Zooming through town on the Segway E22 offered a glimpse into what convenient urban travel could look like—unfettered by gas pumps or parking meters. It stood as a reliable sidekick for those shorter trips where simplicity trumps speed.
Rolling through the city on the Segway E22, I can't help but feel it's tailor-made for urban commuters who prioritize convenience over high performance. Its modest top speed and range mean you won't be setting any records, but for those looking to swap their car keys for a greener, more accessible way to get around town, this scooter hits the mark.
From the get-go, assembling this scooter was a breeze. What immediately stands out is its refined look with a robust build. Holding up to daily commutes, the materials feel premium—no creaks or rattles here. Standing on the deck gives a reassuring sense of stability and durability which makes every ride feel secure.
Zipping around at 12.4 MPH might not sound thrilling, but for weaving through busy sidewalks and bike lanes, it's just right. Hills pose a challenge—this isn't a mountain goat—but on flat ground, the ride is smooth sailing. Brakes respond well without jerking; however, while the distance capability is ample for short trips, range anxiety creeps in on longer jaunts.
The 300w motor won't win drag races but maintains consistent power output across flatter terrains. Battery life largely sticks to the advertised spec though heavy use and hill climbs will drain it quicker than expected. Recharge time is lengthy at five hours—planning around this is crucial.
Daily travels were mostly comfortable thanks to solid wheels adept at tackling average city obstacles. That said, rougher patches sent vibrations straight up my arms—largely due to lack of suspension. Safety-wise, the mechanical brake provided enough stopping power even when dodging an errant squirrel or two.
Maneuverability on the E22 feels intuitive with responsive steering that adds confidence in tighter spaces. Whether cruising by lakeside paths or navigating crowded markets, I always felt in control. For longer rides though, comfort dwindled; I found myself wishing for more ergonomic handle grips.
Upkeep was straightforward with little need for adjustments during my week of testing. While I encountered no major issues requiring support from Segway's end, online forums suggest that when problems arise, customer service can be hit or miss.
Though sparse on bells and whistles, what exists serves its purpose well—I never missed a beat checking battery levels mid-ride thanks to clear electric gauges. Yet I found myself longing for built-in lights for those darker evenings returning from work.
Taking all into account, my personal rating settles at 7/10. The combination of ease of use, design quality, and effective commuting performance outweighs its drawbacks like limited range and long charge time.