Unboxing and Components
The FMS ALU35 is a micro FPV RC car that comes ready to run, with all the necessary components included in the package. Let’s take a closer look at what’s inside.
The first item we come across is the remote control. This compact remote is packed with functionality, featuring a multitude of buttons on the top surface. It’s designed to provide a seamless and intuitive control over the car.
Next, we have the car itself, neatly packed in a dedicated compartment. Alongside the car, we find the FPV module and a charge cable. The compact size of the car makes it perfect for indoor use, allowing you to drive it on your desk or any flat surface effortlessly.
Furthermore, there’s a separate pack that contains additional charge cables, ensuring you have everything you need to keep the car powered up and ready to go. The pack also includes a detailed manual and a pair of sleek goggles, which we will explore further in the next section.
FPV Module and Goggles
One standout feature of the FMS ALU35 is the FPV module, which provides a first-person view of the car’s surroundings. The module is designed to fit seamlessly onto the car, held in place by magnets. This makes it incredibly easy to remove if you simply want to drive the car without the FPV experience.
The FPV module itself is aesthetically pleasing, resembling the iconic R35 GTR car. Its design reflects attention to detail and adds to the overall appeal of the FMS ALU35. The integration of the FPV module on this miniature car is truly impressive.
Now, let’s shift our focus to the included goggles. These goggles are designed to provide an immersive viewing experience, allowing you to see exactly what the car sees through the FPV module. Their sleek design and comfortable fit make them an enjoyable accessory to use during FPV sessions.
Functionality of the Radio
The FMS ALU35 1:64 Micro RC comes equipped with a radio that offers a plethora of functionality. The radio is adorned with numerous buttons that serve various purposes. A set of buttons controls the trims, allowing you to fine-tune the settings of the car. There is also a gyro adjustment button, although it seems to have no effect on the car’s performance. Another button activates the FPV camera, providing you with a first-person perspective of the action. The radio also features buttons to change the underglow lights and headlights of the car, allowing you to customize its appearance. If you own multiple cars, there is a button specifically for binding a different car. Additionally, the radio allows you to adjust the braking and offers two profiles, enabling quick switching between different settings.
The radio of the FMS ALU35 1:64 Micro RC can be powered using three AAA batteries, thanks to the included adapter. However, you also have the option to use a single 18650 battery, providing you with more flexibility in terms of power sources.
Features of the Goggles
The kit of the FMS ALU35 1:64 Micro RC includes a pair of goggles that enhance the FPV experience. These goggles are designed as box goggles, featuring a single large optic instead of individual optics for each eye. This design choice allows for a wider field of view, providing an immersive experience at a more affordable price point. While the goggles are slightly larger in size, they compensate for it with the inclusion of diversity antennas. These antennas ensure a strong and stable video signal, enabling you to enjoy uninterrupted FPV sessions.
Goggle Controls and Extra Features
The goggles come with additional buttons and features to enhance usability. One prominent feature is the built-in DVR (Digital Video Recorder). With the record button conveniently placed on the goggles, you can now capture exciting video footage directly from your car as you navigate various terrains. Simply insert an SD card into the goggles, press the record button, and you’re ready to document your thrilling driving adventures.
These goggles also offer a comfortable fit, giving you the freedom to enjoy extended FPV sessions without discomfort. The quality build ensures durability, allowing you to confidently explore new environments with your RC car.
Video Channel Selection
The FMS ALU35 1:64 Micro RC car comes with a set of goggles that allow you to change the video channel. However, instead of using the buttons provided, I found it more convenient to simply use the search button. With this feature, the goggles lock onto the signal from the FPV transmitter automatically, making it much easier to get started. This is especially helpful if you’re having trouble tuning in to your car’s video channel.
While the goggles do support audio, I couldn’t determine if the car itself has that capability. I tried recording audio through the DVR, but unfortunately, I wasn’t successful. It would have been an added bonus to have audio feedback while driving the car, but it seems that this feature may not be available.
Goggles Power Up
To power up the goggles, you need to hold down the power button for approximately 3 seconds. This button also doubles as the menu button, allowing you to access and modify various settings if desired. It’s a convenient feature that gives you more control over your FPV experience.
Stunning Design and Features
One of the standout features of the FMS ALU35 1:64 Micro RC car is its aesthetics. This ready-to-run FPV car kit comes with a complete underglow kit, offering you six different color options. Additionally, it boasts working tail lights and adjustable headlights, adding to the overall appeal. I must say that I’m absolutely blown away by how cool this car looks.
A Choice of Models
It’s worth mentioning that there are two versions of this car available. The Alo 35, the one I have here, resembles a little GTR R35. On the other hand, there’s a slightly smaller version called the Flush 30, which mimics a BMW. Whether you’re a fan of the GTR or BMW, these car models offer you the chance to pick your favorite design. You can find a link in the description to check them out for yourselves. Now, let’s dive into the real test of this car and see how it performs on the road.
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Range and Signal Quality
One of the first things that caught my attention when testing the FMS ALU35 1:64 Micro RC car with FPV is its impressive range. Unlike other Ultra Micro FPV RC cars I’ve tried, this one had no issues going through the entire upstairs of my house without losing signal. It’s great to have this kind of range and not worry about losing connectivity.
However, I did notice that the video quality is slightly inferior compared to other cameras. But I suspect that this compromise was made to prevent the electronics from overheating. Personally, I’m okay with sacrificing a bit of image quality as long as I can maintain a steady feed. After all, functionality is key.
It’s important to note that the FMS ALU35 1:64 Micro RC car is not suitable for plush or carpeted surfaces. This little car is strictly a hardwood floor basher. Nevertheless, this doesn’t diminish its entertainment value. In fact, I believe it would be a blast to race it around a mall.
What sets this RC car apart is its low profile, which allows it to easily maneuver under various objects in your house. Whether it’s your bed, dresser, or desk, this car can slide right under them all. This feature adds an extra level of excitement and versatility to the overall experience.
Interaction with Pets
Another crucial aspect of testing the FMS ALU35 1:64 Micro RC car was observing its interaction with pets. In this case, I had the pleasure of testing it with Kalia. To my delight, she absolutely loved it! It’s always a joy to see our furry friends get excited and engaged with RC cars. It’s a great way to bond and have some fun together.
The FMS ALU35 1:64 Micro RC car is a highly impressive package, offering a seamless and immersive FPV experience. With its ready-to-run nature and inclusion of all necessary components, it provides convenience and ease of use. The FPV module and goggles add an extra layer of excitement to the overall experience, making it a standout choice for RC enthusiasts.
If you’re looking for a compact FPV RC car that packs a punch, the FMS ALU35 is definitely worth considering. Its attention to detail, functionality, and overall performance make it a top contender in its category.
I would like to express my gratitude to FMS for sending me this RC car to review. If you’re interested in purchasing one for yourself, I have provided a link in the description. Clicking the link not only helps me out, but it also gives you the opportunity to explore this awesome car further. Remember, the FMS ALU35 1:64 Micro RC car with FPV offers impressive range and maneuverability, making it a fantastic choice for indoor racing enthusiasts.