HobbyKing kindly sent us their Quanum Cyclops FPV Goggles to review and compare. Here is what we think.
Unboxing The Quanum Cyclops:
The FPV Goggles themselves come in a cardboard box with a little plastic handle at the top. The box is pretty standard and just displays the features of the goggles. With that in mind – here is what HobbyKing tell us about the Quanum Cyclops FPV Goggles:
• Plug & Play
• 5” TFT Monitor with new 3X magnification lens
• 800 X 480 non-blue screen monitor
• Focal length adjustment
• New design allows use with glasses
• Extra comfortable sponge rubber cushioning strips for facial comfort
• Adjustable elastic 3 position head strap
• Durable lightweight plastic molded shell
• On Screen Menu with adjustable brightness and contrast controls
• 3 Types of battery connections
• 1-button Automatic channel scanning
• 40 channels covering A, B, E, F and Racing bands
• 7.4 to 12.6v input range
After opening the box the first thing I noticed was that HobbyKing have reduced the contents of the Quanum Cyclops box to the bare minimum. (Just take a look at the photo.)
x1 Power adapter to attach your regular XD60 battery to power the goggles
x1 Connector to attach a 9V battery
x1 User manual
x1 Extra piece of foam to mount above your mouth
x1 Quanum Cyclops FPV Goggles
The first thing that I noticed is that these goggles are light. Really light. The Quanum V2 Pro goggles feel so much heavier in your hands than the Quanum Cyclops. They even feel more comfy than the V2 Pro too – they have an extra couple of cm of padding around the edge of the goggles. Whats even better is that this padding comes pre-glued meaning that you won’t have to do any DIY maintenance yourself.
On the left and right hand side of the goggles there is a slider button that adjusts the focus of the screen. This is great since many cheaper goggles don’t include this feature meaning that you don’t always get a crisp shot when flying.
Above this slider are three buttons a “plus,” “minus” and “menu” button. These allow you to change the brightness, contrast and tone of the display (more on this later on in the review.)
Finally there is an antenna and an auto-scan button that lets you look scan for channels. This is one of downsides of the goggles – you have to rely on the auto-scan button to find the right channel meaning you cannot adjust the channel manually.
Comparison Between The Cyclops, V2 and V2 Pro:
Size & Weight:
After putting all these googles side by side the first thing that I noticed was that the Cyclops was much more compact than the V2 goggles and was about the same size as the V2 pro goggles.
However the main difference is when you come to the weight.
The Cyclops (with the integrated receiver) weighs just over 400g which is pretty light weight. However, the V2 (with your desired receiver) will weigh around 500g whilst the V2 Pro (with your desired receiver) will weigh around 600g.
Despite the fact that I have already said how I don’t like the auto-scan button. Every time I have used it, it has successfully found the correct channel. I found that the menu button along with the plus and minus button, were satisfying ‘clicky’ and the contrast/brightness on the screen was easy to adjust.
The image quality on the Quanum Cyclops is decent. I couldn’t really tell the difference between the V2 Pro and the Cyclops since the magnifications factor is virtually the same. If I was being really picky I would say that the V2 Pro had a slightly sharper image than the Cyclops (since it uses acrylic lenses) but the difference is minimal.
To conclude, I think that the Quanum Cyclops is a great pair of goggles for beginners. They cost $58 and so if your a beginner looking for a new pair of FPV goggles then buy these because:
- They are lightweight
- Decent Image Quality
- They are more comfy to wear than the V2 and the V2 Pro
- They are not DIY thus making it easier to make
However they are not as high quality as the V2 goggles and the auto-scan button could be unreliable in the future.