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MJX Bugs 6 Review – Cheap Racing Quadcopter!

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MJX Bugs 6 Overview & Specs

The MJX Bugs 6 is a cheap racing quadcopter that is perfect for the flyers who’re relatively new to the hobby and wish to know how it feels like to control a racing drone. As it’s quite affordable, the Bugs 6 is quite appealing for those who have flown a drone before, but are looking for the next level when it comes to speed.

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The MJX Bugs 6 definitely packs a punch, and with it’s top speed of ~50 km/h, it will keep you entertained for quite a while. In this MJX Bugs 6 review, we’ll take a look at everything you should know before you buy it, and see what are the pros and cons of owning this nice little racing quadcopter.

Let’s start off with the external features of the drone:
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Design

Right after you unbox the MJX Bugs 6, you’ll be greeted by a sleek, matte-black finished quadcopter which although light is also quite sturdy for its size. I really like the black and red colour combo, and it seems that’s the theme MJX tries to follow with this particular model. The propeller caps are red, and so are some little accents in the remote controller, but everything else is all black.  I personally love black drones (as opposed to the white ones), as they are much easier to spot in the sky while flying, something which should not be under-estimated, especially when you’re flying a drone that quick.

On the front of the MJX Bugs 6 you’ll see 2 bright LED lights that light up in white when you turn on the drone. They are seriously powerful and although I haven’t flown this drone during night time, I have done so in late afternoon and the lights were a great help when it comes to spotting the drone from a distance.

MJX Bugs 6

On the back of the body you can see the backlights, which blink in red. They’re also quite strong for a drone in this price range, I was pleasantly surprised. Just between the rear lights there’s the main cable that connects the battery to the drone, which is the only thing you need to connect in order to power the drone – there are no other switches/button on the drone itself.

The whole body of the drone is made by plastic, but after flying it (and crashing it) a few times, I was pleasantly surprised how strong the plastic is, and how well it took a couple of hits in the ground. Surely, no dents, cracks or any other type of damage has appeared since.

Flying the MJX Bugs 6

The MJX Bugs 6 is a brushless racing quadcopter, so flying it is definitely a lot of fun. Once you get it in the air, this quad feels very quick and agile. Something that will definitely help the beginners out there is the ability to switch between Fast & Low speed of flying. This is great because if you start with the “fast mode” right off the bat, you’ll be quite sorry, as you’ll probably crash the drone right away (that is if you’re not very experienced with racing quadcopters). The drone turns into a completely different beast when you activate the “fast” flying mode, so make sure you’re comfortable with the controls before you activate that mode.

Flying in the “low speed” flying mode uses something between 30 and 40 percent of the total power of the MJX Bugs 6 in my calculations. The drone gets a bit sluggish, but you will be able to save it if things go south.

When it comes to other features of the MJX Bugs 6, it also has Altitude hold. Now, let me quickly say a few words about the Altitude hold feature in the Bugs 6. When it works, it works great! But unfortunately during my tests it didn’t work 100% of the time, and on a few occasions the drone just kept raising or lowering its altitude by itself.

Another feature that this racing quadcopter has is the flip/roll button which will…flip or roll the drone with a push of a button, no surprises here. Anyway, this feature is one of my favourite ones in a racing quadcopter, as if you’re precise enough you can do some amazing things with it! Personally, I think that chaining a few flips together and then quickly getting away on 100% throttle is one of the best things you can do with a racing quad. The flips and rolls work great in this case, and they work every time. However, there’s one thing that is a bit different with the MJX Bugs 6 when it comes to flips/rolls – in order to successfully do a flip, you have to push the flip button and keep it pushed, while pressing the control stick to the left/right/front/back (depending on the direction you want to go). In other models, you simply need to press the button for a short period of time, and then after releasing, you have to press the control stick in your preferred direction. Anyway, this is definitely not a big deal but I thought it’s worth mentioning.

Camera

Now, we reach to the Camera part of this review. Actually, the camera is not mandatory for this model. You can get a MJX Bugs 6 without camera, and it would be much cheaper. However, if you want to enjoy a full FPV experience, you can get a set with an additional camera, external monitor that clips on top of the remote controller and VR goggles. Then, it’s up to you if you want to use the controller with the FPV screen or just put the screen inside a VR headset and use it as FPV goggles.

If you buy a model with a camera, it will come with the camera pre-installed so you won’t have to do it yourself. As for the camera, it’s a 720p camera that can take both photos and videos during your flights, and the quality is quite decent.

Remote controller

Just like I mentioned in the previous section, the main “feature” of the remote controller of the MJX Bugs 6 is that you can mount an external screen on top of it and use it for FPV purposes. This is a great thing if you want to fly FPV, as most other similarly-priced drones don’t offer that feature or if they do, the quality is much worse.

The screen itself has a couple of buttons on its side for controlling the channels, brightness and contrast, an on/off switch and a micro-usb charging port on the side. You also get an adjustable plastic sunshade that clips on both sides of the screen for more visibility.

On the left hand side of the remote controller there’s the button for turning the drone on/off. You’ll recognise it right away, as it’s in bright red colour 🙂 On the left of that button, there’s the switch between Low/High speed that I mentioned a couple of paragraphs ago.

On the right hand side you can see the flip/roll button, and just under there’s the dedicated camera button, which takes a photo every time you press it (if you buy the model with a camera, of course).

In the middle of the remote, there are the two control sticks, as well as the trim buttons for left/right and up/down adjustments. You also have the power switch for switching the remote on/off.

To power on the remote controller, you’ll need 4 AA batteries, which is quite standard for a RC nowadays.

Battery life

The battery life of the MJX Bugs 6 is just what you’d expect from a drone of this size – between 10 to 12 minutes. If you don’t have the camera and the remote controller activated, you can squeeze an extra minute or two, but during my tests I was able to fly for roughly 11 minutes each charge.

What you get in the box

  • 1 x Bugs 6 Quadcopter
  • 1 x Transmitter
  • 1x 7.4V 25C 1300 mAh LiPo battery
  • 4 x Replacement propellers
  • 1 x screwdriver
  • 1 x USB cable and charger
  • 1 x propeller flexing metal mounting bracket
  • 1 x 5.8G HD camera
  • 1 x Manual
  • 1 x Cleaning cloth

The Good

There’s plenty of things that are good about the MJX Bugs 6 – it’s very cheap, it flies well, it’s sturdy and crash-resistant, but also there are plenty of spare parts available online if you crash it harder, and last but not least – it has great FPV functionality that doesn’t exist in similarly-priced models. All in all, a great package.

The Bad

Not much to say in this section, as the MJX Bugs 6 doesn’t let you down if you have realistic expectations for a racing quadcopter that costs just above $100. My only complaint is that altitude hold doesn’t work 100% of the time.

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  • LONG FLYING TIME & CONTROL DISTANCE: With the 7.4V 1300mAh 25C Lipo-battery support, DROCON BUGS 6...
  • TWO-DIRECTION 2.4GHZ (WEEK SIGNAL AND LOW VOLTAGE ALERT): The remote controller adopts two-day...

Last update on 2018-05-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Final thoughts

My final thoughts are all gathered into my review video of the MJX Bugs 6, which you can find below:
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