The Latest Segway is Not a Hoverboard — It’s Better
When the original Segway came to market in the early 2000s, it was almost like Martians had landed. The sight of someone zipping around on one of those gyro-stabilized two-wheelers drew the attention of every set of eyeballs it passed. Heads would surely turn. Fast forward to modern day, and most wouldn’t think twice if they saw a Segway zipping around today, much less the oh-so-common electric “hoverboards” that have invaded their marketshare. But Segway’s newest product is about to make you look twice once again. Meet the Segway miniPRO. You say it’s a “hoverboard”? Segway says it’s not. Instead, it does what every hoverboard seemingly can’t do. Work effortlessly. RELATED: See More Photos of the 2016 Segway miniPRO
The Segway miniPRO, which is available exclusively on Amazon, features a unique knee control bar which allows riders to not only balance easily but also maneuver in a more comfortable way. No more herky-jerky balancing motions every time you try to come to a stop or turn a corner. Simply lean into it and you’ll go.
And with a 14 mile range from its electric batteries, you’ll certainly get farther than you can on most typical hoverboards. Top speed? That’s 10 mph, courtesy of a pair of 800 watt electric motors. The Segway miniPRO can even tackle inclines of up to 15 degrees. Full charging can be completed within four hours.
Though the miniPRO only weighs 28 pounds, it can support riders as heavy as 220 pounds and those as tall as 6’6”, thanks to its adjustable knee bar. The frame itself is composed of an aircraft-grade magnesium alloy.
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And if that weren’t enough, the Segway miniPRO comes with a Bluetooth linked phone app, which can be used to pilot the two-wheeler remotely (somewhat creepy), view transportation data, battery levels, and even lock its functions when not in use, helping to deter theft.
The price for the next-generation of Segway? It’s admittedly not “hoverboard” cheap—$1,299—however the two-wheeler’s launch has been met with a $300 discount on Amazon.
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