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Swagtron T580 Review

This budget board fails to deliver a level of performance that would warrant its seemingly modest price
Swagtron T580
Credit: Swagtron
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Price:   $260 List | $229.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Solid customer support, Bluetooth connectivity
Cons:  Severely underpowered, short battery life
Manufacturer:   Swagtron
By Nick Miley and David Wise  ⋅  Oct 19, 2021
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  • Fun Factor - 50% 5
  • Outdoor Capabilities - 20% 5
  • Support - 20% 7
  • Battery - 10% 3

Our Verdict

Finishing at the bottom of the class, the Swagtron T580 is far from our favorite hoverboard. It felt like this board had more fluff than substance, and it fell short in the tests that mattered most. It is underpowered, making it quite a bit less fun to ride, and has almost no all-terrain capacity. However, the manufacturer offers some of the best customer support we've encountered, and the price of the board won't break the bank.

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Pros Solid customer support, Bluetooth connectivityStable at speed, nimble, inexpensivePlayful, inexpensive, long run timeInexpensive, stable at speed, onboard Bluetooth speakersBudget-friendly, Bluetooth speaker, stable on smooth ground
Cons Severely underpowered, short battery lifeLimited range/battery life, performance limited on soft surfacesPoor on rough roads and off-pavement, a little sluggishLimited battery life, long charge time, limited off-pavement capabilitiesNot versatile, low weight limit, average run time
Bottom Line This budget board fails to deliver a level of performance that would warrant its seemingly modest priceFun, fleet, and fiscally feasible, this board will leave you smiling both at check out and while ridingFor those looking to save some money, this is a quality product with a long run timeA fun, decent quality, inexpensive hoverboard that is better for recreation than commutingGreat for kids to use around the house, this hoverboard is as basic as it is inexpensive
Rating Categories Swagtron T580 Swagtron T380 Swagtron T1 GoTrax SRX PRO Tomoloo Q2C
Fun Factor (50%)
5.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Outdoor Capabilities (20%)
5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
Support (20%)
7.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
Battery (10%)
3.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
4.0
Specs Swagtron T580 Swagtron T380 Swagtron T1 GoTrax SRX PRO Tomoloo Q2C
Measured Run Time 50 min 50 min 87 min 50 min 60 min
Measured Weight 20.8 lbs 22.1 lbs 22.8 lbs 28.9 lbs 16.3 lbs
Measured Speed 7.3 mph 8.6 mph 8.7 mph 9 mph 7.5 mph
Measured Range 2.6 mi 4 mi 7.9 mi 4.7 mi 3.9 mi
Weight Limit 220 lbs 44 - 220 lbs 44 - 220 lbs 220 lbs 165 lbs
Bluetooth Yes; App & Music Yes; App & Music No Yes; Music Yes; Music
Warranty 12 months limited 12 months limited 12 months limited 3 months limited 12 months limited
Color Options Blue
Black
Red
White
Black
Pink
Blue
White
Blue
Black
Dark Red
Pink
Exclusive Gold
Aqua
Black
Blue
Grey
Pink
White
Yellow
- Black
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  • Pink
Measured Charge Time 1 hour, 10 min 1 hour, 25 min 1 hour, 20 min 3 hours 2 hours, 20 min

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Swagtron T580 did not fare well in our rigorous evaluation process. It received below-average marks in every category except support. Unfortunately, this metric says more about the manufacturer than the product itself.

Performance Comparison


This board lacked speed compared to some of the other models in our...
This board lacked speed compared to some of the other models in our competitive lineup.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Fun Factor


Accountable for a whopping 50% of a board's total score, our fun factor metric is by far the most important of the evaluation categories. As the name implies, this metric evaluates the aspects of board performance that contribute to it being amusing and pleasurable. These aspects include the availability of aftermarket accessories, Bluetooth connectivity (including onboard speakers), weight, max speed, and agility in our built-to-purpose obstacle course. Unfortunately, the T580 is far from what we'd describe as fun.

While the T580 has some fun features, it doesn't have the motor power to deliver the speed and agility we want to see. It has Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to pair it with a smartphone and use its companion app so you can see your current speed and battery level, as well as a few other riding metrics and some basic mapping functions. Additionally, you can also play music through the built-in speaker.

The Swagtron app can show you your current speed, but keep your eyes...
The Swagtron app can show you your current speed, but keep your eyes on the road!

Sadly, this board is much slower than the others in our lineup — significantly reducing the amount of fun we had while riding. It also lacks the power of other products, making it more sluggish and less responsive. It lacks the acceleration for quick turns and can't keep up if you change directions abruptly. Additionally, its max speed is 7.3 mph which is quite slow.

We felt the T580 lacked in fun compared to other boards.
We felt the T580 lacked in fun compared to other boards.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Outdoor Capabilities


This metric tested for a board's ability to traverse challenging terrain. We took each board up and down a 14% grade, as well as on grass, packed dirt, sand, cracked and bumpy roads, and over thresholds. The T580 delivered another poor performance, lacking the power to get up the hill. It moved at a snail's pace, was not stable, and would frequently stall and stop. It did reasonably well going down the hill, but this was an isolated bright spot.

The lack of power was again revealed when traversing off-road terrain. The T580 faltered on both grass and packed dirt. However, when it came to crossing a threshold or crossing a crack in the road, it did about the same as the other small hoverboard models in our lineup.

We were pretty sketched out riding the board up and down steeper...
We were pretty sketched out riding the board up and down steeper hills.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Support


This is the only group of tests in which the T580 delivered an above-average performance. While that's great, this is more of a measure of Swagtron's customer service than the T580 itself. This metric included an assessment of the board's warranty, ease of contact with the manufacturer, and the helpfulness of the manufacturer. Additionally, we evaluated the board's durability as exhibited by any damage after our testing.

It is straightforward to contact Swagtron, either by phone, email, or various social media accounts. To evaluate each customer support team, we sent in a common issue to each manufacturer and asked for assistance in troubleshooting. Swagtron responded within 48 hours to our technical inquiries and was clear and helpful in their response.

Additionally, this board seems quite durable. After our demanding array of tests, the T580 sustained only minor scrapes and scuffs. This is not the case for several other, burlier-seeming hoverboards.

The T580 received only minor scratches during testing.
The T580 received only minor scratches during testing.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Battery


To assess the battery on each board, we measured the maximum range, the runtime, and how long it took to recharge fully depleted power cells. Again, the T580 delivered a lackluster performance.

We ran a series of obstacles with each board to test runtime, requiring multiple starts, stops, turns in both directions, and rapid back and forth direction changes. We timed each board and scored them based on when the battery was drained to the point that it rendered the board inoperable. At 50 minutes, the T580 had one of the shortest runtimes of our tested boards.

For our range test, we ran each hoverboard on flat level ground, scoring based on the distance traveled. As expected based on the previous tests, the T580 also performed very poorly here. We made it just 2.6 miles which was one of the worst performances we've seen a hoverboard deliver.

The T580 does charge relatively quickly, taking a little over an hour to completely recharge. This outcome is good news because whoever buys one of these little underachievers will be plugging it in frequently.

The T580 wasn't able to go as fast or last as long as most of the...
The T580 wasn't able to go as fast or last as long as most of the other boards we tested. At least the battery charges quickly.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


This board isn't a great value as similarly priced products perform much better.

Conclusion


While we have great respect for the products that Swagtron produces, we are far from impressed with the performance of the T580. It isn't much fun to ride, you can't ride it for very long, and it can't handle variable terrain. While this board might be suitable for children or a petite rider, our adult testers found it too weak to make it very enticing.

Nick Miley and David Wise