The Q353 is WLToys’ Latest Triphibious Drone
More than a year after the release of the Q202, WLToys has decided to take another stab at producing triphibious drones. Enter the Q353 — the company’s latest toy drone that can travel in the air, on land and on water.
Unlike the Q202, the Q353 has a body made mostly of plastic. This is a much better approach when compared to the all-foam construction of the Q202 which was fragile and prone to breaking. The Q202 wasn’t only fragile, it flew very badly as well being incredibly under-powered and sloppy. The only advantage it had over other toy drones was its triphibious capabilities and its unique appearance.
- Air, land and water modes
- Floats that double as landing skids
- Brushed motors
- 6 – 7 minutes flight time
- 150m control range
- Adjustable flight speed (40, 60, 80, 100 percent)
- Headless mode, one key return and auto take-off
- 7.4V 1200mAh battery
WLToys seems to have learnt a lot from the flaws on the Q202 and in the Q353 we finally see a triphibious toy drone that has a lot of potential to impress.
Buoyancy on the Q353 is achieved using a pair of floats that also double as landing skids. The floats appear to be partially made out of foam although the entire fuselage and motor arms are made of plastic. There are also small wheels located underneath each float to assist the drone when it travels on land.
Unlike Syma’s X19W, the wheels on the Q353 cannot be steered. They merely allow the drone to roll forwards or backwards. Steering on the ground is probably achieved using the drone’s propulsion.
With the Q353, WLToys seems to have cracked the challenge of producing a triphibious toy drone that works properly. It may have some limitations (such as the lack of steerable wheels) but it is currently one of the few RC toys that can operate on land, water and air.
The WLToys Q353 will be available soon at GearBest in “dark salmon” or black colors. Retail price is expected to be about $72. Click here for more details.