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The Neato XV-21 robot vacuum goes for a high scoreIt looks like a Super Nintendo, but this little cleaner is a powerful pet hair picker-upper.
-- that's right Chris and sitting here before me is the new Dell XD 21 robot back. That is -- 429. Dollar robot vacuum and that's expensive but not quite as expensive as the group but 880 and the -- home -- -- cost a lot more. This isn't the first need to that we tested last year I tried out the need OXE signature pro and then earlier this year Megan -- Tested out the needle -- the essential -- all look the same except for different paint jobs and they all operate the same tune Elton well. This is the -- X between one and it's a need to expose to specialize in cleaning up pet care. Now design wise there's something familiar about the look -- this back in something that I like something that I can't quite put my finger on. -- -- -- -- -- All the -- those are very methodical cleaners they use laser guidance to help map out the room and then navigate through it rows and columns this -- no different. It does a great job figuring out where it's going but. I think it's not quite as intelligent as the -- signature pro I like quite a bit let's take a look at this video of view rights tests needed on a medium power carpet. Now we couldn't determine that there has been a problem of whenever Walter has a wide expanse behind it and -- are getting a little confused and bumping into it -- in her column runs. You see that's happened in the XP twenty -- run and it kind of throws an -- it's doing really well and then it just loses it gets a little bit. Crazy and can't quite figure out where to go. Compare that with the need to signature -- -- it has the same problem it -- too far beyond that wallet. Can't detect if there's -- -- there that's not that he has all but after that happens it kind of shakes it off says give me a second. And then figures out what to do it finishes the -- like normal and is fine. So the -- signature pros seems to be a slightly more intelligent -- Compared to the murky cleaners you'll see from rumba and -- that cost hundreds of dollars more I think the need those are all good values the need -- are. Are not quite as feature rich they don't have. Remote controls you can't steer them around. But they're still excellent cleaners and to me that's a really. However at the bottom of the pricing year around 200 to 250 dollars we're starting to see bargainer about back in that are performing. Well enough to justify purchase as a value cleaner. In the new though -- 0510 I just reviewed. Did well enough and I think it's worthy of consideration alongside the -- it only costs about 200 dollars so if you're shopping for about back in one of value that might get cheaper option out -- that need -- -- enough for your purposes. Overall the XP 21 is a -- robot vacuum however it's not quite as Smart as the signature proud that we tested last year at black and green model. It's run by a robot vacuum -- going to be the top my list. But I buying and need help I don't think I'd go to XP 21 simply because the -- -- signature row for only twenty dollars more it's such a better act. For CNET I'm right next.