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  # 2300154 16-Aug-2019 07:49
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My i7 is due for delivery today 😀

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  # 2300220 16-Aug-2019 10:13
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OK, i'm officially a little bit jealous.


I do really like that thing @ face value and would trade my Mi for it... but my Mi was something like a third/quarter of the price! The bang for buck on my Mi is amazing. When Xiomi come out with the same thing it will be $1,000 and I might be ready for an upgrade. I really like the look of the mop/vaccum one too! (Thanks @majiktripp) I might just have to upgrade to that one while I wait!


I'll be super interested to see how you get on with it after a month or two. I have to empty my bin manually but I'm also cleaning the brushes quite regularly. No pets, or kids - here, just a wife, with hair - that's enough.




In other news... My Mi needs a service by someone smarter than me. 'Jasper' is doing a bit more squeaking than he should. Anyone know anyone who's capable & competent in Auckland? I could call PBTech or the Xiaomi store I guess...


edits: trying to get bbcode / markup / formatting to work



I imagine that it won't be long until we start seeing the cheaper alternatives coming out with self emptying bins. It is the next logicial step for all robot vacuums really.


I'll be sure to post an update after a few weeks of having it. I don't imagine the rollers should be too much of an issue for me as I'm a household of two guys with short hair and a short-haired cat


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  # 2300397 16-Aug-2019 12:37
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@Edwood - re mopping feature, that link is to a site in Chinese, but this looks like one of the Roborock models with the add-on mop.


Before getting too excited, it may be worth checking out some reviews of how well the mopping function works: from what I've seen, not very well. First off, (on my S50 anyway) it's simply a microfibre pad that get's dragged behind the machine, fed by a water reservoir. I guess this may work for a little bit of superficial dirt, but I doubt not much more. Second, there's no ability for it to work only on hard floors, so for any spaces where carpet meets hard floor it'll potentially do a good job of trying to mop the carpet! I guess one could use a zoned clean to try to mark a specific space, but it's not an ideal situation.


I've not even bothered trying the mop out; where our kitchen area (wooden floor) meets the dining area (carpet) contains a couple of curves, so the results would not be pretty! (And it's not that I wouldn't want it to work - I hate mopping, and would find this a fantastic feature.)

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  # 2300481 16-Aug-2019 15:38
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New Xiaomi variant popping up on usual Chinese ordering sites, English overview can be found here;

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  # 2300667 17-Aug-2019 05:01
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...Second, there's no ability for it to work only on hard floors, so for any spaces where carpet meets hard floor it'll potentially do a good job of trying to mop the carpet!



Errr... What!?


OK, so I asked the google to explain and this makes sense I guess. You have to do a specific 'mop' clean, and set the zones for your hard wood floor. I'm substantially fine with that except for the fact that I don't think the app retains the home model. ie. I would have to re-draw the zones every time I want to do a mop. Realistically for me, this is pretty easy, but it still seems stupid that I can't save the home model with named zones and 'floor types'. It's just software right!? :)


My floor is never really dirty... Jasper runs around every day and cleans, but I can't remember the last time we mopped the hardwood floors. It seems sensible to mop every now and then, and I'm assume there's no harm in adding a few drops of somethin-somethin.


You haven't convinced me not to get too excited. If I was buying right now, I think I'd buy the S5/S50.


However, my Mi is just fine and a little spray of silicone lubricant and she'll be good-as-new!


...I'm pretty tempted to test my trade in options tho!

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  # 2300672 17-Aug-2019 07:15
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Er, what I mean is no automatic ability for it to detect, so it depends solely on the accuracy of the location of the zoned cleaning area, and given these need to be redrawn each time it’s a hassle and far from ideal. I think the newer model allows permanent zoning, so this wouldn’t be an issue (and which I assume allows for timers to clean specific zones rather than always do the full space - a much more valuable benefit).

Look, if it floats your boat, good for you and go for it. My bet is you don’t have young kids, as dragging a small cloth around the floor without ever rinsing and applying the same amount of cleaning effort to all parts of the floor would do diddly in our house!

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  # 2306615 27-Aug-2019 09:56
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alphastar: Hey there. I'm not seeing much out of the box with Google assistant and its erroring out right now. I'll tinker with it next week sometime.

It seems like there is potential discussed here;


There are indeed some Google Assistant commands that work with the Xiaomi vacuums, as per



Stop the vacuum




Send the vacuum home




Pause the vacuum




Is the vacuum running?




Start the vacuum




Stop vacuuming




Charge the vacuum




Dock the vacuum




Start vacuuming




Is the vacuum charging?



I tried some of them (start/stop the vacuum) and they worked fine; 'is the vacuum running?' command came back with the cleaner is paused, despite it running so something not quite right there.


TBH, I don't think voice commands will be really that useful until the app is sophisticated enough  to provide for permanent zones, and for this to be integrated with Google Assistant, eg  to respond to a command like 'vacuum the  lounge'.




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  # 2306648 27-Aug-2019 10:55
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I have an S50 and am very happy with it, the only thing that is annoying is having to empty the dust bin regularly.  However if I simply set the Vacuum to run every 3-4 days, then it does the whole house on a single empty.  If I leave it for 2-3 weeks, I have to pause and empty half way, so the i7+ does have an advantage here. My S50 is 1/3rd the price of the i7+, so not that much of a hassle though :-)


Very good comparison here... Roomba i7+ vs Roborock S50...



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  # 2306656 27-Aug-2019 11:05
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We run our S50 three times a week and empty it each time - I imagine we could do this (the emptying) less often but it's easier to make a habit of it, and just doing it alongside putting the stools down etc when getting home from work (two boys equals a meeting under the breakfast bar!).

I couldn't ever justify paying so much more to save the hassle of a two-minute job. Proper zoning, though, would be worth paying something for.

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  # 2306658 27-Aug-2019 11:05
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sonyxperiageek: That's one thing that I like about the Roomba I wish the Xiaomi had... The rubber rollers. They pick up all hair, but doesn't get tangled up!


Not according to the review in the link I posted above.


Although agreed, my S50 also picks up hair and gets stuck in the rollers, doesn't effect operation but have to get scissors to cut it out often. I could always ask my wife to cut her hair shorter lol.  But looks like both have this issue (and I would say the Roomba looks like it is more prone to this based on it's design)



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