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Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner Hands On Review

We still have years, many years, until we have a robot named Jimmy who cleans our house, dust, does the laundry, and has us all like the jets of gold. But while that arrives, a proper robot vacuum cleaner can help us keep dust, crumbs, and hair at bay. Alternatives are out there, and Realme, a young brand that until now had only launched mobiles, watches, and headphones, has just put it on the market.

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Like the entire Realme catalog, the Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner is committed to offering interesting features at a contained price. It vacuums, scrubs (or rather, it can scrub), connects with Google Assistant and Alexa, and mounts no more than 38 sensors. But how does it behave on a day-to-day basis? Well, we have already had the opportunity to try it, and this has been our experience.

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Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner Design:

We begin by talking about design, a section in which we do not find any surprises. Realme’s robot vacuum cleaner is rather big, at 35 centimeters in diameter, and really (how many times can you make this joke without the police coming?) Short (four inches). There are about ten millimeters from the floor to the top, which allows the robot to sneak under some sofas like the one in my office. It is, to give us an idea, similar to the Roborock S7.

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It is shiny black and unfortunately gets dusty just by looking at it. At the top, we have centered laser sight and two buttons, the one back to the base and the power button. In the front, we have the classic shock absorber, in the rear part the access to the tank and the filters (all in one), and in the lower part the central brush, the lead plates, the omnidirectional wheel, and the two wheels.

Water Tank:

The tank that is included in the box is 600 ml and only for solids. And yes, the Realme robot vacuum cleaner can indeed scrub. But for this, you will have to buy the mop and the solid and liquid tank separately. Therefore, we have not been able to test these capabilities in this review. The tank is extracted from behind by pressing a button and pulling out. It’s easy and doesn’t put up much resistance.

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As we can see, we have nothing to write home about, except for the fact that the Realme robot vacuum has two side brushes. Why? Beyond making it symmetrical, one of the problems that circular vacuum robots have is that they do not get along with the corners. By putting two brushes, the robot manages to push the vacuum cleaner a little more in the corners, although it is true that they are not its strong point.

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Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner Charging Dock:

As for the charging dock, you can tell that Realme has had to cut back somewhere to keep the price low. And I personally have appreciated it on the cable. It is too ductile and not very resistant. However, it is not something that we will be moving and using all the time, but we will manipulate it once to place the base in the corner of the house, and that’s it.

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The base does not have much mystery. It’s relatively compact, lightweight, and looks well to the ground, although I would have appreciated having some glue or base with more friction than the pre-installed silicone pads. I liked that if we remove the bottom cover of the base, we will access some supports to wind the remaining cable once connected. Very good, especially for those who do not like having cables lying on the ground.

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Configuration:

Before starting to use the robot vacuum cleaner, we have to link it with the mobile through the Realme Link app ( iOS / Android ). The experience is similar on both operating systems. 

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  1. We make sure we have removed all packaging and protectors from the robot and the base. As a general recommendation, try that the base is not too narrow, but that there is space between the base and the nearest obstacles, such as a meter or so. It is not strictly necessary, but it is recommended.

2.  From the Realme Link app, we begin the configuration process. We click on the upper “+” button in the huge module that says “Tech Trendsetter,” and we select the robot.

3. We enter the password for our WiFi network (important: we have to be connected to the 2.4 GHz band and not the 5 GHz band because the robot is not compatible with it).

4. We turn on the robot and press and hold the charging and power button at the same time for three seconds until we hear the voice prompt. We release the buttons and click on next.

5. The app will search for the robot and find it. Click on the button that will appear, configure the WiFi network and wait for the link process to complete. In total, just over a minute.

Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner Cleaning Process:

My apartment has about 60-70 square meters. I don’t have pets that shed hair, either. How long does it take for the robot to complete the full cleaning? One hour, minute up, a minute down.

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Could you with bigger houses? Sure, but it will probably cost you a bit more. The device has a 5,200 mAh battery, and when I finish cleaning my house in normal mode, it returns to the base with 65% battery. More or less, one charge goes for two full passes. After that, you will have to wait no more than about six hours until it is fully charged.

With that said, let’s get down to cleaning. From the app, we can see at all times the trajectory that the robot has followed. It always does the same thing: small loops from top to bottom with slight partings between them. It is a known system and used by many robots on the market, and the truth is that it works.

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The robot works hard to get between the chairs and into the gaps where it thinks it fits. It does this on some occasions, although it also tends to pass by and skirt chairs. You don’t usually get stuck or trapped, although you can. I’ve ever had to go after him because he was stuck with a curtain or a cable.

Pre-installed Filters:

Realme includes a pre-installed filter and a replacement filter in the package. Each filter consists of three layers. 

As for the power modes, as we said before, it has four: silent, standard, turbo, and maximum, in addition to a function that automatically increases the power when it detects uneven ground. The optimum is normal. It is the one that I have used the most, and I have not noticed that it leaves crumbs, dust, or debris after making a pass. It may be interesting to use the turbo or maximum mode to avoid hair loss if you have pets.

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During this analysis, I noticed that the robot increased the power automatically even though, as I said, the floor is parquet and I have no carpets. I understand that it is not as regular as a completely smooth floor, but I do not understand that the robot automatically turns up the power for no apparent reason. It gives the feeling that it detects some irregularity in the ground and raises the power, but there is no irregularity. It is something that must be polished via software, without a doubt.

The central brush is made of bristles and not silicone. The hairs get quite tangled and, from time to time, it is necessary to do some maintenance. Fortunately, Realme includes in the box a comb with a blade that we can use to clean the filters and easily cut the hairs from the brush.

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Navigation:

The navigation is accurate, and the robot moves with ease (something has 38 sensors scattered throughout its chassis, of course). It has never been lost and has never had erratic behavior, such as crashes out of the ordinary or trying to get into a place where it knows it does not fit. Returning to the base when you finish cleaning is also accurate.

However, it has ever happened to me that, even without having gone through all the rooms, the robot, which still had a battery, considered the cleaning completed and returned to the base. My partner’s office, my office, and the kitchen were left on the way, although I had completed, curiously, the most distant rooms (the bedroom and the main bathroom), the corridor (which leads to the two offices), and the bathroom of guests.

From the application, which we anticipated before, that divides the rooms automatically (quite precisely, by the way), we can modify the distribution of rooms in the house, do selective cleaning by rooms, areas, and zones, establish restricted areas and configure the mode scrubbing.

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No Scrub Kit

Realme does not include the scrub kit (mop and water tank) in the package, so we cannot rate it. We can say that the robot can make movements in the shape of an S (saves energy) or Y (more precise). But with higher consumption) we cannot enter to analyze its performance.

In any case, and as a summary, the Realme robot vacuum cleaner has left us with a good taste in the mouth in general. It’s not the best on the market and has some corner issues. But it will serve us well to keep dirt at bay. It will never replace, neither this robot nor any, a thorough manual cleaning. But it will help us to get rid of crumbs, dust, and dirt on the floor in general.

Maintenance:

The maintenance of the Realme robot vacuum cleaner is very simple. We will do more frequently to clean the solids tank, something that depending on how dirty the floor is, we will do more or less. It has a capacity of 600 ml, which is not exactly small, and in my case, I have emptied it every three days, although it still had space to store dirt.

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The central brush is easily removed, and cleaning is as easy as using Realme’s accessory in the box. We have to use the blade to cut the hairs and pull them. I do this every week for a routine matter, but it will depend a lot on whether or not you have pets.

The filter’s HEPA filter can be washed with water as long as we let it dry well before putting it back on. In the same way, it is advisable to regularly clean the TOF sensor on the front, the drop sensor, the obstacle sensor, the LiDAR sensor in the upper area, and the contact pins. For this, we can use a dry and soft cloth.

SpecificationRealme Robot Vacuum CleanerRoborock S7Roborock S5 MaxMi Robot Vacuum-Mop P360 Robot Vacuum S9360 Vacuum Cleaner S9
Multi-floor Map Managment5 Pcs4 Pcs4 Pcs1 Pcs -----------
Suction Power3000Pa2500Pa2000Pa2100Pa2200Pa
Vacuum & Mop"(1)Dust box and water tank integrated
(2)Detachable"
"(1)Independent dust box & independent water tank;
(2)Installed at the same time"
"(1)Independent dust box & independent water tank;
(2)Installed at the same time"
"(1)Dust box and water tank integrated
(2)Unremovable"
"(1)Independent dust box & independent water tank;
(2)Installed at the same time"
Water tank300ml300ml290ml200ml200ML
Dust Box600ml470ml460ml300ml420ml
Side BrushBilateral BrushSingle Side brushSingle Side BrushSingle Side BrushSingle Side Brush
Cleaner Brush55dB Low Noise Operation≤70dB≤70dB≤70dB 53dB(50-62dB) Pioneering Mutev Tech
Battery5200-mAh5200-mAh5200-mAh2600-mAh 5200-mAh

Our Verdict:

At this point, we can say that the experience with Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum Cleaner is positive. The complete robot on the market (especially if we compare them with the iRobot / Roomba). But it does behave correctly. Navigation is precise, the suction power is enough to swallow crumbs and large particles. And the app, without being the most complete, offers interesting options.

However, there are still aspects to be polished, such as the performance in the corners. The central brush (which gets hairy), the loading times, and that sometimes you choose not to get between the chairs or in the most complicated nooks where it fits. Not to mention that the scrubbing kit is not included in the price.

In any case, the Realme robot vacuum cleaner is a good option for those who want an affordable, solvent, and capable device. If we are looking for a robot to remove dirt from the floor typical of every day life. The Realme TechLife Robot Vacuum will be an option to contemplate.

Price:

The new Vacuum Cleaner from Realme is available to purchase from AliExpress. AliExpress is providing the Introductory price on the product. You can now buy the Vacuum Cleaner at just $329.99. The last date of the sale is July 20. After July 20, vacuum Cleaner will available at just $429.99. So, if you are looking for one, then grab one now at $100 discount.

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