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Swagtron T1 Review

For those looking to save some money, this is a quality product with a long run time
Swagtron T1
Credit: Swagtron
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Price:   $280 List
Pros:  Playful, inexpensive, long run time
Cons:  Poor on rough roads and off-pavement, a little sluggish
Manufacturer:   Swagtron
By Nick Miley, David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jan 31, 2020
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#5 of 13
  • Fun Factor - 50% 7
  • Outdoor Capabilities - 20% 4
  • Support - 20% 7
  • Battery - 10% 6.1

Our Verdict

The economic Swagtron T1 packs a lot of value into a performance package. However, the T1 lacks a bit when it comes to power output, thus bringing its fun factor and outdoor capabilities scores down a bit. Yet, it has a great battery life and customer support. All in all, this board is definitely worth a look as it offers more performance than other budget models.

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Pros Playful, inexpensive, long run timeStable at speed, nimble, inexpensiveInexpensive, stable at speed, onboard Bluetooth speakersSmooth ride, cool colors, competitive priceInexpensive, stable, agile
Cons Poor on rough roads and off-pavement, a little sluggishLimited range/battery life, performance limited on soft surfacesLimited battery life, long charge time, limited off-pavement capabilitiesUnderpowered, shows scratches, struggles on soft surfacesSluggish, poor off-road
Bottom Line For those looking to save some money, this is a quality product with a long run timeFast, fun and affordable, this machine is amazing on smooth surfacesA fun, decent quality, inexpensive hoverboard that is more on the recreation — opposed to the commuting — end of the spectrumThis economy board is great for lighter-weight users that want a long-lasting rideThe stable board is the best in the class for children or those well below 187 lbs
Rating Categories Swagtron T1 Swagtron T380 GoTrax SRX PRO Hover-1 Titan Swagtron T5
Fun Factor (50%)
7.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
6.0
Outdoor Capabilities (20%)
4.0
4.0
4.0
5.0
3.0
Support (20%)
7.0
5.0
5.0
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6.0
Battery (10%)
6.1
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6.0
8.0
5.0
Specs Swagtron T1 Swagtron T380 GoTrax SRX PRO Hover-1 Titan Swagtron T5
Measured Run Time 87 min 50 min 50 min 110 min 55 min
Measured Weight 22.8 lbs 22.1 lbs 28.9 lbs 21.8 lbs 19.6 lbs
Measured Speed 8.7 mph 8.6 mph 9 mph 8 mph 7.1 mph
Measured Range 7.9 mi 4 mi 4.7 mi 10.6 5 mi
Weight Limit 44 - 220 lbs 44 - 220 lbs 220 lbs 265 lbs 187 lbs
Bluetooth No Yes; App & Music Yes; Music Yes; App & Music No
Warranty 12 months limited 12 months limited 3 months limited 90 days 12 months limited
Color Options White
Blue
Black
Dark Red
Pink
Exclusive Gold
White
Black
Pink
Blue
Aqua
Black
Blue
Grey
Pink
White
Yellow
Gunmetal
Pink
Rose Gold
Blue
White
Black
Measured Charge Time 1 hour, 20 min 1 hour, 25 min 3 hours 3 hours 1 hour, 20 min

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Swagtron T1 forgoes some of the features and a tiny bit of the performance of its higher-priced competitors to bring you a great hoverboard at a fair price. This board made a good showing in our battery test, and Swagtron offers excellent customer support. However, it suffered a bit in the fun factor and outdoor capability categories due to its lack of power.

The Swagtron T1 by Swagway.
The Swagtron T1 by Swagway.
Credit: Kat Elliott

Performance Comparison


Here at TechGearLab we understand that, with all the cool products out there to choose from, it can be frustrating to aggregate the information needed to choose the right item the first time and not get a haircut in the process. Lucky for you, you have a friend in the business. Let TechGearLab do the data crunching. We purchased all of the hoverboards we reviewed to compare them head-to-head to find out which will come out on top. We ranked each board based on a suite of tests that allows us to quantify all the statements made in our reviews. We call our test categories metrics, and the T1's performance in each one is discussed in detail below.

The Swagtron T1 lacked the power and stability to really thrive in...
The Swagtron T1 lacked the power and stability to really thrive in the skatepark, but fun was still had by all.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Fun Factor


The fun factor is the most important rating metric in this review as fun is likely the main reason you are looking at buying one of these products in the first place. Accordingly, this metric makes up half of the overall product score. A big part of the Swagtron T1's appeal is how well it did in this regard. The T1 is available in a handful of colors, and was well received by our expert panel of hoverboard tester in its obstacle course trial.

The T1 was nice and snappy, handling our slalom course with ease.
The T1 was nice and snappy, handling our slalom course with ease.
Credit: Max Mutter

With all of the mandatory spins, corners, slaloms, and straightaways built into our obstacle course, it's no wonder that our panel of testers had a hoot ripping this board around. The board is deft in corners, maneuverable in tight spots, and handles the higher speed sections with stability. We did note that this board had slightly less pickup than the top performers. Consequently, this board didn't feel quite as comfortable doing rapid back and forth direction changes, but still performed well enough to keep our testers on the board throughout. The T1 hit a max speed of 8.65 mph in our top speed test, though it didn't feel all that stable when riding it at its max.



This board is available in three colors: black, blue, and red. It doesn't fit with the aftermarket protective skin we purchased — at least not without trimming the skin — but we were able to squeeze it into the aftermarket carrying case. Additionally, the T1 lacks onboard speakers and Bluetooth connectivity.

Outdoor Capabilities


While the natural environment for most hoverboards is flat, smooth surfaces, we wanted to see how these products did when we pushed them outside of their comfort zone. We tested them on grass, packed sand and dirt, bumpy, cracked, and uneven roads, as well as steep hills. All and all, the Swagtron T1 made it clear that it preferred to stay on the pavement.

The T1 noticeably struggled trying to ride through the grass.
The T1 noticeably struggled trying to ride through the grass.
Credit: Kat Elliott

The T1 did about average handling smaller cracks in the road, but was unstable when it came to larger cracks or low thresholds. There was a very narrow speed window where it would clear these obstacles — too slow, and testers were stopped dead in their tracks, too fast, and they were prone to get knocked off the board.

Not the best at cruising through the dirt, but it did an all right...
Not the best at cruising through the dirt, but it did an all right job at tackling short sections.
Credit: Kat Elliott

Sand and dirt were manageable for the T1, but only if the medium was packed down. Performance dropped substantially on short grass, while shaggier sections stopped it dead in its tracks. Hill climbing and descending posed problems as well. One tester reported that the pushback resulting from the high speed required to climb the hill made it nearly impossible to stay on the board. The descent was without incident, but the board was fussy and jittery, leaving testers feeling apprehensive in the steeps.

Live in an area with lots of steep hills? If so, then the T1 might...
Live in an area with lots of steep hills? If so, then the T1 might not be for you.
Credit: Kat Elliott

Support


In our earliest reviews of hoverboards, we were surprised to discover just how important quality customer support is to the maintenance of these products. As it turns out, these machines often require aid from the manufacturer. To address this issue we increased the weighting of this metric.

Our support tests are relatively simple. We contact the manufacturer and pose a common technical question. We then time how long it takes for the support team to respond and how effective their response is in resolving our issue. We also research what the manufacturer's warranty covers and for how long. Finally, after our field tests, we score each board on how well it held up to the demands of our testing process, and if physical damage was present.

Only a few scratches gave any indication of the barrage of tests we...
Only a few scratches gave any indication of the barrage of tests we put this board through.
Credit: Kat Elliott

The T1 sustained minimal damage as a result of our testing. The little damage we found was limited to scrapes and scuffs. However, we lost the charging port's protective dust cap early on. This board comes with a one-year limited warranty. Swagtron can be contacted via email or phone for claims or technical support. We emailed in asking how to switch between modes on the board, and while they did respond quickly, their response didn't wholly resolve our problem.

Battery


Our final ranking metric is battery life, and it made up 10 percent of the overall score. The T1's performance was average for the class. Scores were based on the maximum range of the board, its runtime, and the time it took to fully recharge the battery when completely drained. Our range test track provides test models with ideal surface conditions consisting of flat, smooth pavement. The T1 delivered a strong performance traveling for 7.9 miles before the battery died. This relatively strong showing was not repeated in the runtime test, as the board called it quits after 1 hour, 27 minutes. This test is conducted in our obstacle course and is quite a bit more taxing on the motors and batteries as it forces the board to change directions and speed constantly throughout the duration of the test.

This model charged quickly, and lasted close to eight miles in our...
This model charged quickly, and lasted close to eight miles in our range test.
Credit: Kat Elliott

The T1 did do well in the charging portion of the battery evaluation requiring a minimal 1 hour and 20 minutes to completely replenish.

Value


The Swagtron T1 stands out in the class for value. This board forgoes the fluff that you don't need. At the same time, it offers all the performance you'll require to be content with your investment.

Conclusion


The Swagtron T1 offers average performance at a below-average price, making it a good option for someone who is shopping on a budget. This board is fun to ride — even if it does have a little less acceleration — and its stability at speed helps to keep confidence high. While the board struggles off-road, it can squeak by in a pinch. Additionally, this model has a solid battery life and decent support from the manufacturer. All and all, this product will keep you happily hovering without breaking the bank.

Nick Miley, David Wise and Austin Palmer