The Newgy Robo-Pong 540 Table Tennis Robot is a fun and easy to use Robot. It helps you to practice your shots without the need of a partner. It offers a wide variety of features. The model features analog controls which can be used to adjust the speed and frequency of the balls.
There are various spin options available – topspin, backspin, left & right sidespin, and combination spin. You can even select the type of shot you want to practice like push, chop, serve, counter, lob, or fast loop.
- Highly durable, will last for years
- Head can be set up or down to practice various shots
- Easy Analog knobs that provide various settings
- Can be upgraded to 1040 with with the RP540 Upgrade Kit
- Too much spin with no option to adjust
- No explicit on-off button
At first the look of the robot might feel a bit lightweight and plastic and you might think this piece is very fragile. But that is not the case. If you keep this ping pong robot with care, it will run for a long time period, probably years without causing any issue. Some customers have commented that the basket of the robot is too small to keep all the balls. While this may be a problem, an easy workaround on this will help you solve the problem. Just tape or stick some cardboard along the sides of the robot and here, you have a robot with a lot of extra space! You can dock nearly 150 balls on this piece with some adjustments. It can easily fit all standard ping-pong tables and conversion top game tables. Setting up the table is very easy and if you any issue in understanding, you get a manual along with easy instructions on the robot. Due to its lightweight, storing and transporting the robot is also easy.
A common problem that has been noticed about the Robo 450 is the amount of spin it generates. This robot generates a huge amount of spin which might be considered okay for top spin shots, but otherwise, it’s very difficult to be replicated humanly. Top spin is pretty good, back spin a little weird. The way the balls come out from backspin isn’t very human like. This problem though is only noticed when you up the speed of the robot too much. You might wish that there should have been an option of setting the spin to high, medium, or low.
The robot is said to jam the balls every once in a while, but this problem is there with almost every robot in this price range. Moreover, jamming is inversely proportional to the frequency set on the settings. So the balls only get stuck at extremely low speed which you are most unlikely to use. Set the speed knob at six or greater and you won’t probably face this issue. Choosing the right size of the balls will also help you avoid the problem. 40mm balls work perfectly with this robot. Though the new models from Newgy claim to handle all size of balls, including 40+ mm.
If you add some upgrades on the robot then your practice sessions will become more enjoyable and easy. You can buy the inexpensive Ball Catch Net separately for capturing the ball. If you want to invest further money, you can turn your 540 into a 1040 with the RP540 Upgrade Kit. It’s not that expensive and worth it for serious players.
There’s no explicit on-off switch on the robot. The speed adjustment knob also works as the on-off switch. This means that you will miss the first 3-4 balls while setting the speed. This might get a little annoying sometimes. The length of the cord is okay and if you want to have increased length, then you can use an extension cord for the purpose. But if you have a socket nearby your table, then this won’t be a problem.
The Robo-Pong 540 comes with an easy-to-use rotating spin head. This makes it simple to choose between one of eight different types of spin by simply twisting the knob on the front of the robot. One great bonus to this robot is that you can set it at various heights on the table. This means that it can deliver balls from lots of different positions. This is a huge advantage as most of the robots available in the market are fixed and can only shoot balls from the center of the table. You can place the Robo-Pong 540 close to the net or right in the corner of the table, wherever you desire.
You can even change the angle of the robot to down which will help you practice serve returns. This way that it shoots the ball into its own side of the table, letting you receive balls in the form of a serve. It makes the robot almost identical to having a human training partner. You can also change the angle to up to practice smashing against high balls.
The Robo-Pong 540 includes Ball Thrower, Ball Bucket, Analog Control Box, 4 Dozen 40mm Robo-Balls and Owner’s Manual.