Realacc 374 (In-Depth Review)
Micro toy drones have come a long day since two years ago. The Realacc 374 is one of the newer generation of toy drones that offer a lot of fun for so little — at less than $20 shipped, to be exact. The 374 makes a great novelty toy as much as it is a nice toy drone to practice your flying skills with.
Unlike earlier generations of toy drones, newer models such as the 374 have everything built-in, including its 180mAh battery. And since it has a circular “UFO” shape that covers all four propellers, even the prop guards are built-in. With the 374, there is really nothing to connect or attach. All you need to do is just charge the battery, turn on the power and you’re ready to fly.
- Dimensions: 79 x 79 x 27mm
- Platform: Quadcopter
- Diagonal motor distance: 46mm
- Propulsion: brushed motors / 3-blade propellers
- Weight: 23g (drone) / 150g (transmitter with batteries)
- Battery: 3.7V 180mAh 1S Li Po
- Charging time: about 30 – 40 minutes
- Flight time: about 4 to 5 minutes
- Control distance: approximately 20m
- Camera: n/a
- Transmitter power: 3 AAA (not included)
One key feature of the 374 is its transmitter (remote controller) that also doubles as a carrying case. A circular compartment in the middle of the transmitter lets you place the 374 in it and the whole compartment is protected by a spring-loaded transparent cover. The Tx feels comfortable enough to use although it does feel a bit cheap to the touch. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have any space for storing the drone’s USB charging cable so you’ll have to carry or store it separately.
The 374 is a pretty basic drone. It doesn’t have a camera and other fancy features. A small white LED light at the front does a good job in orientation. Without it, you’d have a hard time telling front from rear since the 374 has a very symmetrical design.
This is where the 374 surprised me the most. With a circular body that also doubles as prop guards, the 374 does look beefy at first glance, giving the impression that it is somewhat heavy with a sluggish flight performance. However, it turned out not to be as sluggish as I had expected it to be. This is probably due to the vents at the bottom of the frame which help make the frame lighter. The frame itself is also made of thin plastic.
Flight performance and features on the 374 is pretty basic for toy drones. It does not have altitude hold which may turn off some beginners. However, not having altitude hold isn’t entirely bad since flight performance becomes a lot more accurate and precise. The 374 is also capable of performing 3D flips and has 3 speed modes — low, medium and fast which can be toggled by pressing the lower left button. There is also a “return to home” button which simply causes the drone to fly backwards and headless mode.
Thanks to its 3-blade propellers, the 374 isn’t as loud as some other toy drones of similar size. I actually like how it sounds — vibrant and smooth but not too obnoxious.
Overall, the Realacc 374 is a nice novelty toy that makes a great gift for both adults and kids. It’s also a nice trainer drone to practice your flying skills indoors.
Due to its small size and somewhat weak propulsion, the 374 is best flown indoors and not outdoors where it might be exposed to winds which makes it very difficult to fly and control.