The Newgy Robo-Pong 540 table tennis robot is a brilliant robot that is simple to use and suitable for all levels of players. Here is our review.
Newgy Industries is a US company that is well-known for producing high-quality table tennis robots. Newgy has their own factory in China and all their robots are exclusive to them – they aren’t sticking their logos on other Chinese robots. You can buy from Newgy via Amazon.
NEWGY ROBO-PONG 540
Here’s everything you need to know about the Newgy Robo-Pong 540 table tennis robot…
The Newgy Robo-Pong 540 is a tabletop robot that is able to deliver every spin (except float/no spin) and can place the ball to one spot on the table. The remote control gives the player control over the speed and frequency of ball delivery.
The following description comes directly from Newgy…
The Robo-Pong 540 – Newgy’s fun and easy-to-use ping-pong robot. This model has analog controls to adjust ball speed and frequency. Available spins: topspin, backspin, left sidespin, right sidespin, combination spin. Available shot selection: push, chop, serve, counter, lob, fast loop. Head angle adjustments: from low (serves) to high (lobs). Position the robot anywhere on top of the table to get a variety of angles and trajectories. The Robo-Pong 540 includes Ball Thrower, Ball Bucket (holds approximately 120 balls for several minutes of non-stop play), Analog Control Box, 4 Dozen 40mm Robo-Balls and Owner’s Manual.
And here’s a promotional video produced by Newgy highlighting the features of this robot.
This is a basic table tennis robot that is aimed at new players looking to use a robot for developing simple stroke technique.
The Newgy Robo-Pong 540 table tennis robot is small and portable. This makes it ideal if you are going to need to keep moving it between locations.
All Newgy robots come with the easy-to-use rotating spin head. This makes it simple to choose between one of eight different types of spin by simply twisting the mechanism on the front of the robot. I like this way of selecting the spin as it can be changed really easily.
One great bonus to this robot being able to sit on the table is that it means it can deliver balls from lots of different positions. Most robots are fixed and can only shoot out balls from the center of the table. With the Robo-Pong 540, you can place the robot close to the net or right in the corner of the table.
Another great feature of the Newgy Robo-Pong 540 is the ability to practice receiving serves from it. You can angle the robot down so that it shoots the ball into its own side of the table. This is a really cool feature and it’s easy to position the robot and set the spin so that it is identical to receiving serves from the training partner. You can also angle it up to practice smashing against high balls.
The only negative when it comes to this robot is the possibility of “jamming”. Jamming refers to when a ball gets stuck in the robot and therefore it stops feeding. When this happens you need to go over and fix the issue, perhaps remove the ball, and then start again. Some Newgy Robo-Pong 540 owners have complained of this problem. It isn’t serious, but it can be annoying.
Finally, I’m pleased to say that the Newgy Robo-Pong 540 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 Newgy Robo-Pong 540 from Amazon or Tabletennis11.com;
- Amazon.co.uk: Available for £199.99, with Donic branding.
- Amazon.com: Available for $279 (roughly £200).
- Tabletennis11.com: Available for €295, with free shipping worldwide.
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 Newgy. It is very reasonably priced and can do everything you might want from a table tennis robot.
- Amazon.co.uk: Available for £650. It is imported from the USA.
- Amazon.com: Much better value at $749 (roughly £500).
- 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 Newgy Robo-Pong 540 robot yourself? What did you think of it? Please share your experiences and leave a review below in the comments.