We’ve been asked to do a Swagway Hoverboard Review from numerous visitors to our website, so we gladly obliged. It feels like I have conquered the world, or at least a part of it, as I stand atop the 2-wheeled Swagway X1 transportation device which makes use of self-balancing technology as I carefully moved ahead without a helmet or bubble wrap to protect my precious body. And yes, I have managed to stay on board the Swagway as I took my first tentative movement forward.
Swagway Hoverboard Review – Swagway X1 Smart Board
You must have heard of the hoverboard, but I doubt many of you will have heard about the Swagway. We feel this is one of the best hoverboard brands. Both IO Hawk and Swagway are boards which have a similar size to a skateboard and consist of flat platforms which can glide along dual wheels which comes with a diameter 7-inches in size. These personal transportation devices use accelerometers, gyroscopes and robotic technology in order to maintain balance.
So how did I find the Swagway X1 hoverboard? Read the full review to know all about it.
I would also recommend considering the hoverboards listed in this table.
Swagway Hoverboard Review – How Does It Compare to Other Self Balancing Scooters?
The Swagway XI looked like a simple vehicle for transportation. It basically consists of two self-balancing platforms which can work together or even separately. The platforms can pivot in the middle, on a seam.
The package for this device does not come with a reviewer’s guide, but there is a little instruction manual thrown in. As any self-respecting gadget aficionado would do, I ignored the manual and relied on my knowledge of handling tech stuff to do the job, and found it easy to use.
As I pulled it out of its package, I instantly considered stepping onto the electric board, but I gave it a quick charge as I would recommend you do aswell. I have tried to ride the Inmotion and Segway personal transportation devices, and did so with success – attaining mastery on riding them. So I did not think this one to be hard to master.
Stepping onto the Swagway Hoverboard
The device does not have any handle to hold and be steady, while on the device. I held the wall of my home for support as I stepped onto the board. This was an error on my part, as the Swagway X1 began to move unpredictably. I hopped off the device and thought about other options.
Then I had the most terrific idea of using the rolling chair that I sit on while using my computer. I placed this before me and put one foot on the board, grabbing the back of the seat with the opposite hand. I cautiously placed my other foot over the adjacent platform or the “pedal” of the Swagway hoverboard.
Your body starts to wobble to the front and back, if you are not steady on your feet. This can spell doom while using the Swagway board. Even small movements or attempts to move can turn into real movement on the board. You can well imagine what might happen if you move vigorously. Riding Swagway can be slightly dangerous for middle-aged individuals. Although the makers may not agree, there are safe driving instructions and warnings spread on at least 5 pages of the 25-page instruction manual that the unit comes with.
I tried to slow down and cease the movements. I calmed down my upper body, followed by the arms, legs and ultimately the feet. The movements of the board stopped. I remembered from my knowledge of using other self-balancing boards that even leaning slightly to the front would lead to forward movement, while leaning slightly to the back would cause the unit to move to the rear end.
Riding the hoverboard
As I held onto the chair and dragged it before me while moving on the board, I leaned slightly and gradually rolled to the front. In order to turn, I needed to press down my toes onto one or both of the pressure-sensitive platforms and I became more confident after a few twists and turns.
In order to reverse either turn, I had to push down either heel. Although it felt slightly odd at first, I made progress – slowly and steadily. I let go of my board and wheeled around my home and felt the joy of using a Swagway for the first time. There was also fear, as I had not put on a helmet and was slightly scared that having the board moving out from beneath my feet could land me in bed with a broken hip bone or even worse.
But nothing like that happened thank god!
Slowly, I eased and began to breathe easy. I felt the board under my feet, and started to regard it less as a tricky object that could turn me turtle at anytime and more as extension of my lower extremities. However, I was still bending my body a little to keep my balance intact and was riding quite slowly, without any assistance.
Easier Movements and Success with Riding
The next time, I could step on without any support and began to move slowly around the home – although faster than the first time. Although the device lets you move pretty fast, up to 10 mph, I kept my speed much lower. I was not wearing a helmet and although I was getting more and more confident, I knew that a very sharp turn could still make me end up with a broken hip, ankle, elbow or wrist bone or even a broken skull with a bit of bad luck on my side!
Getting off the Hoverboard
It is not easy to dismount the Swagway. I checked the directions given in the manual, which are not too useful and only inform that you should ensure that the board has stopped movements and then step off carefully – one foot at a time. Unless the feet remain completely static while stepping off the board, Swagway will be slightly moving still. With more practice, however, I could master this move and step off more easily. And yes, the board did not move away either.
The Swagway is reasonably priced, and is actually one of the cheapest hoverboards we have reviewed. Kids can alight from this board more easily than grown-ups, who need greater focus to keep steady, but it is really suitable for all ages.