Silent mode - kills the fan and noise between drills.
Fine tune knob which overrides shooting motor for more speed (useful when using the tripod for distance practice).
Produce topspin, underspin or sidespin balls & alternate between spin types during a single programmed sequence
Infrared Remote Control: no wires & no manual adjustments to the unit
Built-in switch allows for use anywhere in the world (electrical specification: AC 88V to 240V)
Backpack: multiple pockets will hold remote, power cord, and other accessories
Quickly set-up and remove the unit from the table
Free Ball Picker
Four Modes of Play
Manual Swing Mode [Beginner]: allows you to practice one programmed ball at two different locations on the table
Manual Fixed Mode [Intermediate]: allows you to individually program your own shot (ball speed, trajectory, type of spin, location & frequency) to a fixed point
Auto Mode [Advanced]: choose from nine preprogrammed factory patterns
Memory Cycle Mode [Expert]: allows you to individually program your own shots (ball speed, trajectory, type of spin, location & frequency) up to a nine ball sequence
New Silent Mode: upgrades fan motors with noise reduction
Instructional DVD: 24 "How To" Videos, Over 90 minutes of instructional videos including:
Basic Grip & Ready Position
How To Attack, Block & Push
Practice Demo Patterns
Practice Auto Mode Patterns
On screen instruction & slow motion
FAQ: Should I choose SmartPong over the cheaper Amicus Basic?
Comparing the SmartPong to the Amicus Basic, the SmartPong will give you a better playing experience. The basic is only able to randomize left-right position. You can only set the speed, spin, and trajectory for the entire exercise; not the individual ball. Noise level is going to about even between the two.
If you want to move up to the Amicus Advance or Professional, it would be closer to SmartPong in actual match play simulation. These models allow for customization of the individual balls and have memory for saving exercises. The Advance allows for 22 saved exercises while the Professional has 99 memory locations.
I feel the ease of use is better with the Smartpong with the wireless remote.
Also, with the SmartPong, the player gets a visual clue of the spin of the next ball due to the rotating head. With the amicus, you can hear the motors change with the spin, but would take some practice to get used to it.