MAMBO Review (Parrot)

MAMBO
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EDITOR'S REVIEW
OVERALL EDITOR'S RATING:
What It Is
The Parrot MAMBO is a great attempt at a $100 drone, but due to a short battery life it's not fun. The MAMBO advertises a 9 minute flight time, but that's if you don't attach the hull, which comes attached in the box. Adding the hull brings the flight time down to about four to six minutes.

The MAMBO also comes with two accessories - a grabber and a canon. The canon didn't seem to impact flight time,but the grabber caused the flight time plummet to a measly 100 seconds.


These minimal flight times matter because  it takes about 65 minutes to fully recharge the battery, which can only be charged while inserted into the drone via USB. So, for every hour of play, you get 1.5 - 6 minutes of fun.


Another issue with this drone is its camera. Set dead center on the bottom of the drone, you can only get shots from above. While the draw of the drone isn't taking pictures, the low-quality and camera placement make this ability unimpressive. As a side note, the camera runs really hot when you use the MAMBO. You won't get burned, but you may feel a surprising sting when you pick it up.


Of course, for an Manufacturer suggested retail price of $100, this will frustrate kids who don't want to wait for the battery to recharge and annoy parents.
Is It Fun?
There are some good points to the MAMBO. The flight controls, accessible through the FreeFlightMini app for both iOS and Android are easy to use. They don't offer a lot of nuance to your control, but it was surprisingly responsive. It also came with some pre-programmed maneuvers, like left and right barrel rolls and flips. Unfortunately, the in-box instructions feature a different icon than in the app, so some users might be confused at first.

Finally, the MAMBO looks good. On its front, it has two eyes that flash to let you know when it's ready for flight.

Who It’s For
The Parrot MAMBO is designed for beginner drone pilots who want to learn the basics of r/c flight and areal photography. With a relatively low price, it can be used to help anyone determine if they're interested in upgrading to a mid or full-feature drone. 
What To Be Aware Of

The minimal flight time the MAMBO offers really hinders the fun factor of this drone. Also the inability to charge the battery when it's not connected to the drone limits the ability to have multiple batteries ready to go in an effort to extend flight time.


Another issue with this drone is its camera. Set dead center on the bottom of the drone, you can only get shots from above. While the draw of the drone isn't taking pictures, the low-quality and camera placement make this ability unimpressive. As a side note, the camera runs really hot when you use the MAMBO. You won't get burned, but you may feel a surprising sting when you pick it up.


The instructions say that there are pre-programmed tricks like flips and barrel rolls, but we couldn't get the drone to perform any of those.

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    Easy