Yuneec has produced some impressive drones — most notably, the Typhoon H
. But for those of us who are just looking to capture a few personal photos and videos, dropping over $1,000 on a high-end hexacopter is a little hard to swallow. Luckily, Yuneec has joined the movement toward mid-level personal drones with the Breeze.
Instead of hardcore drone pilots, advertisements for the Breeze feature trendy millennials out having a good time — in kayaks, on beaches, and at skate parks. Yuneec proclaimed, “No flight experience is necessary.” I was skeptical, but intrigued. I thought that if the Breeze could deliver on that promise, it would be a game changer.
The packaging for the Breeze is sleek, portable, and streamlined. The drone itself, four prop guards, spare props, and an extra battery all fit into a small box hardly bigger than the palm of your hand. Stacking the interlocking guards so that they fit properly can be a headache, but otherwise, the packaging makes the Breeze ultimately portable. If you’re on the go with a backpack or purse, you’re set.
My biggest concern about the Breeze is the general lack of comprehensive instructions. The box comes with a Beginners Guide, which amounts to a six-page booklet explaining LED indications and the box’s contents, and a Quick Start Guide, which covers such topics as charging, installing the prop guards, and drone settings. But there’s a lot that the guides don’t cover — like how to access your photos, how to change props, and how to troubleshoot errors.
This probably won’t bother experienced drone jockeys. But for operators picking up a quad for the first time, it may be a little troubling.
But rest assured, when it comes to setup before flight, there really isn’t much to do. After charging the batteries, pop one in, unfold the drone’s legs, power it up, and off you go.
Oh, wait! First, you’ll need to download the Breeze Cam app.