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Aztech is prob­a­bly more well-known for its range of net­work­ing prod­ucts, but the Sin­ga­pore-based com­pany is ea­ger to ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties in other mar­ket seg­ments too. Rec­og­niz­ing that the smart home ap­pli­ance mar­ket is one of the fastest grow­ing to­day, it has come up with the new VC2000 ro­botic vac­uum cleaner.

Like most ro­botic vac­uum clean­ers, the VC2000 makes use of a va­ri­ety of sen­sors to nav­i­gate its way around and clean the house. In to­tal, it has five front-fac­ing sen­sors to pre­vent it from bump­ing into ob­struc­tions and three drop sen­sors to pre­vent it from fall­ing down stairs or high split lev­els.

How­ever, in our ex­pe­ri­ence, we no­ticed that the VC2000 of­ten finds it­self stuck in var­i­ous places. Light rugs that do not stay in place of­ten prove prob­lem­atic for ro­botic vac­uum clean­ers and the VC2000 is not im­mune to it ei­ther, but we no­ticed that it would some­times get stuck as it tries to climb over low-ly­ing ob­struc­tions and also un­der cab­i­nets and so­fas. It seems that the VC2000 is not that adept at dis­cern­ing its own height and fig­ur­ing out whether it could safely go un­der or over ob­struc­tions. Ad­di­tion­ally, it was also the ro­botic vac­uum cleaner that has the most dif­fi­culty in find­ing its way back to its dock­ing sta­tion.

For­tu­nately, the VC2000 fea­tures a se­lec­tion of dif­fer­ent clean­ing modes and we rec­om­mend us­ing them in­stead of its “Auto” mode, which we found to be un­re­li­able since its nav­i­ga­tion is some­what er­ratic. Apart from “Auto”, the VC2000 also of­fers three other clean­ing modes - “Along Wall”, “Spot” and “Zig Zag”. This way, the de­vice’s move­ments are more pre­dictable and it is easy to re­move po­ten­tial ob­struc­tions that might trip it up. Al­ter­na­tively, users can also use the vir­tual wall bar­rier, which sets a vir­tual ine us­ing in­frared beams to pre­vent the VC2000 from go­ing to prob­lem­atic ar­eas.

Ac­tual suc­tion per­for­mance is de­cent, but there were times where we found the VC2000 to move a lit­tle too quickly to ef­fec­tively pick up some dirt and dust par­ti­cles. How­ever, the VC2000 was the only ro­botic vac­uum cleaner to fea­ture an un­der­car­riage UV lamp that Aztech claims can elim­i­nate up to 96% of house­hold bac­te­ria, es­pe­cially in be­tween tiles. It also fea­tures a mop plate, which can be used for mop clean­ing. The VC2000 was also one of the qui­eter ro­botic vac­uum clean­ers in our roundup.

To empty the VC2000’s dust­bin, users are only re­quired to push on the big “dust­bin” but­ton on the top-side, there­after the dust bin will be ejected from the de­vice. And as the VC2000 uses brush rollers, reg­u­lar clean­ing is nec­es­sary to pre­vent dust, hair and pet fur from clog­ging and af­fect­ing its suc­tion per­for­mance.

UV lamps helps clean bac­te­ria. Very Af­ford­able. Prone to get­ting stuck. Er­ratic nav­i­ga­tion.

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