Monster Wheel M3 Review
This particular “monster” is a self-balancing electric scooter with a shell eerily reminiscent of the Sqkue and Spaceboard hoverboards respectively. It seems that there are basically two designs now – the rounded one like the IO Hawk and PhunkeeDuck, and this angular Lamborghini-esque design. In those cases I didn’t like the Skque, but really liked the Spaceboard, so beauty really is only skin deep. Price-wise the M3 falls right between those two products, so it will be interesting to see what’s on offer.
I’ve said it of both the Skque and Spaceboard, but I’ll repeat it here – this shell mold reminds me of the Lamborghini Aventador. I love the look of it. The M3 is available in a number of colors that look pretty good, but for my money the metallic paint on the custom Spaceboards have it beat in that department.
This is the first hoverboard I’ve seen that’s rated to climb 30-degree inclines. Usually they max out at 15. Eight-inch wheels are becoming more popular, but the wheels on the “Monster Wheel” are (ironically) only 6.7 inches. The top speed is a pretty standard 6.2 miles per hour and the range is also nothing special at eight to twelve miles.
The maximum weight rating is also above average, topping out at 265 lbs, not bad for the price. Doubly so, given that the board only weighs 24lbs, below the average.
An interesting fact mentioned by Glare Technology, the Hong-Kong based owners of the Monster Wheel M3, is that the lithium batteries used in the board have been certified as safe for air transportation. One of the reasons there are such issues with shipping hoverboards is the fact that many lithium batteries are a fire hazard in planes.
The Samsung-branded battery must therefore be quite a good quality unit. It has a charge time of two hours – this is pretty typical, but some boards can take twice as long.
There’s not a lot more to say about the Monster Wheel M3 and that’s a good thing in this case. It looks good; it’s price is high, but justified given the specs, looks, and quality. Not many people seem to have given feedback after buying one, but the usual complaints of excessive scratching is there. This is one of the reasons I like the Spaceboard, as it has special rubber bumpers underneath to keep that amazing paint off the sidewalk.
Would I buy this hoverboard over the Spaceboard? No, I don’t think so, to be honest. The Spaceboard is only a little more expensive, but better in every way I can think of.
Would I buy this over the budget-friendly Swagway X1? Maybe I would. The Swagway is a great product with good local support, but it isn’t what I would call pretty. Specs-wise it’s a bit of a give-and-take between the two, so I’d have to think hard about whether the looks are worth the price premium. Also, I couldn’t find out much about local return speed or policy. The unit comes with a 1-year warranty that covers any factory defects, and a claim of superior QA procedures that might just balance out, though.
Overall this seems like a good board uncomfortably sandwiched between two very good ones.