DumboRC have a range of very similar 2.4GHz digital surface radios (for RC car and boats) with subtle differences which makes them confusing to buy. All of them around around the $30 mark which makes them extremely good value if you know how to pick the right set of features for you. In this guide/review I'll break down the differences and review the two variants that I recommend - namely the DumboRC X6 2.4G 6CH Transmitter and DumboRC X6A 2.4G 6CH Transmitter with X6FG Receiver and will of course review them and give you my recommendations.
If you are looking to upgrade you RTR rc car that comes with an integrated receiver and ESC like the WL Toys 144001, 124019, 124018 and likely the newly announced 104001 as well as many other makes and models, one of the first items you'll need is radio gear - i.e. a transmitter and receiver with 2 or more channels. Pistol grip radios are by far the most common here due to the precise control and ability to make rapid movements over stick radios (which are the standard for aircraft).
I've already reviewed the excellent Flysky FS-GT5 that has the ability to run multiple models but the $60-$70 price tag can be a little high for most. The DumboRC range offers pretty much all of this functionally (including gyro steering assist) albeit without the digital setting at a much lower price point of around $30. Before I go any further though there are 6 different models that are very similar in price and features so I've summarised below for the key differences:
If you still need some help understanding what is useful above:
X6 vs X6a. It just so happens that I have both of the products as recommended above that I ordered for different projects. I got the two variants purely to see what was different. The big reveal? Colour. That is the only difference! As you can see below the X6 is black with metallic blue accents and the X6a is black with silver accents at a red stripe. The black on the X6a has that nice matte/soft touch look which looks classy but not sure how it well wear long term. From here on in the review will focus on the X6 since both are functionally identical. As always click any image to embiggen
Feel. I'll be the first to admit that, based on images, the transmitter looks cheap but after having had it in my hands for a while it is bigger than it looks - just compare it to the WL toys transmitter or even the Flysky GT2e below.
Build quality is pretty good, nothing feels loose or rattly and after having used it for the last 6 months it has help up well even though I haven't been especially kind to it.
Range performance. Range is very good on this transmitter. I got to the point were I couldn't see the direction my 600mm long DHK Hunter was pointing in, based on map coordinates from my local school this was about 150-200 metres. I think to really test the range you would need to run an FPV system on the vehicle, something I have no interest in doing. Fit for purpose I think is a good description and certainly better than most if not all stock radios. No latency was noticeable throughout testing.
Gyro performace. The gyro is easy to setup with the included instructions. Once activated, the strength of the gyro intervention is controlled by the Channel 6 rotary dial on top of the transmitter. This is a nice simple control for the gyro, similar to what traxxas and arrma use and much easier to set than the flysky FS-GT5 but lacks the intervention on throttle - not necessarily a bad thing.
This is what gyro assist looks like in action - no steering wheel input on the remote here. Example from my review of the FS-GT5
Other features. For steering and throttle you have channel reversing, trim and dual rate available. There is no endpoint adjustment beyond the dual rate control. Basic but useful so long as you don't plan on using more than one model with the same transmitter (for this I strongly recommend the Flysky FS-GT5). Although you are unlikely to use them, channel 3 is a momentary switch, channel 4 a 3-position switch and channels 5 and 6 are rotary potentiometers on top of the transmitter. You can do basic channel mixing here which is usually reserved for crawlers that have individual controls over front and rear servos for crabbing etc. - not something most of us will use.
The receiver. The included receiver is the X6FG and as mentioned includes a gyro on board. It can be mounted in any orientation. Replacements are only around $10 and you can bind more than one to each transmitter although you will need to set up trims and dual rates each time you swap models if using more than one. I recommend the FS-GT5 if you plan on doing this or buy separate DumboRC transmitters for each car. You can also but the non-gyro X6F but price is usually much the same... why wouldn't you get the gyro? Both receivers are nice an small - 35mm x 20mm x 13mm and so will fit easily into your build.
The DumboRC X6 and X6a are functionally identical transmitters and receiver radio sets that include gyro function to assist with counter steer and are my strong recommendation as a starting point for aftermarket radio gear. You can save about $10 depending on flash sales and coupon availability by going to the DumboRC X4 but to be honest, the gyro is well and truly worth the difference.
If you want to control more than one car from the same transmitter and/or want more control over what the gyro does, consider the Flysky FS-GT5 - my review is here. This adds digital model control meaning you don't need to reset trim and dual rate each time you change models.
The DumboRC X6 and X6a are the biggest selling RC Car transmitters for good reason - they perform well, have a great featureset and are excellent value for money. Now that I've tried 2 of them for myself I am very happy to recommend them for any RC car build.
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Dumbo rc remotes are great for bashing. I would skip it for track racing. The good: They have a long range and are pretty reliable. The light will blink when your batteries get low to let you know it's time to change them. My 2 dislikes are the reversed steering trim (right is left and left is right) and the receiver can come apart at the seam. I always suggest putting a bead of crazy glue around the seam to prevent this. Great article!
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9/3/2021 12:40:56 am
Hey Andrew, sorry for the slow response. It doesn't fit my definition of EPA which allows you to limit (scale) endpoint at each end independently. For me it is dual rate.
6/3/2021 09:39:58 pm
what is the difference btw. the X6 and the X6 TX with a X6F RX receiver? looks cool in yellow and I want different colors for the 3 dumborc remotes I own...
9/3/2021 12:41:53 am
Looks the same as the X6 and X6a functionally. You can choose gyro or non gyro RX
1/4/2021 05:10:17 am
Got a X6 transmitter that binds with X6FG receivers at first but then loses ability to bind again. Also have X4 transmitter and an X6F receiver. The X6 transmitter had messed also messed up the X6F receiver but that receiver WILL bind again with the X4 transmitter. Weird. I have a bunch of X6F receivers that I bought for crawlers (got a great deal) but not sure I want to gamble on another X6 transmitter, BUT I am so bloody curious to see if those X6FG receivers are dead or just won't play with that radio. Just had a thought... gonna try taking the batteries out of the radio. Maybe it remembers the receivers it effed up
1/4/2021 01:28:05 pm
You're in deep with DumboRC! If you want to run multiple models from one good controller with model memory, I strongly recommend the Flysky GT5 - search on here and I have a review.
14/4/2021 04:31:56 am
I was initially close on getting a Dumborc X6FG for my son who is a first timer. Then he noticed how bulky it looked. I started to look at the Spectrum SLT3 which looks like great ergonomics. There are two versions, one supports DSMR which I don't know if necessary for just a basher. Have you had any experience with the Spectrum SLT3 ?
15/4/2021 11:57:41 am
Hey Ivan. Yes it is a fairly bulky control but at this price point it's hard to touch. I tend to steer clear of spectrum because I think they are overpriced for what that are. Consider the flysky range which is well priced but less bulky - the GT2e for a cheaper version and my favourite the FS-GT5 of which there is a review on this site.
15/4/2021 02:12:52 pm
Will these radios work with a stock 124019? Or do i need to change the receiver on it?
15/4/2021 02:37:03 pm
22/4/2021 05:20:11 am
Hey I just bought x6 with x6fg.. it's pretty good but i have issue with it.. i have reversed 1st and 2nd channel.. if i have reverse switches on position "nor" steering and throttle is reversed.. I can change direction, but trim adjust not change.. if i pull trim to the left, servo turns right.. is there any solution? Thanks
10/12/2021 12:49:36 pm
Unfortunately not - it's a bit of a quirk I've found with mine too. Not a big deal just something to remember when you set steering trim.
4/7/2021 10:41:36 pm
Hey mate, noticed on the manual & BG it mentions using LIPO rather than AA as an option with these… any idea what connection they use?
10/12/2021 12:53:02 pm
Hey Jason. It says the receiver can go up to 10V so yeah, 2s lipo is fine. With that said I'd recommend going 1000mah + depending on what scale you are running
24/11/2021 11:01:54 am
Noticed that zd transmitter looks almost the same as dumborc. Maybe a stupid question but is it possible to bind a dumborc transmitter with a zd receiver ?
24/1/2022 02:50:44 am
Do this fit a feiyue fy03H please ?
17/3/2022 03:12:48 pm
Great article Quad, I came back to this post because I have a question about these radios. I've had an X6 for about year and a half now, and recently I learned that some radios have different, staggered throttle/brake ratios. For example, normal Traxxas TQ and some TQI radios are 50/50, so you have even throttle and brake modulation.
22/3/2022 07:32:02 am
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