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2.4 GHz Transmitter Shootout – Driving and Using

How does the radio drive? How does it feel when controlling a vehicle around the track? For this test we lined up all 5 radios and receivers. We used a Traxxas Slash as our test vehicle because we are all used to how that truck handles and performs. This would allow us to concentrate on the actual radio in use. We each drove several laps and then handed it over to the next guy. The radios were swapped as quickly as possible to be able to compare how each felt to the previous. We actually had some interesting results.

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 4PKS5
2Futaba 3PL10
3Spektrum DX3S11
4Tactic TTX-24014
5Traxxas TQ 2.4 with Link20

So interesting stuff here. It was amazing how many people really liked the feel of driving with the 4PKS. While we have had the 4PKS in the office here, most of the guys use other radios as their ‘main’ radios. Most of them were surprised by how much more they liked the way the 4PKS handled.
On the other end, it was unanimous how much we did not like the feel of the Traxxas TQ radio. What makes it more interesting, is that none of us really noticed how much we didn’t like it till this test. We have dozens of Traxxas vehicles around the office and we spend so much time driving them, the Traxxas radio’s are probably the most used/held, but when we used it back to back with the other radios, it was apparent that the TQ could use a serious overhaul.

We were not sure what category to put this under, but it was noticed while driving the vehicles so it will go here. The 3PL does not have ANY type of light to tell you the radio is on. Every radio in the last 10 years has at least had a bright RED light so you can see you left it on while it sits on your work table. The 3PL does not, and ironically enough, we left on several times during our testing.

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