Parrot Mambo Drone

Last updated date: July 1, 2020

DWYM Score

8.0

Parrot Mambo Drone

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We looked at the top Drones and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Drone you should buy.

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Overall Take


In our analysis of 116 expert reviews, the Parrot Parrot Mambo placed 10th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

One drone, multiple missions. Mambo's exclusive accessories make piloting an interactive experience, indoor or outdoor, solo or with friends.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.0
6 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.5
133 user reviews

What experts liked

You can fly it indoors with ease, and it’s relatively quiet. With the hulls attached, the Mambo can slam into walls and ceilings and smash into the floor without a scratch—it’s the drone version of training wheels, a far better option for practicing than doing the same with a full-size Mavic Pro.
- New York Times Wirecutter
September 27, 2018 | Full review
The Parrot Mambo is a bit more than your average minidrone, coming equipped with interchangeable grabber or mini-cannon accessories to open up your flight to more fun and hijinks.
- Trusted Reviews
August 14, 2017 | Full review
The Mambo drone itself is small and light, measuring just 7.1 x 7.1 inches in size (and about 2 inches tall with the camera) with its propeller guards and weighing just 2.2 ounces. It has a standard drone shape: a central body with four rotors extending out from each corner.
- Tom's Guide
November 6, 2017 | Full review
Parrot’s new Mambo is different. Unlike most other mini drones, this one is actually designed specifically for kids. In addition to a boatload of motion sensors and advanced autopilot software that keeps the drone stable, Mambo also comes with a handful of attachments that make it more fun and engaging than a basic quadcopter.
- Digital Trends
June 22, 2020 | Full review
The Parrot Mambo is an affordable drone that's perfect for beginners. It comes with detachable miniature ball cannon and note grabber, so it's a blast to play with. Key specs of the Mambo include up to nine minutes of battery life, a flight range of up to 200 feet with an optional controller (65 feet with your smartphone), and a 60 fps camera.
- Best Products
February 15, 2017 | Full review
Flight is intuitive, speedy and customizable, and you’re able to set max height, banking on turns and the different flying modes all from within the app. There’s even a function that allows you to start a flight by just chucking the Mambo into the air, which is a lot of fun to do.
- Tech Radar
October 10, 2017 | Full review

What experts didn't like

It lacks a camera and fancy features like GPS-assisted position hold, and its battery life is rated at 9 minutes (closer to 7 minutes in our tests), but it’s the ideal drone for getting used to the control layout.
- New York Times Wirecutter
September 27, 2018 | Full review
The 0.3-megapixel camera really is not great. Think an old VGA webcam level of quality and you’ll hit the mark. It’s noisy and blurry and the colours are underwhelming.
- Trusted Reviews
August 14, 2017 | Full review
However, you'll most likely have to fiddle with the phone's placement. I found that if the device wasn't perfectly centered, the first-person view didn't align properly.
- Tom's Guide
November 6, 2017 | Full review
The battery life did prove to be an issue for us – eight minutes just didn’t feel like enough time. Plus, in high winds, the drone has to work harder to remain stable and on course, and the flight time is reduced further.
- Tech Radar
October 10, 2017 | Full review

An Overview On Drones

Though their development dates back to World War I, drones — also referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles — have become increasingly popular in recent years. These small gadgets fly through the air without an onboard pilot. Instead, they’re steered and controlled by a user from the ground, often with a remote control or a smartphone app.

Drones are useful for a number of tasks, including surveillance, security, aerial photography, surveying and recreation. More recently, police departments and emergency services personnel have been using them for an array of tasks, including during searches, rescue operations and natural disasters.

Many commercial businesses like Amazon, UPS and Domino’s are considering how to use drones for day-to-day operations like package delivery. Drones are also useful for crop management, building inspections and storm tracking.

The distance your drone can fly varies from model to model, depending largely on battery life and the reach of its onboard receiver from the remote controller or your smartphone. Although most drones will offer very little in terms of battery life, you can get more from some models than others. It’s also important to pay close attention to charging time since a quick charge can get your drone up and going faster.

In addition, some drones come pre-equipped with a camera, while others require the use of a gimbal to manually mount a camera. The gimbal setup often leads to a clearer picture or smoother video capture because the camera is a bit farther away from the vibrations caused by the rotors.

Photography has become a top selling point for drones. Professional photographers have found them invaluable for capturing those otherwise hard-to-get aerial shots. If you’re interested in shooting photos or video from the clouds, know this up front and look for a model that supports high-resolution photography and high-definition video.

Editing is also a consideration. Some apps are better than others at this, including filters and sharing capabilities. Whether you’re a photography hobbyist or not, being able to easily share the images you’ve shot across your social media sites may make some drones better choices than others.

Before you start shopping, it may help to set a budget. Drones can range in price from $100 to more than $1,000. While the higher-priced drones do offer advanced features, if you’re just looking to have a little fun, you may be fine with a more basic model.

The Drone Buying Guide

  • Before purchasing a drone, consider your skill and commitment level. Some are labeled “ready to fly,” meaning they require very little or no special training to use. Others are designed for more advanced users.
  • Another factor to consider when it comes to drones is portability and design, especially if you’re short on storage space at home or plan on taking it with you on a trip and won’t have a lot of room. The DJI Mavic Mini FlyCam Quadcopter Drone folds up, with the thumbsticks able to be stored under the arms that hold your phone. The Holy Stone FPV RC Gravity Sensor Drone, on the other hand, doesn’t fold easily but is so small and lightweight, it’s still fairly portable. The only issue is that the arms don’t fold into its body, so you may worry about breaking the rotors if you don’t transport it in a carrying case. The Ruko F11 Pro 4K Quadcopter UHD Drone is even less portable since the landing gear and camera are attached to the body.
  • Because drones operate using a battery, it’s important to consider battery life when making a purchasing decision. The majority of consumer drones have a battery life between 5 and 25 minutes. Many drone users recommend purchasing spare batteries and having them charged up before you start flying so you can easily swap out the extras. The DJI Mavic Mini FlyCam Quadcopter Drone flies a little longer than usual without a charge, at 30 minutes. The Holy Stone FPV RC Gravity Sensor Drone has a shorter flying time between charges and, unfortunately, charging time takes a while, so be prepared to be patient.
  • The most popular type of drone among recreational users is a multirotor drone. A drone with three rotors is known as a tricopter, while a drone with four rotors (an extremely popular model) is called a quadcopter.
  • Other types of drones include fixed-wing drones and single rotor helicopters.
  • Depending on what you plan to use your new drone for, you’ll also want to consider the payload of various models. Some are equipped to carry heavier payloads than others. This may be an important factor if you’re considering using your drone for something like aerial photography or videography.
  • One of the biggest issues with drones is maneuverability. If it’s a windy day, you need a drone that isn’t going to be easily blown around. The SNAPTAIN S5C WiFi FPV Voice Control Drone holds its own against all but the strongest wind gusts, while many other drones struggle even in the lightest breezes. Best of all, if it’s too windy, you’ll get a warning in the app.
  • If you’re new to drones, you may prefer the Holy Stone FPV RC Gravity Sensor Drone. The joysticks aren’t quite as sensitive to sudden movements, so it’s a great model to help you learn to navigate. Another model to consider as a newbie is the DJI Mavic Mini FlyCam Quadcopter Drone, which has intelligent flight modes to help you gain confidence in avoiding obstacles. It will also return to home and land itself if you can’t.
  • For some, aerial photography is the primary reason for purchasing a drone. If photography is your goal, you’ll likely veer toward the Ruko F11 Pro 4K Quadcopter UHD Drone, which shoots smooth 4K video.
  • The DJI drones have gimbals, which hold the camera in place for a smoother shot. This is especially important if you plan to be capturing video during even moderately windy conditions.
  • As advanced as drones are, they do have their limitations. If you think you’ll feel the need to zip through the air, you may want to steer toward a model that boasts speeds of up to 42 mph. You may find your drone a little harder to control at these speeds, though.
  • Unless you plan to just fly your drone in your living room, you’ll need a decent range for your drone-to-remote connection. Holy Stone FPV RC Gravity Sensor Drone includes an app that offers 1080p live view on your smartphone or tablet, but that will only work for up to 328 feet.
  • As you’re flying your drone around, you’ll occasionally encounter obstacles like trees and telephone poles. Instead of relying solely on the app, with some drones you have the built-in safety of obstacle detection and avoidance. Some even come with five-direction avoidance. If the drone has this avoidance, make sure it covers your drone from the sides or top. Look for a drone that has Active Track mode, which automatically detects obstacles and tracks them.
  • Drone pilots rely heavily on the remote. Some drones give you an app that you can use to adjust exposure, shutter speed and other factors. If you want a touchscreen controller instead of using the drone’s provided app, it will be a $300 add on.
  • Look for a drone that offers gesture controls, which can make navigating easier. However, this feature can be bug-prone, with the app not always recognizing you.
  • If you’re planning to shoot video to share with friends, SNAPTAIN S5C WiFi FPV Voice Control Drone’s app makes it easy to both edit and share the video you’ve just captured on social media. Some models even include built-in filters and templates to add that special touch.
  • Price may be one of the biggest differentiators among drones. Select a drone based on your desired uses and your skill level—you can always “level up” to a more sophisticated and expensive drone.