For the past months, I have been eyeballing two of these self-balancing scooters: the Levit8ion Ion hoverboard and the Swagtron T1. I have planned to buy one since February, and you may be sure I have researched their pros and cons, positive and bad hoverboard reviews – the whole nine yards.
Entry Level: Levit8ion Ion hoverboard vs. Swagtron T1
These basic scooters from Levit8ion and Swagtron have almost similar features. I have been gravitating towards Ion because it has a lower price point, which is $229.99 as opposed to T1’s $299.99 price tag. The clincher for me finally came last May 1. Levit8ion dropped the Ion’s price to $199.99 for a sale event.
So I bought the Ion’s black variant, and it was promptly delivered at my doorstep two days later. Unfortunately, I have been on the road for a week due to some work commitments. So I only got the chance to unbox it by this time.
First off, I was surprised by the box’s weight as it was a bit hefty. But the packaging was a simple affair (although it did not indicate which is the top or bottom side) and I got it out fairly quickly. Overall, it was an exciting affair.
Hoverboard First Impressions
Straight out of the box, you will get the charger, manual, a Levit8ion Ion hoverboard card and the actual smart scooter itself. Upon inspection – the item looked ok and had that new smell, no dings whatsoever. To put it simply, my first thoughts were, it was a shiny and sturdy hoverboard. I can’t help myself from smiling turning the scooter this way and that. You have to feel it understand what I am talking about here.
You may be sure, however, that I immediately turned the Ion on so I could take it for a test ride. I know that new users struggle with balance for the first time only because it could feel weird.
However, I am no stranger to hoverboards because two of my friends have their own. So, I learned quickly and without falling off my ass, it was super fun. The scooter is very flexible, and it excels in navigating small spaces.
Here are the few things you have to expect:
- The wheels feel solid, with an excellent thread.
- It has a battery indicator, which is handy especially when you forget about the range or the distance you have covered.
- I am not sure if this is the case, but the foot pad makes a subtle clicking sound when you step on it, which could mean it is pressure sensitive.
To sum up, I would like to wrap things up at this point. More reviews are in line for later, after a week’s use. I feel that I would be able to give you more useful insights by then, so watch out for it.