The Segway miniPRO is a versatile hoverboard that comes with an adjustable knee-steering bar that allows users navigate the board easily. The board can be adjusted and controlled through a bluetooth phone app, which has various features that adds security, design, and an overall easier, customizable, and enhanced user experience.
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Pro Safe riding experience
The board, through the application, alerts the user if it detects that the user is riding the board too fast. If this is the case, the force brake feature will decelerate the board and eventually stop once it reaches the speed limit of 10mph. The board also has highly sensitive sensors that detect unsafe riding techniques, such as too much twists and turns, unstable riding positions, and insignificant movements from the rider. Its wheels are installed with refined tread which tightens the grip and lessens chances of skidding.
Pro Smooth and responsive
Even at higher speeds, the board is smooth and responsive. It could be stopped immediately at will. It responds even to slight body movements which allows the user to navigate even at crowded places.
Pro One of the most road adaptive boards available
The miniPRO is one of the most road adaptive boards in the market. It can handle steep slopes (up to 15 degrees) and different road conditions such as rocky, bumpy, or slippery roads. It rides smooth, especially on bumpy and rocky roads, because of its shock-absorbent wheels. The air-filled tires are larger than those of the other boards, thus, making it more able to handle shock and various sorts of terrain.
Pro Allows the user to see real time riding and board status
Through the application, the user can see the status of the board real time. It shows the remaining battery life and the speed that it's currently running. The user can also view the directions that the board is taking, and the current temperature of the board to avoid overheating.
Pro Remote control feature
Through the remote control feature in the app, you can control the board even without riding it. You can use the joystick feature to move the board even when it is riderless, providing more convenience and added value to the user.
Pro Anti-theft security
The board has an anti-theft security feature through the app. You can lock the device through the app and if anyone tries to move the device while locked, the app will notify the user through vibrations, while the board will sound an alarm and tip over.
Pro Riding tutorial feature
The board requires the user to be adept in using the board, thus the app having a riding tutorial feature. Everyone with a miniPRO is required to walk through the tutorial before they can fully enjoy the board. If you do not finish the tutorial, the board will beep non-stop until you have completed the walk-through process.
Pro Easy navigation
The miniPRO is the only board in the market with an adjustable and cushioned knee steering bar. Through the bar, the board is more stable and easier to maneuver. You can easily lock your knees on the bar and lean slightly towards the direction that you intend to go, and the board will respond. It does not require the foot-pivot steering which is common among all the other boards in the market. Also, the steering bar is adjustable, making it more suitable for people of various heights.
Pro Customizable LED lights
The Segway miniPRO, through the app, allows you to customize the LED lights (both head and taillights), which allows better visibility for the user. You can choose between 16 million different colors.
Con Hard to turn with middle bar
Con Cannot run without the knee-steering bar
This board cannot function without the knee-steering bar. You can fold it and detach it but it wouldn't start without it.
The miniPRO is currently being sold at around $999, which is quite pricey for a board. The average at which high quality and popular boards are sold is at around $499.
Con Unstable at high speeds
Compared to most other boards, the Segway miniPRO is bulky and heavy. Because of this, stability becomes a bit of an issue at higher speeds. Not too much to worry about, though. The app will notify the user once it detects unsafe riding and the board has a force brake feature when you reach the speed limit of 10mph.