BOT CARZ has made waves in the parenting and RC car enthusiast communities with its first batch of remote-controlled vehicles. The original BOT CARZ is a well-engineered toy that’s given many people hours of fun.
The newest iteration, dubbed AZ1, is looking like a marked improvement on a few fronts while keeping the core principles and systems of BOT CARZ intact. Here’s what you need to know about this nifty toy.
BOT CARZ AZ1 Review
While the original BOT CARZ made use of cutting-edge tech in its versatile design and driving capabilities, the AZ1 improves upon that with a more robust exterior and more dependable internals.
One of the first new things that you can notice about the AZ1 vs. the original model is the chassis. While the original uses a three-segment design to allow the car to switch between “stealth” (flat) and “normal” (compact truck-like) modes, the AZ1 doesn’t have the option. Instead, the AZ1 looks more like a racing vehicle, reminiscent of Formula 1 cars rather than traditional monster truck designs.
As far as its driving capabilities are concerned, BOT CARZ AZ1 has managed to stay at the top of its class. All the features found in the original models are there. You can use either a remote controller, similar to a console one or a watch-like remote inducer to control the car. Glowlights have been added to the car’s chassis, allowing for more night-time enjoyment and making the car more visible to onlookers. This can prevent accidents and allows the child, or the parents, to find the car easier should it ever run into a hedge.
Improved battery life
One of the main improvements of the AZ1 over similar RC car models is the improved battery life. The 1500mAh rechargeable battery inside the small car is miles ahead of the competition (and the previous version). The added motor power and weight of the chassis allow the car to run for about 30 or so minutes before it needs to be recharged. If you want to have hours of uninterrupted fun, I’d suggest picking up a battery pack or two to prolong the overall run time.
The battery charges in full in a little over two hours, so you can put it down to charge before the next play session.
The car’s wheels are the hallmark of innovation, even if they are mostly ported over from the original BOT CARZ. The non-slip rollers on each wheel allow the car to have an excellent grip on the driving surface. Since the rollers on the wheel can move independently from other wheels on the car, the toy can turn around in an instant and without moving an inch forward or back.
One possible drawback that I’ve noticed is that the chassis goes a bit beyond the wheels. That means if you’re not careful enough and hit something from the front, the car can get damaged, so you or your children need to be more careful.
The watch’s gesture-based technology is great since your child will be able to fully control the RC car with only one hand. This is a boon for younger children who can’t hold a controller in their hands. The watch uses small batteries and the car is quick to respond to any gesture changes. While the controls are pretty straightforward, the car can do stunts galore thanks to the powerful motor and non-slip wheels. You can even turn on the mist spray and demo mode from the watch, which puts on quite a show.
The controller, on the other hand, is more finicky but allows for a bit more control. It’s great if you’re also a fan of RC cars. While standard RC car controllers work fine, there’s something satisfying about the ability to move your hand and watch the little car swerve like crazy.
- Improved battery life
- Gesture-based remote control watch
- Highly maneuverable
- A bit heavier
The Bot Carz AZ1 is a fantastically unique toy, which we love and I will certainly be getting both Fin and Beau one this Christmas. If you want to get a toy that can help improve your child’s reflexes and hand-eye coordination, this RC car is an excellent choice, one that I can’t recommend enough.