Ping pong is a game that takes skill and a whole lot of practice to perfect. With so many different shots to learn and different ways to play the game if you aren’t devoted to getting better and improving your game it can be hard to compete against top players. This is particularly true if you don’t have a coach or friends willing to put in the time needed for you to work on certain shots but recent develops may be on hand to save the day.
The ping pong robot is a new innovation brought about by the progress of technology. As the saying goes, it takes two to tango and not long ago it also took two to play ping pong. However, with the help of technology, you can now play the sport all by yourself – with the help of a ping-pong training robot. This type of robot can perform mainly two things, fire the ping pong balls and catch them. It also gives the user the option to program and customize how the balls are fired meaning you can practice certain types of shot and improve any weaknesses you may have.
A ping pong robot is a great way to hone your table tennis skills. To some extent, it’s a better training partner than an actual human. For one, the service of a ping pong robot is accurate. You can also program it to serve the ball in a particular spot in the table over and over again. It’s a good way to master different types of strokes. Other than strokes, you can also practice your footwork.
Additionally, a ping pong robot can feed the ball faster than humans. Most robots can be programmed to serve a certain number of balls per minute. Robots with a catch net system will also minimize interruptions in your practice as there is no longer a need to pick up the balls one by one on the floor. Robots can be programmed according to the style and quirks of its user. You can program near every detail of the robot’s style mean you can also program if it’s right-handed or left-handed to suit your needs depending on what type of opponents you most struggle against or who you are playing next. Lastly, you can play as long as you want, not always the case if you practice too long with a friend or family member!
Features of Ping Pong Robots
Look for robots made from sturdy materials as this can play a huge role not only in the durability of your machine but also to its performance.
Buy a robot that can be programmed to play many strokes and play styles. One setback of tennis robots is its predictability. A robot with several playing modes decreases its sense of predictability, making it more realistic and beneficial for training. Robots can either be programmed through a digital or analogue manner but most buyers usually opt to go for the machine that has a remote control so they can control the robot from wherever they are.
- Catch-net system
A catch net system is a make or break feature for some users. Many people prefer to buy a robot with a catch-net system so as to avoid having to pick up the ping pong balls they return to the robots side of the table. Most are able to feed balls from 12-80 balls per minute. While, on the other hand, the catch-net system can catch around 150 balls per hour.
The number of balls a Robot can fire and catch
Look for a robot that can feed and catch at least 150 balls per minute.
Ping pong robots come in different shapes, sizes, and price range. Some are more suitable for beginners while others are more appropriate for serious players.
Below is a list of the best ping pong robots available on the market today.
Ping Pong Robot Reviews
1. Newgy Robo-Pong 2050
The winner in this list of best ping pong robots is the Robo-Pong 2050. It is a revolutionary ping pong robot designed to provide precision and accuracy in serving the ball. Robo-Pong 2050 is created by Newgy Industries, a renowned company in making ping pong robots. What we love about this robot is that it has three modes namely the normal mode, drill mode and random mode. The normal mode is for those who like to take it easy. The robot serves the ball according to the specifications entered into by the user. The drill mode, on the other hand, gives the player the chance to choose among 64 pre-installed drills for various playing levels. The player is also given the option to customize his own drill routine. Lastly, the random mode will keep the user on his toes as the robot will play in a more challenging and unpredictable manner.
What is nice about the product is that it is very easy to set-up and use. However, programming plays into the robot is a bit hard because its PC connection is still a PS2 connection rather than a USB connection as most devices are these days. The Robo-Pong 2050 includes, Recycling Net System w/side nets, Ball Thrower w/oscillation, Digital Control Panel (6 languages), a training Manual, set-up DVD, and four Dozen 40mm Robo-Balls. We give this robot 4.8 out of five stars.
2. Paddle Palace H2W Touch Pro Ping Pong Robot
Paddle Palace H2W Touch Pro Ping Pong Robot is the one to watch out for. With the gorgeous interface and huge recycling net, this robot takes everything to a whole new level. The Paddle Palace H2W has an LCD touchscreen and a spin indicator panel. The LCD touchscreen makes programming the ball plays easier. The robot has 30 built-in play sequences which can be modified to the liking of the player.
Aside from those 30 pre-installed sequences, the player can also customize nine plays. The Spin Indicator, on the other hand, indicates the type of spin the robot will use before it serves. This will allow the player to anticipate the movement of the robot much like a really human opponent. It also has a sleek design which everyone will surely love. However, the main drawback about this table tennis robot is its price. It comes in a very hefty price which may dissuade some from purchasing. However, this robot is the real deal. Four and a half stars for the Paddle Palace robot.
3. Butterfly Amicus Professional Robot
This robot here is one that will put up a real fight against the Paddle Palace H2W robot. It weighs only a measly 24 pounds and has the dimensions 32 x 15 x 14 inches. The Butterfly Amicus Professional Robot allows the user to adjust the speed, spin and trajectory of the ball. Like the previous ping pong robots, the user is also given the opportunity to customize his or her play sequence.
The player is also allowed to program the cycle of the games to include breaks and pauses much like a real game. It also has an Individual Frequency Control (IFC) function which allows the player to adjust the ball intervals. What we really like about this product is that it can be controlled wirelessly. It can turned on and off wirelessly. But, some users point out that it is a bit in the expensive end and they have a hard time figuring out how to use the device. 4.3 out of 5 stars for the Butterfly Amicus.
4. Newgy Robo-Pong 1050
The Newgy Robo-Pong is the smaller (and cheaper) brother of the Newgy Robo-Pong 2050, which is also featured in this list. The main difference between the 1050 and the 2050 is that 1050 does not have a PC interface. Instead, it is controlled by a digital control panel which has six languages installed. Like its brother, the 1050 also has three modes – the normal mode, random mode, and drill mode. The robot can do different footwork, train strokes, transitions, and other ping pong skills. It can also do different spins like right sidespin, left sidespin, topspin, backspin, and combination spin. The user can also choose different shots like chop, serve, push, lob, counter and fast loop. The head angle can also be adjusted from low to high. The Robo-Pong 1050 comes with an extender cage, four dozen 40mm robo-balls, training manual, and set-up DVD.
The device is rather easy to set up with the help with the set-up DVD and training manual. However, the power cord of the robot is a bit short so an extension cord is a much needed thing in order to use the 1050. Also, the head of the robot is a big higher than the usual ping pong robots so there is a need to put the robot a bit farther from the tabl. We give 4.2 out of five stars for this one.
5. SmartPong Ping Pong Robot
Out of all the ping pong Robots included in this list, SmartPong is the most expensive. This sleekly and well-designed table tennis robot weighs a meager 50 pounds. The device is aesthetically attractive because there are no revealed wires in the unit. The player can choose between four play modes, which can be picked by the player using only an infrared remote control.
There is no longer a need to manually adjust the unit. The player can also choose from nine pre-installed drills. He or she can also customize drills to suit his liking. The player can program the location, speed, and spin of the play sequence separately. This robot is also rather easy to assemble and use. However, as past users of this table tennis robot would note, it is rather difficult to get hold of spare parts of this robot. Also, many are discouraged upon seeing its price tag. But for those who have money to spare and are serious about table tennis, this robot is the one for you. We give 4.1 of five stars for the Smart Pong Robot.
6. Practice Partner 20
The Practice Partner is also known as Y&T V-981. The robot is able to perform four spins namely the topspin, sidespin, backspin, and combination spin. It can effectively perform up to 8 variations. Some parts of the robot are made from alloy, hence it weighs roughly around seven kilograms. But this certainly pays off because the Practice Partner 20 is one sturdy and stable training partner. For example, the feeding unit of the robot is made from alloy with resistant rubber, which results into more stabilized ball direction. The robot can feed 25 to 80 balls per minute.
Just like the previous training robot, the Practice Partner 20 does not come with a catch net. So if you don’t intend picking up balls, also throw in a catch net with it. Some previous buyers also noted that there were times when the balls would get stuck. We were a bit disappointed that the unit did not come with a manual. We give the Practice partner four stars out of five.
7. Newgy Robo-Pong 540 Ping Pong/Ping-Pong Robot
Another Ping-Pong Robot brought to you by Newgy, the 540 is the ‘analog’ brother of the 1050 and 2050. Unlike the previous Newgy robots, 540 is controlled using analog controls – yes, the dial knobs the whole enchilada. But do not get fooled, the 540 can deliver the ball using five different spins namely the backspin, topspin, right sidespin, left sidespin, and combination spin. This is more than what some digital robots could do. The head of the robot can also be adjusted up and down. Like with the other Newgy robots, the 540 can also do several shots like the fast loop, counter, serve, chop and lob. The ball bucket of the 540 can hold a maximum of 120 balls.
This is significantly cheaper than the previously discussed Newgy robots. But previous buyers noted the lack of a catch net. So if you intend to buy this, do not forget to also buy a catch net with it. Also, we found the head of the robot a bit too high. We give the Newgy 540 3.9 stars out of five.
8. iPong Original Ping Pong Robot
The iPong Original Ping Pong Robot is the perfect training robot for amateurs and novice. It comes in very cheap and get the job done. Just like the other training robots, this one can also be controlled using a remote control. The player has the option to choose the spin and power of the ball. The robot has three spin settings namely heavy topspin, topspin, and underspin. The player also has the option to choose the frequency of balls per minute, which can range from 12 to 70 balls per minute. The robot can hold 110 balls.
As noticeable, the iPong can only perform the three aforementioned spin settings, it cannot do a backspin. Aside from that, it is also battery operated. This feature can be a make or break factor for some buyers. It is also worth-mentioning that this unit does not come with the ping pong balls. Some previous buyers pointed out that they were dismayed that the robot did not come with balls. But overall, the iPong Original Ping PongRobot is the perfect training robot that wants a basic training partner for a reasonable price. We give the iPong three and a half stars out of five.
9. Killerspin 700-02 Throw Ping Pong Robot
Throw is Killerspin’s first ever ping pong robot. The robot weighs only 17 pounds, lighter than most training robots on the market. Like the Robo-Pong robots, this Killerspin robot has three modes namely: program mode, fixed mode, and random mode. The user also has the option to choose the serve frequency, spins, and serve placement of the robot. It is controlled using a remote control.
What is nice about this ping pong robot is that it is already pre-assembled. The user no longer need to worry about assembling the unit. All the user has to do is hang it on the other side of the table and plug it on. On the downside, previous buyers commented that the ball tray has an awful design because the balls do not go the down hole because they lock with each other. We noted the lack of the capability to do a side spin, back spin, and combination spin. We give the Killerspin 3.1 stars out of five.
10 . Y&T Ping Pong Training Robot S27
The top ten on our list of best ping pong robots is The Y&T Ping Pong Training Robot S27. It is made from aluminum alloy, steel, and ABS plastic. The robot weighs around 60.8 pounds. Each of the robot’s head has eight different spin selection, which has a serve frequency of 25 to 85 balls a minute. On the other hand, the server speed is 4-50 m/sec. What we like about this training robot is that the spot and sequence is programmable. Even the angle of the serve loop is also adjustable from zero to 40 degrees. However, we find that the recycling net system is not wide enough. We give the S27 3 out of 5 stars.