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 IPONG robot review:

IPONG aka Joola Table Tennis Buddy

"IPONG is the affordable, portable table tennis practice buddy that plays with you tirelessly. Set your own pace with this attractive accessory, from casual to a blistering ball-feed that will give you a world-class workout. Adjust the IPONG to give you underspin, topspin or heavy topspin balls and blast away!

No more waiting for a practice partner! More like a live opponent rather than a ‘playback feature,’ IPONG can continuously shoot more than 100 balls before reloading. It assembles in minutes and never tires!

Be the envy of the neighbors when they see this fun unit in action, or keep it as your secret weapon and let them wonder how you improved your game so fast!

Use IPONG for hours of fun on any table tennis table. It’s a smart way to maximize your use of your existing table and its modern, sleek design is pleasing and fitting for any gameroom décor."

Features:

  • Sleek patent-pending design
  • Easy to use and assemble
  • Great workout buddy
  • Portable (take it to a friend’s house!)
  • Adjustable frequency
  • Sharpen your skills
  • 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • A new reason to use your table again
  • A must-have for every table tennis table owner

Technical Specifications:

  • 3 Different Spins: Underspin, Topspin, Heavy Topspin
  • Frequencies: From 12 Balls/Min - 70 Balls/Min
  • Max Ball Capacity: 110
  • Gross Weight/Unit: 4 lbs
  • Box Dimensions: 12.25" x 12.25" x 9.25"
  • Net Weight/Unit: 2.5 lbs
  • Assembled Unit: 18.75" H x 11" W x 11" D
  • Unassembled Unit: 6.5" H x 11" W x 11" D
  • Head Angle: Fixed
  • Power Source: UL/CE, Listed 12 V A/C Adapter, Input 100V~220V
  • Setup: Less than 1 Min with no tools or extra equipment necessary.
  • Compatibility: Use on all standard sized table tennis tables - 9' long 5' wide
  • Warranty: Product includes a one-year warranty.

Download IPONG ROBOT PDF Instructions (1.9Mb)

Comparison: IPONG vs Newgy Robo-Pong 540

  IPONG Newgy Robo-Pong 540
Max balls/min 70 63
Min balls/min 12 13
Max ball capacity 110 86
Top-spin/Back-spin Yes Yes
Side-spin No Yes
Vary ball speed No Yes
Net weight 2.5 lbs 5.6 lbs
Price inc. US shipping $129 $229

 

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 IPONG Robot Reviews

 

Here is a more comprehensive comparison between these  IPONG vs Newgy Robo-Pong 540

 

Reviews:

Comments:
It's great to see a new robot coming out at such a cheap price, and let's hope they continue bringing out new ones! Judging from people that have tried it, this robot does seem to function well, and is no doubt excellent value.

People that are after an entry level robot should seriously consider whether it's not worth spending a little more and get the Robo-Pong 540 instead though. The lack of sidespin of the IPONG is not that big a deal, but the fact that you can't vary the speed is quite a drawback for anyone that want to use for something more serious. Newgy also has a proven track record and tons of support, so a higher price-tag is justified... but if you're on a real tight budget, than the IPONG looks like a decent choice.

I would guess this robot is aimed purely at the recreational market, and can be a lot of fun and does have the potential to improve some aspects of your game, but more seriously players should probably look at something with a bit more flexibility.

Review 1: Dec '09 author unknown:
Used this extensively over the weekend at my club. Moderate topspin on "heavy" topspin setting. On underspin setting very little if any underspin. Useless for underspin practice.

Speed of the ball is moderate and unchangeable, though the time between each ball can be turned up to an extremely fast level.

The robot is easy to load, though it never uses up all the balls in the hopper. When reloading or moving it around the table (the best thing about it), if a ball falls down into the chute it causes a jam about 1 out of 5 times that was difficult to clear.

The balls are delivered quite long and the only way to adjust this is to put something under the back edge to tilt it a bit forward. It seems to be set up for cross-court shots. Setting it up to go square to the table (such as a down the line shot) will result in about 1 out of 4 shots going long off the table.

The machine is also quite noisy and since it is plastic, returned balls hitting it (which happens often) make a loud and annoying ping. If I owned one myself I'd wrap the thing in sponge or bubble wrap.

Overall, not bad for practicing off the bounce blocks against topspin or slow loops off the table. For the price, that may be good enough, but don't expect much more.

Review 2: Jan '10, author unknown:

The iPong is the best $129 I've ever spent.

I read a review which was not exactly a rave, but bought it anyway. The review complained that it doesn't finish all the balls in the bin, it gets jammed, it's noisy and it overshoots the table on the heavy top spin setting. Well, it doesn't finish _three_ balls out of 110 in the bin, it has never jammed for me and the noise is not bad at all. (About as loud as a household fan.) It does overshoot on the heavy topspin setting if you are going down the middle, so aim it corner to corner, or slide your cell phone under it to aim it down a bit.

That's the bad stuff. I wouldn't ask iPong to fix any of that if it meant it goes a penny over $129.

The good stuff is, number one, if I forgot to mention, it's $129! Next, it holds a ton of balls, it shoots predictably so you can practice your strokes, it has three spins and a wide selection of ball frequencies. It took me two minutes to take it out of the box and start playing with it, and when I was done I picked it up and moved it. No screws, no neoprene rubber, no disassembly. Beyond that, it simply looks cool. Really cool. It has a bad-ass, sleek design in all black, a killer metallic silver logo, and no exposed moving parts. Even the _box_ it comes in is beautifully designed. Frankly, I think it raises my coolness factor as a table tennis enthusiast to use it.

Bottom line, thanks to iPong, I can practice every day, and next time I play Tom, I'm going to destroy him.

 

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