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Smarter lawn care with the new LawnBott robot mower (pictures)

Automated lawn mowing gets even easier with LawnBott's new smartphone-connected robot mower.

Rich Brown
Rich was the editorial lead for CNET's Home and Wellness sections, based in Louisville, Kentucky. Before moving to Louisville in 2013, Rich ran CNET's desktop computer review section for 10 years in New York City. He has worked as a tech journalist since 1994, covering everything from 3D printing to Z-Wave smart locks.
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LawnBott LB85EL

The new LawnBott LB85EL robot lawn mower.

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LawnBott LB85EL

New features in this model include control and scheduling via iOS and Android app, as well as a third set of wheels for better traction.

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LawnBott LB85EL

This bot can handle slopes of up to 25 degrees.

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LawnBott LB85EL

The LawnBott navigates partly through GPS and a series of grass-detecting sensors, but you also need to bury a guide wire around the perimeter of area you want it to mow.

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Lawnbott LB85EL

The third row of gear-like wheels is new in this model, and is supposed to over improved traction on wet grass.

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LawnBott LB85EL

The LawnBott LB75DX, pictured here, is an older model that lacks app support and the third row of wheels, among other things. The two can share a charging station and guide wire, set up. They will both return to the station automatically when their batteries run low.

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LawnBott LB85EL

All LawnBotts offer onboard controls, but they're not as slick as the app-based interface.

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LawnBott LB85EL

The LB75DX model is designed to mow a quarter acre. The LB85EL will mow up to just under three-quarters of an acre. Both units will require multiple passes to mow an entire lawn, though, so there's no way around interacting with the scheduling function.

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LawnBott LB85EL

You can adjust the cutting height of the LawnBott's 12-inch blade to between 0.75 and 2.8-inches.

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LawnBott LB85EL

The blade is also reversible, so you can extend its life, and user replaceable for when you want a new one.

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