Arrma put "special" programing for their HW esc's,they limited bec output and got rid of alot of features.I like my Max8 much better than stock.Yes just ease of programming. Going by the manual there is only 4 different adjustments, look at the old hobbywing card on the left, it has 12 different adjustments, you would think the newer ESC would have the same if not more adjustment features
Most importantly for me is you can run a 5s lipo where the stock one can't. There are other features and when I make my way to the basement I'll get back with you on them
Looking at my max 8 program and the outcast manual, the max 8 has adjustable BEC voltage, reverse strength, drag brake, ability to set lipo cell count, adjustable cutoff voltage, adjustable thermal shutdown. That's alot of extra features that arrma had cut out"Way better" and "much better"?
What does it offer over the stock ESC?
I really like Traxxas and there beginner mode. I also run a flysky gt3c, it has adjustable throttle end points so u can set it up to only give 50% or however lil u want them to haveI don't understand why they neuter these esc with factory programming that you can't change. At least ARRMA set it up properly. I've seen some dynamite programmed hobbywing stuff that is literally trash. They bump up the punch super high, talk about breaking stuff!!! The cool thing about fully programable stuff is you can set things like cutoff voltage, current etc that can help make the RC more kid friendly. You simply don't give the trasmitteright I junior to 6S 10lb truck w/o a backup plan... That's one thing Traxxas does well. With the beginner mode.