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I purchased this robot after doing extensive research and online product reviews.

TLRD: This is an excellent robot with a steep learning curve.

The PowerPong 3001 robot is well packaged and well built. It is relatively easy to assemble and setup. It is disappointing that the simple manual is not included in the box. After a quick download of the PDF, I had it printed out.

Regarding setup, the table thickness matters. My table, an older Kettler outdoor table, has a thinner tabletop which required me to add 3/4" spacers to the swing out arms in order for the robot to be level/perpendicular to the table. The return netting is snug and at times, the velcro attachments come loose. I suspect this will stretch a bit over time and be fine.

My biggest complaint is the programming which is poorly explained in the documentation due to a very poor English translation. After requesting help from megaspin.net, I was directed to contact Attila directly. Attila responding quickly but simply directed me to his YouTube videos. I don't know about you but I respond better looking at a physical document rather than a video. I watched the video several times. I started making notes but ultimately transcribed the video and created my own personal user and setup guide. Finally I was starting to understand enough to be able to setup shots. A big miss for me was that the buttons 1 - 8 are shots (I thought they were quick memory selections). Also not well explained in the documentation is the relationship between the Trajectory, Speed and Spin settings. For example, for a given Trajectory, if you have a successful Underspin and Speed setting, changing the spin to a Top Spin would make the ball shoot past the end of the table. This typically meant lowering the speed setting in my case.

I am finally at a place where I feel I understand enough about setting up a shot sequence that I can program a simulated rally. I am still working through the basic memory setting although I think I have figured out the saving and recalling or memory. I have not yet begun with cluster memory.

I do not understand the difference in random settings in Type and Place and certainly do not understand the difference between RND and rnd. It seems I get the greatest variation of ball placement when both RND and rnd are lit.

Overall I am having a lot of fun with this robot. It is well built and should last a long time. I am only a recreational player and plan on using this partly for exercise. The manual/user guide needs a lot of help. In my spare time, I may try to create my own.

There are improvements I would make, some of which I suggested to Attila (no response). For example, I think there should be a mode for the Sample shot to only shoot one ball. Sample shots at rapid fire when trying to adjust settings is not helping me. Also, the Start/Stop button could be improved by providing a one cycle sequence. I may start a 60 second cycle after which I need to pick up the balls that didn't make it back to the collection net. Currently I need to press the Start/Stop twice once the cycle automatically completes to effectively stop the cycle.

Despite my issues, I have no regrets purchasing this robot. I see myself using it regularly. I'll get used to the quirks.
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great product but instruction manual need improvements
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The Power Pong 3000 was my 4th and I hope final robot purchase. So far I am pretty happy with it. it is basically the same as the Amicus Pro with some very minor differences. I have had it for about a month and it has been great. I love how I can program a drill with 3-4 different topspin balls all to the forehand side of the table. All with a slight difference in placement, speed and spin. I can then set the drill to random+RANDOM mode and it will vary the type of ball as well as the placement of each type of ball. The only thing missing from training with a real person is the fact that you do not see the movement of the bat and the impact with the ball.

It took a little bit to get used to how to program the drills, and the clusters of drills, but it is not too bad. I am very happy with this purchase. Mine came with 72 Nittaku J-Top balls, but no bag. I would rather have the balls then the bag.

Every once in a while the placement of the balls seems off. It will start to throw all of balls say, 2-3 feet to the left. A quick reboot resolves the problem. It does not happen very often. Once every 3-4 times that I use it.

I have tried the iPong V300 which worked barely ok. Had a number of issues with it and returned it. Then bought a Huipang JTA robot and that works well. It has limited features and the spin is not realistic (no looping ball flight, which is true of most robots) but for the price it works great.
Especially compared to the V300. I then tried the Robo-Pong 350Xl and I had too many issues with that. See my review on that robot for more details. So far, this has been the best of them all. I almost bought the new Amicus Prime, but with the bluetooth issues that I experienced with the Robo-Pong 350XL I decided to stay away from the Prime.
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