Neato Botvac Connected Robot Vacuum
Neato's newest robot vacuum is a connected model with Wi-Fi cleaning smarts. Click through to see what it's capable of.
Same form factor
At its surface, the new Neato looks a lot like the Botvacs that came before it.
Under the hood, it boasts a battery upgrade, with lithium ion replacing the nickel metal halide battery of older models.
Another upgrade: cleaning modes. The new Neato's got two of them -- Turbo mode and Eco mode. Turbo mode just runs the Neato at its normal full speed, but Eco mode runs the motor at a more relaxed pace for lighter, quieter cleaning runs. That's a nice options -- Neatos tend to get a bit noisy at full power.
The app is pretty straightforward, with obvious controls for starting and stopping a run.
You can even manage multiple Neatos from one account.
You'll be able to schedule automated cleaning runs right in the app. No more bending over and clicking through the scheduler on the Neato's tiny screen.
You can also swap between those two cleaning modes.
The Neato Botvac Connected is due in stores by the end of the year, and will sell for $699. We'll have a full review just as soon as we get one back to our test lab.