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Xinxun X43 Mini Hexacopter – because your quad-copter is just so last year


Remember when four propellers were the thing? When we couldn’t get enough of these little critters scurrying across the sky doing backflips and dive bombs? Well that was then, and now is now. And quads just don’t cut it any more. Nowadays everyone wants bigger, faster, more powerful six rotor craft. But you’ll probably have to settle for this if you’re on a budget.

Behold the future of radio controlled ‘copter flight, the Xinsun X43 Mini Hexacopter. Not to be confused with a military grade hexacopter at all, this puppy charges up via a very innocent USB port on laptop or power socket, can fly indoors and outside, and can be controlled up to a distance of 100 – 200 meters.


You get around 5 minutes flying time from a 70 minute charge, and the pack includes some spare blades in case of any … ahem … problems. And trust us, there will be. Problems that is.


From the looks of it, the one major benefit of the design is the enclosed prop and motors, but we’re guessing from experience that even this protection won’t stop the pain and damage of hitting a wall or other immovable object head on at speed. You have been warned. The price of the complete flying kit is $48.

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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