If you’re looking for an affordable three-wheel table tennis robot, you’ve probably had your eye on the Power Pong 2001! But is it a good choice? Here’s my full review.
You may have noticed that the Power Pong 2001 looks very similar to a Butterfly Amicus robot. That’s because they’re made by the same factory in Hungary!
Power Pong 2001
The Power Pong 2001 is a mid-range table tennis robot sold by Power Pong. It retails for $1,299.
Let’s look at its features in detail…
As I’ve already mentioned, the Power Pong 2001 is a three-wheel robot. Exactly the same as a Butterfly Amicus robot.
These new three-wheel robots were first released in 2013 and since then they’ve made all other robots look really out of date!
The main advantage of buying a table tennis robot with a three-wheel head is that it can produce every type of spin imaginable, during a single point/exercise, without the head having to be rotated.
Three-wheel robots are really easy to use, extremely accurate, and give you a much more realistic playing experience. You can even adjust the amount of spin on each ball.
If you start training with a three-wheel robot (like the Power Pong 2001) you’ll never want to go back to anything else!
The Power Pong 2001 allows you to create drills with up to six balls, including a service at the start. That’s two less than the Power Pong 5000 but I actually think that six balls are probably plenty.
And with the Power Pong 2001, you can still make all of the same adjustments to the speed, spin and placement of each ball in the drill as you can with the Power Pong 5000.
Regarding memory, you can store up to 22 drills on the Power Pong 2001. That isn’t loads but it’s still a decent number. And you can always delete a drill you don’t often use if you run out of space.
The RND mode is very cool. It adds an element of randomness to the placement of balls so that it’s more like playing against a human.
And the AFC (Automatic Frequency Control) cleverly changes the time between two balls based on the type of shot it was. So if the first ball was a serve or a push, you’ll get longer before the second balls gets fired at you than if the first ball was a topspin loop. Smart!
Power Pong robots are sold by USATT Hall of Famer Attila Malek. And he offers an incredible three-year warranty with every robot he sells.
That means, if anything goes wrong with your Power Pong robot during the first three years, your machine will be fixed or replaced immediately. You can’t ask for more than that!
Power Pong receives its robots directly from the manufacturer (LCS) in Hungary and Attila (and others) have been trained to repair these machines.
Buy a Power Pong 2001
I think the Power Pong 2001 is the best mid-range table tennis robot you can buy. Obviously, the Power Pong 5000 is a better robot. But for the price, the Power Pong 2001 is awesome!
- $1,299 from PowerPong.org (USA & Canada)
- £1,399 from PowerPong.co.uk (UK)
- €1.599 from PowerPong.eu (Europe)
Power Pong table tennis robots are currently only available in the US/Canada and the UK – but the good news is that new regional distributors are being added in 2020.