TYRC TY6 Sky Overlord (Review)
Some time in the second half of last year, we began to see some really unusual toy drone designs. These include the bottle-shaped Lishitoys L6059W and a slew of other oddly-shaped sub-$100 quadcopters. The TYRC TY6 Sky Overlord is one such toy drone that was released at the end of last year which doesn’t quite conform to the word “conventional”.
Priced at less than $40 inclusive of shipping at GearBest, the TY6 features a foldable design that allows it to be folded flat for easy storage and transportation. When its motor arms are fully deployed, the TY6 sits on its tall vertical body.
With that said, it wasn’t designed to stand upright like other conventional quadcopters although it can. The TY6 was actually designed to be launched from the palm of your hand and also land on it.
- Dimensions: 215 x 200 x 110mm / 25 x 200 x 75mm (folded)
- Platform: Quadcopter
- Diagonal motor distance: 185mm
- Flight features:
- Altitude hold
- Headless mode
- G sensor
- 3 flight speeds (Low, Medium and High)
- Propulsion: brushed motors / 65mm 2-blade propellers
- Weight: 98g (with battery)
- Camera resolution: 2MP stills (1280 x 720) and HD 720P video
- File format: JPEG/AVI
- Battery: 3.7V 750mAh Li Po
- Charging time: 40 minutes
- Flight time: about 5 to 6 minutes
- Control distance: about 30 meters
The TY6 was designed to be a selfie drone that’s meant to be compact and easy to carry around. Because of this, it doesn’t come with a conventional RC remote controller. To fly it, you’ll need to install the FYD-FPV app on your smartphone or tablet. This isn’t exactly the best way to pilot a drone because touchscreen controls lack the physical and tactile feel that you get with conventional controller sticks. Realizing this, TYRC has put in some effort in making the TY6 a lot more bearable to fly using a smart device’s touchscreen.
They’ve included a smartphone grip that makes your smartphone feel more like a game controller and they’ve also included a pair of touchscreen joysticks that allow you to mimic the feel of conventional control sticks on your smartscreen. Though a nice effort, I feel that the joysticks aren’t exactly practical because they tend to block some of the app’s controls (especially when you’re using a smartphone). Due to this, I have taken to flying the TY6 without these joysticks on my touchscreen.
When it comes to build quality, the TY6 has a horribly cheap and plasticky feel to it. Almost every part of it flexes and this includes the battery bay cover which is very difficult to remove due to the flexibility. Overall, it feels quite flimsy and badly built.
Besides its bad build quality, the TY6 also suffers from somewhat sluggish flight performance. The TY6 features 65mm propellers and a diagonal motor distance of 185mm — this is quite possibly one of the worst propeller to diagonal motor distance ratio I’ve seen on a toy drone. Ideally, a drone should be designed to have the largest possible propeller and motor combination it can take.
Due to this set up, the TY6 struggles in any kind of wind and is really unsuited to flying outdoors except when the weather is absolutely calm.
To make matters worse, flying the TY6 using the emulator control sticks on a smartphone makes it even more challenging to fly. I feel it is a lot easier to fly using the g-sensor feature instead which allows you to control the drone by tilting your smartphone very much like how you’d play car racing games. Thankfully, the TY6 has altitude hold which helps a lot in flying.
Due to its poor propulsion-to-weight ratio, the TY6 has a rather short flight time of about 5 to 6 minutes.
Drawbacks aside, the TY6 comes with a 2MP WiFi FPV camera which is capable of taking HD 720P videos — a pretty decent feature for a cheap toy drone. Since it does not feature a mechanical gimbal stabilizer, videos are vulnerable to shake but it isn’t as bad as cameras on other toy drones that are located on the same horizontal plane as their propellers.
Due to this vertical design and with the camera located a lot lower than the propellers, the TY6 has an inverted pendulum effect which helps a bit in stabilizing videos. Since the propellers are located at the top, the drone tends to sway more at the top than the bottom where the camera is located. In other words, the camera is located quite close to the axis of rotation whenever the TY6 sways vertically.
Since it lacks a gimbal stabilizer, the TY6 takes better photos than videos. Image quality is reasonably good for a sub-$40 toy drone. Unfortunately, I am unable to publish a gallery of sample images as my TY6 simply stopped functioning halfway through the review process. It began with its WiFi module failing intermittently before it completely stopped functioning. I’m not sure if I simply have a bad sample unit or if the quality of the TY6 is generally this poor.
What I managed to save from early testing of the TY6 is a sample video as shown above. This video does not show much flying because I had been struggling to get the TY6 airborne due to the windy conditions.
The TY6 is no doubt a selfie drone that will attract some buyers with its unconventional and intricate looks. However, underneath that unique appearance and design is a drone that’s build very poorly and flies just as bad. The TY6’s weak propulsion means it is best flown indoors and the lack of a remote controller makes flying it in any sort of wind very difficult.
To be fair to the TY6, it has a pretty decent WiFi FPV camera that takes images that are good enough for personal use on social media platforms. The TY6 was designed purely as an affordable selfie drone and is very compact and easy to store once folded. It is a pity that it does not come with adequate propulsion.
For those who are looking for a decent toy-grade selfie drone, I recommend going for the Lishitoys L6059W instead or the Hubsan X4 Desire Pro. The L6059W costs slightly more but offers far better performance and quality while the Hubsan offers GPS flight features for less than $100. Due to its reasonably good camera (for a toy drone), the TY6 is a great entry-level selfie drone to buy if you have the right skills to pilot it properly. It is otherwise best avoided, especially if you’re a beginner with little to no experience with drones.
If you think the TY6 suits your needs, it is available for less than $40 shipped at GearBest. Click here for more details.