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ImmersionRC Vortex Review: Part 1 First Impressions

ImmersionRC Vortex Review

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I just got my ImmersionRC Vortex and this thing is sweet!  It’s actually smaller than I imagined and lighter.  Overall the build quality is superb.  It was pretty much plug and play.  I connected a FrSky D4R-II receiver and ran through the setup wizard in the OSD.  The setup took about 2 min and it was ready to fly.  The OSD is pretty sweet.  There are multiple options for OSD.  You can tune PIDs, change the look of the OSD, change flyer profiles and set up a bunch of other stuff.  See the video above for a run through of the setup wizard and the OSD.

immersionrc vortex review

Contents of the Vortex
  • Vortex
  • T-motor 1806 2300kv Motors
  • FatShark SpiroNet
  • 2 sets of 5030 Propellers
  • 600tvl CMOS FPV camera
  • Bag of crash pack parts
  • bottom plate



The Vortex is 285mm from rotor to rotor and weights 355g out of the box.

immersionrc vortex review

The Vortex comes in two versions, standard and race.  When I pre-ordered only the race version was available and it comes with T-Motor 1806-14 2300kv motors.

immersionrc vortex review

immersionrc vortex review

The 600TVL CMOS FPV camera is attached to the vibration dampened plate.  The angle of the camera can be adjusted by simply moving it with your hand.

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Closeup view of the folding arms.

immersionrc vortex review

RGB LED’s and micro USB on the rear.  In order to connect to Cleanflight you have to power the quad.  There is a button on the top left of the LED’s to change the vtx band and to reset to quad.

immersionrc vortex review

A look inside the Vortex.  The SMA antenna connector, video transmitter and power supply plug for a GoPro is all attached to a single circuit board.  The Fusion flight controller seems like it can be removed.  The ESC’s are mounted inside the carbon fiber tube arms.

So far I’m very impressed with the Vortex.  The parts all seem to be very good quality from the ABS injection molded parts to the matte carbon fiber.  What I really liked about the quad is that everything works together flawlessly (so far).  Check back soon for the maiden flight and a more in-depth review!

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By | 2016-05-02T16:27:58+00:00 May 15th, 2015|News, Review|5 Comments


  1. Jim D 08/04/2015 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    So what was the verdict on the Vortex? How does it compare to something like the QAV250?

  2. Jon Car 09/05/2015 at 11:56 am - Reply

    What is the OD of the carbon arms?

  3. Phil Desrosiers 10/02/2015 at 8:34 am - Reply

    This thing looks wicked. But is it any good as a racer? a 285-sized quad with 12A ESCs and 1806/2300KV motors on 5030 props seems… underpowered. Can you run it on 4S?

  4. Cisco 10/10/2015 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Performance and capabilities is what I want to know about this quad copter. More detailed status is helpful on determining which quad, if this one, I will buy.

  5. Jazzed 09/29/2016 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    How about changing the video transmitter to something on 2.4GHz for better range? You have any vids or docs? Not sure how I would even go about it.

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