The DHS A2002 is the second cheapest table tennis racket produced by DHS and part of their premade series. DHS is the most well-known and established table tennis brand in China. They usually produce very high-quality equipment. Here is our full review of the racket.
At €14.90, this is a very cheap table tennis racket. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean it is good value. Let’s look at the rubbers and blade used for the DHS A2002 racket to work out if it is any good.
Here’s everything you need to know about the DHS A2002 table tennis racket…
The rubbers used on the bat are the ITTF approved DHS PF4-1. These are quite cheap rubbers that are only really used on DHS premade rackets. I guess they are fine if you are looking for something basic but don’t expect to get brilliant performance from them.
The DHS 2-Star blade used on this racket is better than the 1-star blade but still fairly poor quality when compared to proper table tennis blades. This is only suitable for the recreational player. Avoid if you are looking to learn to play table tennis.
The DHS A2002 is only a little bit more expensive than the A1002 and I believe the upgrade of the rubbers from 6512 to PF4-1 fully justifies this.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t love the DHS PF4-1 rubber. It is still very much a cheap Chinese rubber. However, it is noticeable better than the 6512. If you are only a really tight budget then the DHS A2002 with PF4-1 will be good enough. The sponge used on these rubbers is quite hard though and you don’t get loads of feeling/feedback from them.
As I said before, the 2-Star blade is a small improvement but nothing to write home about.
Some of the more expensive DHS rackets have much better rubbers and higher quality blades. You should probably look at those before buying the DHS A2002. The DHSA4002 is quite popular.
To learn more about what to look for in a table tennis racket please read my popular article The Best Table Tennis Bat for Beginners, which is available on my Expert Table Tennis blog.
If you are thinking about buying a DHS A2002 table tennis racket I would personally recommend paying a little bit more and going for the Palio Expert 2 instead. The Palio CJ8000 rubbers used on this racket are a million times better than the DHS PF4-1 used on the A2002.
The wooden Palio Expert 2 blade is also much better quality and more similar to the professional blades you can buy individually. If you were to compare the DHS A2002 to the Palio Expert 2 side-by-side you would immediately be able to notice the difference between the two rackets. The Palio Expert 2 simply feels a lot better to play with.
BUY THE RACKET
You can buy the DHS A2002 table tennis racket from Tabletennis11.com – although, I wouldn’t recommend it.
- Tabletennis11.com: The DHS A2002 racket costs €14.90.
- Palio Expert 2: The best bat for beginners. Only £29.99 (Amazon.co.uk) or $39.99 (Amazon.com)
- Palio Master 2: The best allrounder. Only £34.99 (Amazon.co.uk) or $49.99 (Amazon.com)
- Palio Legend 2: The most powerful bat. Only £39.99 (Amazon.co.uk) or $59.99 (Amazon.com)
You might be interested in reading Ben’s popular article The Best Table Tennis Bat for Beginners, which is available on his Expert Table Tennis blog. And don’t forget to check out all of our other Table Tennis Racket Reviews as well.
Have you used the DHS A2002 racket yourself? What did you think of it? Please share your experiences and leave a review below in the comments.