Roborock S6 MaxV robot vacuum hands-on: AI camera eliminates pet poop disasters Review

Victoria D. Doty

I seriously like the array of Roborock robotic vacuums. Effective cleansing, solid, and rugged, with an application that is quick to hook up to and configure. I was hunting ahead to the hottest design in the Roborock array.

The Roborock S6 MaxV robotic vacuum is now available, and I experienced an early chance to test this robotic vacuum forward of its official launch day.

Whilst it originally appears to be similar to the S5 Max robotic vacuum I reviewed in March 2020, the S6 MaxV also has a dual digicam in the front bumper, which will figure out objects in its route using impediment avoidance know-how named Reactive AI.

Hands on with the Roborock S6 MaxV robot vacuum. Intelligent camera for no more pet poop disasters zdnet

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The digicam estimates the locale and sizing and will reroute its route about the object. The images are captured at 30fps using a Qualcomm AP 8053 processor to capture objects down to 5cm large x 3cm substantial. It will even stay away from a cup of coffee placed on the flooring.

The S6 MaxV will figure out and determine five various types of objects and will suggest the diploma of certainty on the application map. It acknowledges scales, energy strips, footwear, pedestals, and pet squander. If you have ever read the write-up about what comes about when a Roomba encounters pet poop, then you will understand what a boon digicam recognition could be for your household if you have pets.

The S6 MaxV will also figure out mysterious objects and will clean up about them, way too, marking them on the map. 

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If you are involved about security difficulties — like digicam images of your messy room heading to the cloud — there is a privacy sticker on the digicam. This reads: “To shield your privacy images captured by Reactive AI cameras are processed onboard and straight away deleted.” No details is duplicated, stored, or despatched to the cloud.

I suppose you could leave the sticker on the digicam cover if you had been so apprehensive, but that would negate the object recognition characteristics of the S6 MaxV. The vacuum has a strong suction of 2500Pa — nonetheless at 67dB it looks considerably quieter than other, a lot less strong robotic vacuums, and its 460ml capability dustbin means a lot less recurrent emptying.

It is seriously quick to hook up the S6 MaxV application. Scan the QR code on the unit to hook up the product. Response the “Do you have pets?” concern and hold out till the robotic has paired. This concern looks weird, but it makes certain that the robotic will insert the pet poop recognition element to the digicam.

If you have experienced the robotic for a couple months, and then get a pet, you can alter the location in the application to ensure that the S6 MaxV will appear out for pet poop in potential cycles.

It finds this object, way too. Roborock kindly supplied a incredibly real looking plastic pet poop sample for the S6 MaxV to stay away from.

On the application, click on “enter” and configure the options this sort of as mopping h2o levels and suction energy as properly as location schedules for every single zone or person place of the total spot. As soon as the robotic has mapped out your room it acknowledges rooms, coloring them separately for you to set person cleansing schedule situations.

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It scans the place using the LIDAR radar on the top of the robotic. The in-depth map of the spot permits you to set areas exactly where the robotic is not to go.

You can set individual no-mop areas — in rooms with carpets — or configure areas exactly where the robotic is not to vacuum. You can also set various schedules for every single zone or place mapped.

The place recognition element can split every single degree into various rooms. Objects that it prevented are demonstrated on the map along with a degree of self esteem in proportion for every single product recognized, which is spectacular.

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If you have a massive room to clean up — and the vacuum has not received sufficient battery remaining to complete the room — it will return to its charging dock, and recharge alone till it has ample battery to return to the room and complete the clean up.

Its 5,200mAh battery will cover about 250 sq. meters — extra than sufficient for a reasonably-sized set of rooms.

The S6 MaxV’s mopping element is incredibly similar to the S5 Max. The mop gives spring pressure to the flooring to give an even mop all over the cleansing cycle.

The mop will clean up up to two hundred sq. meters of tough flooring right before returning to be recharged.

If your flooring is filthy, you may will need to clean up it manually initially. This is a every day mopping and vacuuming robotic — not a deep cleansing flooring washing robotic

I specially like the multi-degree mapping element. The robotic acknowledges that it is on a various flooring of your household (it will figure out up to 4 various levels) and will don’t forget the various no-go, no-mop zones and no-go strains for every single flooring (up to ten).

The application also reveals the mapping route taken by the robotic vacuum. You can see the locale and progress of the S6 MaxV when it is cleansing the place. If you drop the robotic, the Discover my robotic backlink invokes a “Hello, I’m in excess of listed here” voice so you can find it.

The only difficulty I experienced when the robotic was in use was that it has issues having in excess of one of my thresholds, which is greater than all other thresholds in the property. Most robots I have tried tend to give up with an error.

Nonetheless, from time to time the S6 MaxV moved along the threshold to a lower section and correctly crossed into the other place. It looks to be extra “rugged” than some other vacuums that gave up at this position.

However, it did not don’t forget the most straightforward section of the threshold to cross and received stuck about one in five situations. But, I’m splitting hairs listed here, hoping to find a fault in an otherwise good product.

All in all, the Roborock S6 MaxV is a superb substantial-end robotic vacuum with impediment avoidance and an application that is quick to configure. For $749, it could be the only robotic vacuum you will ever will need to purchase.

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