Posted by Marc-Andre Bazergui (bazmarc) March 08, 2019 ROBOT REMIX #6 Share Get link Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Other Apps Post a Comment
Also, pricing of the kit is higher than NXT and you have to buy the software separately and most of the popular add-ons are a little pricey, too.
I bought a VEX kit off ebay (brand new, but a good price). You can't program it. You have to purchase the programming kit.
You know what the programming kit is? A connector cable and a CD. You know how much it costs? $99 (plus shipping).
Throw the other items on top of that, and it gets expensive. Plus, you need 14 AA batteries to run it (8 for the remote, 6 for the "brain box"). Yes, you can buy a power pack for it, but that costs you yet more money.
I am seriously considering selling my VEX kit and buying more LEGO stuff.
I bought the VEX to learn about micro controllers and get experience using servos. The VEX gears fit with Lego gears and I have built combination Robot using Lego and VEX when I wanted a remote controlled robot. The size of the VEX and some of its accessories were other reasons I bought it. The omni directional wheels, larger wheels and tank tracks are nice for robots which are used outside.
Overall, the Mindstorms product is superior in my opinion and robots can be built and programmed much quicker than using the Vex system.
I hope we learn why the Vex is going to be dropped.