- Roomba 980 vs. Roomba 880
- Brief review of Roomba 980
- Price ranges and availability
After recording past successes, iRobot launches most advanced Internet-connected vacuum robot: Roomba 980. Compared to its predecessor, Roomba 880, the new version of vacuum robots borrows many features from smart technology.
iRobot has recently introduced a new model of vacuum robots on the market: the Roomba 980. At the first sight, it looks like the new prototype has been significantly improved compared to the past generation of Roomba 880.
The main features that attract us are the Wi-Fi Connectivity and the app availability. Unlike 880, the 980 cleaning device can be remotely controlled with the help of the iPhone app. The set up won’t take more than a couple of minutes because iRobot made the process as simple as possible.
All users have to do is set the vacuum robot to look for available Wi-Fi networks and make Roomba 980 available on the smartphone app. The online program displays a big, round cleaning button, which housekeepers have to push to get the cleaning robot started. A similar button was placed on top of the vacuum to help users quickly start the robot.
It is clear that iRobot has spent the past years making improvements on their cleaning technology. The mapping service embedded on the 980 model is much more accurate than the one on previous versions. There are but few mistakes that the vacuum robot makes when scanning the room, so there won’t be any dirty areas left behind.
Roomba 980 preserves the mechanisms of Air Force technology, but this time, the suction force has been increased to up to 10 times. Additionally, the new vacuum robot automatically adapts suction force to different surfaces, insisting more on the carpets, which usually contain more dirt.
The battery life has been improved, as well. The new generation of iRobots can last up to two hours of continuous use and they take just about the same to recharge. The first recharging cycle, however, takes longer due to the setup process of the vacuum. When the battery is almost over, Roomba 980 will automatically get to its docking station and await until the charging process is complete.
Users will get all notifications related to the robot’s condition on their smartphone app. Thus, they will know when the dust bin needs to be emptied or when the cleaning process has been interrupted for charging. A ‘Resume’ message is prompted on the screen letting users schedule the next cleaning session.
During the first trial, Roomba 980 has had a very good performance. The cleaning robot no longer appears lost in the house, which means the mapping service works really well. There may glitches, that is, the vacuum is still prone to leaving areas uncovered.
In spite of its improved form, Roomba 980 can still meet with difficulties when crossing over higher surfaces. In this case, you might be forced to manually lift and direct the robot so it would resume cleaning. It is also not recommended that you place too many cables on the floor; the vacuum robot will get stuck in them.
iRobot has made Roomba 980 available all over the territory of the United Stated and it could soon be available in other countries, as well. The price may, nevertheless, be an impediment; customers have to take $899 out of their pockets to get the new cleaning assistant in their homes.