Hover-1 Titan Review
Pros: Smooth ride, cool colors, competitive price
Cons: Underpowered, shows scratches, struggles on soft surfaces
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Hover-1 Titan is a singular hoverboard due to its prolonged battery life and democratic price tag. Yes, we like the color options and its relatively smooth ride. However, it is the fact that the board's run time is competitive with models more than twice its cost that earned our admiration.
The fun factor looks at the aspects of board performance that make these boards appealing. Namely, this is speed, Bluetooth connectivity, app features, onboard speakers, color options, weight, and aftermarket accessories. Additionally, we rate the "fun feeling" that the board renders when being put through our obstacle course. The Hover-1 delivered a so-so performance in all but the Bluetooth evaluation. The connectivity between the smartphone app and the board allows one to check battery levels with their device, set riding modes, and play music through the onboard speakers.
To be frank, this model is not as fun as some of the others we've tested. In large part this is due to the weak electric motors. Granted, our test team is composed of larger adults. That said, the board feels pretty weak and was not as fun to zip around on as many other models. Additionally, the top speed we could comfortably sustain on the Hover-1 was 8 mph. While this speed is about average for the class, it's a good speed for younger or less experienced riders.
The Titan is also available in just 4 colors — gunmetal, pink, rose gold, and blue. However, those colors are pretty flashy when compared to those on offer from the other machines in the class. Unfortunately, there are no accessories such as fitted bags and protective skins available for this product.
While the assumption is that the majority of hoverboarding will be done out of doors, the outdoor capabilities metric assays a product's ability to traverse inconsistencies in terrain. We split this analysis into four submetrics: grass, hard packed dirt, cracks, and bumps. Overall, the Titan is too underpowered to excel in these evaluations. However, we were impressed with the above-average shock absorption that the large wheels displayed when passing cracks in the road.
In the incline tests we took the board on a 750ft climb up a 14% grade, turned around, and descended the same slope. In utter defiance, the Titan barely passed the starting zone, refusing the climb altogether. The board did okay on grass and hardpack, but if that's the kind of terrain you're looking for, there are boards better equipped for the increased demand.
As was mentioned above, this model was pretty darn smooth when traversing cracks in the road. However, the bumps and door thresholds did not pass underfoot without notice. The board will manage steep obstacles, but a bit of courage and speed was required.
Support is an unusual metric though necessary for these machines. While we wouldn't say that these products are prone to failing, they do frequently require the user to reach out to customer support for troubleshooting. The help we received from the Hover-1 folks was timely and effective.
We also include an evaluation of how much wear and tear a board shows at the end of our standardized testing regime as burley boards require less interaction with the manufacturer. The board's rounded finders are exposed to damage when the unit flips over and the shiny paint shows scratches even when they are superficial.
In addition to the scratching, we experienced a rubbing issue where the finder made contact with the wheel. While minor, we used this issue as the grounds for our email to the manufacturer. The company does not provide a phone number. However, our email was answered the same day we sent it.
The battery evaluation is where the Titan shined the brightest. Our assessment of the product's battery is based on the range, run time, and the recharge time. While the recharge time was relatively average at 3 hours, the runt time was surprisingly long at just shy of 2 hours. The Titan also eat-up a whopping 10.6 miles of flat ground. An impressive feat that significantly more expensive models could not approach.
To test the range of the model, we use a standardized course of known length on flat even ground. We then cruise the loop at as close to top speed as possible until the battery dies. This test is more representative of how a commuter would use these machines. Conversely, the run time test makes use of a built to purpose obstacle course that incorporates tight turns, pirouettes, as well as back and forth maneuvers. This evaluation will give potential buyers a good idea of how long one can play on the board.
Charge time is simply a measure of the time required to recharge a fully depleted battery. The two previously described tests provide the perfect opportunity. Once the battery was depleted to the point that we could no longer ride it we plugged it in and timed how long it took for the light on the charger to turn green indicating a fully completed recharge.
In many cases, value is a simple appraisal of the cost of an item in comparison to the quality of that item. Comparing the item to others in its class adds another useful dimension to this evaluation. The Hover-1 Titan is unusual in that while it is inexpensive its performance matches its price with one glaring exception, battery life. The prolonged run time and range that the battery renders make this puppy a good value.
The Hover-1 Titan had mixed test results. It is a lower-cost board that, for the most part, performed as expected. However, this hoverboard has a substantially long battery life. While the color options are nice and it has a comfortably smooth ride, it is the run time that made this board standout in the lineup. So, if you're looking for a long-lasting hoverboard without the sticker shock then the Titan is worth a spin.
— Nick Miley and Austin Palmer