Build your mazes, obstacles, towers and other courses to navigate through the living room or kitchen!
Equipped with a gyroscope, accelerometer, and colourful LED lights, this educational robot is more than a mini robot toy. Sphero Mini is the perfect entry into robotics for beginners!
The Sphero Mini arrived in a slim plastic box. As you open it you are greeted by the setup instructions. This runs you through how to set up the Sphero Mini while it is charging. The smiley-faced plastic shell protects important insides. This shell can be replaced and changed if needed, and you have a choice of 5 colours.
- LED lights that glow in various colours
- Contains gyroscope, motor encoders, and accelerometer sensors
- Interchangeable shells allow customization with several colour options available
- Recommended for ages 8+
The app is mainly where a lot of products fail, but the Sphero Mini has one of the best apps I have ever used. It’s bright and colourful, and very intuitive. I did have to learn my way around the menu a bit, as some buttons are just icons without any labels.
I was very worried about breaking the Mini, as I spun it around blind corners at full speed. Even after a couple of bumps, it has yet to show any signs of damage. I did also lose it a few times and had to keep bumping it about to try to find it. A nice addition would be a siren it can sound to try to find it.
Sphero Mini Review
I was impressed by the wide array of fun I could have with the Mini. There is a multitude of driving modes to keep the whole family busy. Face Drive allows you to drive the Sphero Mini with just your facial expressions. Though you can always use the joystick, or gyro controls on the app to drive the Mini around your living room.
You charge the Mini via a micro-USB cable and get around 45 mins of playtime from an hour charge. Oh, how I miss USB-C! I did find that even not using the Sphero Mini meant the battery would still drain. USB-C charging or even a wireless charging dock you can leave it on.
Overall, the Sphero Mini is a fun toy for the home. If you or any little ones are interested in coding this is also quite a fun interactive way to learn.