I recently purchased and built this table. Based on the price, I am very happy with the table and how it plays, plus the neat features of the paddle holders and ball trays (sounds silly but very convenient) and the extended net. For years I have used the traditional clamp on nets that always ruin the table edge and constantly need to be adjusted and retightened. This net works great, very nice design.
All that said, I look at this as a one-year table. The parts are cheap quality. Whoever designed this table did a nice job of putting as much as possible into the aestethic look and feel, but they had to sacrcifice quality parts. Can't blame the designer for that. Remember - as the table degrades, you paid very little for it. :# The details claim this is a 3/4 inch thick table, but it is only a half inch thick. Perhaps they were measuring like you measure planed wood thicknesses #a 3/4" board, after planing and sanding, will be just over 1/2" thick#, but this table is not wood, so that measurement system should not apply. This table is made of fiberboard. No sitting on the table - ever.
With my teen boys and myself playing everyday, this table is not going to last. It feels sturdy enough to lean on the edges by the serving area, but a year of this will warp the table. It is also definitely an indoor table. I would not let any moisture get on the table.
This is also a pretty elaborate building project. There are almost no parts that are already attached when you receive it. It comes in a 4-inch high, very large, square box with good packaging protection for the table and parts. You need to put together every bit of this table system #screw driver, allen wrenches). Think of an IKEA kit, but with much better directions than IKEA, but also inferior quality parts. The one piece of the leg system that was pre-installed was screwed into the wrong place. Easy fix, one we noticed it.
As mentioned, very good directions for building. I think it took me two hours total over a couple of nights.
If you need a beginner table that may never be used and you don't want to invest a lot to see whether your family will pick up the game, this is the table for you. In my case, my boys go off to college in a year and we literally need this for this year. If you are going to play fairly competitively and use the table a lot, for years, I would recommend buying a better, more expensive table that can handle the abuse.
The paint job looks good at first, but you can tell from the start it is sub-par. Edges are missing some paint.
All those negatives stated, I love the fact that I could pay so little and have a sharp-looking table with a nice net system. This table cost almost nothing and plays like any other, much more expensive table. Just be careful around it. You will love it. :)
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