The iPong V200 table tennis robot is a brilliant tabletop robot that is simple to use and suitable for all levels of players. It was released in 2015 and is part of their new range. Here is our full review.
iPong is a US brand that specializes in producing low-cost, tabletop table tennis robots. iPong robots are sometimes rebranded as “Joola Buddy”. iPong robots are made in China.
Here’s everything you need to know about the iPong V200 table tennis robot…
The iPong V200 has some advanced features. It is able to produce two different types of spin (topspin and backspin). It can hold over 100 table tennis balls, which is a lot more than the iPong Mini or Expert. It also gives you the ability to change the frequency of ball delivery.
The iPong V200 will replace the iPong Original.
The following description comes directly from iPong…
The iPong Pro V200 combines everything you love about the original iPong. This quality table tennis practice partner comes in a radiant green color and provides a world-class workout. With the remote, players can set their own pace, from a casual to blistering ball feed, without having to leave their side of the table! There is no more waiting for a practice partner. This compact machine is more like a live opponent than a playback feature, and it can continuously shoot more than 100 balls before reloading.
This is a basic table tennis robot that is aimed at new players looking to use a robot for developing simple stroke technique.
The iPong V200 table tennis robot is small and lightweight. It is made of plastic and designed to be super portable.
I think it’s best to say right from the start that this is a fairly cheap robot. Some robots, like the Butterfly Amicus Professional, cost close to $2,000! The iPong V200 is on sale for $150. Therefore, you can’t really expect the two robots to be anywhere near comparable.
However, if you are looking for something simple, and don’t want to spend loads of money, the iPong V200 could be a very good option.
I like that it is big enough to be able to hold a decent number of balls. Nobody wants to have to keep stopping to refill the robot every 30 seconds. I also really like that it can produce both topspin and backspin balls. Learning to loop against backspin is one of the best uses of a training robot – as it’s difficult to find beginners you can chop or push backspin consistently. I personally would always advise players to buy a robot with the ability to create backspin balls.
The iPong V200 is also a great way to “test the waters” when it comes to training with a robot. If you find you enjoy it, and you keep up the motivation to practice, then you can always upgrade for a fancier robot. If you decide training with a robot isn’t for you, or you lose interest – at least you haven’t wasted too much money!
Finally, I’m pleased to say that the iPong V200 table tennis robot works well with both the old celluloid 40mm balls and the new plastic 40+ ones. For a while, I know a lot of players were worried that the new balls wouldn’t work in their robots due to the small increase in size – but they do. You can read our ball reviews here.
BUY THE ROBOT
You can buy the iPong V200 from Megaspin.
- Megaspin.net: Buy the iPong V200 for $150.
Or why not check out our favorite table tennis robot, the Newgy Robo-Pong 2050. The Robo-Pong 2050 is the top-of-the-range robot from US company Newgy. It is very reasonably priced and can do everything you might want from a table tennis robot.
- Amazon.com: The best value at $749 (roughly £500).
- Amazon.co.uk: Available for £650. It is imported from the USA.
- Tabletennis11.com: Available for €890.00, with free shipping worldwide.
You might be interested in reading Ben’s popular article The Best Table Tennis Robots, which is available on his Expert Table Tennis blog. And don’t forget to check out all of our other Table Tennis Robot Reviews as well.
Have you used the iPong V200 robot yourself? What did you think of it? Please share your experiences and leave a review below in the comments.