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If this will be your first time ordering from Banggood, you should know a few things.

Ready-to-fly (RTF) racing drones are the fastest way to experience FPV. They require no assembly and minimal setup. Let's be clear: RTF racing drones are not a way of getting out of learning to build and repair. An RTF quad is perfect ... until you crash it. Eventually, it'll break and you'll need to either buy a whole new quad or fix it.

There are two main reasons to buy an RTF kit. An RTF quad lets you get into the air immediately. It can be incredibly frustrating for a beginner who is addicted to FPV to wait through a first build experience. You can be enjoying an RTF quad at the same time as you're working on your first self-built quad. Second, an RTF quad lets you experience what a well-built and well-tuned copter flies like. Let's face it: your very first build isn't going to be the best it possibly can be. Once you fly a good quality RTF, you have some idea of what to shoot for.

Okay. There's one more reason to buy an RTF. A few of them are legitimately great quads. As good as anything you'd build for yourself! Maybe we're finally at a point where we don't have to make excuses for buying an RTF. You think?


The quads in this category are 100% ready to fly. This means that they come with a transmitter and they are totally pre-configured. All you have to do is plug in the battery, turn on the transmitter, and go. If you want the easiest possible way of getting into the air, this is it.

Eachine Wizard X220

Purchase at Banggood
Purchase at Grayson Hobby

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The Wizard X220 has gotten more people into drone racing and FPV than any other quad. The main reason for this is its price. For under $200 you get literally everything you need to put the quad into the air, including a battery and battery charger. You even get a bunch of spare props (and you'll need them).

I need to be straight with you. The Wizard X220 is the absolute bare minimum of what I would recommend to give you the experience of flying FPV. If you have exactly this much to spend, and not a dollar more, then buy the X220 and enjoy it.

But if you can spend more, you should. Because everything else on this page will give you a better experience in nearly every way. The X220 breaks easily. Its electronics are not very reliable (the ESC's and flight controller in particular are prone to spontaneous failure). Within a few weeks or months of buying the X220, you will almost certainly have upgraded to something better or replaced enough parts that you could have bought something better.

So if you can spend more on something better, you should just do it up front. But if you absolutely can't spend another dollar and you want to get into FPV, buy the Wizard X220 with my blessing, and enjoy.

The Grayson Hobby product link above costs a bit more than the Banggood one. Grayson personally inspects and then hand-tunes and configures each Wizard before they ship it. This is the kind of thing that a beginner pilot might overlook and then wonder why their quad isn't flying as good as it should. Grayson ships from the U.S. They have a direct support line for customers. And they stand behind their warranty. If you're in the U.S. and you're a first time buyer, the additional money spent buying from Grayson is probably worth it.


The Arris X220 is the cheapest RTF that I'd call a "real racing drone". It chooses affordable parts, but not bargain-basement junk. The frame is well designed, especially for a beginner who is going to crash a lot. It is capable at either racing or freestyle, although the motors are intentionally selected to be a little under-powered, to make it easier for beginners.

There are two links above. One is to a version with the RadioLink AT-9 radio. The other comes with the Taranis QX7. The RadioLink AT-9 is a decent transmitter that you could keep using for years. But the QX7 is far, far more popular and capable. It's also more expensive... so decide for yourself. If you expect to be in the hobby for the long haul, the QX7 is 100% worth the price.

With the RadioLink radio, the X220 comes in about $60 more than the Wizard X220. In addition, you'll need to buy your own batteries, charger, and props. But here's the thing: if you bought the Wizard, you'd be buying that stuff in a couple weeks anyway. So basically for $60 more, you get a much, much better quad, and a transmitter that you'll stick with.

That's why the Arris X220 is my Best Value For Money choice.


Top Of The Line
TBS Oblivion RTF Set

Purchase at GetFPV
Purchase at Team Blacksheep


Team BlackSheep is one of the top manufacturers in the FPV industry. The Oblivion is their latest entry into the RTF racing drone market.

The Oblivion quad uses a molded plastic shell to provide aerodynamic handling and durability. TBS PowerCube electronics allow for no-solder replacement of parts when damage eventually occurs.

The RTF kit includes the TBS Tango radio, which has a built in 5 GHz video receiver and screen. You'll have to buy those separately with some other kits. The Oblivion also uses the TBS Crossfire long-range control link, which gives unparalleled range and link reliability. This is a premium upgrade option that nobody else can touch.

The Tango's specs surprise some people: the motors are not the most powerful, for example. The reason for this is that it's trying to be a little bit of everything: a fast racer and an efficient, long-duration beginner rig at the same time. The fact is, it'll still out-perform some other RTF kits that look more impressive on paper because of its quality construction--especially once you start crashing, and durability comes into play.

Quality, Low Price, For Beginners
Emax Tinyhawk RTF

Purchase at Banggood
Purchase at RaceDayQuads
Purchase at GetFPV


The Emax Tinyhawk RTF bundle is the best way for a beginner to get started with FPV. Here's why.

The Tinyhawk is a fantastic micro-sized quad. It flies great. And it's durable as hell. Most people who own it have never even changed a prop. You can crash it and crash it and it will just keep flying. The Tinyhawk comes set up for beginners, with autolevel mode active, and slow rates that make it as easy as possible to control. But the Tinyhawk is so much more than a starter-quad. Once you gain confidence, you can set it to acro mode and up the rates, and holy cow, it flies amazing! You won't outgrow this quad. You'll grow into its capabilities.

The goggles that come in the RTF bundle are bright and clear. Their resolution isn't the highest, but they're more than acceptable for a beginner just learning. When you eventually outgrow the goggles, you'll still keep them around for spectators to enjoy the experience of FPV.

So many people looking to get into FPV choose the Eachine Wizard X220 (above). I think that's a mistake. The Wizard is, in every way, a sub-standard quadcopter. It breaks too easily. And the Wizard RTF doesn't include goggles. With the Tinyhawk RTF bundle, you will get a fantastic micro-sized quad that you can enjoy forever. It's not a big, powerful 5" quad... that's true. But if you learn on the Tinyhawk, by the time you're ready for a 5" quad, you can spend your money on something way better than the Wizard and know that you're ready for it.

Plug-N-Play / Bind-N-Fly

The quads below are fully assembled, but they're not Ready To Fly. You'll need to do some basic configuration to make them work with your transmitter.

These quads don't come with goggles or a transmitter, so they're perfect if you have specific preferences or if this isn't your first quad and you already own some gear. You get more for your money, since you're only buying the quad and not any accessories. On the flip-side, if you are buying one of these as your first quad, you need to pick up a few other things from this list before you'll be able to fly.

Plug-N-Play quads come without a receiver. You install your own receiver in the quad. This means you can use a PnP quad with nearly any modern transmitter, regardless of whether it's FrSky, FlySky, Spektrum, RadioLink, Futaba... you name it.

Bind-N-Fly quads come with a receiver pre-installed. No soldering is required--just bind the receiver to your transmitter. The quad will also typically come pre-configured for the type of receiver that is installed, so there is a bit less setup to do. The limitation of Bind-N-Fly quads is that they may not come with the type of receiver you need. For example, a quad might be available only with FrSky receiver; if that's not what you own, you wouldn't want to buy that (or at least you'd need to replace the receiver after buying it).

As much as I love to build quads, I have to admit that this is one of my favorite sections of the site. Pre-built quads have gotten SO GOOD lately. It's really fun to be able to showcase them.


The NewBeeDrone AcroBee Lite is a 65mm sized micro quad. It has tiny props and ducted motors so it's safe to use indoors. The BeeBrain Lite flight controller runs Betaflight, which means configuration is the same as any bigger quad. The BeeBrain Lite is the next generation of the BeeBrain Flight Controller from NewBeeDrone. Featuring an F4 CPU for handling the latest filtering and PID tuning to provide hyper-smooth flight characteristics. It's even got Betaflight OSD (on-screen display) that lets you monitor vital stats like battery voltage and flight time in your FPV goggles.

The AcroBee is an ideal learner quad. It's durable, easy to repair, and it won't even scratch up your walls when you crash it. But don't let that fool you into thinking it's only for beginners. Flying through your house--under the table, between the chairs, over the dog--gives even experienced pilots a certain glee that no other FPV experience can match. I can honestly say I have never had as much fun flying FPV as when five friends and I sat around the living room racing this style of quad all afternoon. When both the quad and the race track are tiny, the sense of speed and thrill of competition is the same. But the stakes are so much lower with a tiny quad that everyone can just relax and have fun. And you don't have to walk as far when you crash either.

The Acrobee can be ordered with either Spektrum (DSMX) or FrSky receiver on board. The receiver is integrated into the flight controller, so other transmitter types are unfortunately out of luck.

Happymodel Mobula 7

Purchase at RaceDayQuads
Purchase at Banggood
Purchase at GetFPV
Purchase at Amazon


This little quadcopter straddles the line: it's small and has guarded props so it's safe like a Tiny Whoop, but it's got brushless motors which give it the speed, durability, and power of a larger quad. It still won't hold its own against machines with 2" and larger props, like the Babyhawk-R, but that's not the point. You can fly the Mobula inside your house and not worry about marking up the walls or putting the cat's eye out. You can fly the Mobula at a park and not worry about annoying people with sound or spinning blades of death. The real beauty of the Mobula 7 is its versatility.

That versatility extends to the Mobula 7's power system. It runs on the same batteries as regular Tiny Whoops like the Acrobee. With an included adapter, it can run on one-cell voltage for beginners or two-cell voltage for more experienced pilots. Speaking of "included", the "standard" kit includes an excellent battery charger that is more than worth the small increase in price. Definitely skip the "basic" kit and get the "standard".

There will always be purists who prefer the brushed motors, smaller size, and lighter weight of the Acrobee and its kin. I respect that. But for most people, I think the Mobula 7 will be  more fun, more versatile, more durable, and overall a better value.


Full Size Power And Speed
Emax Babyhawk-R (BnF and PnP)

Purchase at Banggood - 2" and 3"
Purchase at RaceDayQuads - 2" and 3"
 Purchase at GetFPV - 3" PnP
Purchase at Emax-USA - 3” PnP / 3” BnF
Purchase at Emax-USA - 2” PnP / 2” BnF


The Emax Babyhawk is the quad that convinced me that 2" and 3" sized props had come of age. People always promised of micros, "No really, it flies like a five-inch!" The BabyHawk was the first quad that actually delivered.

The Babyhawk is a little too powerful to be an ideal learner quad. It can be flown indoors, if you're a good pilot, but it'll leave a mark when it crashes. It'd be an ideal choice for anyone who doesn't quite feel ready for a 5" quad yet. Or for someone who flies in very tight outdoor environments and wants a little more maneuverability and control than a 5" can offer. It's light enough to survive crashes with little more damage than a broken prop, but it's got plenty of power to do true racing and acro freestyle. To really wake it up, swap the arms for slightly bigger aftermarket ones and mount 3" props on its motors (they can take it). Or just buy the 3" version to start with.

The Babyhawk-R is available in a Bind-N-Fly Frsky version, or a Plug-N-Play version for all other transmitter types. Make sure to use the smallest receiver possible, as there isn't much room under the hood.

Top Of The Line 5”
Holybro Kopis 2 (PNP or BnF)

Purchase at Banggood - PNP/BNF
Purchase at RaceDayQuads - PNP
Purchase at GetFPV - PNP or BNF


The first generation of this quad was my recommendation for "best RTF racing drone". Holybro has modernized the design and updated all the specs. The Kopis 2 is even better than its predecessor! 

Every part on this quad is premium. Start with the Kakute F7 flight controller with soft-mounted gyro, which allows you to run 32k sampling without noise issues. The Atlatl V2 video transmitter goes up to 800 mW. It fully supports vTX remote control (change channels and power without touching the quad). The Tekkos32 ESC runs BLHeli32 (the latest and greatest) and was hailed by Drone Mesh as one of the best ESCs available. Motors are T-Motor F40 Pro-II... one of the best mini quad motors available today. 

Often times, you sacrifice something for the convenience of a pre-built quad. Not here. The Kopis 2 is the closest a factory-built quad can get to a hand-made racer or freestyle rig.


Diatone GT R349

Purchase at Banggood - TX200 VTX / TBS VTX
Purchase at RaceDayQuads - Either VTX


The GT R349 is one of the best 3” quadcopters you can buy. It’s got it all: speed, agility, durability. The electronics are incredibly refined, but still capable. With Diatone’s Mamba flight controller, you won’t compromise features just because this is a tiny quad. It’s even available with a TBS Unify vTX, capable of up to 800 mW of output power!

Compared to the 3” version of the Babyhawk (listed above), the Diatone wins in almost every category. The Diatone supports SmartAudio; the Babyhawk doesn’t. The Diatone has 1408 motors; the Babyhawk has smaller 1106 motors. The one place where the Babyhawk pulls ahead is that it’s cheaper, and the plastic canopy on the Babyhawk is slightly more durable. No question, though: I’d take the Diatone any day.

If you need a light-weight, small quadcopter that gets as close to the speed and agility of a 5” as possible, the Diatone GT R349 is the one you’ll buy.



What if you could have all the versatility of a micro-sized quadcopter, without giving up high-definition recording? Camera systems like the Runcam Split, Caddx Turtle, and others have made it possible. A “CineWhoop” is typically 95mm or smaller in size, with ducted props (like a Tiny Whoop), and designed for smooth tracking and following shots. What about people who want to do traditional freestyle with a 3” sized micro? For them, we’re using the term, “HD Micro”.

Best 3” HD Freestyle
Diatone GT R349 HD MK2

Purchase at Banggood - TX200 VTX / TBS VTX


How do you record HD video on a 3” freestyle quad? A GoPro is too heavy!

Take everything good I said about the Diatone GT R349 above. Now add a Caddx Turtle to it, so you can have on-board 1080p recording. The HD version weighs about 10 grams more than the non-HD version, so handling will be slightly affected.

Bottom line: this is the closest thing a 3” quad gets to true 5” freestyle.


Boutique Builds

These builds aren't churned out by the hundreds in a factory somewhere. They're hand-built just for you, by a professional pilot and builder, exactly like they would build one for themselves. Boutique builds can sometimes be customized to match your exact requirements. And they'll usually be test-flown and tuned before delivery. If you've ever wondered exactly what a pro's setup feels like to fly, this is the closest thing you can get to finding out.


Purchase at Rotor Riot


Rotor Riot now offers pre-built versions of the exact quads flown by some of your favorite pilots. The Skyeliner is Le Drib's.

The build starts with Drib's signature frame. It's designed first for extreme durability, as befits Drib's bando-slaying origins. It's not too heavy though, and it flies as smoothly as anything on the market. Drib's signature 2650kv motors give superior punch and top-end power. I rank the T-Motor F45 ESC as one of the most durable ESCs you can buy today, which you'll appreciate if you crash your quad as much as Drew does. The Rush Tank vTX gives reliable output power at a manageable price. The Predator Mini v4 has a natural-looking image (unlike some other CMOS cameras) while still giving improved dynamic range compared to older CCD style cameras.

This build is available either as a DIY kit or a bind-n-fly. Make sure that "built and tuned" is set to "yes" before you order if you want the bind-n-fly.


Purchase at Catalyst Machineworks


I can't decide what I like best about Catalyst Machineworks' frames: their innovative design or their crazy names. The Superslamnasty is Catalyst's latest premium racing frame. It's an ultra low-deck design for centralized weight and perfect handling. The top plate comes off by removing just four screws, so maintenance is a breeze. It has interchangeable arms for easy field repairs. It's light-weight, but still substantial enough to protect the electronics.

Just about the only thing to dislike about the Superslamnasty is how tight a build it is. The ultra-low-deck means that only an experienced builder can fit all the electronics into the frame. So why not let Catalyst build it for you? Catalyst Machineworks' builders are some of the best around. With tight builds like this, they'd better be!