A clever Segway into urban transport

If you consider yourself "wacky," a Segway could be perfect for your transportation needs.

If you consider yourself "wacky," a Segway could be perfect for your transportation needs.

These two-wheeled electric scooter-like, um, transportation devices were once hailed as the future of urban movement. That may have been overstating the case, but the things are good at what they do.

Segways charge up via a simple electrical outlet, and can run up to 24 miles on a single charge. The familiar "i series" tested by PRWeek zips around at up to 12 miles per hour, turns on a dime, and moves forwards and backwards in response to simply leaning slightly in either direction.

The contraptions magically balance themselves, so it's not likely that you'll fall off. But the steering, stopping, and speed control does take a bit of getting used to, so beginners could easily panic and crash into pedestrians on a busy sidewalk. But any reasonable user should be able to master the controls quickly. Still, make sure you wear a helmet for added wackiness.

Segways may not be practical as primary forms of transportation, but they would work well for urban or suburban commuting duty on fair weather days.

And if you don't mind looking a little wacky, they're a load of fun.

Any suggestions for gadgets we should try? Send them to toybox@prweek.com


Price $4,500

Available at segway.com

Specs 87-91 pounds, 12.5 mph top speed, 260-pound rider capacity

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