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Metro-Board's Electric Skateboard In Action

Metro-Board brought their Electric Skateboard series of remote control boards to CES, and we at Tom's Hardware bravely stepped up and risked life and limb (sort of) to find out for ourselves how well it works.

Steered by a single hand remote, it reaches top speed of 19 mph, consumes 600 watts of power with a LiFePO4 battery that can go for about 15 miles before needing a recharge. Featured here is the 41" Longboard model. For the CES demo, they limited speed to 5 mph in order to avoid crashes, which  was probably for the best.

Metro-Board's gadget will not make you better at skateboarding, as you'll clearly see in the clip below. It is fun, however, and easy enough to use assuming you have better balance and coordination than we did. That said, it's worth mentioning that the $535.00 price tag could also buy a cheap street legal scooter or a tablet. Check it out below and let us know what you think!