Dual roller brushes and obstacle avoidance are added to the company’s budget-friendly line with the Q5 Pro and Q8 Max.
The Q5 Pro robot vacuum, the Q8 Max robot vacuum, and the Dyad Pro Combo wet/dry stick vacuum are three new vacuum products from robot vacuum maker Roborock that were introduced at IFA 2023, the international technology expo that is currently taking place in Berlin. The new lidar-powered robot vacuums add a new and improved DuoRoller brush technology, additional app capabilities, and greater suction power compared to earlier models. They also cost less. A multipurpose upright vacuum with a stick attachment, the Dyad Pro.
The Q5 Pro, which is a part of the business’ more cost-effective Q series, costs $429.99 alone or $699.99 for the Q5 Pro Plus with an auto-empty charging dock. Price ranges from $599.99 for the Q8 Max alone to $819.99 for the Q8 Max Plus.In October, both are expected to go on sale.
The Q5 Pro is an improvement over the Q5, and it joins the Q8 Max as the first Roborock models outside of the top-tier S range to use the new DuoRoller brush mechanism that the company unveiled earlier this year. To more effectively remove dirt, there are now two rubber brushes that move in opposite directions.
Mopping, 5,500pa of suction force, and a 770ml extra-large onboard dustbin are all added in the Q5 Pro. In order to help the robot clean your home more efficiently, it integrates with the Roborock app to schedule the robot’s cleanings, map out your house, and set no-go areas. A new function can also automatically recommend that you create no-go zones on the map and highlight troublesome locations.
You may now specify a specific route to clean along the floor so your robot will head out in the direction of the floor seams on wood or floor tiles. A new quick cleaning option in the app allows you to operate the robot 30% faster.
Reactive Tech Obstacle Avoidance system makes the new Q8 Max an improvement over the Q5 Pro and makes it less likely to become stuck. It has mopping capabilities as well, but lacks some of the more sophisticated mopping functions seen on some of Roborock’s models (such as the oscillating spinning mop heads on the Q Revo or the ability to lift its mops when it travels over carpet as found on the S8). Its water tank is larger, at 350 ml, than the Q5 Pro’s (350 ml).
I’m quite interested in this model even if I’m not a huge fan of robot mops. It is the first intermediate choice with Roborock’s Reactivate Tech avoidance, which should aid with avoiding socks and larger junk but is not as effective as its AI-powered avoidance. It has a 5,500pa suction power, dual roller brushes, and a basic mop.
Reactive AI 2.0, which combines 3D structured light and a full-color (RGB) camera to traverse probable pathway issues, is the most advanced obstacle avoidance system included in Roborock’s S7 Max V. Reactive Tech 3D, a system used by Roborock’s more recent high-end models (the S8 series), depends on 3D imagery rather than a full-color camera. It can see and avoid objects with the aid of an infrared sensor and a black-and-white camera, but it won’t know what obstruction it’s avoiding. According to Marcus Lai of Roborock, this “performs just as well as the Reactive AI 2.0.” I am dubious.
A 5-in-1 wet/dry vacuum that can be turned into a stick vacuum is the Dyad Pro Combo. According to Lai, it is an all-purpose manual cleaning tool for every surface. It has a multisurface brush, 17,000pa of suction, a variety of attachments, and a pivoting head that facilitates manoeuvrability. It can consume a full bowl of cereal, according to Lai.
The hoover will automatically clean and dry itself after docking thanks to a clever sensor that can determine how dirty the floor is and adjust the power level. It debuts in October, with a length of 60 minutes, and is priced at $659.99.