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  #2374453 12-Dec-2019 21:40
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yeah i need to get around to adding a home assistant automation to do this too, we haven't been using the robot vacuum much recently, because i haven't bother to go around and clear all the obstructions (cords etc)





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  #2423157 18-Feb-2020 12:56
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Can anyone offer any comments on the Roborock E35? Comparing the specifications, it looks like a slight upgrade on the Mi Robot Vacuum, but looks like it lacks lidar. Worth the $100 saving on list price?


 
 
 
 


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  #2423433 18-Feb-2020 19:15
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Yeah, I'd be having a read of some reviews of this particular model before putting down cash, given the lack of lidar. 

 

What about an ex-demo higher-spec model with lidar? https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/HOMMIX17061/Xiaomi-Smart-Robot-Vacuum-Cleaner-with-5200mAh-Bat

 

We've got the S50 (the newer version of the one I've linked to above), and I'd not hesitate to pay the same or even more next time - they're that useful!


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  #2423435 18-Feb-2020 19:23
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No lidar is not an upgrade.




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  #2423439 18-Feb-2020 19:35
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kiwijunglist: No lidar is not an upgrade.

 

Out of interest, why do you say that? 


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  #2423839 19-Feb-2020 11:23
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... and here's why I wouldn't go with the E35 (had a feeling from the descriptions it was lacking in this space, but confirmed in this review):

 

The Roborock Xiaowa E35 has a mapping feature, but I’m confused as to its purpose. It builds a live map that you can view in the mobile app as it cleans, but the map isn’t persistent; it restarts from scratch with subsequent cleanings. You can’t mark areas to avoid, you can’t create zones, and you can’t use the map to direct where the vacuum should go. As far as I can tell, it only exists to show you where it has gone during the current cleaning cycle.

 

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/roborock-xiaowa-e35-review/

 

If that's correct then that's a significant limitation, IMHO. My experience is that the ability to set permanent 'no-go' zones - without the whole hassle of using magnetic tape etc -  is critical to using our cleaner. For example, it would get stuck under the couches, as it was stupid enough to think it could fit under them (out by a very few mm); or would get tangled in power cords under dressers; or try to clean under a bed where stuff was stored... Given we run the cleaner when we're out of the house (and just make sure stools etc are up before we leave for work) it was really frustrating to have to go home to sort it out, or have it run for ages when we got home (they are far from quick if doing the whole house). Now those no-go zones are sorted it hardly ever gets stuck (ironically, it has this morning! Now it's typically caused by a piece of Lego or some other toy left by the kids...).


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  #2423880 19-Feb-2020 11:38
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jonathan18:

 

... and here's why I wouldn't go with the E35 (had a feeling from the descriptions it was lacking in this space, but confirmed in this review):

 

The Roborock Xiaowa E35 has a mapping feature, but I’m confused as to its purpose. It builds a live map that you can view in the mobile app as it cleans, but the map isn’t persistent; it restarts from scratch with subsequent cleanings. You can’t mark areas to avoid, you can’t create zones, and you can’t use the map to direct where the vacuum should go. As far as I can tell, it only exists to show you where it has gone during the current cleaning cycle.

 

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/roborock-xiaowa-e35-review/

 

If that's correct then that's a significant limitation, IMHO. My experience is that the ability to set permanent 'no-go' zones - without the whole hassle of using magnetic tape etc -  is critical to using our cleaner. For example, it would get stuck under the couches, as it was stupid enough to think it could fit under them (out by a very few mm); or would get tangled in power cords under dressers; or try to clean under a bed where stuff was stored... Given we run the cleaner when we're out of the house (and just make sure stools etc are up before we leave for work) it was really frustrating to have to go home to sort it out, or have it run for ages when we got home (they are far from quick if doing the whole house). Now those no-go zones are sorted it hardly ever gets stuck (ironically, it has this morning! Now it's typically caused by a piece of Lego or some other toy left by the kids...).

 

 

 

 

Ah brilliant, that helps make up my mind. And thanks for that ex demo link as well, I hadn't noticed that yet.


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