The Hathaway Face-Off Air Hockey Table with Electronic Scoring is often heralded as one of the best ‘cheap’ air hockey tables on the market. On this page, we are going to take a little look at what the air hockey table brings to the, well, table.
Who is this table for?
We regard the Hathaway Face-Off Air Hockey Table as one of the best on the market for those who are looking for a cheap table they can play on from time to time. However, it is not a pro table by any stretch of the imagination, and it does have a few negatives, which we are going to explore in a short while.
Despite the low price, the table is quite sturdy. This means it should be fine for heavy-handed children out there. Most people report that they do not expect somebody over the age of seven to really enjoy playing this table, but we honestly do not see any issues with a teenager playing, providing they are not using it every single day.
It is not the most aesthetically-pleasing table in the world. Unlike expensive air hockey tables, it hasn’t been constructed from gorgeous hardwood and designed to look like a centerpiece in your gaming room, but the people who tend to look for something at this price range do not expect that.
How well does it play?One of the wonderful things about this air hockey table is that the air blowers are sufficiently powerful. You can’t expect the puck to just glide across the table as it would with a more expensive air hockey table, but the movement is still going to be fairly smooth with minimal amounts of stuttering. We have yet to read a complaint about the way in which this air hockey table works, which is fantastic!
The sides of the table provide a nice amount of rebound. This ensures gameplay is kept sufficiently fast.
Quality of the Build
One of the things that surprised us when we got our hands on the Hathaway Face Off was just how sturdy it was. Normally when you purchase a table at this price, you don’t tend to expect it to be all that great. You expect it to be a touch wobbly and have it move during the most intense plays. That is not something we experienced with this air hockey table. It was nice and rugged. After reading through a few reviews, other people say the same.
While the price of the air hockey table is low, we can’t imagine that the surface of the table would be too easy to scratch, even after a year or two. However, we must stress that this table has not been built to be used every single day. It has been built for those who want to play every so often. If you fall into that group, then this table is right for you.
If you are the type of person that feels a need to play every day, you may wish to invest in something that costs a little bit more. The only real complaint about the table is that the digital scoreboard is not the greatest in the world. Providing you treat it well, though, you can expect it to last as long as the table.
If you are looking for an affordable air hockey table that still offers a decent playing experience, you will want to consider this Hathaway. It is quick and easy to put together. For those who want an hour or two of fun from time to time, you will not go wrong with this unit.