Is the Ipong good value? Are there better options? Are there other robots in same price bracket, and how do they compare? Is this robot suitable for me?
The IPONG robot, also known as the I-Pong or Joola I-pong Robot Buddy, is a new-comer on the market, and appears to be targeting the recreational table tennis market, as it's simple to use and low cost for a table tennis robot. The only real competitor to this robot is the Newgy Robo-Pong 540 robot, which has been around for decades, although not as heavily promoted as the IPONG. Both robots are American designed and made in China, and retail at around the $250 to $290 mark. How do they compare?
|IPONG||Newgy Robo-Pong 540|
|Max ball capacity||110||86|
|Vary ball speed||No||Yes
|Net weight||2.5 lbs||5.6 lbs|
Just looking at these stats, the Newgy 540 seems to be a little ahead, but if we look in more details we'll find that the 540 is actually miles ahead:
This comparison makes it pretty clear that the Newgy 540 is far superior unit, and since the cost difference between the two is very little, the choice would seem pretty clear to most. In addition to this, Newgy has a great reputation for Robots ranging back several decades, with many users worldwide. So by spending just a little extra, you're getting a much better unit.
NOTE: IPONG has recently released the new IPONG Pro, which is basically the same robot, but with an added oscillation feature, although at a significantly higher price tag as well. It has the same features and limitations as the IPong as illustrated above. The Newgy 1040 is an enhanced version of the Newgy 540 with additional capacity and features, and also with added oscillation features, so if you require oscillation, the 1040 would offer a better comparison.