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Here’s the Opove M3 Pro Max review. We’ve been fascinated for quite some time now about this massage gun. We are always fascinated about massage guns. However, not many devices tingle our percussive therapy senses enough to warrant our concern. The M3 Pro Max has all the markings of a massage gun that has to be talked about – it’s the least we can do.
In This Article hide
- Opove M3 Pro Max Review
- Who is it Best for Then?
- Price, Warranty and Where to buy?
- Opove M3 Pro Max vs M3 Pro
- Opove M3 Pro Max vs Hypervolt Plus
- Opove M3 Pro Max Review Conclusion
Opove has been selling massage guns for the better part of the last 3 years as far as we know. Just like everyone else that’s not Theragun or Hyperice, they seem to take their cue for their products from these two industry giants.
Opove borrows from Hyperice and has, for the time they’ve been around, sought to borrow a leaf from the Hyperice design book. Their first product goes head-to-head against Hyperice’s first Hypervolt but at an affordable price – twice cheaper.
A few months ago, they came up with their own Hypervolt Plus alternative – The Opove M3 Pro Max.
What does the M3 Pro Max seek to address, is it a punch for punch copy of the overpriced Hypervolt BT Plus? Read on to find out.
Opove M3 Pro Max Review
Opove M3 Pro Max Specifications
|Feature||Opove M3 Pro Max Specs|
|Stall Force||50 lbs|
|Stroke Length||15 mm|
|Battery time||4 hours|
|Noise (decibel)||45 – 63 dB|
|Percussion Range||1500-3300 ppm|
|Number of Attachments||5|
First things first, and just as we like it, the M3 Pro Max comes with a nice two-zipper carrying case. Nothing says “we care” more than a good carrying case.
Inside, packaged nicely, are the gun itself, the attachments, the wall charger, and a side compartment with an Opove “thank you” envelope with the user manual inside.
From the first sight you can tell that they were definitely seeking to replicate the Hypervolt BT Plus. It’s black, same shape but a few notable omissions that tell you it’s not the BT Plus. For instance the round LED at the bottom of the handle is conspicuously missing.
Otherwise, this is a sturdy durable device made from good quality material – it’s not cheap plastic. The matte black color gives it a nice professional look. It also keeps the device clean, unlike the shiny fingerprint magnets we saw with Theragun Elite.
The controls are nothing fancy or innovative but they are simple and intuitive. There is a uniqueness that we rarely see with other similar devices.
For instance, it has an LCD screen at the back that shows the battery level – vertical dots that seem to be emanating from the tiny battery icon – and the speed gears.
The speed gear numbers are clear to see. They fill a large part of the LCD – calculator-like font. We actually enjoyed using it more than we did when we reviewed the Butyce gun that had very tiny digits on the screen.
This device is easy to use because of the simple operation buttons. The power button is at the base of the handle – something we have seen in Hypervolt and similar guns.
There is a + button that you use to set the desired speed gear, and an M button that you use to switch between manual and auto modes (we’ll talk more about this later in our review). We noticed the two modes are displayed on the screen but the font is almost invisible – you have to zero in to see.
The M3 Pro Max comes with 5 nicely varied attachments. Here’s what we thought about them:
- Ball – This is used to work large muscle groups. It can be used for a general massage as well provided you don’t overdo it on bony areas. The one here is made of high-quality EVA foam. We have seen too many of the attachments with foam wear out pretty fast. We prefer silicone rubber that tends to last longer.
- Flat – This one is used on large muscle groups as well but you shouldn’t pass it over bony areas to avoid injury. The one here is made from hard plastic which is common. It’s often our favorite attachment because of its ability to punch harder.
- Fork/Spinal – Used to massage the area around the spine and the neck area. It can also be used over the Achilles. Here it’s made of hard plastic.
- Bullet – Used for pinpoint treatment. If you want a focus massage, this is the go-to applicator. It’s made of hard plastic, which is perfect for what it’s meant to do.
- Cushion Head – It’s a hybrid of the ball and flat attachments. It’s used for large muscle groups or a general massage. It has the cushion added which means you can pass it over bony areas.
Apart from the attachments we found the instructions pamphlet which we thought was good because of the clear language used. It has instructions on how to use the device, information about the massage applicators and general safety stuff.
Size, Weight, Ergonomics
Sometimes it’s not easy to tell what the right size is for a good percussion massager. But the M3 pro Max feels just about the right size. It’s not the most compact massage gun we’ve ever seen and the T-shape design doesn’t help its case either, but it’s not as bulky as some other T-shaped guns from Amazon. Since it rivals Hypervolt Plus, we’ll say it’s slightly smaller in comparison.
That said, it weighs 2.3lbs. This is near standard weight for most guns in its category, but we’ve seen lighter guns. We often associate bulkiness with the type of battery a device has.
Ergonomically, the M3 Pro Max is okay. The vertical handle doesn’t help reduce the strain on the arm during a massage. In our experience, it can be quite a challenge using a T-shaped massage gun.
That’s why we’ve always advocated for angled handles (like the one in Ekrin B37 for example). The slight tweak goes a long way in making things smooth.
One thing we appreciate here however, is that even though the ergonomics are not perfect, the handle diameter is accommodating even for people with small hands. The handle is also not as long as many other devices out there. It has a silicone rubber grip that makes things even handier.
Here’s where we get to know whether this device has a case for being an excellent value for money.
Amplitude is the distance the massage gun head travels back and forth to give you the percussions. The amplitude determines how deep a gun can hit. Too short and it’s probably not a percussion massager (vibrational therapy). Most knock-offs tend to compromise the stroke length.
But that’s not the case with the M3 Pro Max. This thing has a 15mm amplitude.
After seeing the 15mm amplitude, we just had one question, does the Pro Max have enough stall force to sufficiently utilize the amplitude? We have seen devices like Legiral Le3 with 16mm amplitude fail miserably to justify the long amplitude with enough stall force.
This is the amount of pressure it takes to stall the motor of a percussion massager, usually when the device is pressed hard against the muscle. Stall force is an important parameter in a massage gun because it determines what type of therapy you can have. Too little force means the device won’t hit deep into the muscle tissue. The more power a device has, the better it can deliver.
The Pro Max impressively delivers 50lbs. of stall force.
This is Hypervolt BT Plus range (since Hyperice doesn’t disclose stall force information, we estimated 45-50lbs. stall force for their latest device).
With 50lbs. stall force and a 15mm amplitude this device is strong enough for demanding athletes and bodybuilders. It can punch deep into even large muscles.
The stall force is progressive, meaning you’ll only get 50lbs. stall force when you hit the highest speed gear. This is good for those who may just want a soothing massage. You don’t need to press it hard against the body to get the job done.
What about the intensity of this thing?
Percussion Range and Speeds
The M3 Pro Max can get really intensive for a massage gun with a 15mm amplitude. It has the same percussion range as the Ekrin B37 gun – 1800-3300, a tad bit more actually.
Keep in mind that Ekrin B37 has a 12mm amplitude and it’s normal that it should be more intensive as well. We have seen massage guns with long amplitudes (Theraguns are a good example) that are less intense (small percussion range).
But Opove defies that. With 3300 maximum percussions, this gun is more intensive than Hypervolt BT Plus. The wide range also allows you to start with a slow relaxing massage before it gradually gets intense.
The M3 Pro Max has two speed modes – Manual and Auto. In manual, the speeds can be adjusted by pressing the + button. The device switches to auto mode when you press the M button. In auto mode, the intensity increases with pressure applied.
This suggests that the M3 Pro Max has a built-in force meter. However, unlike what we see with Hypervolt BT Plus, the force meter doesn’t show on the LCD screen. We saw this with Butyce and Everyfun massage guns.
The M3 Pro Max has a 2500mAh capacity battery. This is standard battery capacity for devices that weigh 2.3lbs or thereabout.
The battery is strong enough and will last for 2.5-4 hours.
Keep in mind that the battery will drain faster when more pressure and high intensity is used. But you will still have some juice left in the device 10 days later if you use it sparingly (10-15 minutes sessions per day).
The battery is not removable as we saw with the predecessor device. This, perhaps, and the lack of Bluetooth Connectivity makes it different from Hypervolt BT Plus, their inspiration model.
We didn’t have a noise problem with this device. In fact, from our measurements we determined that at the highest speed it revs up to 68dB. Slightly more than the 45-63dB advertised by Opove.
The sound is also smooth, unlike what you hear when Theragun Pro or Mini are rattling away. We can compare the sound to what we find in Hypervolt BT Plus and Theragun Elite. Although we’ll still say it’s smoother than any Theragun.
This is impressive if you consider the long amplitude, usually such devices tend to rattle so much. To be honest though, there’s a bit of a rattle when you press it against the skin, but nothing too uncomfortable.
Also, the vibrations don’t transfer to the handle.
Who is it Best for Then?
The M3 Pro is a pretty versatile device and will serve different people with different needs. Because of the long amplitude and more than enough stall force, this device can serve athletes and even bodybuilders.
It can be taken to the gym for a warm-up massage and also used after a workout. It’s also a great all-rounder device that the whole family can enjoy using.
Amateurs who want a strong massage and don’t know where to start, this will be a great option to consider.
Being almost similar to Hypervolt BT Plus in performance and other features, it’s a great value for money device.
Therapists and chiropractors will also love this device. The only problem will be the lack of a removable battery which allows for continuous use.
Price, Warranty and Where to buy?
The Opove M3 Pro Max costs $169 at opove.com. That is 24% less than the normal price ($220) – a decent $51 discount.
We recommend buying the device from the Opove store because they are always stocked. You also get free and fast shipping.
The device comes with a 1-year warranty if you provide the receipt as proof of purchase. There is a 30-day money back guarantee in case you are not satisfied with the product.
Opove M3 Pro Max vs M3 Pro
So, how does the new device compare with its predecessor? We have a few points that we noted below.
- Significantly more amplitude: 15mm vs only 12mm before.
- The Previous M3 Pro had only about 30lbs. stall force. The new Pro Max has 50lbs. which is a huge improvement.
- The Pro Max is lighter compared to its predecessor; 2.3lbs compared to 2.5lbs. in the original.
- The Pro Max doesn’t have a detachable battery which was present with the old device.
- The M3 Pro had 3200 maximum percussions. The new Pro Max has 100 more; 3300 making it more intense.
- The Pro Max is a bit louder, but we believe that is because of the longer amplitude and the fact that it’s more powerful.
- The main difference however, is that the two devices are built for different purposes. The older M3 Pro being inspired by the first Hypervolt, was a vibrational therapy device because of the smaller amplitude and a weaker stall force. The new device is percussive and goes after the new Hypervolt BT Plus.
- The older M3 Pro is still available in their store at $155 but in our opinion it’s not the best buy when you can get their latest device at a reasonable $169 – so only a few dollars more.
Opove M3 Pro Max vs Hypervolt Plus
Opove has always been inspired by Hypervolt from the very first day, offering simplistic-looking devices for less. The Pro Max keeps the tradition by going after the new Hypervolt BT Plus.
It only makes sense that the comparison be between these two. So here it goes:
- Same shape, design, black colored body.
- Similar stall force; about 45-50 lbs (Hypervolt doesn’t disclose it but they feel fairly the same).
- Similar amplitude 14-15mm (we estimated Hypervolt Plus at 14mm since they don’t disclose it either, but 1 mm is a margin for error – they look and feel the same).
- About the same noise levels.
- 5 attachments in both.
- 1-year warranty.
Hypervolt Plus advantages oer M3 Pro Max:
- Bluetooth connectivity with a dedicated app.
- Pressure sensor with 3-level LED indicators.
- Detachable battery.
M3 Pro Max advantages over Hypervolt BT Plus:
- 4 speeds vs 3 in Hypervolt
- Noticeably lighter – 2.3 lbs vs 3 lbs
- 100 more max. percussions: 3300 vs 3200
- LCD digital screen
- Carrying case included
- Automatic mode with auto-adjustable speed based on pressure applied;
- A bit larger capacity battery: 2500mAh vs 2400mAh
- More efficient on power – will last for 2.5-4 hours vs 2 hours Hypervolt
- Half the price of BT Plus ($169 at opove.com vs $349 at time of writing)
If you must have the Bluetooth connectivity and a dedicated app, or you want something to use on you patients as a therapist or chiropractor (removable battery and pressure level indicators), then Hypervolt BT Plus will serve you well.
On the other hand, the M3 Pro Max is a great personal device. It’s a great gun with solid performance features and its own. It’s also half the price of BT Plus.
Opove M3 Pro Max Review Conclusion
That is it for our Opove M3 Pro Max review. Opove have always been inspired by Hypervolt. This new device goes after the new Hypervolt BT Plus and does it so well and at an affordable price.
Opove may not get points from us for being innovative but they get more than a nod from us with this latest device. We don’t like the ergonomics that much, but we love how quiet and intuitive it is.
It’s also the bang for your buck device if you consider the older M3 Pro.
Check out the Opove M3 Pro MAX right here.
Opove M3 Pro Max Rating
Great solid device, T-shaped and so-so ergonomics but very good performance features. A definite improvement of the older M3 Pro. It has many advantages over Hypervolt Plus and at a very affordable price. A very good choice overall!
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