The MJX Hyper Go H16H (monster truck shape) and H16E (truggy shape) are 4WD offroad 1/16 scale trucks powered by a 390 brushed motor. They have a smart battery that is simply charged by USB cord and has a built in GPS that relays data back to your bluetooh enabled phone so you can measure instantaneous throttle position, speed and maximum speed.
MJX are a Chinese manufacturer that have made popular camera drones like the MJX Bug 19 B19 GPS for a few years now. They have taken some of this knowledge and have used it to make a 1/16 scale RC monster truck with a rather unique and easy to use battery and of course full GPS speed measuring functionality. Instead of getting carried away with bells and whistles though, the car underneath is actually very good - chunky metal drivetrain, nice aluminium oil filled shocks, really nice looking wheels and tyres with great tread and a clever body fitment which should make it much more durable. As usual well look at what's in the box first, a closer look at the car and the a review to see how it actually performs.
What is included?
A closer look at the car
Powertrain. This car is powered by a 2s 1000mah smart battery that is charged via a USB-C cable. It appears to have a basic battery management system built in and included a switch to power on which also shows the battery's charge level. The battery provides power to an all in one brushed 35A ESC and a brushed 390 motor. The motor includes a heatsink and powered fan which I think is a good touch although there is no fan on the ESC.
Other Electronics. The transmitter is a good size and takes 3 x AA batteries to power it. As well as steering and throttle it has controls for steering trim, throttle trim, throttle dual rate (to adjust max throttle) and reversing switches for both steering and throttle. This connects to the receiver/ESC via 2.4GHz digital signal. The steering connects directly to the ESC/receiver using a standard 3-pin plug. Now the really cool part here is the GPS module which connects to the receiver presumably through a telemetry channel which sends a signal back from the receiver to the transmitter. This allows your phone to connect to the transmitter to display the following data.
Drivetrain. The Drivetrain is all metal and includes chunky CVDs on both front and rear. Every rotating gear or drive has ball bearings. All gears including diff and spur are metal as well. It is a very smooth drivetrain overall, on the same level of HBX. I think it is overengineered for a 390 motor but if you ever wanted to upgrade to brushless power, the driveline would not let you down.
Suspension. Shocks front and rear are full aluminium with threaded collars and most importantly, are oil-filled. Build quality is good, better than what I have seen on WL toys models which tend to be the high standard for budget cars. Suspension itself is double wishbone front and rear meaning it should be strong. Shock towers are plastic but since they are covered by the body this will not be an issue. Overall one of the better suspension setups I've seen on a budget car. Outside of the ability to adjust ride height with collars and dampening with shock oil, there is very little adjustability which suits it's basher nature. It's worth mentioning that the H16E (truggy) has a shorter ride height than the H16H (buggy) due to the shape of the suspension arms.
Chassis and Body. The plastic that makes up the chassis and associated parts has a nice flex to it, similar to the HBX cars but there is more material there making it feel really tough. The lower chassis plate is a light grey colour which contrast with the rest of the car, reminding me of Traxxas models. A wheelie bar is included but I don't find it necessary on the truggy. The body is very solid and mounts by 4 body clips but also the sides of the body tuck into dedicated chassis to help keep water and dirt out whilst maintaining the correct shape of the body. I like the thick metal brackets they have used front and rear for the suspension arm hinge pins which should make it durable against curb hits in particular. Lastly there is an LED bar on the front of the bumper which is controlled by a button on the remote.
Wheels and tyres. I love the look of these wheels. They have a big offset so a nice wide agressive stance and there is plenty of plastic on them meaning they should be strong. They use a standard 12mm hex so if you want there are plenty of other wheels you can swap with. Tyres are even better - they have a super chunky tread pattern which works well in the rough dirt and mud but they are a fairly hard compound. This means they will wear will but are a bit slippery on hard surfaces, especially in the wet.
The top speed of this car I measured was 31km/h as measured by the internal GPS. I felt this was a good speed for the car, still quite controllable with enough power to flip, jump roll and have decent looking crashes. It's slightly faster than the other small brushless cars I've reviewed including the Eachine EC30 at 28km/h, the HBX 16886 at 27km/h but not as fast as the WLToys 144001/124019 at 55km/h although that car has been build purely for speed with big compromises on battery life, heat, acceleration and offroad ability. Being a brushed motor the acceleration is hugely responsive and smooth compared to a brushless car but obviously lacks the more aggressive acceleration and top speed.
Grip was not as good as I would have liked on loose gravel and tarmac the truck tends to bounce over the surface rather than dig into it however most of my testing was done in the wet (it's winter here at present and it rains a lot). It was better through in short grass and dirt where the big agressive tread could really get going
Handling was ok, suspension through was a bit shorter than I'd like but I need to remember this is a small car. I think it would benefit from softer tyres as these actually do a lot of the suspension work in these lighter cars.
It's like this battery was made for this car!
Durability on this car is awesome, I've mentioned how tough the driveline and chassis looks and I'm pleased to say that this relates to real world testing. Maybe it's just me but because of the dimensions I seem to get this car cartwheeling a LOT. I've also smacked sideways into curbs and did some small jumps on the driveway with the kids and the car is none the worse for wear other than some scratches on the body. I'd say that durability is up there with the HBX 16889a pro - one of the toughest cars I've reviewed.
Summary and Conclusion
The MJX Hyper Go H16H and H16E is a well built, brushed 4WD 1/16 scale RC truck. It has some very cool unique features, most notably the included GPS which gives you feedback on speed reading via and app that connects by bluetooth to your transmitter. On the downside, the clever tech used in the smart battery means that it has a low capacity and run time but is easily replaced by a other batteries like the 2s 2200mah battery from the WL TOys 124019 which will more than double battery life to around 15 minutes plus. It is the one of the most durable RC vehicles I have ever reviewed thanks to the solid drivetrain, well build chassis and clever body mounting system.
At around $100 it's not cheap for a brushed 1/16 scale truck but if you are looking for something very reliable with a few cool features to keep you interested then this may be a good option for you to consider. Also note that for a little extra they have recently released a brushed version (MJX 16208 and 16209) which I will be reviewing shortly that should offer more in the speed department.
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