MIELE SCOUT RX1

Australian T3 - - RATED - $799, MIELE.COM.AU

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SCREEN1

A very ba­sic LCD screen not be­fit­ting

the stylish look

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BUILD QUAL­ITY

Glossy fin­ish and eye-catch­ing de­sign, but light­weight and plas­tic

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AD­DI­TIONAL FEA­TURES

Sup­plied with mag­netic strip to block off door­ways

and re­strict move­ment

Cold ro­bot ef­fi­ciency and tech wiz­ardry – but not for pet own­ers

Look­ing ev­ery inch the pimped out Roomba, the Scout’s Smart Nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem fea­tures a gyro sen­sor for track­ing di­rec­tional move­ment and a dig­i­tal cam­era that con­tin­u­ally scans the ceil­ing to make sure ev­ery inch of floor gets cleaned. Com­bined with seven front-mounted IR sen­sors (ten in all) scan­ning 180° to pre­vent col­li­sions, it works seam­lessly. More po­lite than the Roomba, it bumps into fewer ob­sta­cles, nav­i­gat­ing around chair legs and along skirt­ing with pre­ci­sion.

Bat­tery life is im­pres­sive at 120 min­utes, but as with all ro­bot vacs, as­sum­ing you’re out when it cleans and it can re­turn to base for recharg­ing be­fore fin­ish­ing the job at hand, it doesn’t make a whole heap of dif­fer­ence.

Con­trols are clear and sim­ple and the LCD dis­play is bright enough, but the re­mote con­trol is ba­sic (you can chose start time but not day) and pro­gram­ming feels more like chang­ing the time on a clock ra­dio than em­pow­er­ing a ro­botic revo­lu­tion.

The twin ex­tra-long side sweep­ers get right into the cor­ners, and de­spite not get­ting as close to fur­ni­ture as the Roomba the ex­tra reach does the job. There’s even a ded­i­cated cor­ner/edge mode that hits the out­skirts of the room twice for dou­ble dust-bust­ing, and it can ne­go­ti­ate rugs and door frames up to 2cm thick, which is might­ily im­pres­sive and means the RX1 spends less time get­ting stuck.

So far so ruth­lessly ef­fi­cient, but de­spite the bank of cam­eras and sen­sors we were not that im­pressed by the Scout’s per­for­mance. At six inches the sweeper is half the width of the Sam­sung and got tan­gled faster than the Neato and Roomba. It per­formed par­tic­u­larly badly with pet hair on both hard floor and car­pets, and picked up sig­nif­i­cantly less fluff, dust and de­bris com­pared to the Roomba. Dis­ap­point­ing given Miele’s vac­u­um­ing pedi­gree and the price tag. LOVE Cor­ners like a pro and hugs skirt­ing boards. Bat­tery life will cover even the largest liv­ing room HATE Poor pet hair clean­ing. Ba­sic con­trols and no daily timer func­tion. Doesn’t give car­pets enough love T3 SAYS Su­perbly ef­fi­cient, sen­sor-heavy robo-maid with great looks but no per­son­al­ity

{SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION} CA­PAC­ITY: 0.6 litres BAT­TERY LIFE 2 hrs CHARGE TIME 2 hrs COV­ER­AGE PER CHARGE 150m² NOISE (DB) 60dB POWER/SUC­TION 22W FIL­TERS AirClean

MODES 4 COL­LI­SION SEN­SORS 10 (7 col­li­sion, 3 fall)

STEP CLIMB 20mm

HEIGHT 89mm DI­AM­E­TER 350mm

WEIGHT 2.9kg

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