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Like most parents these days I'm always pleased when my children show an interest in a sport or activity rather than wanting to play in front of a screen, and this table tennis table is a case in point, for the same price or thereabouts as computer game it's provided the whole family with hours of fun. My daughter paid £45 for this after Christmas from Argos (it's a less reasonable £79.99 at time of writing) and for what it is - a 5ft table tennis table, it's actually pretty good.
The set comes folded up - it looks a bit like one of those tables you can buy for wallpapering, only green. It includes everything you see on the photo, 2 full sized bats, 3 balls and a net. It has a cover in quite cheap but adequate black fabric, which you can use to protect it when not in use. This being a small sized table;(L153, W76, H69cm as opposed to a standard sized table which is 274cm long by 152cm wide) it's compact and easy to store. Obviously the play surface is not huge but as an adult playing it's a comfortable height and my daughter, 9 but small for her age, finds it a perfect starter size. If looking at buying this you should be aware that this is an entry level table for indoor use only.
Getting the table ready for play, once you have removed the cover, is quite easy. The table folds out and the end legs are secured by fold down pieces of wire. The middle legs have extendable feet that screw down to the right length so you can make some slight adjustment to allow for a not totally straight floor, and rubber ends protect the floor surface. The net slots into place easily through two metal brackets and locks the table open. It's a one adult and fairly quick job, I tend to unfold the table on its side and then as it's small and quite light and the legs are made of hollow metal it's easily flipped up and then you are good to go. Construction wise it's not the best made item, if you compare it to a put up wallpapering table as previously mentioned that gives you an idea of what it is like. It is kind of what you would expect for the price but it's sturdy enough for play and the coating of the table is surprisingly high quality. We haven't got any scratching to ours bar a few scuff marks on the edges and everything has held up to hours of play well. It's a little harder to pack up then get out but once done the table secures together and can be stored on its side.
Given the dimensions of this table as already mentioned, this table is obviously going to feel a lot narrower than a standard table because it actually is half width. For our purposes this isn't an issue as we have a small area available for play (the hall of our house), and it means we have plenty of room to move around the table. Bounce on the table is actually pretty impressive, though I would say the bats could be of much better quality the actual table does not disappoint in terms of providing a means of learning to play at a basic level. If you are wanting something bigger and of better quality you are going to have to pay many times the rrp of this, for what it is, it's perfectly fine and the important thing is my daughter loves it. It's better than the set she previously had - a net to set up on a normal table, as everything is in proportion. When she is in full play it sounds a looks like a proper ping-pong experience.
For the price we paid we are delighted with this table, though had I paid £79.99 I might have felt it was rather expensive. It would make a great gift if you can find it at a lower price, it's somewhere in between a toy and a proper table tennis table and for getting a taste of this sport it's ideal given that it's easy to store, inexpensive and more durable than you might think. Recommended as it's proved to be a good buy.