Monday, May 25, 2009

Much Buzz with Samsung Hauzen VC-RE70V

I first talked about the Samsung Hauzen VC-RE70V back in early April 2008. Recently, in the past couple of months, this robotic floor cleaner has been leaked out to the international market after being in Korea for over a year. The VC-RE70V is being sought out by domestic robot enthusiasts in Europe and America at an average premium price of US$500. What makes this robot stand out against rivals like iRobot's Roomba? The ability to map out a room and cleverly clean the floors in a uniformed single pass method. The VC-RE70V does not use the "chaotic"/statistical floor cleaning method that almost all current floor cleaning robots use. This robot is sexy looking like something out of a Sci-Fi film, has nice features that every domestic cleaning robot needs to have like dual side brushes, HEPA filter and VAC auto shut off when seeking a re-charge. Knowing all of the greatness of the VC-RE70V does not mean it is flawless, it does have similar problems like many other domestic floor cleaning robots. Hair accumulates on the sides of the brush and need to be cleaned off regurlarly, the dirt bin has to be emptied out manually, getting stuck in certain areas and other issues that are only found on the VC-RE70V like loosing the room map when the robot is shut off for charging.

Nothing is perfect but we always point towards it. This domestic floor cleaning robot still has charms that makes me interested in getting it for a full in depth review. A newer updated version called VC-RE72V (better room mapping and voice (Korean) prompts) is recently available in Korea. So if you have the extra cash and like to try new robot technology then get this guy! Here are some specs and a video to help you decide:

  • Robot Dimensions: 14.2 x 4.1 in.
  • Robot Weight: 9.9 Lb.
  • Max. Vac Power: 50 W
  • Dirt Bin Capacity: 0.5 L
  • Robot Noise: 62 dB
  • Charger Voltage: 220 V / 60 Hz
  • HEPA Filter
  • Crash Prevention Sensor
  • Obstacle Sensor x 8
  • Bumper Sensor x 4
  • Cliff Sensor x 3
  • Motion Safety Sensor
  • "Air Pump" to improve dust/dirt suction
  • Double Side Brushes
  • Auto Recharging
  • Camera based room mapping

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