Parrot Mambo Drone review
Fire a canon, drop a bomb, do tricks with Parrot’s latest minidrone
- Stable and precise
- Flying BB gun!
- Expensive in a crowded market
- Works better with optional Flypad
Everyone will like playing with this and it might be a gateway drug (for some) into the world of drones. At $200 it's affordable. But there are cheaper options available.
Price$ 200.00 (AUD)
Back in the olden days we’d marvel at radio controlled plane enthusiasts flying very-expensive planes very skillfully to the point where they’d even come in for a graceful landing. If you stayed long enough you’d normally see a catastrophic failure of some kind and one of them hurtling towards earth in more than one piece. But no matter how young you were, you knew there’d be no point in asking to have a go. It just wasn’t going to happen.
Now here we are with a drone that takes off from your desk, holds its position while you try and work out the controls then floats off to your target and shoots them with a BB gun. All in less than a minute from turning it on. What a time to be alive.
Indeed, Parrot’s new latest drone is just 15cm square and weighs 63g. It has removable buffers to protect it when flying indoors. It has a Lego-brick styled hot-shoe for attaching the BB canon, a grabber or a note holder.
It’s all controlled by Parrot’s FreeFlight Mini app which offers two on-screen dials to change direction and do its tricks. There are three controller layouts to try which exchange access to complex maneuverability with ease of use.
The drone takes about 20mins to charge and offers about 5mins flying time.
The controls are simple enough though while they take seconds to learn they take many minutes of flight time to master – keeping your fingers in the right spot in onscreen circles while looking at the drone is not simple. It’s much better using the optional $70 FlyPad controller which has proper joysticks.
Nonetheless, it’s not easy to make it whizz off and crash.
To launch you either press the take-off button or throw it (our favourite) and watch it stay in the air hovering. Pressing the fire button with the canon attached withdraws a spring-bolt and then fires one of its six small pellets. Don’t expect to ever find these again. Parrot includes a small bag but you’ll need more.
The grabber can hold on to very small and light (4g) objects and drop them on people. A note holder can hold a note… sometimes.
There is a camera (480 x 640 resolution) but it’s fixed downwards and not very good: you can’t navigate with it – operation is by line of sight only.
Geeky types will like that it comes with a Linux-based SDK to program it.
This would all be great if it was quiet but it sounds like a very large angry wasp and it annoyed everyone in our office.
Outside, with all of its buffers and add-ons removed it showed itself to be that bit more maneuverable and could execute its preprogrammed tricks like flips and spins.
It has a top speed of 30KM/h and stood up well to constant stiff breeze. Range is 20m via mobile device or 60m via the Flypad.
Should you buy it?
This is becoming a crowded market and you can buy even smaller and cheaper drones than this – including from Parrot itself – the $50-cheaper Airborne Cargo is the same thing but has hidden compartments (for smuggling or bombing runs) instead of the canon and grabber.
As such, while everyone will have some fun with the Mambo, it’s not the best value out there but it is in Christmas Present range and will make any recipient very happy.
For how long? Who knows? But it could be a great entry point for a more-professional model.
Join the newsletter!
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Apple iPhone X
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Toys for Boys
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Bose SoundLink Micro
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Xbox One X
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 2 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
- 3 Google Home Mini review: a welcome addition to the smart speaker family.
- 4 Huawei Nova 2i review: Flagship features get smuggled into the mid-tier
- 5 Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
Latest News Articles
- BuyDig has a 27-inch 4K monitor with FreeSync for $350
- Try VR for cheap: Windows Mixed Reality headsets are on sale for nearly half off today
- Newegg has dropped the Ryzen 7 1700X to $300
- Gaming laptops, PCs, and peripherals are wildly cheap at Microsoft's online store today
- Meet Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition: AMD Link mobile app, Radeon Overlay, and more
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- LG V30+ review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
- Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- Xbox One X review: Brave new world
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- CCNetwork Data AdministratorWA
- CCDevOps Automation SME - Telco ClientVIC
- TPTechnical Lead (Office 365)QLD
- FTUrban Code DeveloperOther
- FTGenesys Routing DeveloperOther
- FTGraduate Application Support OfficerOther
- FTSenior Sales Executive ? Technology ConsultingQLD
- FTGraduate C# DeveloperNSW
- FTiOS DeveloperWA
- TPPrincipal Project ManagerQLD
- TPSenior Project Manager | LIS Program | IntegrationQLD
- CCSenior Development DBA - OracleNSW
- CCTechnical Business AnalystNSW
- FTSystems Engineer - Identity & AutomationQLD
- FTLead Mobile DeveloperNSW
- FTService Modeller/DesignerACT
- FTManagement Consultant - ConsultancyOther
- CCProject Manager (Credit Card Disputes) - Contract - Sydney CBDNSW
- FTPython Developer - FinTech/TradingOther
- FTPermanent .Net Developer roleACT
- FTICT Systems Support OfficerQLD
- FTSenior Agile Business AnalystOther
- CCLevel 1 Helpdesk TechnicianNSW
- PTAxway developersVIC
- TPSCRUM MasterVIC