Updated: December 2017
Best Ping Pong Training Device - Newgy Robo Pong 2050:Ping pong is a great recreational game played around the world. Many of us are just that, 'recreational players'. Some of us, however, aspire to become better than average and need a good training partner. We don't always have access to someone in our local area that is better than us, so turning to table tennis training devices is what we are left with. Sure one on one experience is invaluable, but being able to consistently practice certain shots is very important for consistency and overall improvement. In the past players would simple fold up the other end of the table and hit against the 'wall' as we called it. Not the best, but sufficient at least in forcing yourself to keep the ball in play. With technology came training devices such as the iPong and ReturnBoard - both popular in their own right. The iPong retails for $100 and gets reasonable reviews online but it's limited and doesn't give you enough variety. The ReturnBoard ($600) is good for the advanced players, but may be lacking for those that are intermediate in skill and want to get to the next level. That is where the Newgy Robo Pong products come into the scene. There are 5 models to choose from ranging from $200 to $650. Yes, some are expensive, but owner reviews are more than positive in regards to what the Robo Pong product offers.
Which Newgy Table Tennis Robot is Right for You - The latest Newgy is the Robo-Pong 2050 and at $650 it is the most expensive. The digital controls are a huge improvement over the previous models and certainly worth a look. The 2040 system includes the netting which I say is essential to not having to chase down all the balls once you hit them over the table to the other side. The only real difference between the 2040 and 2050 is that the 2050 now features the digital controls. A few owners commented in online posts that the balls got stuck/jammed in the device. That is something we have not seen in the 2050, so perhaps they have solved that problem. The 1040 holds up to 200 balls and fits on all standard ping pong tables or conversion top game tables. There is no assembly or tools required so setup is easy and quick. Some people mention they believe the 1040 is better than the 2040 - they say the net assembly on the 2040 is time consuming. Other feedback on the 1040 says the balls do get stuck, but washing them (per Newgy) will alleviate the issue. The 1050 is similar to the 1040, except again that is features the digital controls. If you need to order more of the balls designed for the machines, you can get the Newgy Robo-Balls Here.