Archive for category: Radio Control

Traxxas Intros New XO-1: Your 100mph RC Dream Car Come True

Screen Shot 2013-12-31 at 9.24.06 AMI’m sure that when most people hear about a RC car that exceeds 100mph, they assume that means “scale speed” (an adjusted, slower speed that takes into account the smaller size of the car); they would probably also assume that the car had to run on gas, as the fastest radio controlled vehicles always have. But no–Traxxas built a 1/7th scale car that exceeds 100mph, it’s electric, and it’s called the XO-1. The latest version now includes newer graphics to better match its extreme performance; and though the car comes ready-to-run (fully built with all electronics and radio), Traxxas does not include a battery with this model, preferring to allow the customer to choose their own battery– a smart move considering how much the battery affects performance, and lets face it: though the car is capable of doing 100mph, not every driver is ready for that kind of speed. Out of the box, the XO-1 can do 50+; but with some included options, as well as the hottest battery, the car can top 100mph in under 5 seconds. The Traxxas XO-1 retails for $699, and we’ll have our full report as soon as we get our hands on one; until then, you can head over to Traxxas.com to learn more.

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LaTrax Alias Quad-Rotor Helicopter Now Available

Alias 6608 GreenI’m a sucker for RC…especially when it comes to quad-copters.

LaTrax has teamed up with the folks at Traxxas to bring you the new Alias high-performance quad-rotor helicopter. Featuring four powerful motors, a 2.4GHz radio with LCD display, a Lipo battery, LED lighting, and 3 flight modes, the Alias is not only ready to enjoy right out of the box, it’s also versatile enough to please RC helicopter beginners as well as pros. The Alias comes in 4 colors and retails for $149–but the best part? The LaTrax Alias has full product support and a lifetime warranty for all of its electronics through Traxxas. We can’t wait to get our hands on one–but until then, you can click here to learn more.

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YourTechReport Radio on SiriusXM Channel 167

ytr_siriusxm1-280x141-e1370573020220Sure, it’s fun to read all of the latest tech news and reviews; but while in your car, wouldn’t it be easier (and safer) to simply listen to us? Well you can…on YourTechReport Radio–every Saturday at 1pm Eastern on SiriusXM channel 167. On this week’s show, Marc and I will fill you in on Samsung’s new Galaxy Round–the first smartphone with a flexible display; we’ll also be giving you the latest news from Apple and Microsoft, as well as answering your questions in our “You Asked for It” segment. For those without a SiriusXM subscription, we’ll be posting the show right here after it airs.

Enjoy!

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LaTrax Rally Car Offers AWD Performance and Traxxas Reliability for Less Than $150

Latrax Rally GreenThough the LaTrax name may not sound familiar to some, RC purists will remember the brand as a pioneer in the hobby through the late 70′s–and thanks to a new relationship with Traxxas, LaTrax is back with their new 1/18 scale All-Wheel Drive Rally. With a new focus on premium features and sub $200 price points, the LaTrax Rally is Ready-to-Run and “Powered by Traxxas;” which means your not only getting Traxxas’ legendary quality, you’re getting their lifetime warranty and support as well. Featuring a 2.4GHz radio, independent suspension, waterproof electronics, 1200mAh battery and more, the $149 price tag seems like a steal–and we can’t wait to get our hands on one. We’ll have more details for you when our review unit comes in; but until then, you can click here to visit the LaTrax product page for all of the details, including dealers.

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Swann’s New Sky Duel Helicopters are Battle-Ready!

image001Sure…Swann may be best known for its security monitoring solutions, but they also make some great RC gear–and the new Sky Duel Helicopters may be their coolest release yet. Featuring not one, but two gyro-stabilized helis and transmitters, Sky Duel copters let you take your battle to the air with a friend and “fire” IR blasts at each other; when hit, you’re treated to flashing lights and sounds–and if you take enough damage, your Sky Duel is knocked out of the sky. Thankfully, Swann promises these guys are built to last, and 7 minutes of flight time should  keep the airborne carnage going; we’re also impressed with the $79 price tag (remember, you’re getting 2 ready-to-fly copters!) . We’ll have our review units soon, so make sure you check back–until then, you can click past the jump for the full PR.

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Traxxas Takes the Worry out of Charging with New EZ-Peak Plus Temp Sensor

2933_0Let’s face it: it’s hard to enjoy your RC vehicles without properly charged (and maintained) batteries–and the Traxxas EZ-Peak Plus is known as one of the better chargers out there. Well, the EZ-Peak Plus just got a boost as Traxxas has announced a new temperature sensor that attaches to your batteries, and will now give your charger the ability to cutoff power when the max temperature that you set has been reached (you can also monitor the state of your battery visually, courtesy of the charger’s LCD display). The new Temp Sensors will work on both NiNM and LiPo packs, and are available now from Traxxas for $10.99…and you can check the full release after the jump.

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YourTechReport Hangout – A Rare David Weir Sighting

Sure we’re excited to talk about Sony’s PlayStation press conference; of course we’re happy that our Pebble Smartwatch arrived–and yes, Mobile World Congress is in full swing. But the most exciting part of our latest Hangout? It has a distinctly Scottish flair…

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Traxxas Takes Nitro Racing to the Next Level with TQi Docking Base and Telemetry

4907_action_01With mobile devices enhancing almost every aspect of our lives, it was only a matter of time before they found their way into the world of RC–and leave it to Traxxas to turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into a custom racing computer. If you’re looking to invest in either the Traxxas Revo 3.3 or T-Maxx 3.3, not only will you be getting a beast of a nitro vehicle, you’ll now have the added bonus of buying into some great tech–as Traxxas has added a TQi docking base to the radio systems, and telemetry sensors to the vehicles themselves. In plain English? Your iPhone or iPod Touch will become an HD display at the base of your transmitter, giving you all of the vital info you need–speed, temperature, RPM and battery voltage–to excel at the track; the Traxxas Link app also lets you tweak to your heart’s content. Click past the jump to check out all of the details, courtesy of our friends at Traxxas.
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Coming Soon: Our Full Review of the Traxxas QR-1

6208-Stinger-3qtr-blue_oParrot’s AR Drone may have made a name for Quadcopters, but it took the fine folks at Traxxas to make them affordable with the new QR-1…and we can’t wait to get our hands on one. Well actually, we’ll be getting our hands on more than just one–as Juan and I will be reviewing the QR-1 together, in a rare two-man video extravaganza. While Traxxas has always been known as “The Fastest name in Radio Control,” they’ve also been one of the coolest names in RC–not only innovating on the technology side, but with their designs as well; so when we heard that they added some helicopters to their product line–including a quadcopter that fits in the palm of your hand–we simply couldn’t resist begging…um…asking for one. Look for our review in the coming weeks–and if you’re feeling nostalgic, you can click here to check out our first flight with the AR Drone, way back in 2010…

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YourTechReport: Ask Us Anything

We here at YTR pride ourselves on being fairly well-rounded tech enthusiasts. This is not an Apple blog, a Google blog, or a Microsoft blog. We like tech, and we’re pretty good at using it. Playing with it. Figuring out it’s quirks, and sharing our experiences. Any decent blog, newspaper, magazine lives or dies by the interaction with those who read and watch its content. We’ve always been grateful for those who comment, and even more grateful for those who ask questions. It’s through those questions that we shape our coverage, what news we report on, how we review the gadgets we’re sent.

So keep the comments and questions coming. You can send us tips and comments at [email protected]–and we always appreciate sharing through FB, Twitter, G+, email, cans and string. The more we grow, the more we can bring you fine folks good content.

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