone. You must purchase the transmitter, receiver, and horrible battery separately.

ImmersionRC Vortex 180 Wrap Up

The ImmersionRC Vortex 180 is an excellent drone, there are just so many things holding it back. While nimbleness is an excellent feature for a racing drone, six-minute battery life isn’t. It’s sturdy and well-built, but you’ll have to purchase other equipment on top of the almost $200 you’re already paying for the drone. But if you’re willing to make this investment you’ll be happy with your purchase.

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