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2.4 GHz Transmitter Shootout – Ease of Use

All these radios were very different in the way they can be used and set up. Some of them had full featured menu systems that put everything at your fingertips, and some had none at all. These scores reflect how each person liked working with the radio, and to use it with a vehicle.

Remember, these scores are based on all of our individual scores added together.
Just like in golf, the lower the score, the better.

PointsRadio NameSum of Our Scores
1Futaba 3PL8
2Spektrum DX3S9
3Futaba 4PKS10
4Tactic TTX-24013
5Traxxas TQ 2.4 with Link20

What was interesting here is that while the Futaba 4PKS has a menu that has anything and everything someone could possibly want a radio to have, it was almost too much. The manual alone is over 120 pages. (Most kits and RTR vehicles with radios aren’t more then 15). Even after using the radio for an extended period of time, it can be tough to quickly find what you need.

On the other end, the Traxxas scored poorly because of the multi-function knob menu system. Having to watch the blinking leds, counting how many flashes there were, and getting lost in the menus without knowing what you may have changed was just bad for everyone. Nobody wants to dig out the manual, and count light flashes.

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