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Butterfly Amicus Prime

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See also:
Amicus Start and Amicus Expert (same generation, different features as described in the chart below)
Amicus Professional (similar features, not app-controlled)
Power Pong 3001 (similar features, not app-controlled)
Power Pong 5000 (similar features, also app-controlled)

The 3-wheel head and net parts are the same for all 3 Amicus Prime models. The difference between Amicus models is the control panel. Prime is app-controlled. You can find Prime's app on the Apple App Store and on the Google Play store.

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Butterfly Amicus Prime Robot in-depth analysis

The new AMICUS PRIME sets out to redefine the possibilities of a table tennis robot and will excite fans all over the world. The innovative PRIME is controlled wirelessly via Bluetooth technology from the AMICUS app running on either the included tablet computer or any smartphone or tablet operating iOS or Android. AMICUS app software offers a multitude of interactive content, improved and added to with regular updates. Creating exercises, changing spin, speed, placement and trajectory has never been easier. Pre-saved exercises created by professional players and coaches are playable at the press of a button with in-app videos by stars such as Timo Boll just waiting to show the correct execution and provide useful additional information from his regular training with the AMICUS robot. Get acquainted to our AMICUS flagship model and discover the new possibilities of the most tireless, and always ready, training partner you will find.

Special features of AMICUS PRIME:

  • Ball frequency of up to 120 balls per minute Spin, speed, trajectory and placement can vary from ball to ball.
  • Controlled by the application on tablet (or user supplied Android or iOS device) and connected wirelessly to main robot via Bluetooth.
  • Software and firmware regularly updated with help of the app. Several robots may be operated by one device (consecutively). Device can be re-charged directly at the robot.
  • Left-Right (mirror) switch for reversing drills to match the dominant hand of the user so forehand/backhand placement are correct.
  • Sample function to test individual balls within a drill.
  • Individual Frequency Control can customize the time interval between any two consecutive balls.
  • Cycle function lets you easily incorporate interval training in your table tennis practice sessions.
  • Pre-programmed with 20 drills created by German Butterfly Coach Richard Prause. Pre-programmed drills can be modified or replaced.
  • Integrated videos show how to properly practice each pre-programmed drill.
  • Memory for storing drills limited only by memory of the device used to run the app. You may sequence together several drills by using Cluster Memory so a sequence of drills runs automatically either one after the other or randomly.
  • Key-fob-like remote control (small, lightweight and easy to fit in pocket)

Box dimensions: 34" x 14" x 15"
Box weight: 24 lbs.

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Additional Information

Warranty  Butterfly Amicus robots come with a 2-year warranty against factory defects. Warranty does not cover misuse of the robot. If new robot parts are required to resolve an issue, they can only be shipped to a US address.

Return Policy  Amicus robots can be returned within 30 days, no questions asked. A restocking fee of 10% of the robot price will apply.

Parts  are guaranteed to be available within 5 years of purchase.


FeatureAmicus StartAmicus ExpertAmicus Prime
ControllerWired Control BoxWired Control BoxAndroid Tablet (supplied). Also can download and use Amicus app on any Android or iOS device.
Wireless RemoteYes (optional) RF Remote has Start, Stop, & Frequency +/- buttons. Can connect up to 4 remotes to a robot.Yes (supplied) RF Remote has Start, Stop, & Frequency +/- buttons. Can connect up to 4 remotes to a robot.Yes (supplied). RF Remote has Start, Stop, & Frequency +/- buttons. Can connect up to 4 remotes to a robot.
Controller AttachmentSlip-on metal bracket, detachable from controller.Slip-on metal bracket, detachable from controller.Slip-on metal bracket, detachable from controller.
Controller-Robot ConnectionThin, light cable with 3.5mm jacks.Thin, light cable with 3.5mm jacks.Bluetooth (wireless)
Power PCBLocated in Base, very close to motors.Located in Base, very close to motors.Located in Base, very close to motors.
ProgrammableUp to 6 shots. Position only can be changed. Spin, speed, and height remain same. Up to 7 shots. Adjust speed, spin type, spin amount, height, and position for each shot.Up to 10 shots. Adjust speed, spin type, spin amount, height, timing, & position of each shot.
Sampling ButtonNo (but available on optional remote)Yes (also on optional remote)Yes (also on remote)
Memory CapacityNoneSave up to 99 drills, from 1 to 7 shots each.Virtually unlimited memory. 6Gb storage included on supplied tablet and can be extended with Micro SD (TF) card.
Pre-Programmed DrillsNone20, can be modified or replaced.20, can be modified or deleted.
Drill SequencingNo NoYes (Sequences)
Drill VideosNoNoYes, for pre-programmed drills.
Drill OrderingNoNumerical only.Any way the user wants. Each drill can have a custom name and order can be changed.
Mirror FunctionNoNoYes-used to make drills run correctly for either right or left handed players, or quickly create a new drill variation.
Miscellaneous Controller FunctionsNoneNoneSoftware interface offers top & side view diagrams and text description of each drill; direct email customer support; virtual updates to fix bugs and add features; manual viewable on tablet; restore factory drills; and share drills & messages with Facebook friends.
Serve DelayNoNoYes-drills that begin with a serve have a short delay added at start of each repetition to simulate the pause at the start of a point in a real game.
Serve Number & OrderNoneNone1, 2, or 3-if 2 or 3 serves are designated, robot will alternate serves to start each drill repetition; if Type Random is on, robot randomizes the serves.
Random SettingsYes, 3 types-Scatter, which scatters shots within a 20 cm radius of a selected point; Place, which randomly delivers a shot to 2 or more selected points; and Scatter+Place, which combines these two random modes.Yes, 3 types-Scatter, which scatters shots within a 20 cm radius of a selected point; Place, which randomly delivers a shot to 2 or more selected points; and Scatter+Place, which combines these two random modes.Yes, 7 types-Scatter, which scatters shots within a 20 cm radius of a selected point; Place, which randomly delivers a shot to 2 or more selected points; and Type, to throw balls with random spin, speed, and height. You can also combine any of the modes: Scatter+Place, Scatter+Type, Place+Type, and Scatter+Place+Type.
Ball Frequency11~100 Balls Per Minute1~100 Balls Per Minute5~120 Balls Per Minute
Frequency StepsVariable-control knob has no discernable steps, but does have 8 indicator marks.100115
Frequency CustomizationNoneAutomatic Frequency Control (AFC) provides automatic, more natural timing between shots of varying speed and spin.Individual Frequency Control (IFC) allows you to individually adjust timing between two programmed balls.
Stopping Ball DeliveryTurn knob on controller to off position.Button press on controller or remote. Also Cycle can stop/start play automatically.Button press on remote or controller. Also Cycle can stop/start play automatically.
Interval TrainingNoYes. Cycle pauses and then restarts play automatically. Play period can be set to 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, or 90 seconds. Pause period can be set to 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50 seconds.Yes. Cycle pauses and then restarts play automatically. Quickset options for 20/40/60/80 second play periods with break period automatically set to ½ of the play period. Custom play/break periods can be set from 10-90 seconds for play and 10-50 seconds for break.
# & Type of WheelsThree 4" foam.Three 4" foam.Three 4" foam.
Spin TypesTopspin, backspin, left sidespin, right sidespin, top/left spin, top/right spin, back/left spin, back/right spin, no spin.Topspin, backspin, left sidespin, right sidespin, top/left spin, top/right spin, back/left spin, back/right spin, no spin.Topspin, backspin, left sidespin, right sidespin, top/left spin, top/right spin, back/left spin, back/right spin, no spin.
Spin Amount Steps6 for topspin, 4 for backspin, sidespin has variable control knob with no discernable steps, but 4 indicators.6 for topspin, 4 for backspin, 5 for right sidespin, 5 for left sidespin.7 for topspin, 5 for backspin, 6 for right sidespin, 6 for left sidespin.
Speed/Spin Range@ 50/50 to 100/0@ 50/50 to 100/0@ 10/90 to 100/0
How does wheel speed determine spin type & speed/spin ratio?Speed of 3 wheels relative to each other, forward spinning only.Speed of 3 wheels relative to each other, forward spinning only.Speed and direction of wheels relative to each other, forward and backward spinning.
Ball Speed Steps222125
Shot TypesCounter, fast loop, push, chop, lob, serve, dead block, flat kill, smash.Counter, fast loop, push, chop, lob, serve, dead block, flat kill, smash.Counter, fast loop, slow loop, push, chop, lob, serve, dead block, flat kill, smash, heavy chop, heavy serve.
Oscillation StepsVariable-control knob does not have discernable steps, but has 9 indicator marks.1717
Osc. MovementDeflector plate; permits very quick left/right placementsDeflector plate; permits very quick left/right placementsDeflector plate; permits very quick left/right placements
Elevation StepsApproximately 108 with 9 indicator marks.154 (19 indicators)154 (154 indicators)
Elev. MovementDeflector plate; permits very quick up/down placementsDeflector plate; permits very quick up/down placementsDeflector plate; permits very quick up/down placements
Rot. MovementN/A (no head rotation)N/A (no head rotation)N/A (no head rotation)
Silent ModeYes, there are no fans, and motors stop when ball delivery stops.Yes, there are no fans, and motors stop when ball delivery stops.Yes, there are no fans, and motors stop when ball delivery stops.
Power SupplyExternal wall wart with Euro power cord & US plug adapter. Input: 100~240V, 50~60Hz; Output: 24V, 3A.External wall wart with Euro power cord & US plug adapter. Input: 100~240V, 50~60Hz; Output: 24V, 3A.External wall wart with Euro power cord & US plug adapter. Input: 100~240V, 50~60Hz; Output: 24V, 3A.
Ball Projection HeightAdjustable-8", 9.5", 11", & 12.5" above table surface.Adjustable-8", 9.5", 11", & 12.5" above table surface.Adjustable-8", 9.5", 11", & 12.5" above table surface.
Poly/Celluloid Ball?Poly or celluloidPoly or celluloidPoly or celluloid
Table Thickness Adjustable?Yes, rubber tips screw/unscrew to accommodate table thickness from 3/8" to 1" (9mm to 25mm)Yes, rubber tips screw/unscrew to accommodate table thickness from ⅜" to 1" (9mm to 25mm)Yes, rubber tips screw/unscrew to accommodate table thickness from 3/8" to 1" (9mm to 25mm)
Ball Recycling NetYesYesYes
Side Net AttachmentRubber band slips over table-net bracket and around table-net clamp screw. Small end of side net tapers to a point.Rubber band slips over table-net bracket and around table-net clamp screw. Small end of side net tapers to a point.Rubber band slips over table-net bracket and around table-net clamp screw. Small end of side net tapers to a point.
Robot Dimensions, Unfolded62"W x 33.75"H x 63"D62"W x 33.75"H x 63"D62"W x 33.75"H x 63"D
Robot Dimensions, Folded9.5"W x 31"H x 12.75"D9.5"W x 31"H x 12.75"D9.5"W x 31"H x 12.75"D
Weight, Net/Gross19.3 lb/23.1 lb.*19.2 lb./23.0 lb.*20.2 lb./24.0 lb.*
Printed Manuals1-Owner's Manual in English, German, and French (detailed).1-Owner's Manual in English, German, and French (detailed).1-Owner's Manual in English, German, and French (detailed). Manual can also be displayed on tablet.
Carry/Storage BagYes-freeYes-freeYes-free
Spare Parts/Tools IncludedRubber bands for side nets, Wheel Adjustment Gauge, 2mm & 4mm Hex Wrenches (for replacing & adjusting wheels).Rubber bands for side nets, Wheel Adjustment Gauge, 2mm & 4mm Hex Wrenches (for replacing & adjusting wheels).Rubber bands for side nets, Wheel Adjustment Gauge, 2mm & 4mm Hex Wrenches (for replacing & adjusting wheels).
UpgradeableYes, to ExpertYes, to PrimeNo
Manufacturer Warranty2 years + 5 year Parts Availabilty Guarantee2 years + 5 year Parts Availabilty Guarantee2 years + 5 year Parts Availabilty Guarantee
Country of OriginHungary, except carry case & power supply, which are from China.Hungary, except carry case & power supply, which are from China.Hungary, except carry case, power supply, & tablet which are from China.
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Reviews of Butterfly Amicus Prime (2)

Review by x11kapil (Verified Customer) for Butterfly Amicus Prime on August 30, 2019
After 3 days of questions and answers and resetting,the Robot does not throw more than 5-6 balls before stopping .

The backhand topspin comes with heavy side spin ,which is not corrected

Update: The product I received had some issues with head. Megaspin team promptly pitched in to get a replacement part shipped ,once I installed that ,the robot is working fine . I think its a good addition to my garage to practice on my own .
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Review by maniderlibero for Butterfly Amicus Prime on January 18, 2019
Nachdem ich mit dem Newgy Robopong 3050XL so extrem unglücklich war, habe ich jetzt den Amicus prime. Mit dem Robopong konnte ich von 3 Monaten insgesamt ca. 4 Wochen intensiv trainieren, sodass ich nun auch die beiden Geräte direkt vergleichen kann.

Fazit: Der amicus ist extrem viel besser!

5 Punkte würde ich geben, wenn ich die zuschaltbaren Random Funktionen jeweils auch nur für einen Teil der Übungen zuschalten könnte. Also z.B. 3x Vorhand, 3x Rückhand und dann 3x Random. Das geht leider nicht.

Besondere Vorteile gegenüber Robopong 3050XL

* total still in den Spielpausen (RoboPong pfeift unangenehm)


English translation:

Having been so extremely unhappy with the Newgy Robopong 3050XL, I now have the Amicus prime. With the Robopong I was able to train intensively for about 4 weeks from 3 months, so that I can now also compare the two devices directly.

Conclusion: The amicus is extremely much better!

I would give 5 points, if I could switch on the switchable random functions only for a part of the exercises. So, for example 3x forehand, 3x backhand and then 3x random. Unfortunately this is not possible.

Special advantages over Robopong 3050XL

* totally silent in the game breaks (RoboPong whistles unpleasantly)

* Pre-set exercises can be copied, changed etc.

* Programming is extremely simple (RoboPong has two programming modes, one simple, but inaccurate and limited, the second mode is very complicated and exhausting, in simple mode there is no empty serve and short balls are not really available - at least me have not done that at RoboPong)

* Can be programmed offline. I can just start the app (beom RoboPong always had to connect the robot via Bluetooth before programming). I can even e. just open the APP on my mobile phone, program an exercise and then play it home either on my mobile phone or exercise. via email to the tablet supplied with the amicus prime, save there and play from there.

* The amicus man does not recognize the ejection placement in advance. With the RoboPong this was always clearly visible in advance via the robot head position.

* super cool is the following Eibstellungsmöglichkeit. I play a near-play exercise that starts with a serve of the robot. I would like to learn, e.g. attack the serve as soon as possible and practice the resulting additional game situation (e.g., my opening strike will simply be blocked and I complete). Now I can put several different surcharges at the beginning of the exercise and they will be different for every rally.

* At first I thought it was a disadvantage compared to the RoboPong, that fewer exercises are preset. That's not really true. Example: Insertion exercise forehand. Here Robopong needs several pre-set exercises because he has a practice play for beginners, advanced players and professionals. With the amicus I can do it with simple clicks.

* I can play any exercise with all sorts of cut options. Can change every single ball. Ball frequency and cut I can, for example. also for the complete exercise at once, even while I'm playing, changing.

* Scatter function is awesome. An exercise remains there, but the balls hit intentionally inaccurate (radius of about 40 cm). As in the correct game :-)

* Cicle function: very motivating and profitable for me. Via a simple "push of a button", the robot plays an exercise, e.g. 40 seconds, then pause for 20 seconds ... then play again for 40 seconds.
For difficult exercises, I count as e.g. my flawless exercise parts and strive for improvement.
In addition, I can motivate myself to longer units of an exercise.

* The price is high. 1,799 euros are neither tradable nor discountable (at least for me). The non-binding price for the RoboPong is similar, but there are also cheaper prices on the way. I had paid 1,518 euros for the RoboPong.

The butterfly amicus prime is worth my money according to my previous findings, from the RoboPong 3050XL I can not say that.

* Voreingestellte Übungen lassen sich kopieren, verändern etc.

* Programmierung ist extrem einfach (RoboPong hat zwei Programmierungsmoduse. Einer davon ist einfach, aber unpräzise und eingeschränkt. Der zweite Modus hoch kompliziert und anstrengend. Im einfachen Modus gibt es z.B. keine leeren Aufschlag und kurze Bälle sind darüber nicht wirklich zu bekommen - zumindest ich habe das beim RoboPong nicht geschafft)

* lässt sich offline Programmieren. Ich kann einfach die APP starten (beom RoboPong musste für eine Programmierung immer erst der Roboter über Bluetooth verbunden werden). Ich kann sogar z.B. unterwegs einfach die APP auf meinem handy öffnen, eine Übung programmieren und diese dann zuhause entweder über mein handy anspielen oder die Übung z.B. via email an das beim amicus prime mitgelieferte tablet senden, dort speichern und von dort spielen.

* beim amicus erkennt mann die Auswurfplatzierung nicht vorab. Beim RoboPong war das über die Roboterkopfstellung immer schon vorab deutlich zu sehen.

* super cool ist folgende Eibstellungsmöglichkeit. Ich spiele eine Spielnahe Übung, welche mit einem Aufschlag des Roboters beginnt. Lernen möchte ich z.B. den Aufschlag möglichst sofort anzugreifen und die daraus resultierende weitere Spielsituation (z.B. mein Eröffnungsschlag wird einfach geblockt und ich vollende) üben. Jetzt kann ich mehrere unterschiedliche Aufschläge an den Anfang der Übung setzen und die kommen dann bei jedem Ballwechsel unterschiedlich.

* ich dachte zuerst, es sei gegenüber dem RoboPong ein Nachteil, dass deutlich weniger Übungen voreingestellt sind. Das ist aber nicht wirklich so. Beispiel: Einspielübung Vorhand. Hier (ver-)braucht der Robopong mehrere voreingestellte Übungen, weil er für Anfänger, Fortgeschritte und Profis eine Einspielübung hat. Beim amicus schaffe ich das durch einfache klicks.

* ich kann jede Übung mit allen möglichen Varianten von Schnitt spielen. Kann jeden einzelnen Ball ändern. Ballfrequenz und Schnitt kann ich z.B. auch für die komplette Übung auf einmal, sogar während ich spiele, verändern.

* Scatter Funktion ist genial. Ein Übung bleibt da it, die Bälle schlagen aber absichtlich ungenau auf (Umkreis von ca. 40 cm).Wie im richtigen Spiel :-)

* Cicle Funktion: Sehr motivierend und gewinnbringend für mich. Über einen einfachen "Knopfdruck" spielt der Roboter eine Übung z.B. 40 Sekunden lang, macht dann 20 Sekunden Pause ... um dann wieder 40 Sekunden zu spielen.
Bei schwierigen Übungen zähle ich da z.B. meine fehlerlosen Übungsteile und strebe nach Verbesserung.
Außerdem kann ich mich so zu längeren Einheiten an einer Übung motivieren.

* Der Preis ist hoch. 1.799 Euro sind weder handelbar noch rabattfähig (zumindest für mich). Der unverbindliche Preis für den RoboPong liegt zwar ähnlich, dort sind aber auch günstigere Preise unterwegs. Ich hatte für den RoboPong 1.518 Euro bezahlt.

Der Butterfly amicus prime ist nach meinen bisherigen Erkenntnissen sein Geld wert, vom RoboPong 3050XL kann ich das nicht behaupten.

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