If you follow my facebook feeds you may have seen I've treated myself to some new goggles, namely the Fatshark Attitude V5 that I bought from Banggood on pre-order. These are part of the slew of new mid-range binocular goggles from several manufacturers as below:
Next the antennas. Joy! A proper patch and CP antenna is included. These are both good antennas and represent $20-30 worth of additional value when compared to other goggles. For example:
Zipper case - yeah fine, whatever! I pefer to carry my goggles with my controller in the Realacc X-lite Transmitter Edition case
I'm not going to dwell on these because for the most part the specs don't tell the story. All that I will mention are the screens - they are OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) which is the best screen available at present. This technology is used on top of the line mobile phones and the only other FPV goggle it is used on at time of release is the top of the line Fatshark Dominator HDO however at time of writing Skyzone have just released the SKY03O. The other key feature of the screen is the aspect ratio and field of view - 4:3 30°. This is fairly comparable to Skyzone SKY02 (4:3 30°) and Aomway (16:9 32°) goggles but much less than the Eachine EV200D (16:9 42°) Don't read into this too much at this stage... it more comes down to actual use. More on that later.
Firstly the fit is good - the strap feels sturdy and secure and holds the goggle firmly to your face. The vinyl face cushion feels thin but comfortable and I get only a small amount of light leakage through the nose. Although half-asian I have a typical (?) European shaped face but as with all goggles I'd recommend seeing if you can try the fit first. Replacements are available here.
After plugging in and choosing your channel the first thing you notice is the bright, crisp screens. I've come from the Aomway Commander V1s (reviewed here) and immediately noticed how much more vibrant the colours are and also how much more detail I see. It's getting towards the end of winter here so the lack of leaves on many of the trees can be perilous. I feel that the screens on the Attitude V5 give me a little extra ability to see those skinny little branches we so love flying in to. Further more the extra burst of colour just makes the more enjoyable to watch. I noticed no real change in FOV compared to my commanders (32°) and I certainly don't feel wanting for a bigger field of view. I see no edge blur whatsoever.
IPD is easy to adjust with the sliders. These IPD adjusters feel much more sturdy than the Aomway Commander setup and since adjusting when I first tried them on, I haven't need to adjust since.
Brightness and contrast are easily adjustable using the joystick on the left size. You get feedback through a basic OSD.
I won't go into detail about the DVR as this is the same unit and specs as those found on every other goggle. Micro SD slot is at the bridge of the nose and it's honestly not that hard to take in or out. Put it this way if you can change the prop on a micro you can definitely get the SD card in and out easily! You can set this to record automatically with power on which is what I use. Standard playback features are also available.
Now on to the receiver. Like other recent fatshark products, the attitude V5 uses the modular receiver. This can easily be upgraded to the Rapidfire, TBS Fusion, OWLRC etc if desired but hold on a minute - the stock one is actually pretty good! The little monochrome OLED screen on the receiver shows RSSI for each antenna in bar format and the auto scan function shows a simple spectrograph when it works. You can easily skip between channels with the wheel on top of the goggle. It's a bit disappointing you don't get feedback (Channel or RSSI) in an OSD as this feature is common on all the other goggles in this segment. However, when it comes to performance this little receiver unit is actually really good. I get much less break-up compared to my Aomway Commanders, better range and when the receiver switches between antennas there is much less breakup. Put it this way - I almost placed an order for a Rapidfire unit when I ordered my goggles but now I feel I don't need to. Of course it doesn't manage multipathing like rapidfire does but it does perform on a par with the previous top-end receivers like LaForge, TrueD, Achilles etc.
I did notice that with these goggles that the fan needed to be used more than with my commanders - they were more likely to fog up. That's no problem, the fan works well but I'm surprised that you need to plug in the balance connector to power the fan (in addition to the barrel connector to the goggles). It's a minor complaint but just feels a little lazy on the design front. Which brings me to...
A note on (lack of) integration
You can probably tell by now I really like these goggles but I'll tell you what bothers me about them - lack of integration. This is a minor detail but something that Aomway, Skyzone, and Eachine all manage better. For example:
Again, none of these are a deal breaker but you'd think that having been through 5 revisions for the attitude alone you'd think there would be some better integration of features? /rant over.
Summary and Recommendation
Unlike my usual ramblings I'll keep this one short and to the point. These are the best goggles I've tried in the $250 - $350 range and they are now my regular goggles. Here is why:
For completeness you may not like:
I bought my goggles from Banggood who shipped them promptly. I managed to get them at a discount using the code Aff7off (7% off i.e. $279). You can buy them here as well if you wish:
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