Robots are becoming the new servant class. They live in our homes, do our light chores almost effortlessly, and never ask for the day off. With robovacs to save humans from having to do that particular chore, they have, in their own robo-way, contributed to the improvement of our domestic sphere. Most floorbots maintain the familiar shape, such as the Clean-Mate QQ5 Plus, but a few others exist outside the circle, such as the Neato XV-21. Neato is an upstart company that was borne from Stanford's Entrepreneur's Challenge to doubtlessly keep industry mainstays like iRobot on their toes. The Neato Botvac 70e is an updated version of the XV series, but it is remarkably similar.
For instance, both have LaserSmart mapping, navigation and Botvision to see around obstacles. The Botvac’s unique D-shape with CornerClever Technology ensures those elusive corners get attended to. It has multi-room cleaning capabilities whereby the bot moves from room to room with ruthless efficiency. A spot-clean function contends with small areas using robot UI. Auto-Recharge and Resume functions have the Botvac automatically return to its charge base when it needs more power before returning and finishing where it left off. The NiHM battery needs 2-3 hours to charge.
The Botvac 70e has programmable scheduling to keep it out from under foot and boundary markers to keep it out of forbidden areas. Both the 70e and the XV automatically transition from one floor type to another, and can vacuum carpet, tile, hard floors, and vinyl. The Botvac 70e has a large, ultra-performance filter and brush, an extra-large dustbin, and includes a Micro-USB/OTG upgrade. It comes with one standard filter, a heavy duty blade brush, a charge base, and boundary markers. With its white body color and bright orange laser top, it looks vaguely like a sunny-side-up egg, but hopefully the dog won't try to eat it for breakfast.
The BotVac is somewhat better at finding its base (and the base is less fussy about being at a straight up vertical wall).
This works even better than the other Neato's I own. The battery must be super-charged, because it goes for a long time, over an hour and a half sometimes.
The "bounce around" method was OK, but some room shapes would make it such that there were places that never got cleaned.
Pre-scheduling for daily vacuum helps me keep dust in check. I love how Neato very carefully navigates around furniture. It moves slowly and gracefully, yet thoroughly.
The main sensor is a laser scanner under the coloured circle on the top, which whirls around and scans the room.
After 3 weeks of use so far so good. It's a real weight off my mind to know that the vacuuming will always get done regardless of whether I have time to do it.
Technically successful, simple to use. Cleaning is effective and intelligent. Noisy but not more than a normal vacuum cleaner.
Good vacuum robot.A bit noisy but when I received it was the second best day of my life.