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Swagtron T580 Review

This budget board fails to deliver a level of performance that would warrant its seemingly modest price
The Swagtron T580.
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Price:   $360 List | $200 at Amazon
Pros:  Solid customer support, Bluetooth connectivity
Cons:  Severely underpowered, short battery life
Manufacturer:   Swagtron
By Nick Miley, David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jul 29, 2019
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  • Fun Factor - 50% 4
  • Outdoor Capabilities - 20% 4
  • Support - 20% 7
  • Battery - 10% 3

Our Verdict

Finishing close to the bottom of the class, the Swagtron T580 is far from our favorite hoverboard. It felt like this board has more fluff than substance and 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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Rating Categories Swagtron T580 Swagtron T6 Swagtron T380 Segway Ninebot S Swagtron T1
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Specs Swagtron T580 Swagtron T6 Swagtron T380 Segway Ninebot S Swagtron T1
Measured Runtime 50 min 120 min 50 min 95 min 87 min
Measured Weight 20.8 lbs 31.7 lbs 22.1 lbs 29.6 lbs 22.8 lbs
Measured Speed 7.3 mph 11.9 mph 8.6 mph 10.5 mph 8.7 mph
Measured Range 2.6 mi 12 mi 4 mi 11.3 mi 7.9 mi
Weight Limit 220 lbs 220 lbs 44 - 220 lbs 88 - 220 lbs 44 - 220 lbs
Bluetooth Yes; App & Music Yes; Music Yes; App & Music Yes; App No
Warranty 12 months limited 12 months limited 12 months limited Vehicle body: 12 months
Attachment parts: 6 months
Components subject to wear: 3 months
12 months limited
Color Options Blue
Black
Red
Desert Camo
Matte Black
Pink Camo
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Blue
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Black
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Blue
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Measured Charge Time 1 hour, 10 min 2 hours, 20 min 1 hour, 25 min 2 hours, 40 min 1 hour, 20 min

Our Analysis and Test Results

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

The Swagtron T580.
The Swagtron T580.

Performance Comparison


To determine which hoverboards are the best in class we buy all the top products on the market and pit them head-to-head in an identical series of tests. Having completed the battery of tests, we score and rank each board's performance relative to the class. Our tests are divided among four weighted metrics that we have found to be the best evaluation of a quality hoverboard. The details of the T580's performance and ranking are elucidated below.

The T580 received minor scratches during testing.
The T580 received minor scratches during testing.

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, fun factor evaluates the aspects of board performance that contribute to it being amusing and pleasurable. These aspects are the availability of aftermarket accessories, Bluetooth connectivity (including onboard speakers), weight, max speed, and dexterity in our built-to-purpose obstacle course. The T580's performance in this important series of test forces us to say that this board is far from what we'd describe as fun.

While this board has some fun features, it just doesn't have the motor power to deliver in the speed and dexterity that the fun factor evaluations require. This board does sport Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to pair it with a smartphone and use its companion app. This app shows 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; Keep your eyes on the road.
The Swagtron app can show you your current speed; Keep your eyes on the road.

This board is on the lighter side compared to the rest of the group, earning it a few points.


However, this board is much slower than the others — significantly reducing the amount of fun one has while riding.


This board lacked the power of other products, making it more sluggish and less responsive. It lacked the acceleration for quick turns and couldn't keep up if we changed directions abruptly. Additionally, its max speed is 7.4 mph which is quite slow for the class.

We were pretty sketched out riding the board up and down steeper hills.
We were pretty sketched out riding the board up and down steeper hills.

Outdoor Capabilities


Accounts for 20% of the overall score, outdoor capabilities tests for a board's ability to traverse challenging terrain. We take each board up and down a 14% grade, as well as running each one on grass, packed dirt and sand, cracked and bumpy roads, and over thresholds. The T580 delivered another poor performance.

This hoverboard lacked the power to get up the hill, frequently stalling and stopping. When it was driving up the hill, it moved at a snail's pace and was not stable. However, it did reasonably well going down the hill, which was somewhat surprising given the troubles it displayed on the ascent. However, this was an isolated bright spot.

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

We felt the T580 lacked in fun compared to other boards.
We felt the T580 lacked in fun compared to other boards.

Support


The support metric, which accounts for 20% of a board's total score, is the only group of tests in which the T580 delivered an above-average performance. However, it should be acknowledged that this is more of a measure of Swagtron's customer support department than the T580 itself. This metric includes an assessment of a board's warranty, ease of contact with the manufacturer, and the helpfulness of the manufacturer. Additionally, we evaluate the durability of the board as exhibited by any damage at the conclusion of our testing.

This hoverboard includes a 1-year limited warranty, and 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 were clear and helpful in their response.

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

Battery


The battery metric is weighted to fill out the remaining 10% of the T580's overall score. 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.

To test runtime, we ran a series of obstacles with each board, 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 in the class.


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 as well. At 2.6 miles traversed, this 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 in our tests. This outcome is good news because whoever buys one of these little underachievers will be plugging it in frequently.

Value


This board isn't a great value as there are similarly priced products that perform much better across the board.

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 couldn't handle variable terrain. While this board might be suitable for children or a petite rider, our adult testers found it to be too weak to make it worth an adult's while.


Nick Miley, David Wise and Austin Palmer