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Roomba 560 and 530 Released Today! 570 coming soon.

Postby robotreviews » August 22nd, 2007, 12:01 am

iRobot Unveils All-New Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robots: The Roomba 560 and the Roomba 530!

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iRobot today introduced its smartest, most powerful and efficient vacuuming robots yet, the new 500 series iRobot? Roomba? Vacuum Cleaning Robots. Based on customer feedback from more than 2 million buyers since Roomba?s introduction nearly five years ago, iRobot has reinvented its flagship home robot to deliver 100 percent improved vacuum performance for a cleaner home, every day.


With the Roomba 500 series, iRobot further raised the IQ of home care. The new robots can free themselves from almost any household jam so there is virtually no need to prep rooms before Roomba begins cleaning. The 500 series robots now know when they have finished cleaning one room and then move on to the next. Versions of the new Roomba 500 series are immediately available in the U.S. and range in price from $250 to $399.


?It took three years and the latest in robot technology innovations to create an appliance that can clean as effectively and autonomously as the new Roomba 500 series,? said Sandra Lawrence, president of iRobot Home Robots. ?Life today is so busy, we rarely have the time or the energy to clean our homes as often as we?d like. If you wish you could have clean floors every day, this one?s for you.?


The iRobot Roomba 500 series includes the following new features:

    * A solid, reinforced industrial design for enhanced durability;
    * Anti-tangle technology so Roomba can extract itself from tassels and cord tangles;
    * iRobot?s proprietary built-in, soft-touch intelligent sensing system that can detect when Roomba is approaching a wall or obstacle and automatically slow the robot for a gentler impact and quieter operation;
    * One-button activation, so Roomba users of any age can simply press ?clean? and go;
    * A built-in voice tutorial for new users that demonstrates Roomba?s features right out of the box; and
    * Colorful faceplates in white, steel blue, champagne, burnt orange, silver, charcoal, chestnut and carbon fiber so people can choose the Roomba to match their personal style.


The Roomba 530 includes all of these features and cleans up to three standard rooms before returning to its Home Base? to recharge. Roomba 530 also comes with two standard Virtual Walls? that confine the robot to certain areas using an infrared beam.

The Roomba 560 includes Virtual Wall Lighthouses. These mini-towers ? just 4.25? inches tall by 3.5? inches wide ? help orient Roomba via radio frequency (RF) communications and guide Roomba systematically through the home. The Virtual Wall Lighthouses confine the Roomba to one room until that room is thoroughly cleaned, and then guide Roomba into the next room. Once Roomba 560 is finished cleaning, or when its battery is running low, the Virtual Wall Lighthouses direct the robot to its Home Base to dock and recharge. Roomba 560 also includes an on-board scheduling function, so it can be programmed to automatically clean up to seven days a week, even when owners are away. Additional robots in the new line offer the ability to steer and control Roomba from across the room with a Wireless Command Center.

All Roomba 500 series robots include iRobot?s patented 3-stage cleaning system that automatically adjusts to effectively clean carpets and hard floors. Roomba?s intelligent cleaning system evaluates its environment more than 60 times per second so the robot is always delivering the right amount of cleaning power to your floor.

Availability

The new Roomba 500 series robots are available immediately in the U.S. from irobot.com, HSN and Amazon.com. iRobot?s retail partners including Sears, Target, Best Buy, Kohls, Bed Bath and Beyond and Linens ?n? Things, will have the product available this fall.

I have a Roomba 560 on hand right now. First impressions, comparisons, and TONS of photo's and video soon to follow!
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Postby THX-1138 » August 22nd, 2007, 12:19 am

:D This is great news indeed! Really like the light house feature and the modular design! Those are great improvements and continued evolution of the Roomba! :wink:
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Postby robotreviews » August 22nd, 2007, 12:50 am

The modular design is a dream compared to the older generation. Here is the first picture you will see anywhere of a complete Roomba 560 breakdown, and it takes less than 5 minutes with nothing but a philips head screwdriver. All of the major parts are now designed to be user replaceable!

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The most striking thing about the new model is that it really looks and feels sturdy. And with all of the major parts now completely user replaceable, the Roomba has finally matured into a true home appliance, which is to say that it just does what it's supposed to do, without requiring the user to constantly clean it to keep it up and running.

Plus, with all of the major wear components now easily replaced by the owner, the days of getting a new robot every few months seem gone forever.
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Postby vic7767 » August 22nd, 2007, 1:11 am

That's a great improvement to allow owners to replace parts easier, that is one killer side brush !
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Postby GibberishDriftwood » August 22nd, 2007, 5:23 am

This is great !!!

Problem is it will take ages before they are accessible in the Netherlands :(

Anyone seen any review on a Roomba 500 series model already ?
Seen a small piece on Engadget, nice pics tho...

http://www.engadget.com/2007/08/22/irobot-roomba-560-hands-on/
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Postby THX-1138 » August 22nd, 2007, 8:07 am

A review? Definitely! You are at RoombaReview.com! :lol:

I would like to see a close shot of the brushes, filters and motor assembly if possible. This seems to be almost the ideal robot, it only needs a docking station to suction out all the collected debris (similar to Karcher RC3000)!!! :wink:
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Postby seahorsejl » August 22nd, 2007, 8:23 am

So did they remove the Intelli-Bin from the new Roombas?

It figures the new ones just came out, as I just got into the Roomba action. But tis ok, by the time my Red and Discovery need replacing, these will be cheaper :)

(And BTW, iRobot is awesome, they are shipping me a new battery for my remanufucatured scheduler I bought that had a faulty battery).
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Postby geekgranny » August 22nd, 2007, 8:46 am

Oh Boy :D :D

Is the battery different than the old ones? Sure looks like it would be.

EDIT... looking at iRobot's site it is obvious the battery is different.

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Postby GibberishDriftwood » August 22nd, 2007, 9:05 am

THX-1138 wrote:A review? Definitely! You are at RoombaReview.com! :lol:


Hehe of course, but when :o

Seems to be a review done by PCMAG, but it is not yet available to me from their site.

Anyway anyone knows anything of the availability of the monsters outside the US, the Netherlands for instance. What is the normal 'delay' before we 'normal' :lol: can buy them...

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Postby geekgranny » August 22nd, 2007, 9:11 am

Is it quieter in any way?

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Postby THX-1138 » August 22nd, 2007, 9:29 am

Is it quieter in any way?

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From the info. I can gather and looking at the new filter, I could definitely say yes it will be quieter but how much? Will find out when I get the new Roomba for a review. :wink:
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Postby AJerman » August 22nd, 2007, 9:33 am

Well, I love my Roomba, but I won't buy another until they add something like advanced tracking to clean faster and a base that auto cleans. Until then, nothing seems important enough to me to buy another. The lighthouse feature certainly seems nice, but I don't see how useful it's going to be when I have to clean out the bin every 15 minutes (someday I'll get these new carpets beat out so I stop getting so much fuzz).
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Postby THX-1138 » August 22nd, 2007, 9:40 am

The particle bin is 33% bigger but I do agree with your requests: Better navigation and a particle collector (similar to the Karcher RC3000). :D
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Postby GibberishDriftwood » August 22nd, 2007, 9:43 am

THX-1138 wrote:The particle bin is 33% bigger but I do agree with your requests: Better navigation and a particle collector (similar to the Karcher RC3000). :D


Not if it adds like 1200 dollar to the price :lol:
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Postby THX-1138 » August 22nd, 2007, 9:49 am

True!! :D That is why I wish that iRobot get their engineers to design something like it but at a good reacheable price! 8)
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570 discount

Postby teachoh » August 22nd, 2007, 9:58 am

I pre-ordered the 570. I was able to use the discount code msport. I got a 20% savings and free shipping. :lol: :lol:
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Re: 570 discount

Postby franks59 » August 22nd, 2007, 11:03 am

teachoh wrote:I pre-ordered the 570. I was able to use the discount code msport. I got a 20% savings and free shipping. :lol: :lol:


Thanks for that promo code It saved me a bundle. I got an extra lighthouse/virtual wall with the savings.

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Have they fixed the nose-wheel?

Postby Tech » August 22nd, 2007, 11:46 am

Is it still a fixed nose-wheel scratching the floor? :(

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Re: Have they fixed the nose-wheel?

Postby geekgranny » August 22nd, 2007, 11:55 am

Tech wrote:Is it still a fixed nose-wheel scratching the floor? :(

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Surely isn't fixed as all the new Roomba/DirtDogs have swivel, front caster wheel.

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