RISE Vusion House Racer 125 FPV 5.8G Quad Race Pack RTF Review
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Review by Adrian Apodaca, RealRCReviews Owner
All stock equipment
- Everything you need included
- Good size quad
- Great quality camera
- 3 flight modes and dual rates
- Nice transmitter!
- Goggles/Screen have built in DVR
- Screen holder on transmitter
- Prop protectors included
- Pretty darn fun
- No way to toggle between 16:9 and 4:3
- A tiny bit underpowered
With rules and regulations every where, and probably more to come, it seems that small is the new "in" thing in the drone world. With the advent of smaller flight controllers, smaller cameras, and stronger smaller motors, we are getting treated to a wave of FPV micro drones to fly inside and in the yard. This is all great if you're an experienced pilot, but if you're not, you're left wondering which quad is compatible with which controller, which fpv camera works with which set of goggles, and so on. Enter, Vusion from Hobbico. When the RISE Vusion House Racer 125 FPV 5.8G Quad Race Pack RTF was announced, I was pretty excited to test it out for you all. What could be better for a newb than a box that contains everything you might need to get started in FPV. Let me tell you about my experience with it.
Unboxing and Set-Up:
As with all my orders from Tower Hobbies, the House Racer FPV pack got here in just a couple days and well boxed and nicely padded. The Race Pack comes nicely organized inside with in a box with a handle that opens with a huge flap. This allows you to pack everything up and use the box as a carrying case. The first thing I did was find the battery and charger for the quad, and the charger for the FPV screen. As those two items charged, I read through the manuals and inspected the equipment. I found the included transmitter to be way nicer than any other RTF transmitter I have ever seen. It has a nice solid feel and rubberized back for easy grip. The quad itself definitely felt solid, though it is a bit bigger than I expected it to be. It is a couple times larger than a Tiny Whoop, but still way smaller than a 150 sized quad.
As for setup, there is not much to it. I have some experience with FPV, so I prefer to fly with the goggle format versus the screen on the transmitter. My quad and goggles were already on the same channel so no need to channel search. The the manual says to turn the transmitter on first, my quad only worked if I turned the quad on first, then the transmitter.
My first flight I did line of sight to see which flight mode and dual rate felt best. I preferred the middle setting on flight mode, and the 2nd setting on dual rates. That setting for me was the best combo of speed and stability. I found the House Racer (HR125) flew a lot like the similar sized quads from Dromida. As you know, I have generally been pretty happy with the Dromida line. What that also means, is that you don't get that ultra-firm snap back to level you get on some other quads. I like that feel, but if you have a small home, the size and speed of the HR125 might make the house start to feel much smaller.
Once I recharged, I tossed on the headset and went for an FPV flight. This was also done in my townhouse near DC. With the limited space, I did find it easiest to just cruise around slowly. It took me a minute to get used to the stretched out image because the camera is 4:3 and the goggles are 16:9. As I got more comfortable, I started down the hallways, up and down the stairs, through the kitchen and around my head. I didn't use the gates and loops because there are enough obstacles in my townhouse to make it interesting. I'll post video of my townhouse flying once I shoot one that doesn't have my kids running around in it (privacy issues). That said, it was pretty fun, but I was cautious not to slam into anything. The smaller Whoops are a bit more size appropriate for a townhouse or small apartment.
My next FPV flight was down when I visited my folks further out in the burbs (first video below). I set up the race gates there, and intentionally made a less than easy course for myself. I bumped around and crashed a few times, but the HR125 does live up to it's name once you have a little more room to buzz around. You can actually enjoy higher speeds and hard turns, it's a hoot. The part that showed me a little lack of power was trying to climb to the hoops on the banister on the second floor. It still got there, but not was quickly as I would have liked it to. While we're on the topic of the gates, whether you get an HR125 or another small drone, you should pick up a set of gates. They are easy to assemble, easy to mount and easy to break down. Much easier than trying to make your own, plus you can add LEDs to them. Back to the quad, no matter how far away I flew from myself in the house, I didn't experience any significant interference.
Finally, back at my townhouse, I gave the HR125 a shot at FPV outside. While the HR125 is a blast inside, outside is freaking great! You can really push the quad to it's fullest speed-wise, which is quick, but not crazy fast. You really get a feel for the video feed quality when you can experience the full array of colors outside. Again, even as I got further away from myself, I got very minor interference, even behind trees, cars and the corner of my house. The camera and FPV screen really give you a good amount of detail so you don't whack into hanging branches or leaves. I must say, the feed I got from the HR125 is actually better than one of my more expensive quads. I am really glad Vusion didn't cheap out on this part because nothing makes for crappy FPV like a bad camera and bad monitor. Anyway, if you were wondering about the HR125's ability outside, I hope my video (second one below) convinces you that it is very capable outside.
My last video is just a line of sight outdoor flight. I am not sure what is happening in that video as it seems that whenever I go full acro and try to hammer the throttle, the quad dips. It was pretty cold that day, so it may have been affecting the lipos, but I'm not totally sure. I have flown it since with no issues, though as I mentioned earlier in this review, my favorite way to fly this is in the middle flight mode, and second dual rate mode.
While the Vusion House Racer 125 isn't perfect, it does live up to it's name and more. I am pretty confident that you could not cobble together similar quality products from different vendors and come up with the the price and value you get with the House Racer Race Pack. If you have been looking for an inexpensive way into FPV without having to read a million forums and spend hundreds of dollars, you can't go wrong with the Race Pack. If you ever want to upgrade your equipment, the included goggles are great to have as a back up or to give your friends virtual FPV ride-alongs. At the time of this review, using a Tower Hobbies coupon code, you can score the Race Pack for $165. That is less than most goggles cost alone and cheaper than some quads cost on their own. As a bonus, the screen has a built in DVR so you can show off all of your FPV exploits on Youtube!