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Is there any­thing that Sam­sung does not make? From smart­phones to note­books to tablets to re­frig­er­a­tors and even ro­botic vac­uum clean­ers, Sam­sung seems to have ev­ery­thing cov­ered. The Nav­i­bot Cor­ner Clean VR10F71 is its lat­est ro­botic vac­uum cleaner and it boasts of a cou­ple of im­por­tant im­prove­ments that Sam­sung say make it its most ef­fec­tive home helper yet.

On the sur­face, the Nav­i­bot Cor­ner Clean VR10F71 does not look all that dif­fer­ent to its pre­de­ces­sors – it is round and fea­tures a LCD read­out and honey-comb de­sign mo­tif on its top panel. How­ever, this lat­est model fea­tures au­to­matic pop-out brushes, which ex­tends its clean­ing reach, al­low­ing it to reach deeper into cor­ners.

In ad­di­tion, its col­li­sion-de­tec­tion sys­tem is one of the most ad­vanced, and Sam­sung calls it the Vi­sion Map­ping Plus sys­tem. In to­tal, the Nav­i­bot Cor­ner Clean VR10F71 has a whop­ping ten front-fac­ing sen­sors, three cliff sen­sors, two bumper sen­sors, and a cam­era that shoots up to 15 times a sec­ond to help map out its en­vi­ron­ment. These in­puts are then fed to dual CPUs, which then cal­cu­late the best way to clean the house.

In prac­tice, we found that the nav­i­ga­tion abil­i­ties of Nav­i­bot Cor­ner Clean VR10F71 to be a mixed bag. While it moved about in a log­i­cal man­ner, go­ing as close to ob­sta­cles and cor­ners as pos­si­ble to clean with its popout brushes to the ex­tent of even bump­ing and mov­ing them slightly, it did get stuck in nu­mer­ous places. Light rugs are a prob­lem for the Nav­i­bot Cor­ner Clean VR10F71 and so are low-ly­ing ob­struc­tions. The for­mer of­ten got tan­gled in the de­vice’s brush rollers and sweep­ing brushes, while the lat­ter caused prob­lems as it was too low for the sen­sors to pick up and the Nav­i­bot Cor­ner Clean VR10F71 would of­ten ride over it and get stuck. Ad­di­tion­ally, it could not ac­cu­rately dis­cern its own height and got some­times stuck un­der­neath ta­bles and so­fas too. The work­around for this is to use the sup­plied vir­tual wall marker to mark out ar­eas that could be prob­lem­atic for the Nav­i­bot Cor­ner Clean VR10F71 to nav­i­gate. How­ever, it re­deems it­self in other ways. For ex­am­ple, it boasts a se­lec­tion of clean­ing modes in­clud­ing the usual “Auto” and “Spot” modes as well as a spe­cial “Turbo” mode that is au­to­mat­i­cally ac­ti­vated when the de­vice senses a lot of dust or if it senses it is on thick car­pets. The Nav­i­bot Cor­ner Clean VR10F71 was also the qui­etest ro­botic vac­uum cleaner in this shootout, mea­sur­ing just 67 deci­bels whereas its com­peti­tors were mostly in the high 70s.

Clean­ing up and main­te­nance is the same straight­for­ward af­fair as its com­peti­tors. A sim­ple but­ton re­leases the dust­bin from the rear of the de­vice, which can then be eas­ily emp­tied; and reg­u­lar main­te­nance is re­quired to keep the brush roller free from de­bris that might other­wise ac­cu­mu­late and re­duce its suc­tion per­for­mance.

Pop-out sweep­ing

brushes. Quiet. Prone to get­ting tan­gled and stuck. Er­ratic nav­i­ga­tion.

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