As an RC buggy (well RC anything actually) enthusiast for a while now, I have always had a soft spot for a good RC desert racing buggy. They look cool, go fast and can usually take a lot of punishment, which when you have a couple of kids like I do is a good thing! Anyway, today I am putting three of the more popular RC desert racing buggies on the market right now. I was lucky enough to be given these to try out and just down below are my thoughts on all three.
ECX Amp Db 2WD Desert Buggy RTR Vehicle Review
First up we have the ECX Amp Db 2WD Desert Buggy RTR Vehicle which has a really cool design. I was very impressed with how smart this looked and it is actually a pretty good size as well at 1/10 scale. So while it is not too large, it is large enough that it has a nice amount of weight to it and this is evident as soon as you pick it up. The idea of this RC desert racing buggy is that it has a kind of an old school look and design, but all the stuff under the chassis is modern and I think that is a fantastic mix. Thankfully it was ready to run out of the box so I did not have to do any tinkering before we took it out for the first time.
As far as the actual driving of the ECX Amp Db 2WD Desert Buggy RTR Vehicle goes it is very easy. I would say this is a pretty good RC desert racing buggy for a beginner as it is pretty quick, but not so quick that it is hard to control. The chassis along with the oil filled shocks and the waterproof electronics mean you can pretty much take this anywhere and that is a huge part of the fun. The only real downside with this buggy is the battery. It comes with an 1800 mAh Ni-MH battery which can take around 8 hours to charge and will only give you around 15 to 20 minutes of race time, so you may want to think about upgrading the battery. Actually speaking of upgrades, if you are someone who likes to tinker with their RC buggies then there is a lot of things you can upgrade in the future with this buggy.
- Has an awesome old school kind of look
- Is very well made
- Ready to run out of the box
- Easy to drive
- Not the best battery
- Is aimed more at beginners
The Dromida 1/18 Scale Radio Control Desert Buggy Review
The Dromida 1/18 Scale Radio Control Desert Buggy is really cool. Out of the three RC desert racing buggies, I got to check out this one impressed me the most with its look. It has a real boxy, tough and ready for action kind of look and I really like that. They really have done a great job with this and I love the added LED’s which in the right light make the RC desert buggy look even cooler as it is hauling butt along any terrain you can put in its way. While it has nothing to do with the actual RC desert buggy, the packaging this comes in makes for a really cool gift and I know for a fact that anyone into cars would love to get this.
Ok so it looks cool, but how does it perform? With a brushless motor, 4 wheel drive and Big Bore oil shocks. The Dromida 1/18 Scale Radio Control Desert Buggy is a joy to drive. I was very happy with the way that it drove out of the box, but there are gear differentials that you can mess around with if you want to really tailor the way it handles to yourself. I have read some people’s reviews who have said the buggy handled really bad out of the box, but they were able to get it nice and smooth with the gear differentials and a little tinkering. This is good if you want to wet your toes in the world of RC Desert Buggy customization as you can have a little fun, but not have to go to in depth. Like most other RC desert buggies these days, you are not getting the best battery in the world with this, but it is enough to give you around 20 minutes of racing.
- Very strong body
- Can go pretty darn fast
- Has a very cool off road kind of look
- Gear differentials allows you to customize your driving experience
- Is a little on the pricey side
- Battery life may not be ideal for you
TOZO Desert Buggy Warhammer Review
Here we have the lowest priced RC desert racing buggy on this list and it has a very interesting look. I think that the design they have gone for with this is one that takes part in desert buggy races. It is nice and chunky and I do think that it is pretty cool looking. Still, I am sure some people may not be super thrilled with the design and feel that it looks more like a toy than a super fast and cool RC buggy. Still, I think they have done a good job with the design and the version I got to take for a good long test drive was gray, but there is also one in black that is currently priced a few bucks higher than the gray version. Like the other two RC desert buggies on this list, the TOZO Desert Buggy Warhammer Radio Remote Control Off Road Truck is ready to run out of the box so there is no long and complicated setup. Actually, the charge time is only around three hours for 20 minutes of racing which is not too bad.
As far as driving goes this one actually handled really well, while not the most high quality, I was very impressed with the durability (I crashed into a fence) the overall top speed and how the RC desert buggy was able to handle any terrain I put it on. With nice chunky wheels and some great shocks, you will have a ton of fun with this. The gears work great and you can actually drift this RC buggy with a bit of practice and that is really cool. I honestly had a blast with this and feel that for the asking price it would make a fantastic gift. I will be straight with you guys and tell you that when I had all three of these RC desert buggies arrive, I thought for sure this would be the weakest, but I was pleasantly surprised and actually pretty blown away with how awesome this is.
- Drives like a dream
- Ready to run out of the box
- Has a strong body
- Great wheels and shocks make any terrain easy
- Look may not be to everyone’s taste
- Black version costs more
Things To Look For When Buying An RC Desert Racing Buggy
So I (with the help of the kids of course) really put these three RC desert racing buggies through their paces and I want to share with you guys a few things to consider before you spend a ton of money on an RC desert racing buggy.
Is It RTR?: By RTR I mean ready to run. This is the term that is used for an RC buggy when you buy it, open up the box and then after a couple of quick steps like putting in the battery and so on, it is ready to go. If you are new to the hobby, you will certainly want to make sure the one you get is RTR and does not require a lot of work from you.
Is It Upgradable?: A couple of the RC buggies we looked at just above do allow for customization. So you can get an RC buggy that is ready to run, but then at a later date, you can upgrade the wheels, battery and other things to make it even cooler!
What Is The Recommended Age?: Ok so if you are buying an RC desert racing buggy for yourself this does not matter. But many RC buggies have quite a bit of power behind them so they are not aimed at younger kids. So be sure to have a look at what the recommended age is. You do not want to buy your eight year old a super powerful RC desert buggy that can go over 30 mph and plow down anything that gets in its way!
So What Is The Best RC Desert Racing Buggy?
All three of these were a lot of fun and each one of them never had anything major that would make me say it would be a bad purchase. I think for a lot of people it is going to boil down to which one they like they look of best. For me though as I have to pick one, I think I am going to have to go for the TOZO Desert Buggy Warhammer Radio Remote Control Off Road Truck. It is close to a hundred bucks so the price is awesome. But the speed, overall quality and just the way that it handles are great and I really do think that for the money it is an amazing deal.