Vik­ing iMow MI 422P

this lurid green bot is a cut above the au­to­mated bunch

T3 - - Select - £ 1,199, vik­ing-imow.co.uk

De­sign

The green colour might not be to ev­ery­one’s taste, but it suits a gar­den. The con­trol dis­play isn’t as good as ROB’s, but the charg­ing dock is more sta­ble, and the iMow gives the cutest lit­tle wig­gle be­fore it plugs it­self in.

Fea­tures

Un­der­neath, there’s a blade much like a tra­di­tional lawn­mower’s, 20cm wide and well re­cessed for safety. There are also four wheels, beat­ing the ROB 1000’s three. A rain sen­sor stops it go­ing to work when it’s wet, but it will make up the time later.

Per­for­mance

Hav­ing a wider blade means it needs fewer passes to com­plete a lawn than the ROB. The iMow can climb a steeper slope, too - 40 per cent against ROB’s 25. Both mow­ers are quiet enough to use at night, and have theft alarms and se­cu­rity fea­tures.

Us­abil­ity

In­stal­la­tion in­volves lay­ing a bound­ary wire around your lawn, and con­nect­ing the charg­ing dock to a suit­able power sup­ply. You set work­ing hours us­ing the dis­play and small ar­ray of keys, then leave it to do its thing un­both­ered.

1st

Rates Ease of in­stal­la­tion; quiet siren that sounds just be­fore it be­gins cut­ting; the way it po­litely backs up and trun­dles off af­ter driv­ing into your leg. Slates The slow startup of the screen.

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