After looking around for quite a while for some good affordable FPV goggles I stumbled upon the recently release Quanum Cyclops V2 FPV goggles. They seemed like great value for the price point and the older V1 model seemed to be well received so I decided to give them a go. Here’s my review:
What Comes In The Box
- The goggles themselves.
- XT60 to DC adapter (this is really handy for me because it allows me to power the goggles with my 3S lipos).
- JST to DC adapter.
- 3.5mm plug to AV RCA
- 2.5mm to 3.5mm adapter (AV IN is a 2.5mm jack but RX OUT is a 3.5mm).
- Extra nose foam piece.
- Standard 5.8GHz whip antenna (SMA connector – this was a pain for me as all my current antennas are RP-SMA).
- Spare Fresnel lens.
- Small plastic clip and 3M strips for mounting the Quanum head tracker to the goggles (The head tracker is a separate product).
- These goggles don’t come with a battery! For me it wasn’t a problem because I had an old 3S 1500mAH lipo I could use.
- I brought the goggles from HobbyKing who make the Quanum series of FPV goggles.
These goggles came packed in a very nice cardboard box that doubles as a carry case complete with a handle. The goggles themselves feel and look quite nice, they don’t feel cheap or haphazardly put together.
The goggles look quite big when you first see them and they look a little silly when you’re wearing them as they stick 170mm off your face. However they feel very light to me when wearing them (they weigh 390 grams), and the large opening and foam padded outside fit well to my face and distribute the weight evenly. Additionally the padding blocks out the light very well, the only leakage for me is around the nose but it’s hardly a deal breaker – I’d imagine the light leakage would depend on the shape of your face however so your experience may vary.
As I’ve not been in this hobby long the only other goggles I can compare the Quanum Cyclops V2’s to is the Eachine VR D2 as my friend owns a pair. Here’s some differences I’ve noticed:
- The Eachine VR D2’s are smaller and look slightly less dorky when wearing them however I find them to be not very comfortable in comparison to the Quanum’s despite them being lighter (295g vs. 390g)
- Due to the VR D2’s being smaller it can’t fit even small glasses (Maybe they could if you’ve got a really tiny head).
- The Quanum’s have a better picture, the color is more vibrant and brighter however it’s not a massive difference.
- The VR D2’s have diversity and come stock with patch and circular polarized antennas which is pretty sweet, whereas the Quanum’s only have a single receiver and comes with just a standard whip antenna.
- The VR D2’s have no auto scan button which means you have to spend a few/several seconds manually changing the band and channel to find your signal.
The VR D2’s have a built in DVR and micro SD card slot however the recording lags the live video feed making the feature unusable.EDIT: This was incorrect, there is a lag but you are meant to switch back to the RX display while recording and flying so that you aren’t watching the recording feed. Thanks to OnBoardWithBlade on the rcgroups forums for point this out!)
- The Quanum’s display voltage and video signal strength whereas the VR D2’s do neither.
Pros And Cons Of The Quanum Cyclops V2’s
- The goggles fit well and feel comfortable.
- The screen quality is really nice and the picture looks large and colourful.
- The DC jack to XT60 connector is fantastic. I can easily power it with my spare lipo (2S or 3S only).
- The adjustable elastic straps hold the goggles to my face very securely. When throwing my head around they hardly budge.
- Can fit my smaller pair of glasses (just barely) so even us blind folks can enjoy (Room for glasses is approx 140mm width x 55mm height).
- The auto scan is brilliant, it jumps to my channel as soon as I switch the goggles on.
- The goggles battery voltage is displayed and the video signal strength.
- Any large box goggles like these will make your face feel a little sore after wearing them for 30+ minutes.
- The goggles are fairly large and make you look like a techno robot from the future while wearing them (maybe a good thing?).
- The sliders to adjust the distance of the Fresnel lens from the LCD screen are loose and easily slide when you don’t want them to.
- It does somewhat look like your in a theater looking at a big screen.
- If you put these down on the grass little bits of grass and dirt can end up behind the lens (have to pop out the lens to get it out).
I’m very happy with my Quanum Cyclops V2’s. They’re comfortable, the foam isn’t world class but helps reduce the pressure on your face from the weight of the goggles.
For me it was essential that I could find FPV goggles that fit my glasses. However even without glasses I can slide the Fresnel lens right towards my face and still get a decent view of the screen.
I’ve ordered a Eachine ProDVR which I’ll stick to my goggles with some 3M tape and plug into the RX out to allow me to record my flights directly to micro SD card. I’ll make a new post soon detailing this process.