The KDS Kylin FPV headset (aka KDS Kylin Vision) is among the most affordable FPV headsets you can find on the market today. Shipping worldwide for a shade under $100, the KDS Kylin Vision is something that a lot of FPV pilots — first-time and otherwise — find affordable.
I got one recently from Everbuying to review here on RC Drone Arena. And boy wasn’t I pleasantly surprised!
After flying (and racing) in FPV for a few months (using my trusty old Aomway 7″ monitor), the KDS Kylin Vision FPV headset was a breath of fresh air! Not only is it supercool to have sci-fi-ish headgear on you, but it’s actually a very immersive and fun thing to do.
The KDS Kylin Vision FPV headset comes in a rather simple (almost to the point of being austere) retail box, only big enough to hold the headset… which is a good thing, since most of these end up being shipped to various different countries. Inside, you find the headset itself, a 2000mAh 3.7V battery and a cloverleaf antenna (despite some product images showing a whip aerial). What I call no-nonsense contents!
KDS Kylin Vision FPV Headset Specifications
- Frequency: 5.8GHz 64 channel full-band 5645M~5945M
- Screen: 5-inch
- Resolution: 800 x 480 (WVGA)
- Brightness: 300cd/m2 (adjustable)
- Antenna : SMA, 50 Ohm
- Video format: NSTC/PAL
- Battery: 1S 2000mAH, USB charge
- Power Supply: 4.2V-8.4V
- Working Voltage: 4.2V
- Consumption: 300 mA
- Charging Voltage: DC 5V/1A
- Dimension: 169 x 169 x 109mm
- Weight: 385g
Thoughts and Impressions about the KDS Kylin FPV headset
Right off the bat, the KDS Kylin headset certainly does not look like something that’s available for just $100. It looks and feels like something about twice that much; something we’re starting to get used to seeing from Chinese products. 🙂
The headset comes with an SMA port on top, on which the included cloverleaf antenna sits snug. On the left, you’ll 3 columns of buttons with 2 rows each:
…sandwiched between which are the status LED and the mini USB port for charging.
The upper portion of the headset contains the battery hatchet. It’s a 2000mAh 3.7V LiPo that powers the headset. Interestingly enough, you can remove the LiPo and swap it for another for longer usage. From my usage, I’ve been happy with the kind of battery life I’ve been getting out of the KDS Kylin FPV headset. I’d say I’m getting around an hour’s use on a full charge, which is not bad considering the price.
The display is crisp and bright. You have the option to change brightness levels, and it can go up all the way to really bright. I’m more of an indoor FPV pilot than outdoors, which makes it all the more demanding for the headset to work well.
That said, I’ve tried it outdoors and it works like a charm also. The display itself is a 5-inch 800 x 480p LCD, which looks a lot bigger (and higher-res) thanks to the lens inside the headset.
After having relied on my AOMWAY tripod-mounted monitor for FPV, the KDS Kyin is definitely something I like way more. The headset is comfortable to wear and for what it costs, it’s something worth buying without thinking twice.
I wear fairly powerful eyesight correction glasses (cylindrical + spherical correction) and despite that I have no problems whatsoever using the Kylin FPV headset without my glasses.
Viewing OSD info is no problem also, with all text visible crisp and clear. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the pricing on this one goes up by 20-25% this holiday season. After all, it’s a capitalist market.
Something you will definitely miss on the KDS Kylin FPV headset is the ability to record video on DVR. I’ve read about some hacks and accessories that allow you to do that, but having DVR out of the box would’ve been really nice.
Besides that, I’ve also found the charging to be a bit slow. I usually charge the headset via the mini USB port on the side, but I’m guessing taking the battery out and charging it direct will be a bit faster (if you have a charging adapter for it).
What the headset does feature though, is a built-in speaker. While it’s true many of us are almost never going to use this feature, it is nice to have, just in case.
KDS Kylin FPV Headset Photo Gallery
- Very affordable
- Comfortable to wear
- Battery life
- Autoscans through frequencies
- No DVR
- Doesn’t accommodate correction glasses
- Slow charging
Would I recommend this product? Hell yes!
You can get one from Everbuying, which is where we got ours from. It’s worth noting that while we did get a free of cost sample to test, it in no way affects our verdict about the product.