SAM­SUNG POWER­BOT VR9000

Australian T3 - - RATED - $1,299, SAM­SUNG.COM/AU

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SCREEN

Big, bright icons, sim­ple op­er­a­tion and very clear in­struc­tions

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BUILD QUAL­ITY A big old hunk of plas­tic, heav­ier than the rest

and built to last

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AD­DI­TIONAL FEA­TURES Bat­tery-pow­ered Vir­tual Guard pre­vents Power­bot

from run­ning off

Speed and pre­ci­sion – but you may need some earplugs

Un­like any­thing else on the mar­ket (although Dyson may give it some com­pe­ti­tion in the new year). Sam­sung has ditched the hockey puck look and cre­ated the first ro­bot vac­uum that ac­tu­ally looks like a vac­uum cleaner. Well sort of. It’s a beast com­pared to the rest, fea­tures a whop­ping 12-inch sweeper bar (just like you’d find on a reg­u­lar vac­uum cleaner) and uses Cy­cloneForce tech­nol­ogy (just like a proper bag­less vac­uum).

The re­sult is an ex­tremely pow­er­ful ap­pli­ance – Sam­sung claims it has 60 times more power than any of its com­peti­tors – that can suck up dust with ex­cel­lent speed and ef­fi­ciency. But great suc­tion doesn’t guar­an­tee a clean floor, which is why the ro­bot half of the VR9000 comes with a load of im­pres­sive tech: two CPU chips, a bank of sen­sors and a Vi­sion­ary Map­ping Plus cam­era that takes 15 images per sec­ond to help plot the most ef­fi­cient route around your house.

And the com­bi­na­tion works; the Power­bot nav­i­gates with speed and pre­ci­sion and left our car­pets all fluffed up and prop­erly cleaned. It is ex­tremely loud (although there’s a re­duced power si­lence but­ton), but we couldn’t hear it run from our home of­fice so didn’t re­ally care. That said, if you are bored at home there are whole min­utes of fun to be had with the Point Clean­ing func­tion. Beam down on any spot with the re­mote con­trol and the Power­bot will head straight over and give it a vac­uum. Slick cer­tainly, point­less (ahem), prob­a­bly.

Un­for­tu­nately, the VR9000 isn’t com­pletely prob­lem free. It lacks side sweeper brushes, so you can for­get about clean­ing right up to the skirt­ing boards. It also strug­gles to haul it­self over most door mats and deep-pile rugs. But when it gets it right – which, to be fair, it does most of the time – it cleans just as well as a bag­less man­ual ma­chine. LOVE Full-sized vac­uum power. Laser-guided spot clean­ing. Smooth track­ing for ef­fort­less clean­ing HATE Can feel a bit too fast to be ef­fec­tive. Can’t clean right to the edges. Sounds like a jet fighter tak­ing off T3 SAYS The Power­bot is a mus­cled-up dust­bust­ing pow­er­house – a gen­uine home help

{SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION} CA­PAC­ITY 0.7 litres BAT­TERY LIFE 100 mins CHARGE TIME 160 mins COV­ER­AGE PER CHARGE N/A

NOISE (DB) 69-76dB POWER/SUC­TION 35W FIL­TERS 2 MODES 7 COL­LI­SION SEN­SORS N/A

STEP CLIMB 15mm

HEIGHT 135mm LENGTH 378mm WIDTH 362mm WEIGHT 4.5kg

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