I have a prior model Roomba and Scooba, which I love, so I was happy to hear that a new Roomba was in the works. I checked it out this morning.. and it was very frustrating experience.
1) the price is way too high _ I combine my Roomba with a Dyson, and that covers everything- Roomba does not replace a vacuum.
2) it does not say if the light sensors will combine with the 4 I have already- an important point for cleaning odd shaped areas, 2 morw would be great - 4 less if they are different and dont work together would be a big loss (reminds me of Sony Video recorders, every darn battery system was different..)
3) I would love a much better scooba, no other product on the market comes close to the workload savings, except the swiffer wetjet, which is still a pain, and you cant leave it.
Final frustration this morning was to try and email my questions and comments to the website- the phone number algorithm is funky at best, and it wont take email unless you put a model serial number in, what if its about the new one ????? or you have a question on the 2 models you already have ???
IRobot- love your technology, have owned the shares on and off since the IPO, but you need to up your game for retail customers.!!!
the price is too steep, disappointed with yet another of these "incremental" things. The company just can't seem to expand into other new/disruptive consumer sub-segments successfully after all these years, better off to be bought out by either Apple or Google, fire the founder/ceo certainly.
Are you kidding me??? iRobot just announce huge improvements in their flagship business! And this does not at all diminish their other activities (like Ava). They just dug a deeper moat, which is not trivial. iRobot is all about developing new things while remaining PROFITABLE!!! Their new Roomba will keep the cash flow positive as they venture into new areas.