The latest addition to the iLife range is the new A4. Focused on robotically cleaning your carpets, it is a sensor-packed ILIFE A4 Smart Robotic Vacuum Cleaner with a chunky battery to provide potentially days of untroubled, automatic cleaning, all you need to do is empty the bin from time to time. The iLife brand has made modest progress in the market, helped by reducing prices and improving word of mouth, plus better battery and cleaning technology.
The ILIFE A4 Smart Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is smart enough to find its way around a room, with a regular or smart cleaning pattern. It can also navigate home to recharge when it is running low on power, so all the user have to do is empty the bin from time to time. As with all of these cleaners, they are never large enough, but the A4 is capable of cramming in a fair amount of dust, and the low profile means it can get under most furniture.
It may lack smartphone control, but using the remote you can set it up for regular patrols of a room or floor to keep the place clean, with no fuss. There’s a single on/off button on the top of the unit but generally, it should be left on unless you want it to stop running.
Rather than having to bend down or pick the 5lb unit, ILIFE A4 Smart Robotic Vacuum Cleaner can be programmed by an infrared remote control. There’s no smartphone app or Bluetooth, but the iLife really doesn’t need it unless you’re really remote. Omissions like that help keep the price down, which is perhaps the biggest key feature of the product, available for under $200 if you find it on sale.
A HEPA filter will help those with dust or pet allergies, while the home charging dock and easily, low-cost replaceable spares mean it can remain a valuable member of your digital family. With rotating side brushes to drag into dust to the vacuum component, there’s a 1000pa of suction to drag dust, dirt, and hair into the bin. Cleaning modes include spot, edge, and pre-planned modes.
Helping protect the ILIFE A4 Smart Robotic Vacuum Cleaner are a set of IR sensors on the leading side to help it avoid obstacles like chair legs, walls and a drop sensor to prevent it falling down the stairs. There’s also a physical bumper so it will notice any obstacles that the sensors failed to pick up.
Key to the A4’s potential is a 2600mAh battery that can provide between two and 2.5 hours of use on a single charge, with two power modes (max or economy) to balance battery life. The makers claim it is fade free, so won’t lose power over time, as your typical smartphone battery will.