Neato Botvac Connected Review
With autonomous cleaning modes built in, and the power to use iPhone and Apple Watch as a controller, the Neato Botvac Connected proves is a wonderful solution for those craving for a futuristic living.
- Fariha Khan
- October 25, 2016
Vacuum cleaner robots can make life much easier for all
Vacuum cleaner robots help in cleaning floors with a suction machine and beater brush. From popular products such as Roomba to ordinary cleaning robots, there are a number of self-directed vacuums clean by carrying out numerous random passes over a filthy area until their little battery dies. It is a good choice when set to run at a time when you are away you’re your place but cab be annoying for those who expect the competence of a human operator.
Neato Botvac Connected – a modern day robot
The Neato Botvac Connected is one device that can get human expectations right. This wonderful device detects and patrols the limit of a room, and then makes back and forth stripes, moving over as each stripe ends. What makes its navigation more notable is the fact that a form of Lidar is used to map the room.
iPhone and Apple Watch connected robot
Neato Botvac Connected can function with iPhone as well as Apple Watch. The iPhone app controls allows you to start and stop the device. You can also make basic settings on the robot with the help of the app. For example, if it should use Turbo or Eco mode for cleaning. You can also manually drive the robot. The Watch application is not all that complete providing push notifications and start/stop control. It's not very rich. But it would be nice if you were able to drive the robot from your wrist remotely.
Use of latest technology
iRobot's Roomba is one device that has been synonymous with autonomous robot vacuums. The bin comes off the back of the Roomba bot, and unavoidably some dirt, and lint gets stuck above the carrier with the brush and beater bars. However, it is not a great idea to compare the old robots with the new ones.
The Botvac's bin detaches from the top of the robot's body. This style is a considerably cleaner and a much more elegant. Yes, no dirt spills out of the canister or stays in the robot. It is very easy to clean the filter as well. As Botvac's bin is larger than Roomba's, the machine has a larger filter area to amass awful stuff we had no clue was were waiting in the carpets.
Offering notifications if it gets stuck, runs out of battery, or completes its job, Botvac makes use of a local Wi-Fi network to talk to iPhone and Watch. It updates through a USB on-the-go adapter which is included.
Botvac uses SSL and HTTPS protocols to communicate with its command cloud to protect itself from the tricky web. Searching the forums of robot vacuum fans show that if a person tried to interrupt the connection between the robot and its servers the device spontaneously dismisses the link.
A toy for your kids
Other than its cleaning abilities, it can work as a toy for your kids who can drive it around with iPhone. Interesting, isn’t it?
Is there any downside?
If there's any catch, it is that the device loses its side brush often. Most robots have a main brush and an ancillary side brush to get into hard to reach crevices. The side brush on a Roomba is attached to the motor shaft, but Botvac has a magnet to safeguard its part. Hair frequently gets tied in the brush spindle, dislodging the part from its nook.
The final word
All in all, Neato Botvac Connected is one of the best options you can find out there. In addition to cleaning perfectly, it supports complex scheduling functions, and is easy to empty and clean as well. The robot can be controlled with the help of iOS and WatchOS. Your floors will always be very clean as you can schedule a cleaning every day. So you will not have to spend much time deep cleaning on the weekend. If only the side brush stayed on well, and it was simpler to clean the beater brush from hair that gets stuck, yet Botvac is a perfect robot to serve you. From dirt to oatmeal, baking soda to sand, Neato Botvac Connected can pick up all without having to worry about a thing from your carpets as well as floors. The robot is available at $659 from Amazon.com.