Sunday, August 22, 2010

Neato Robotics XV-11 Vacuum with Laser Guidance System FINALLY on Sale!

You remember the Neato Robotics XV-11 laser-guided robotic vacuum, the supposed Roomba-killer that was hyped at CES earlier this year (and was supposed to be in stores by February)? Well, it's finally, finally on sale via Hammacher Schlemmer, the premier online retailer.

Hammacher is selling the Laser Guided Robotic Vacuum for $399 with a projected ship date of Sept. 30. That's still not now, but at least it's progress. Hammacher, of course, offers a Free LIFETIME guarantee, which you won't find anywhere else. If you are ever unsatisfied with the product, Hammacher should offer to fix the item or give you your money back. That's a particularly valuable guarantee with an unproven piece of electronic equipment like the first laser-guided consumer robot EVER.

If you order now, use free shipping coupon code NVBRSHIP.

I'm planning on buying one and will let you know how it compares to the iRobot Roomba 500 Series robots, currently the class of the market (and cheaper, starting at just $249). What is exciting about the Neato is that it potentially can clean your room more thoroughly and quickly than Roomba, with precise vacuuming patterns instead of randomized algorithms, and a more powerful vacuum motor. The battery doesn't last as long (one hour vs. two), but that shouldn't matter if the Neato is more efficient at cleaning. At any rate, let the debate begin!

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