Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner Review: Capable, but Buggy


Xiaomi and Realme are rivals not only in the smartphone segment but also in various other product categories that both the companies are a part of. Today, this includes the audio products, televisions, streaming devices, tablets, laptops, wearables and smart home segments, with Realme usually entering the segment a little later, and almost always matching the pricing and feature sets of its equivalent products. eats. biggest competitor. The rivalry has now extended to robotic vacuum cleaners as well, giving Realme a much needed foothold in this emerging segment.

24,999 in India, matches up strongly against the Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop P, with laser navigation, simultaneous vacuuming and mopping, and app support among common features shared by these two competitors. Is the Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner Worth Considering the Competition? Find out in this review.

The Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner uses laser navigation, which allows for precise mapping and the ability to work in the dark

What is the Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner, and What’s in the Box?

Realme’s first robot vacuum cleaner isn’t just a vacuum cleaner; It’s also capable of wet mopping, which can be done alongside vacuuming. The device has two sweeping brushes on the front, the main brush in the vacuum zone at the bottom, and space on the back for one of two fittings—a vacuum dustbin or a combination attachment that holds a water tank, mop cloth, and a small vacuum. Dustbin. These attachments can be easily removed and fixed when the robot is on standby.

The robot is disc-shaped like most cleaning robots available right now, and has a raised module on top for the laser navigation system. The front of the robot has a flexible bumper, which absorbs impact when the robot hits walls, furniture and loose objects on the floor.

There are two buttons on the top; power and home. These can be used to control the core functions of the Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner even without setting up the app, but the full functionality of the device can only be accessed through the Realme Link app. The device is Wi-Fi enabled, and it will need to be connected to your home Wi-Fi to enable app-based controls.

Although the water tank attachment is not included in the box, Realme has confirmed that it will be provided with the device at the time of delivery at no extra charge. Also a charging adapter and dock are included in the sale package. Both vacuum dustbins are fitted with HEPA filters. No replacement for consumables is included in the box, and Realme hasn’t published information about pricing and availability of these parts at the time of this review.

realme techlife robot vacuum cleaner navigation and mapping

The Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner uses laser navigation, which makes for precise speed, orderly cleaning paths, and the ability to work even in the dark. The robot and app can store maps, which you can use to set the order in which rooms are cleaned, or have the robot clean only individual rooms, among other tasks.

Mapping was generally accurate, and navigation was acceptable for the most part, with the Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner moving in efficient paths, avoiding most obstacles, and acting quickly. You can choose a Y-shaped mopping path instead of the default S-shaped path, which takes a little longer but cleans up more effectively by covering each area with two sweeps instead of one.

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The Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner has two sweeping brushes

However, there were a few minor issues with the navigation that I noticed during my review. For one, if I chose the Y-shaped route for wiping, it would sometimes still be active while I vacuumed. Carpets and no-go zones were sometimes difficult to locate, and some rooms were overlooked entirely, even though they were accessible to robots.

I was also unable to select certain rooms in the room selection menu on a few occasions for no apparent reason, and could only clean up missed rooms by having the device automatically clean the entire house. Remote control mode — which lets you manually steer the robot to clean specific spots — was generally slow to respond to commands, and I found it quicker and easier to pick up the device and place it in the room I’m in. wanted to clean

realme techlife robot vacuum cleaner app

The Realme Link app is used to control the brand’s range of connected devices, including audio products, cameras, wearables, smart lights and home appliances. The Techlife Robot Vacuum Cleaner works on both iOS and Android with this app, and appears as an option on the home screen along with any other Realme devices you’ve linked to your account. When the robot vacuum cleaner is turned on and connected to your home Wi-Fi, you’ll be able to select it and control it.

Once all set up and your home is mapped out by the robot, the app displays a map with room demarcations, and quick controls at the bottom. These include buttons for starting and stopping cleaning, returning the robot to the charging station, setting suction power, and accessing a detailed settings menu. You can also choose from different cleaning modes including auto, room, area and spot cleaning.

The detailed settings menu lets you control schedules, remote control the device, manage maps, select specifications for path and suction controls, and clean consumable parts such as brushes and air filters. You can also look at history and the rest of life. You can also use the Home screen to edit room arrangements, set up restricted areas, no-mop zones, and virtual walls. You can also define specific instructions for suction power and water output for individual rooms.

When the mop fitting is attached, you can choose between vacuuming plus mopping and mopping only. The app also displays statistics such as area cleared, time taken, and exact battery level.

I experienced quite a few bugs during my time with the Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner, some of which came from the app. There were times when the vacuum cleaner was working, when I could not adjust the suction power; The option to do so was blanked out, and even after stopping the job and selecting mine, it didn’t really change what the device was doing.

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Although the water tank fitting doesn’t come in the box, Realme is providing it with the robot vacuum cleaner at no extra cost.

On other occasions, I couldn’t connect to the robot vacuum cleaner, despite no issues with Wi-Fi or my home Internet connection. I had to restart my router to force the robot to reconnect. There were also some other issues and bugs, which are mentioned in the next section.

Realme TechLife Cleaning Robot Vacuum Cleaner

In terms of hardware, the Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner is well equipped for the task at hand. It includes two sweeping brushes, suction power of up to 3,000pa, a fairly large water tank, and the ability to simultaneously vacuum and mop. For the most part, the Realme Robot Vacuum Cleaner is effective, and gets the job done quickly and efficiently.

The device took about 45 minutes to clean my 900-square-foot home, but the quality of the cleaning depended on whether I was operating the vacuum and mop tasks separately or together. Obviously running these two separately doubled the time it took, but cleaned up nicely. Despite having two sweeping brushes, I found the edge cleaning on the Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner to be somewhat inadequate, and I had to use one handheld vacuum cleaner to complete the work.

There are four suction modes with different levels of power: Quiet Mode runs at 500pa; Normal Mode at 1,200pa; Turbo mode at 2,500pa; and max mode at 3,000pa. I usually had a Realme TechLife robot vacuum cleaner running on the ‘Turbo’ power setting, but which one you choose depends on the type of flooring you have and other factors such as how dusty it gets in your home. Naturally, the more powerful the mode, the louder the robot vacuum cleaner gets, so you may want to use a lower mode on occasion.

I experienced some strange issues and bugs during my time with the Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner, which held the overall experience quite a bit behind. On two occasions, the device inexplicably stopped working, the laser navigation emitter rotating slowly but the robot was completely non-functional. This could only be fixed with a hard reset, which meant I had to repeat the entire setup and mapping process before I was able to use the device again.

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Once the cleaning is done, the Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner can automatically return to the charging dock

Among other issues the device sometimes detects the mop fitting as vacuum fitting and therefore not mopping; sometimes not discharging any water even with a full tank and mop mode active; And sometimes loses its Wi-Fi connection for a few minutes at a time. However, once the cleaning task is released, the Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner is able to complete the task based on its saved map, even if it loses Wi-Fi connectivity. It can navigate back to the dock or the next room automatically, and will update its progress on the app when reconnected.

Like all robotic vacuum cleaners, this vacuum cleaner from Realme requires frequent maintenance in terms of keeping the dustbin and mop cloth clean, keeping the water tank up and brushes free from tangling. I had to go through this process at least twice a week for the device to operate efficiently.

Reality TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner Battery & Charging

The battery life of the Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner is impressive, mainly due to its 5,200mAh battery capacity. After running it for vacuuming and mopping separately in my 900-square-foot home, the battery level dropped to 70 percent, suggesting it left a huge space without pausing and recharging all at once. can clean up. This also naturally meant that it required a relatively short amount of time to charge back to full after each cleaning job was completed.

From empty, it takes about 5-6 hours for the device to be fully charged; This is a long time, but it is understandable given the capacity of the battery. Of course, this will only be a factor with very large homes, and battery life won’t be a concern in most use cases.

Decision

Robot vacuum cleaners are still somewhat unusual and unusual in India, although this segment is growing rapidly with brands like Xiaomi and Realme entering the space. That said, such products are still far from perfect and require regular maintenance to function properly. The Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner is a technically proficient, well-priced device, but I’ve had to deal with a lot of bugs and issues during my experience, in addition to the typical drawbacks of robot vacuum cleaners.

Its ability to clean is decent for plenty of suction power, the app is excellent, and the battery life is class-leading. However, issues with the app, navigation and general functionality are too serious to be ignored. Perhaps it makes sense to wait for Realme to resolve these issues before considering this model; Until then, you can also watch Mi Robot Vacuum-Mop P Or 360 S7, which has similar features and functionality.

cost: Rupee. 24,999

Rating: 6/10

professionals

  • Powerful suction, effective wiping
  • nice app
  • best battery life

Shortcoming:

  • many bugs and issues
  • Efficiency drops rapidly if not maintained regularly

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