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Palm Z Silverlit Mini RC Indoor Airplane Review

Oct 24 2007, 12:00am CDT | by

Palm Z Silverlit Mini RC Indoor Airplane Review
 
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Today we are going to check out a tiny indoor RC plane from Silverlit called the Palm Z Airplane that was provided by HobbyTron. You might remember last year about this same time, we had some serious fun with the Silverlit PiccoZ and it was one of the hot toys for the holiday season. This year the Palm Z Airplane is destined to be a hit. Read the full review for all the details.

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Features & Specifications
The Palm Z Airplane is a fully functional RC airplane that can climb, dive, and turn left or right. The little plane comes ready to fly and is powered by an internal rechargeable LiPo battery. The plane can operate on three bands so that up to three planes can be flown at once. The wingspan for the tiny plane is only 8-inches and it is designed to fly slowly for indoor environments that are small.

The remote uses a super wide IR with a digital rudder and proportional speed control. The plane charges from the remote in 10-12 minutes giving a 7-minute flight time. The remote is powered by four AA batteries. A wall hook is included for handing the plane on the wall.

Charging and Flight
The Palm Z Airplane is ready to go right out of the box; the only thing you need to do it put batteries in the controller and let the plane charge for about 10 minutes. Trimming the plane for stabile flight is easy thanks to a pair of trim controls on the remote. Once the plane is trimmed correctly, you can fly around a small room without much trouble.

To charge the plane you simply press the charge connector on the plane onto the charge connector built-in to the control. There are no cables to plug in or fiddle with. There is a bit of a learning curve for the controls that lead to several crashes for me. Thankfully, the low speeds, low weights and impact resistant foam construction of the Palm Z Airplane make breaking the plane difficult. Once you get the hang of the controls, you can do stunts like loops easily.

The plane is so light that any breezes from open windows or AC/heat ducts will throw the controls off, so beware of your environment. During my testing, I crashed the plane repeatedly into walls, doors, windows, my daughter, just about every surface in my home. The plane held up well and showed no wear from the crashes. The plane even stood up to a 2-year old playing with it, which lots of stuff that comes through my office doesn’t do so well.

Overall, the Palm Z Airplane is very fun to play with and a great stable mate to the Picco Z helicopter. My kids loved the plane, I had a blast with it and you can fly three of them at once so the whole family can get in on the fun. We had a pair of the planes here for testing and had great fun crashing them into each other. The Palm Z Airplane is a very well constructed toy that retails for $39.50 and will make a fantastic gift for young and old.

Verdict

Conclusion

Pros

  • Ready to fly
  • Full function
  • Built tough and flies slowly

Cons

  • Any breeze upsets the flight characteristics

Verdict
If you want an indoor flying toy that is tough, durable and fun for the whole family, it is hard to beat the Palm Z Airplane. This plane flies slowly so it is easy to control and won’t damage items in your home when it crashes. This is the coolest indoor flying toy since last year’s Picco Z.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Leading our review center, Shane McGlaun (Google) knows technology inside out. His extensive experience in testing computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
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