Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2014
This paddle is fantastic.
About me: I'm a pretty serious player (ITTF ranked). I'm primarily a looper and blocker, but I have a pretty well-rounded game. I have a couple of pro-grade blades that I play with - a Timo Boll ALL+ with Yasaka Mark V rubber, and a Black Widow OFF+ with Bluefire M1 rubber.
I got this paddle to play around with at work (Yeah, ping pong at work... Internet company... lucky me!). I also wanted to try to slow my game down a little and add some control, and see how that works for me.
What I've found is that the speed of this is perfect for me. It's a little slower than the Timo Boll. I'd rate this an ALL- or DEF+. And despite the $30 price tag, it's a really well-built paddle.
It's a 5-ply, has a large sweet-spot, and really consistent power throughout the blade. The rubber is sticky, and although the "gluey" feeling it has out of the package wears off, the rubber maintains a nice surface for months.
The power is more than sufficient for a looping game, and will deliver a decently speedy block as well. But this paddle also allows a good amount of control and spin to allow consistent pushing with good control (can't do that with the Black Widow!)
I'm not crazy about the handle. It's a little too rounded out for me, and makes it slightly more difficult to know what angle you're holding your paddle at. I prefer blockier handles. The size and flare are fine... just the cross-section is a problem for me. It's also pinkish in color... not a big deal for me, but if that may bug you, consider it.
The case has some hilarious poorly-translated text on it. Also no big deal, but may get you laughed at. =)
No other real cons. Cheers!