Smartpong Table Tennis Robot Review
Let us first see how the Smartpong actually works and then move on to its features, pros & cons, and our verdict.
How Smartpong Works?
Smartpong is the ultimate next-gen technology in the direction of fully automatic Ping Pong Robots. It has this great method so that you do not have to waste your time after collecting the balls.
First of all the machine comes with a ball catching net. It covers the major section of the opposite edge of the table and covers a certain area of the sides as well. So whenever you strike the ball, it does not fly away outside the table.
There is a little gap between the edge of the table and the ball catching net. Here, all the balls are gathered up.
Now the ball collector comes in the picture. The task of the ball collector is to collect and sequence all the balls in a tube-like path at the bottom of the robot.
And from here, the Smartpong Table Tennis Robot picks up the ball and shoots it to you. And that is how the cycle continues.
Although it is true that the ball will not fall on the desired ball line-up gap all the time and may stay on the table only, you can easily wipe them away manually. It is not bothersome at all compared to dancing around the room, trust me.
What About Technology Used?
The Smartpong Table Tennis Robot comes with an LCD equipped remote control. The screen makes it pretty easy to handle various functions.
You can use the robot in 4 different playing modes. The first one is the Automatic Mode, choosing it you will be given a drill with pre-defined factory shots. The machine will shoot according to what is already defined.
If you are willing to practice a certain shot, you can use the manual mode. Here you will be able to define the ball trajectory, speed, spin, frequency, and location. It is an ultimate way to master a certain shot or improve your weak zone.
The next one is the memory cycle mode. Here you will be able to manually define the shot specifications. However, here you are allowed to make a sequence of up to 9 balls. So you will be able to make a perfect drill for yourself.
Now the last one is the manual swing mode. Here the Ping Pong Robot will throw the ball in two different directions to train you effectively.
Making use of all these functions, you will surely be able to level up your game.
Features of Smartpong Table Tennis Robot
As we already talked about the ball shooting specifications of the Smartpong robot, i.e trajectory, speed, spin, frequency, location and some other features such as automatic ball recycling and the wireless LCD remote, let us take a look at some other features of this Smartpong Table Tennis Robot.
This table tennis machine can make the ball spin in topspin, backspin, and sidespin. Though it is equipped with a single head which makes it both spin and shoot. So there is definitely some spin but you will not be able to get that much spin.
Automatic Power Switching
The Ping Pong Robot comes with a built-in power switching system. It makes it adaptable to work anywhere in the world. Whatever power it will get connected to, it will automatically switch it to its functional power range.
Smartpong Table Tennis Robot comes with an auto timer that will shut down the machine after a period of time and that is 15 minutes. For some people, this may be useful and for some, it may not. However, I do not find this feature useful at all. What is the point of a timer if you are always there to turn off the machine whenever you need to, by yourself.
Most of the low-range robots in the market make a lot of noise. Such noise is distracting and does not let you focus on your game. But this table tennis robot comes with a low noise feature and does its work in utmost silence so that you can enjoy the training completely.
No Heat Generation
With most of the table tennis training robots, you have to make sure to not to have an extended playing session or else the robot will get heated up and its life will be reduced. But with Smartpong Table Tennis Robot, you do not have to worry much. Just practice as much as you want, the machine will not produce heat and will work along with you.
Well, this may sound ridiculous. But it is the utmost truth. Most of the Ping Pong Robots in the market do not come with balls no matter how high the cost is and you have to separately purchase both the things losing some more money.
But the guys at Smartpong are nice and they give 100 ping pong balls free with the robot. That is indeed generous.
Along with 100 ping pong balls, the package comes with a robot, instruction manual, remote control, and instructional DVD.