Xiaomi M365 electric scooter vs Ninebot Segway ES2: which is the best electric scooter?

ByLinky Cheng 2019-06-06 7760

The Xiaomi M365 and Ninebot Segway ES2 are the electric scooters of the moment. But what to take? Which one is more powerful, comfortable, practical? To help you in your purchase, here is a comparison of these two products now officially available in France.

Between the entry-level models and the excessively expensive models, it has to be said that there are two electric scooters that really stand out for their quality/price ratio. These are the Xiaomi M365 released in 2016 that we were able to test and the Ninebot Segway S2 from 2018. Two quite similar models that we compare here, despite their significant price differences. You will find the M365 at less than 400 euros and the Ninebot Segway ES2 at less than 500 euros. Which one is the most comfortable? The most powerful? The most autonomous? Answer in this versus.

Xiaomi M365 electric scooter vs Ninebot Segway ES2

Technical sheets

 

Xiaomi M365

Xiaomi Ninebot Segway ES2

Dimension

108 x 43 x 114 cm

102 x 43 x 113 cm

Poids

12,5 kg

12,5 kg

Engine

Rated power 250 W / 500 W max

Rated power 300 W / 700 W max

Autonomie

Between 25 and 30 km (280 Wh battery)

A little over 20 km (187 Wh battery). Possibility to add a second battery

tyres

Inflated

Full

Brakes

Electric front, mechanical rear

Electric front, mechanical rear

Waterproof

IP 54: splash resistant

IP 54: splash resistant

Bonus

Brakes E-ABS, LED, mobile application

LED, application mobile

price

399 euros

599 euros

Design: scooters that look alike

At first glance, there is not much that distinguishes these two scooters. They look like two drops of water in their black/grey colours and have almost the same dimensions: 108 x 43 x 114 cm for the M365 against 102 x 43 x 113 cm for the Segway ES2. In addition, both scooters are made of an aluminum alloy. We must therefore look at them in a little more detail to see the differences.

On the M365, we notice that the brake wires are visible on the handlebars. A problem both aesthetically and in terms of safety, which his opponent avoided by hiding all this in the handlebars. The stem also holds the battery, while it is under the tray for the M365, which explains the differences in size. Note that the bells are different and the buckles for folding the scooters are not in the same place. The Segway also has a space for its second battery, an LCD screen and a small hook to hold your stuff. It is therefore a little more complete.

In the long term, it will be necessary to be careful with the M365, most of whose rubber covers could get lost. But in either case, the M365 and Ninebot Segway ES2 are modern scooters that are perfectly in tune with the times. Please note that they will have to be assembled when you buy them, but that handling is relatively simple.

We still prefer the M365 to the Ninebot Segway ES2 in terms of design, because it looks thinner to us. But this is above all a matter of taste.

Comfort and convenience: a good point for air tires

As stated above, the dimensions are almost identical and the same applies to the weight, which is around 12.5 kg for both scooters. So you will have a little trouble taking them with you on public transport. For the driving phases, we have a deck with a non-slip mat on both sides, LEDs and headlights to be clearly visible, a crutch and a bell for the M365.

The M365 is delivered with air tires while the Segway ES2 has solid wheels. The feeling of comfort is more present on the first scooter, but its wheels are fixed to the puncture. In addition, if the pressure is too low, you may lose your autonomy. The weight distribution is the other major point of differentiation between these two scooters. As stated above, the battery is in the deck for the M365 and the stem for the Ninebot Segway ES2. This changes the way we apprehend the road.

You feel like you're going faster with the ES2's solid wheels and comfort has been improved since the old model thanks to the new rear shock absorbers. However, the wheels will tend to lose grip on special surfaces such as sand. Concerning water, it is the same fight for both scooters: avoid riding on them or risk slipping and especially use them in rainy weather, because they are not waterproof.

Finally, both devices are equipped with an electrical and mechanical brake, not to mention the mudguard for emergency braking. The M365 is easier to grasp than its competitor, even if the feeling seems better with the Ninebot Segway ES2 because of the weight distributed in the handlebars.

Power and speed

French legislation requires vehicles that can go faster than 25 km/h to be registered. Fortunately, this does not apply to either the M365 or the Segway ES2. They are equipped with a motor with a nominal power of 250 W / 500 W max and 300 W / 700 W max respectively. A gap that is particularly noticeable during start-up.

But is it really useful? It probably is when you have to take slopes, for the less light users. And once again, your vehicle is limited to 25 km/h.

The Segway ES2 has the advantage of being able to display the speed at which the user is travelling. It can also be switched between three modes: sport, standard or limited. The first one allows the motor of the scooter to be used fully when the second one is less biting when starting. The latter corresponds to the M365's energy-saving mode and limits the speed to about 15 km/h. This saves battery power in both cases.

The Segway ES2 is doing better on this terrain than the M365.

Autonomy

There are many variables to consider regarding the autonomy of these scooters, starting with the user's weight. Depending on this, the engine will have to draw more or less energy to move forward, and this will be particularly noticeable on climbs.

Then, it turns out that the M365 has a larger battery than the Segway ES2 (280 Wh versus 187 Wh). The first scooter generally performs a little better and allows you to cover a little more than 25 km, while the other one is limited to a little over 20 km. However, it is possible to add an external battery to the Segway ES2 (at less than 200 euros) to increase the range to 45 km according to the manufacturer. This figure will probably have to be reduced.

It will take about 5 hours to fully charge the M365 and only 3 hours for the Segway ES2. A difference that is important if you are in a hurry. You should also know that both models allow you to recover energy via their kinetic brake, but that the recovery is quite minimal.

On this point, and if we skip the external battery story, it's the M365 that does the best job.

Information

We raised it in the design section: the Segway ES2 has the advantage of having a small LCD screen that displays information on driving speed, remaining range and activated mode. None of this on the M365, or almost. There are four small lights showing the remaining range. It's a little light.

To get more information or options, you will need to take a look at the Ninebot mobile application available on iOS and Android. On the M365, you will have the opportunity to know a little more precisely your remaining battery rate, adjust the kinetic brake force (low, medium, high) and activate an anti-theft system. The latter locks the wheels of your scooter with the brakes, basically.

You can set more things on the Segway ES2, such as the color of the LEDs, your cruising speed or the power of the brake (low, medium, high) to recover energy (KERS).

The Segway with its LCD screen gets an extra point.

Conclusion: which is the best electric scooter

The two scooters are once again quite similar in design. We will perfectly recognize that the Segway ES2 has more bite and attention to detail than the M365. But the latter has the advantage of being more affordable and offers better road comfort, despite its perhaps too great simplicity. And if it's the price that has to decide, it's the Xiaomi M365 that you have to turn to.

Now, if you are a scooter enthusiast, we advise you to focus on the Ninebot Segway ES2 which is more complete.

Prices and availability

The Xiaomi M365 is available for less than 400 euros, undoubtedly the best quality/price ratio on the market.

The Ninebot Segway ES2 is sold for less than 500 euros, which is also an excellent value for money with some features that can make a difference.

If you want to increase the range of the Ninebot Segway ES2, it is compatible with an additional battery that allows you to extend its range to 45 km. This one is available for less than 200 euros.

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