Check out this video breaking down the features on the new Futaba 4PX, their most advanced 4-channel surface system. These should be available by the end on the month at a price of around $550 us.
I have a Futaba 4PLS and I couldn’t be happier. It has more functions then I will ever use. I will say that the full-color display on the 4PX, certainly has my attention. Futaba has a great reputation for making some solid radios and receivers and I would expect the 4PX to live up to that standard.
The Futaba 4PLS is my latest toy, I was out using it on the weekend and I wanted to give an early review. This transmitter is loaded with features, some of the basic features that drew my attention include:
– T-FHSS, FHSS and S-FHSS capable
– Digital trims
– 40 model memory
– Large 128 x 64 backlit LCD display with contrast adjustment
– User updatable software
– Steering wheel/trigger adjustment
The transmitter looks and feels well made. In fact, it survived a 4 foot fall to the ground, not a scratch. I read on forums, where some people find the steering wheel small, I didn’t find this to be a problem. If it is something that bothers you, it can easily be fixed by taking a foam wheel grip from an old transmitter and placing it over top of the current wheel foam. You can always replace the wheel all together. Initially the transmitter felt a little top heavy to me, that feeling quickly went away and I never noticed it again. By the end of the day, the transmitter felt great in my hand and very natural. Continue Reading
I’ll start with some background as to why I was in the market for a new transmitter. I had been using a Traxxas TQI transmitter for a little over a year. Two other people I know where also using them, until theirs failed to turn on one day after only 3 months. My TQI failed to turn on for me the other day and at that point I had enough. The TQI is loaded with features and is easy to use if you have an Ipod, but at the end of the day we had a failure rate of 3 for 3, in less than a year. The TQI failures are nothing new and could be OK if you are a US citizen and can get the warranty work. Here in Canada and other parts of the world, shipping charges are so expensive, that it isn’t worth sending it to Traxxas to repair only to have it fail again. The failure rate of the TQI is well documented on the internet and it leads me to wonder why these issues are taking so long to resolve. IMO, the Traxxas vehicles are some of the best in the market depending on your application, but the TQI misses the mark.
It is in the box.