Something of a staple on the scene in Italy for some time now, the Urban Rover hoverboard is also a hit overseas. Available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, there’s an Urban Rover available to suit all tastes and preferences.
And I do mean a wide variety of options – here’s what’s currently up for grabs from this manufacturer:
- Urban Rover S is the standard version – 350 W of motor power – standard 17 cm solid wheels.
- Urban Rover is the top-end version – 480 W of power per engine – standard 17 cm solid wheels.
- Urban Rover SUV is the large version – 350 W of power per engine – 21 cm oversized wheels.
- Urban Rover Maxi is the extra-large version – 480 W of power per engine – 25 cm larger pneumatic wheels.
If I’m totally honest, I was hoping I’d be sent the SUV or Maxi version for my Urban Rover review. What I actually received in the post was the top-end version – the flagship Urban Rover with 17cm solid wheels. That being the 6.5-inch version to me and you, designed exclusively for smooth everyday surfaces.
Expectations adjusted; accordingly, I went about my usual review to see how they do things down in Italy. I was most interested to see how the Urban Rover differed from the average US hoverboard, if at all. Priced in the region of $350, I had suitably high expectations.
Check out the rest of the details in my Urban Rover review to find out whether or not they were justified!
Urban Rover Hoverboard Package Contents:
- Main unit (scooter)
- Charging cable/Plug-In adaptor
- User Manual
Urban Rover Hoverboard Features
1) The version of the Urban Rover I was sent features twin-480W motors under the hood and a pair of standard 6.5-inch wheels.
2) All of which amounts to a published top speed of 10kmh, coupled with an impressive range of up to 20km.
3) Battery charging times have been reduced to less than 120 minutes from flat, which is pretty quick for any mid-range board.
4) The board itself weighs just 10kg and yet can carry riders up to 100kg, which is just over 200lbs.
5) All boards come complete with an impressive two-year warranty from the manufacturer as standard for total peace of mind.
6) Extensive safety testing and UL 2272 certification makes for a reassuring experience.
7) The Urban Rover is suitable for kids and adult riders though it lacks switchable riding modes or a connected mobile app.
8) Super-bright LEDs in strategic positions across the board improve illumination during dark or difficult riding conditions.
My Experience with Urban Rover Hoverboard
More often than not, you can tell a lot about the Urban Rover self-balancing scooter by way of its price alone. You usually get what you pay for these days, so you’d expect a lot of scooter for $350, the problem being that with the Urban Rover, I’m not 100% sure where all this money goes.
Kicking things off with the positives, this is a fantastic looking board with a serious amount of power under the hood. It may have a limited top speed of 10kmh, but the raw power it delivers when out and about is superb. I’m not the lightest of guys, but it carried me like a kid.
Grass, concrete, hard dirt, and hills – all no problem for this thing. I was also extremely impressed with the way it controls its descent when heading downhill, keeping things nice and safe.
The range I got out of it from a full charge was around 18km, which is way more than most boards deliver these days. Something made even more impressive by its 90-120 minutes battery charging time. And with all the safety certification you could ask for, it’s just about as safe to charge and ride as it gets.
Put the pieces together, and you have yourself a powerful and well-presented board that’s an absolute blast to ride. But is it really worth paying $350 for? That’s debatable with the way things stand right now, but I guess it is purely a case of personal opinion.
- A beautifully constructed board
- Quality components inside and out
- Decent top speed of 10kmh
- The maximum range of up to 20km
- Outstanding power and performance
- Great on most everyday surfaces
- Plenty of bright LEDs for a safe ride
- Charges in as little as 2 hours
- Extensively safety tested and certified
- Two-year manufacturer’s warranty
- Seems slightly expensive
Once again, it’s a bit of a judgment call with this thing as it depends on what you consider ‘expensive’ to mean. On the one hand, you could say that $350 isn’t a lot to pay for a super safe and powerful board that runs like a dream. Especially when considering its range, charging time, a two-year warranty, and ultra-premium performance.
Then again, you could also say that $350 could easily stretch to something more sophisticated. Or at least something with a much longer list of features, functionalities, and selling points. The question being – do you actually want or need any of these additional features and functionalities? Or is it better to focus on something that prioritizes quality and performance over add-ons? I’ll leave that for you to decide – I’m still genuinely on the fence with this one!
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