Yujin iClebo Arte review

Besides the two consumer electronics giants of South Korea there is a third company who we have to mention when we talk about robotic vacuum cleaners. That is Yujin Robotics, the maker of iClebo robots. Their newest robot was announced at CES 2012 and become available last summer in Korea. I was lucky enough the get an early model for a long term use.

Conclusion

As most other South Korean robots, the iCelbo Arte is a state of the art gadget. It has a high quality navigation system, a very low power consumption (paired with a long battery time) and low noise level. Despite all these killer features the robot is not yet available on markets other than South Korea.

Competitors

The main competitors of the iClebo Arte are the iRobot Roombas and the members of the Neato XV series. Neatos cost less, and iRobot offers the Roomba 780 for in this price range (or even less). Another notable competitor from South Korea is the Hom-Bot 2.0 that has many of the unique Korean features as the Arte.

Yujin iClebo Arte
Yujin
iClebo Arte
Neat XV-11
Neato XV-11
(XV-12, XV-15)
LG HomBot 2.0
LG
HomBot 2.0
iRobot Roomba 780
iRobot
Roomba 780
Navigation systematic systematic systematic random
Mapping yes yes yes no
Noise quiet/moderate loud quiet moderate
Filter normal normal HEPA 11 HEPA
Maintenance often rarely often often
Scheduling yes yes yes (only time delay) yes
Docking station yes yes yes yes
Auto resuming yes yes yes no
Area delimiter magnetic stripe magnetic stripe no Virtual Wall / Lighthouses
Ligthouses unnecessary unnecessary unnecessary yes
Control panel touch sensitive buttons touch sensitive touch sensitive
Display limited options dot matrix very limited limited options
Remote control included no included included
Side brush yes (2×) no yes (2×) yes (1×)
Shape round round-square round round
Battery Li-ion Ni-MH Li-ion Ni-MH
Size ⌀34 × 8,9 cm
(⌀13.4 × 3.5 in) (D×H)
33 × 31.8 × 10.2 cm
(13 × 12.5 × 4 in) (W×L×H)
⌀36 × 9 cm
(⌀14.2 × 3.5 in) (D×H)
⌀35 × 9.4 cm
(⌀13.8 × 3.7 in) (D×H)
Weight 2.8 kg (6.17 lbs) 5.9 kg (13 lbs) 3.2 kg (6.6 lbs) 3.8 kg (8.3 lbs)
iClebo Arte

Verdict

I was very excited to finally receive this robot for a review. The specs and the short demonstration I saw at CES 2012 were very promising. I really believed in this gear, and I really wanted to love it. Unfortunately the iClebo Arte didn’t deliver as I expected. It's navigation system is one of the best on the market, it was very reliable in operation, but it failed to provide the cleanness I would expect from a $600+ robot. It is true that the microfiber mopping cloth helps a lot, but for approximately the half of the price of the Arte Neato sells it’s original XV-11 model that offers better cleaning quality, similar systematic cleaning and 1 year US warranty. As an addition to all this, the robot's drive motors broke twice during this period, and now it is useless.

If Yujin Robotics can address those problems and can convince worldwide retailers to carry the robot in large quantities on a lower price, this robot can be a great competitor of the above mentioned robots. Today it is just too expensive for what it can provide.

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