I’m going to do a quick review of the Table Tennis Robot AMDT Y&T B3 or the RO buddy.
When it comes to table tennis robots, most people will choose from more renowned ones like the Newgy or iPong. But there is a brand called AMDT Y&T which is not as well-known.
There are actually quite a few models of table tennis robots that have been released by the company. And this includes the model that we want to discuss now, which is the Table Tennis Robot AMDT Y&T B3 or the RO buddy.
This robot can works with both poly and celluloid balls. You can choose either of the balls, but you can’t mix them to be used together. It can hold up to 150 balls. This is enough for you to practice and play alone if you can’t find a companion to play with you.
The weight of this robot is about 6 lbs. It can let you adjust for 3 different types of spins, which are topspin, backspin, and no-spin. It can shoot up to 80 balls per minute.
This robot can be great for you to practice and to improve your ping pong skills.
Test On The Robot
After loading it up, I set it to shoot at a fixed position, where it just shoots to the corner of the table. When the robot starts up, it actually starts out pretty slow and you have to turn up the speed.
You can adjust the setting with the wireless remote control. The remote has buttons like pause, top wheel spin plus-minus, bottom wheel plus-minus, as well as frequency changes.
On the plus side, it’s a very affordable robot. It cost me just about $300 on Megaspin. It came with a ball picker and other accessories. There are also a couple of ping pong balls that come together with the robot.
Once you get the settings right, it’s actually very accurate and it can throw the balls to the position where you want them to be. It actually provides very good topspin on the ball. However, it is just not very good while throwing the ball with the backspin.
As far as I can tell, the robot also has an oscillating feature where it will shoot the ball to the corners. This is really helpful for people to practice their movement or footwork while training on their stroke.
So if you get the settings right, it does what it promises and it’s very reliable in terms of performance.
The issue you may have with it is the little control panel down at the bottom of the robot that lets you adjust the robot. It can be rather difficult to maneuver because you can’t choose digitally and it is hard for you to see what settings are at. It has 6 different settings for topspin and backspin and 9 settings for frequency.
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You can only tell of the settings when it starts shooting balls off the back of the table. If the topspin is too high, for example, it may be difficult to figure out what you need to adjust to get the settings right. You may need some time to figure this out.
This Table Tennis Robot AMDT Y&T B3 comes with a small remote control. It is a little tricky to use because it can be difficult to play and adjust the remote at the same time. It also doesn’t work every time – sometimes it just stops working when you are trying to click it.
There is another model above the B3 known as the B5 which I didn’t even see on Megaspin. I wish I had the chance to try that model out because it has a display on the front that shows you the speed settings, which I’m sure would be immensely useful.
So in order for me to get the right settings on this robot, I have to click the ‘-‘ button four times from the bottom all the way and then click it four times up for topspin, and then reset the frequency. I then have to click six times to get the right frequency.
This is all a bit of a hassle. I find that it ends up shooting a lot of balls long off the table. It’s a full-size table and if I’m playing a forehand loop and getting a topspin on it, it’ll shoot so many balls off the corner of the table.
That’s pretty frustrating because, in a real game, you couldn’t just let balls go by. You have to pretty much swing at everything. So I don’t find this part of the machine up to my expectations.
- You can get this robot at a very affordable price compared to others.
- It can provide you with consistent shots.
- Very reliable in terms of performance.
- There is a learning curve in learning how to maneuver the settings.
- The remote control sometimes does not work. It just doesn’t sync well with the machine.
- It cannot perform random shots.
- There is no pre-set training program for this robot.
I heard that there is a similar version of this table tennis robot which is from Tibhar that comes with the settings display in front and at the side of the robot. You might want to find out more about it if you have a Tibhar distributor near where you live and you intend to buy a table tennis robot like this one for you to train. At the end of the day, table tennis robots are really valuable for practice and can really help you improve on your game.