Skque® 8” Hoverboard Review
I’m serious, I have no idea how to pronounce the name of the company. Sick-koo? Suh-skoo? Skuh-eh? Thank goodness for online shopping – I’m not sure this is a conversation I want to have with a cashier, to be honest. It’s funny how prominently they remind us that the name is a registered trademark too.
A Change is as Good as a Holiday
I’ve seen an endless stream of hoverboards with identical shells, but different internals. You’d think that more of these Chinese manufacturers would modify the shells to at least make the product look different, but for the first generation of hoverboard clones there was no time to spend working on the design in the rush for that celebrity-fueled Christmas cash.
Squee® has captured my heart with the design of this board. It’s clearly riffing off the Lamborghini Aventador with its stealth bomber looks and I freely admit, I love it. The twelve-year-old boy inside me likes everything about it; even the red and black decals on the faux alloys. It has cool LED strips running across the wheel hubs that are gorgeous. According to one remark from Squawk® those lights can change color, but I can’t see that in the product description. Either way, they are so cool.
The colors on offer are black, red, green, blue, and white. Obviously I’d want the black, but the other colors (apart from white) are metallic and quite attractive. The white version has red foot pads instead of black. Honestly the white one is the ugliest of the lot and will attract dirt faster than a tabloid page, so avoid that one.
Bell Meet Whistle
The differences don’t stop there. The Squirrel® has a built-in Bluetooth speaker system, so you can annoy other pedestrians with your indy accordion hippy music. Far out man. There’s also a remote control to turn it on and off, which is cool and convenient.
Squint® has all the paperwork and then some on display for safety standards in both the U.S. and Europe, so I really don’t think this model will explode. The batteries are Samsung/LG as well, so hopefully they’ll last for many recharge cycles.
The Squelch® has a reasonable list of specifications. The most notable one is the fact that this has eight-inch wheels; not high enough to make going through doorways a dance with brain damage, but not so low that every lump and bump will fling you off the board itself.
The motors are rated for a combined 500W, the range is between eleven and fifteen miles, and you’ll hit a maximum speed of 6.2 miles per hour. So far, so par for the course. The weight limit is a bit higher than I usually see at 264lbs. It charges in one to two hours as well, which is also middle of the road, although not as long as some I’ve seen.
Only By Reputation
As far as I can make out Squabble® is not a company with any real presence in the U.S. Users complain of a long, long delivery time – about a month. Returns seem problematic and the cost of shipping a broken hoverboard back to them is not insignificant.
Personally, I feel that it shouldn’t be the consumer’s problem to deal with the vagaries of shipping things across the ocean in containers. They should have some sort of quality control on U.S. shores where the units can be warehoused, checked for problems, and then sent back or sent on. This is one of the big advantages of locally-warehoused suppliers; you are always only a few days away from a replacement on warranty or new parts. As far as user feedback for this hoverboard goes, that doesn’t seem to be case.
Casting the First Stone
On paper I like this hoverboard a lot, although for a product in the $500 to $600 bracket it could do better. I have to say, the original list price for this hoverboard skirted dangerously close to two grand, which is insane. If you were an early adopter and actually bought this for that much I weep for you, I really do.
The looks of the (fine, I’ll say it properly) Skque® are phenomenal; all other things being equal, this would make me choose it over something like the Swagway X1. Unfortunately, all other things are not equal. Troubling is the lack of local distribution and complaints from clients that the product takes a month to arrive and is often damaged. Some undamaged units just stop working on day two or the Bluetooth speakers soon give up the host. I want to say you should take a chance in case you get a good one, but the hassle of returns means I just can’t. Until a local warehouse is established, my advice is to stay away from this hoverboard.