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Xiaomi M365 Pro Summary
Compare the Xiaomi M365 and M365 Pro.
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Our Take: The Pro Is That Much Better Than the M365
Whatever small improvements could be made were, including upping the deck size, adding a more sophisticated display, and improving its overall performance. The M365 Pro delivers a remarkable - range in our tests, nearly 10 mi more than its predecessor. The more powerful motor resulted in a quicker 0 to 15 mph acceleration time of -, a full second faster than the M365 and a hair faster than the ever-popular stalwart, Segway Ninebot Max.
The 5 lb difference between the Xiaomi Pro and M365 is significant when you consider it calculates to a 16% increase in weight, but the weight and cost are worthy trade-offs given that you're getting a longer deck, better display, and nearly double the range. When it comes to value in range per pound and acceleration per dollar, you can't do much better than the Xiaomi Pro.
Xiaomi M365 Pro Review
Like many other entry-level scooters, the M365 Pro is a kick-to-start scooter, meaning you have to manually kick-push it up to at least 2 mph before you can engage the throttle. Some entry-level scooters can be switched to zero-start, which means the throttle will automatically engage when you press it.
The start styles allow riders who have less experience to ease into acceleration, first having to kick the scooter up to speed before being able to throttle, while zero start gives riders the control to zip away from a full stop. Kick-to-start is also a good safety feature, as the scooter won't run away from you if you accidentally hit the throttle.
You can compare the performance of the Pro with others we've reviewed on our performance page.
After over a year testing other scooters, the Pro remains a stronger hill climber than every scooter under $600. It’s also within striking distance of the more powerful Fluid FreeRide Horizon electric scooter, which is only 0.2 mph faster uphill. While very steep hills will slow down the Pro, you'll have enough power to go up most hills.
Considering its meager - weight, the M365 Pro still has the best range per pound of any scooter that we’ve tested so far.
We perform all range tests in the scooter's highest performance mode on the same urban track, which has many stops, hills, and rough terrain. The ride is designed to simulate a real, fast urban commute.
Despite being cable-controlled, brake activation is smooth due to well-designed, nicely routed cables. You can adjust the strength of the regenerative brake through the Bluetooth-enabled app. Keep in mind that the regen braking strength is substantial when in the maximum setting.
Carving on the Pro’s 2 in-wide tires feels natural. They have enough size and grip to keep you confidently in control, and they conform better to the road than solid tires. The deck is 1.5 in longer and 0.2 in wider than the original. Although this doesn't seem like much, the Pro's deck width adds 12.5 sq in of standing room to the M365.
The handlebars are the same width, but are 1.4 in higher than the handlebars on the M365. This change is pretty minimal, and may not make too much of a difference for the ride, but ensures the handlebars latch to the fender (which is now a little further away).
Despite lack of an integrated suspension, the large 8.5 in pneumatic tires give it decent ride quality. On pavement — even in rough patches — the tires soak up much of the punishing road vibrations. If you encounter large potholes or steps, you'll definitely feel it but the Pro's tires will absorb some of the sting. If you’re consistently riding on really terrible roads, you’ll probably want to look at scooters with dedicated suspensions or at least larger tires.
Xiaomi M365 Pro Features
The collar prevents the lever from accidentally being pulled while riding. It's a good design, but not quite as solid as the similarly designed mechanism on the Segway Ninebot Max. The mechanism is quick to release and lock into place, which is a bit more commuter-friendly than the swingarm collar-style folding mechanisms found on most high performance scooters.
When folded, the stem locks to the rear fender for easy carrying. Some of these mechanisms take a bit of practice to aim the latch on the handlebars to the hook on the fender, but folding on the Pro feels very natural.
Overall, the Pro has good portability, but isn't quite as compact as an ultraportable (it would need to have folding handlebars).
The Pro has three riding modes, which limit top speed to 9 mph (eco), 12 mph (standard), and 16 mph (sport), represented on the screen by a small letter beneath your speedometer. One nice feature is the screen's backlighting is adaptive, dimming when the ambient light has darkened. This is a nice feature for night riding, as it keeps the display from blinding you.
The cockpit of the Xiaomi Pro is clean, simplistic with rounded, texturized hand grips that feel like a good quality rubber. On the left handlebar, you'll find the brake lever and mechanical bell, with the folding hook doubling as the bell's hammer (such a smart design!). On the right handlebar, there's the thumb throttle with a rubberized pad, and that's it.
The Xiaomi Pro is Bluetooth-enabled and can be paired with a smartphone app like the Xiaomi home app or one of many third party apps. Considering the upgraded display on the Pro provides more details, there's less reason to use the app, but it does provide scooter health information and allows you to set the regenerative braking strength.
However, it’s made of lighter weight material than other scooters, and feels less durable for long-term use than the hand-assembled beast scooters. For example, numerous riders have had issues with a faulty aluminum tab in the folding mechanism that would fracture on older models from repeated folding. This issue has been remedied in later models, but is a symptom of lighter constructed scooters.
The Xiaomi Pro feels solid, complete and well-made, and is an awesome value for its performance, but may not be able to withstand years of abuse.
It’s got a very basic look, simple display, easy operation, and entry-level price, but keep in mind it’s the bigger brother of the scooter known around the world, and is a real improvement to the original. With a larger battery capacity, longer range, and better hill climbing ability, the Pro is a definite upgrade to the M365 and bests most other entry-level scooters in the market.
What makes the M365 Pro a bit of a disappointment is that it isn’t widely available, as it is frequently out of stock or not available for sale in the United States and some other locations.