Overview of the Newgy Robo Pong 1040+
The Newgy Robo Pong 1040+ is the next step up from the Newgy Robo Pong 540. The 1040 has some exciting new features that differ from the older model that make this Table Tennis training robot worthwhile to review. Take a look at some of its features and key characteristics and then decided if this training robot is the right choice for you.
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- Designed by Newgy, a leading Ping-Pong robot manufacturer
- Analogue controls for ball speed, frequency and oscillation; Holds approximately 200 balls
- Available spins: topspin, backspin, left sidespin, right sidespin, combination spin
- Available shot selection: push, chop, serve, counter, lob, fast loop
- Fits all standard ping-pong tables and conversion top game tables, and is easy to set-up, use, take down, store and transport. No assembly or tools required
- Play ping-pong with Robo-Pong – by yourself or with family and friends – to improve your game, get a great workout or just for fun!
Newgy Robo-Pong 1040 vs Newgy Robo-Pong 540
- 1040 can hold 200 ping pong balls
- 540 can hold 120 ping pong balls.
- 1040 can oscillate or swivel.
- 540 cannot oscillate or swivel.
- 1040 ball speed: 75mph
- 540 ball speed:70mph
- 1040 shot frequency: 90 balls per minute
- Newgy 540 shot frequency: 60 balls per minute.
- 1040: Can upgrade to 2050
- 540: Cannot upgrade to 2050
You should purchase the Newgy 1040+ robot if you are looking for a mid-tier Table Tennis training robot that will provide endless hours of fun for a fraction of the cost compared to the more expensive Table Tennis training robots. While the 1040 doesn’t have a ball recycling system, it can be purchased and added onto the robot later if you so choose. In addition, the robot comes with a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee, One Year Limited Warranty Plus A Five Year Manufacturer Service Policy.
The Newgy Robo-Pong 1040 is an entry level Table Tennis robot. It has a motorized rotating head that moves side to side to allow more practice options and the head of the robot can also be turned to produce all kinds of spin (full 360° turn). The robot also has the ability to change the frequency and speed of the shots. At first glance, this robot seems to have everything you would need for a very reasonable price; however, my overall experience with the Robo-Pong 1040 has been poor.
These are the various issues I encountered when playing with this robot.
- The spin that the robot produces is not realistic because the amount of spin is dependent on the speed setting. Basically a spinning wheel in the head box will spin faster with a higher speed setting and slower with a lower setting, which means that the higher the speed setting, the more spin the balls will have. This is extremely noticeable when you set the robot to side or back spin. You will realize that the spin is nowhere near what a real player can produce. Therefore, the only spin setting that is useful is the topspin setting.
- The balls often jam in the robot. I believe that this is just a fundamental problem with the robot’s design. When I play, the balls will jam numerous times while going through a full sequence of shots (200 balls), sometimes the jam is as frequent as every 3-5 balls.
- The balls also often skip. When you play with the robot for a while, you will be able to tell when the ball will be shot out. However, due to the design of the robot, the robot will often skip a shot. This is caused by the robot inside the bucket not picking up a ball, which in turn pushes the top ball out of the robot. This also means that sometimes you have to walk over to the robot to shake the bucket so that the balls can be picked up at the bottom
- The head rotating and frequency settings are not synchronized. If you want to practice footwork, ideally you would want the balls to be shot out towards the two corners, however, once you set the rotation to the two corners, the frequency of the shots will not match up with the frequency of the rotating head. This means that the balls will be shot out pretty much at random across the table instead of the two corners (or wherever you have it set as).
Overall, this robot may only be good if you want to set it at one setting and shoot the balls at one location. If you are expecting to be able to practice footwork or different spins, this is not the robot for you. Considering there aren’t really many options for robots in this price range, this robot is good enough with what it can do, but don’t think that it can be compared to a higher end model.