Meet the New FuriBee FB100 — FatShark-style FPV Goggles for Less Than $150
The FuriBee FB100 is good news for anyone who intends to take up FPV racing. It is a pair of FatShark-style FPV goggles that cost just $123 shipped which makes it a game changer in the entry-level segment for FPV headsets/goggles.
For some time now, dual monitor FPV goggles have been priced way beyond the reach of many beginners and FPV pilots on tight budgets. A pair of decent FatSharks or Aomways would cost more than $300, making FPV flying an expensive hobby. Now all that is about to change with the FB100.
Those who follow closely the market for FPV gear will know that the FB100 is also a rebadged version of the Eachine EV100 which costs a bit more at $160. Both products are actually identical except for their branding.
- Dual monitors with independent positioning
- Dual antennas
- 720 x 540p resolution
- Ventilation fan
- 72-channel 5.8G FPV receiver with autoscan
- NTSC / PAL
- AVR output
- 7.4V 1000mAh Li Po battery
- Approximately 2 hours operating time
In the past, $130 would only get you an entry-level box-style FPV headset with a single monitor (typically 5 inches). These headsets were not only awakward to wear, they were also somewhat uncomfortable thanks to their large size and hefty weight. Style and comfort was something you’d only get with more expensive dual-monitor FPV goggles. They’re lighter and also a lot more compact than box-style headsets. Now with the FB100, things have started getting a lot more exciting in the entry-level FPV gear scene.
Besides sporting dual monitors, one key feature on the FB100 is that the monitor positions can be fully adjusted. You can space them apart sideways and you can also move them closer to your eyes or further away. Each monitor can be positioned independently. This level of innovation was previously unseen in entry-level headsets. To prevent fogging on the monitors, the FB100 also comes with a ventilation fan at the top — a feature that was only found on premium goggles in the past.
The FB100 comes with a battery that’s strapped to the side of the head similar to the batteries you’d see on FatSharks. The supplied battery also features LED lights that tell you the battery level. One thing that’s missing on the FB100 is a video recorder although it has an AV output jack that lets you channel the video feed into an external video recorder. Based on initial reviews of the Eachine EV100 that I’ve seen at other websites, the AV output doesn’t seem to be a good way to get video recorded as it ends up causing the video to appear darker than it actually is.
The FB100 comes with dual omnidirectional antennas although it does not support true diversity. Speaking of antennas, the stick antennas that come with it aren’t exactly the best when it comes to signal reception so I expect many users to upgrade to better antennas for improved reception.
With the new FuriBee FB100, there appears to be few reasons for anyone to get box-style FPV headsets if they’re shopping for FPV headsets that cost less than $200. The FB100 appears to be a much more solid product when compared to all other entry-level offerings in the same price range. The only thing it doesn’t have is a built-in video recorder and true diversity antennas.
The FB100 is now available for pre-order at GearBest for just $123. It is expected to start shipping on November 11. Click here for more details.