The hobby-level drone category is becoming pretty crowded but there are some standout products to try. If you’re looking for a low-price beginner drone with some bang for your buck, the Hubsan H108 Spyder is perfect for you. It’s easy to fly, tough to damage, and has some fun features even advanced drone flyers will appreciate.
Hubsan H108 Spyder Drone Main Specs
|Ideal for (Indoor/Outdoor/Both)||Both|
|Flight Time||7 minutes|
|Control Type||6 Axis Gyro Stabilized|
|Amazon Rating||3.7 / 5 stars|
|Our Rating||4 / 5 stars|
A notable feature of the Hubsan H108 Spyder is its resistance to damage from a crash. Flying indoors is a little tough with any drone, and we often hit the ceiling, doorway and other surfaces while getting a feel for the controls. Except for a couple of easily fixed prop dings, the H108 was no worse for wear after these incidents.
The sleek design gives it the perfect aerodynamic shape, while the bright orange color makes it very visually appealing and easy to spot.
One issue other users did mention as problematic was the motor life after continuous operation.
Flying the Hubsan H108 Spyder
When flying indoors make sure you’ve got enough room to maneuver as you get used to the controls. The H108 can be operated two modes; normal and expert. You’ll notice a much higher degree of control sensitivity in expert mode, and we recommend flying in normal mode while getting familiar with the controls. The gyroscopic stabilization made the learning curve much shorter than comparable models without the gyro.
Expert mode provides a lot more responsiveness to control inputs, and you’ll notice that like other Hubsans the H108 Spyder is FAST! This speed combined with the enhanced control sensitivity could get beginner flyers in trouble. So make sure you master the drone in normal mode before switching to expert.
You can, of course, perform the usual aerobatic maneuvers (flips and rolls) easily with a ‘flip mode’ transmitter setting and some simple control inputs. Flips and rolls can be done in either normal or expert mode.
Hubsan H108 Spyder Remote Control and Accessories
One thing we really like about the H108 is the 4-channel, 2.4 GHz transmitter. The design is simple, ergonomic and intuitive. It is just the right weight as to provide some good ‘heft’ as it sits in your hands, but also light enough that it isn’t burdensome after extended periods of use.
The control sticks and combination inputs are easy to reach. Holding the remote control reminded me of the control yoke for a small plane. At 2.4 GHz, it has great range and immediate response.
Here are some other accessories that come with the H108 kit:
- Extra prop blades – in black so you can use them for repair or to change the appearance of the drone
- Black rubber ‘landing pads’ to swap out the white ones that come attached to the feet of the H108
- 240 mAh LiPo Battery and charging cord (USB)
- Replacement body shell (orange)
Hubsan H108 Spyder – Our Verdict
- Easy to fly
- Tough – damage resistant
- Comes ready to fly (RTF)
- Parts easily changed out if damaged
- Good for indoors or outdoors use
- Short motor life relative to similar drones
- No camera
- Sensitivity of controls in expert mode
- Prop guard not included – sold separately
What We Like
There is a lot to like with this drone, particularly if you or someone you know wants to learn to fly a drone without breaking the bank. Normal mode allows beginners to discover how to operate the drone and learn basic flight maneuvers. Expert mode is perfect for those advancing in skill and confidence, as well as those who’ve been flying more complex models.
Again, the H108 is fast when operated in the expert mode, and we really enjoyed putting it through its paces. Low-level, high-speed passes back and forth were especially fun.
What We Don’t Like
While the good far outweighs the bad with this drone, there are a couple things that seem lacking. Our primary complaint is the absence of a camera. Cameras are common in this category, and it seems like one could have been included here. Our guess is that the creators didn’t want to hinder the exceptional performance with the extra weight a camera would require.
As mentioned above, there is no prop guard included. As this is a ‘beginner’ drone, it would seem logical to include the guard as an accessory to protect the prop blades from inevitable contacts with obstacles. The extra props do help offset this shortcoming.
What Users Say
One customer was impressed with the durability of the drone and how easy it was for a beginner to fly.
Another customer gave the H108 good marks for fun and functionality, but also points out an issue with motor durability experienced after a week of “heavy use.”
And one more customer says this is an outstanding hobby-grade drone with great performance and amazing control.
Even with no camera, the H108 is at the top of the class for this category. In fact, the lack of a camera could be what helps it stand out in performance. Aimed at beginners for its superior durability and ease of control, it still offers the ‘fun-factor’ for veteran pilots. If you’re in the market for your first drone, this should be at the top of your list. However, if you’re looking for a beginner drone with a camera, then take a look at what we think about the Force1 F100.
If you have experience with the Hubsan H108 Spyder your opinion would be welcome here.