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The World's Best TV Shows

Creator: Jonathan Harchick |

Freestyle Friday, Ying Yang Twins Video Walk-On, Alicia Keys Performance, B2K Performance; Freestyle Friday, ... P. Diddy (Citizen Change), Jamie Foxx Interview (Ray), Guerilla Black & Beenie Man Performance, New Orleans, Bone Crusher ...



394 pages

Historical dictionary of African American cinema

Creator: Torriano Berry, Venise T. Berry | Biography & Autobiography - 2007

THE NEW BLACK FILM RENAISSANCE The influence of Spike Lee's independently produced, She's Gotta Have It, 1986, ... 1990, the audience readily accepted films like Friday, Trespass, Like Mike, All about the Benjamins, Brown Sugar, ...

Publisher: Scarecrow Pr

About this book
On 4 July, 1910, in 100-degree heat at an outdoor boxing ring near Reno, Nevada, film cameras recorded-and thousands of fans witnessed-former heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries' reluctant return from retirement to fight Jack Johnson, a black man. After 14 grueling rounds, Johnson knocked out Jeffries and for the first time in history, there was a black heavyweight champion of the world. At least 10 people lost their lives because of Johnson's victory and hundreds more were injured due to white retaliation and wild celebrations in the streets. Public screenings received instantaneous protests and hundreds of cities barred the film from being shown. Congress even passed a law making it a federal offense to transport moving pictures of prizefights across state lines, and thus the most powerful portrayal of a black man ever recorded on film was made virtually invisible. This is but one of the hundreds of films covered in The A to Z of African American Cinema, which includes everything from The Birth of a Nation to Crash. In addition to the films, brief biographies of African American actors and actresses such as Sidney Poitier, James Earl Jones, Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Whoopi Goldberg, Denzel Washington, and Jamie Foxx can be found in this reference. Through a chronology, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, an introductory essay, a bibliography, appendixes, black-&-white photos, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on actors, actresses, movies, producers, organizations, awards, film credits, and terminology, this book provides a better understanding of the role African Americans played in film history.



285 pages

Overclocked, stories of the future present

Creator: Cory Doctorow | Fiction - 2007-02-01

Presents a collection of short stories that focus on computers, the Internet, and technology.

Publisher: Running Press

About this book
Have you ever wondered what it's like to get bitten by a zombie? To live through a bioweapon attack? To have every aspect of your life governed by invisible ants? In Cory Doctorow's collection of novellas, he wields his formidable experience in technology and computing to give us mindbending sci-fi tales that explore the possibilities of information technology — and its various uses — run amok. "Anda's Game" is a spin on the bizarre new phenomenon of "cyber sweatshops," in which people are paid very low wages to play online games all day in order to generate in-game wealth, which can be converted into actual money. Another tale tells of the heroic exploits of "sysadmins" — systems administrators — as they defend the cyber-world, and hence the world at large, from worms and bioweapons. And yes, there is a story about zombies, too.



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    iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot, Black and Silver

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    Rating (918 reviews):
    (3.8/5)
    iRobot

    Great but not perfect ***Downgraded Star Rating***

    My wife and I decided to get one of these because our 8 month old son is about to start crawling. While we try and keep our floors clean, our beagle has other thoughts as she sheds all over the place. We went with the latest 560 model as it has just about everything we would want with a product like this. It works as advertised and we will definitley keep it but there are some areas that need improvement. Here is a quick breakdown of the pros and consPros1. Quieter than a standard vaccuum2. Seems to learn the room dimensions quickly. The virtual walls and lighthouse feature are very nice.3. Is "smart" enough to avoid getting tangled in our area rugs4. Obviously easy to use as it is just a push of a button (or even better when you program it)5. Can use everyday to keep the floors spotless6. Have successfully used it on hard wood, vinyl, carpet and (accidently) concrete7. Cleans... 4/5 M. Kelley "mpkelley20" (MA United States) - See all my reviews, September 16, 2007

    A Worthy Successor to the Roomba Line

    We have two Roombas plus a Scooba in our house. When one of the batteries on one of our Roombas finally reached the end of its life cycle, we decided to donate that Roomba to a friend and to get ourselves the new top of the line - the Roomba 560. We got this right when it first came out, but we waited several months before posting a review. It's pretty much impossible to review one of these Roombas after only a few days! It takes weeks if not months to start to see how well they last over time, and what breaks down. Believe me - been there, done that.So now it's many months later, and I have to say, we are quite pleased with the improvements of this Roomba over the previous generations of Roombas. So first, for those who don't even have ANY Roomba yet (hard to believe!). Roombas are awesome. We have cats, and we work from home so we're home all day. It is AMAZING how much dirt and dust and junk collects in the carpet every single day. Who really has time to vacuum their... 5/5 Lisa Shea "be the change you wish to see in t... - See all my reviews, December 12, 2007

    Beware of the "new" Roomba 560 now only for single room (updated review)

    UPDATE 12/19/2011My review in late 2007 describing the red side brush "amputee" problem and poor customer support is still the highest rated critical response on Amazon. Because of that experience, the recounting of which is in the original review appended below after this update, I had not bought an iRobot product in over four years. Now I have bought two "new" 560s, which arrived today (more about "new" below). This update is primarily for (i) previous owners of a 560 that are contemplating buying a "new" 560 or (ii) those that have information on the original 560 and mistakenly believe that this is what they will get if they order a "new" 560.If it were not for the problems discussed in this update, I would raise my rating to 3.5 stars. Once again, I think iRobot may be shooting itself in the foot. And what upsets me is that I really want to see this company succeed.By way of disclosure I have owned several of every generation of Roomba. I... 2/5 Matrixunloaded (Dallas, TX) - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot, Black and Silver (Kitchen) UPDATE 12/19/2011My review in late 2007 describing the red side brush "amputee" problem and poor customer support is still the highest rated critical response on Amazon. Because of that experience, the recounting of which is in the original review appended below after this update, I had not bought an iRobot product in over four years. Now I have bought two "new" 560s, which arrived today (more about "new" below). This update is primarily for (i) previous owners of a 560 that are contemplating buying a "new" 560 or (ii) those that have information on the original 560 and mistakenly believe that this is what they will get if they order a "new" 560.If it were not for the problems discussed in this update, I would raise my rating to 3.5 stars. Once again, I think iRobot may be shooting itself in the foot. And what upsets me is that I really want to see this company succeed.By way of disclosure I have owned several of every generation of Roomba. I... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 20, 2007
    List Price: $449.99
    Self-charging Home Base, 2 Auto Virtual Walls, an extra filter, and more included
    Anti-tangle technology; gentle-touch bumper system; built-in cliff sensors
    Vacuuming robot picks up dirt and debris with the touch of a button
    Easy-to-empty bagless dustbin; fine-filtration system traps allergens
    Measures 16-3/4 by 21 by 5 inches; 1-year limited warranty


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    iRobot Roomba 630 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets

    Home (iRobot)

    Rating (430 reviews):
    (4.6/5)
    iRobot

    The Roomba 500 series almost perfected.

    I've got three Roomba 500s (a pair of 560s and a 570), and I love 'em. Rock solid reliable, easy to work on, and do a great job keeping my floors clean. These Roombas aren't toys, they actually clean the floors. In fact I've gone behind them with my Dyson just out of morbid curiosity and all I got was an empty bin. Sure, a Roomba can't pick up as much dirt as a regular vacuum in one pass, but that's why they're programmed to cover the same area of carpet multiple times. And in some ways the Roomba is better than my Dyson. Why?Areas of my house that get vacuumed every week without effort:* Under my bed.* Under my dresser.* In the back corners of my closet where a regular vacuum can't go.* Underneath my reclining theater seats.* Under my basement work bench and utility sink.* ...and on and on...The 600s series is even better, as they include the Aero Vac dust bin, and the upgraded cleaning head module from the 700... 5/5 Ryan Barnhart (Cincinnati, OH USA) - See all my reviews, September 24, 2012

    IRobots never die

    This is my fourth IRobot and they never seem to die. The first three are still going strong after several years of use, without any problems or any repairs aside from a yearly new battery. Just make sure to leave these plugged into the wall, sitting in their docks, all the time to keep the battery from dying prematurely. It also helps to preserve the battery to fully run them at least once a week but it's not critical to do that.I empty the dirt canisters and clean the brushes after every use, which I don't find to be a problem at all. I have a Scuba also, the floor mopping robot, of the same brand, and it also is a workhorse. I've told all my friends about my IRobots, and several have gotten them and love them too. One of them said that after a while his Roomba started going in circles but I told him to turn it over and check out the brush and front wheel for anything caught on it and sure enough, he cleaned a long thread from the front drive wheel and it's good as... 5/5 AKN - See all my reviews, October 19, 2012

    iRobot 630 best purchase!

    0 5/5 KHenery - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: iRobot Roomba 630 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets (Misc.) I recently purchased the iRobot 630 for Pets and it has gone above and beyond my expectations. I have an 80 lb. Lab and a huge longhaired cat, so I was skeptical of how this vacuum would handle all of the animal hair and dirt they track inside. I have to say this vacuum does a better job than I do manually vacuuming with my Dyson! My roomba carefully cleans along the baseboard and legs of furniture with her brush to remove any and all traces of pet hair, dust, and debris. As well, it has no problem cleaning an assortment of rugs including a large cowhide. The iRobot uses a zig zag type manuever to ensure all 1200 sq ft is perfectly clean. Cleaning the brushes and emptying the disposal unit is a breeze, and it keeps its charge for about 2 hours. After it has finished its cleaning cycle, or is tired the Roomba carefully docks itself back onto the charger. I would definately reccomend this product! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 21, 2012
    List Price: $349.99
    Dirt Detect technology employs an acoustic sensor to identify dirtier areas and spends more time cleaning them
    Roomba 630 picks up an amazing amount of dirt, pet hair and other debris with its patented 3 stage cleaning system
    iAdapt is an advanced system of software and sensors that ensures Roomba vacuums every section of your room and cleaning areas you cannot easily reach
    The included Virtual Wall keeps Roomba cleaning where you need it and blocks off-limit areas


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    iRobot Roomba 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets

    Home (iRobot)

    Rating (398 reviews):
    (4.6/5)
    iRobot

    Love it...wish I hadn't waited so long to get one.

    I don't have to vacuum anymore and my floors have never been so clean. I scheduled it to run every day. It is amazing how much dust and other debris this thing picks up. All it takes is a 5 minute clean up of the Roomba each day-dump the bin, shake out the filter and clean the 2 rollers. It runs just over an hour before going back to base to charge. I have a large house, I run it in the main living area each day, and I move it manually to other parts of my house about 2x a month. My father bought one instanty after seeing how well mine cleaned-he is very critical of everything, but has no complaints about his 650. My 3 year old daughter & I named it Rico-she loves watching daddy's "robot" run around the house. It is much quieter than a conventional vacuum-I can watch TV while it runs, but I schedule it to run after I leave in the morning.A couple of tips:Vacuum one time yourself before setting this thing loose-it makes a world of difference in the performance.Pick... 5/5 Rowe - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: iRobot Roomba 650 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets (Misc.) I don't have to vacuum anymore and my floors have never been so clean. I scheduled it to run every day. It is amazing how much dust and other debris this thing picks up. All it takes is a 5 minute clean up of the Roomba each day-dump the bin, shake out the filter and clean the 2 rollers. It runs just over an hour before going back to base to charge. I have a large house, I run it in the main living area each day, and I move it manually to other parts of my house about 2x a month. My father bought one instanty after seeing how well mine cleaned-he is very critical of everything, but has no complaints about his 650. My 3 year old daughter & I named it Rico-she loves watching daddy's "robot" run around the house. It is much quieter than a conventional vacuum-I can watch TV while it runs, but I schedule it to run after I leave in the morning.A couple of tips:Vacuum one time yourself before setting this thing loose-it makes a world of difference in the performance.Pick... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 12, 2012

    Fights Fur Furiously

    We just got our . It was simple to setup and charged in about two hours. We have run it once downstairs and upstairs.THE PLANThe plan is to run it during the day upstairs and to run it at night downstairs. The first problem we noted is that the schedule only seems to allow one time per day. This is ok since we have to carry it upstairs for the day runs. So, we just start it as we live in the morning. When we return, we put on the charger and let it clean at 2AM downstairs.OBSERVATIONSThe upstairs (approx. 1000 sqft) is a combination of wood floors, tile in the bathrooms, scatter rugs (bath style and oriental). Roomba did a good job covering an awkward area. We captured a full bin of hair from the dogs. The only problem is that it got caught in the... 5/5 Jack V. Briner (New Braunfels, TX USA) - See all my reviews, November 16, 2012

    I'll show you just how much dirt this little vacuum picks up!

    0 5/5 H. Erickson-Sander "Heather" (Denver, CO) - See all my reviews, November 4, 2012
    List Price: $399.99
    Dirt Detect technology employs an acoustic sensor to identify dirtier areas and spends more time cleaning them
    Roomba 650 picks up an amazing amount of dirt, pet hair and other debris with its patented 3 stage cleaning system
    iAdapt is an advanced system of software and sensors that ensures Roomba vacuums every section of your room and cleaning areas you cannot easily reach
    The included Virtual Wall keeps Roomba cleaning where you need it and blocks off-limit areas
    The robot can be scheduled to perform up to seven cleaning sessions per week, even when you are not home


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    iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot

    Home (iRobot)

    Rating (131 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    iRobot

    With proper expectations set, this is the droid you've been looking for.

    We've had this little guy for about three months and have been using it pretty much every other day. I couldn't be happier with it's performance.This little robot is a helper, and keeping that in mind, you'll find your floors stay much cleaner in between your more dedicated cleaning sessions.That's not to say you're completely out of the picture. You have a responsibility to use this robot, and while his AI is quite impressive at times, it is still an appliance. This is not entirely a "set it and forget it" robot. Think of it as other helpful appliances. Your dishwasher is great! But you still need to properly load it, pre-rinse when necessary, and occasionally still scrape some dry food off of a fork with your thumbnail. Your washer and dryer are fantastic! But you still need to make time for use in your evenings, transfer from one to the other, and darn it, they still don't fold your clothes.The Braava, is like an appliance in that way... 5/5 Dan (Boston, MA) - See all my reviews This review is from: iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot (Misc.) We've had this little guy for about three months and have been using it pretty much every other day. I couldn't be happier with it's performance.This little robot is a helper, and keeping that in mind, you'll find your floors stay much cleaner in between your more dedicated cleaning sessions.That's not to say you're completely out of the picture. You have a responsibility to use this robot, and while his AI is quite impressive at times, it is still an appliance. This is not entirely a "set it and forget it" robot. Think of it as other helpful appliances. Your dishwasher is great! But you still need to properly load it, pre-rinse when necessary, and occasionally still scrape some dry food off of a fork with your thumbnail. Your washer and dryer are fantastic! But you still need to make time for use in your evenings, transfer from one to the other, and darn it, they still don't fold your clothes.The Braava, is like an appliance in that way... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 25, 2013

    Good for maintenance, but will not clean a dirty floor

    I so desperately wanted this to work. As the mom of two kids under five, my floors remain perpetually sticky thanks to spilled juice, dribbled dinner, and a host of other toddler-induced messes. I was thrilled thinking that this floor mopping robot would help make my work load easier. It made me sad to learn that it did little more than just wipe my floors down. I tried it a few different ways: once with the dry sweeping cloth, once with water and the wet mopping cloth, and once with a swiffer wet cloth. It is super easy to use and after the first time I used it, it seemed to learn my kitchen fairly quickly. The bottom of the cloth showed that it had picked up some dirt, but there were still several spots of the floor that I later had to go back and clean by hand. If your floors are already in fairly good condition and you just want a quick touch-up between deep cleanings, I think the Braava can handle that, but if your floors are genuinely in need of mopping, this isn't going to make... 3/5 S. Brooks - See all my reviews, October 8, 2013

    Good for floors that you cant use Scooba on

    I have been a fan of the IRobot series of robot for several years now since originally purchasing a 300 series Scheduler (named Fred) and then later on the Scooba (named Wilma). And although not perfect, I have a few gripes about each, I still like these little cleaning wonders. The Braava 380 floor mopping robot is one of the latest offerings for iRobot with the Braava 380t being the higher end model of their floor mopping series and an alternative to the wet mopping Scooba. Since moving a couple years back and going from a house that had the type of flooring that a Scooba was ok to use with (i.e. ceramic tile and linoleum) to a different home with wood laminate that is not recommended for use on, I decided to look for an alternative to my Scooba. I originally spotted the Mint and decided to wait to see how the device faired and then after seeing IRobot buying Mint and making a version of their own, I went ahead and got the Braava (you guessed it named Pebbles).The... 4/5 JWink - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot (Misc.) I have been a fan of the IRobot series of robot for several years now since originally purchasing a 300 series Scheduler (named Fred) and then later on the Scooba (named Wilma). And although not perfect, I have a few gripes about each, I still like these little cleaning wonders. The Braava 380 floor mopping robot is one of the latest offerings for iRobot with the Braava 380t being the higher end model of their floor mopping series and an alternative to the wet mopping Scooba. Since moving a couple years back and going from a house that had the type of flooring that a Scooba was ok to use with (i.e. ceramic tile and linoleum) to a different home with wood laminate that is not recommended for use on, I decided to look for an alternative to my Scooba. I originally spotted the Mint and decided to wait to see how the device faired and then after seeing IRobot buying Mint and making a version of their own, I went ahead and got the Braava (you guessed it named Pebbles).The... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 3, 2013
    List Price: $299.99
    Cleans Edges- Perfect Edge technology allows Braava to clean right along walls and edges, and around chair legs and other obstacles for a complete clean
    Keeps on Cleaning- Braava's rechargeable battery cleans for up to 3 hours dry sweeping on a single charge, or up to 2 hours wet mopping
    Quiet operation and compact shape. Sweeps and mops hard surface floors. Sweep and Mop Mode.
    Knows where not to go- Braava's smart sensors avoid stairs, area rugs and raised transitions to carpet
    Pet-Perfect- Braava is ideal for picking up pet hair every day, but its whisper-quiet operation means your pets won't be bothered while Braava cleans


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    Mint Automatic Hard Floor Cleaner, 4200

    Home (iRobot)

    Rating (766 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    iRobot

    Fantastic cleaning robot!

    I must say, I'm impressed with the mapping system on this little guy. I have a very large (20'X20') open living room/kitchen area giving plenty of obstacles to confuse it. There's a staircase (which it deftly avoids), an island, a kitchen table with chairs, a couch and a number of tables for it to go under, an area rug and a piece of curved beveled glass on the floor that serves as a stand for a fireplace (which it surprisingly does not ride up on). Also, the room is overall "U" shaped with several entryways. This is the only robotic cleaner that has been able to figure this room out in its entirety. Other things to note is the room has a large fan and high, sloped ceilings and it can still find it's way.My Roomba did terribly. It would get stuck in one section, the Neato XV was OK but would miss some parts. This thing does a great job of freshening up the floor and getting at just about everything due to it's small size!One thing I did not know is the Mint... 5/5 Ryan Mckenney - See all my reviews, September 9, 2010

    Mint v Roomba: Which is hte Better Sucker

    The short version, for those reading many reviews quickly is this; the Mint has many advantages over the Roomba on a feature for feature basis. But at the end of the day, the Roomba is the better product and picked up a LOT more pet hair.Here's the longer version with the gory details:Both of these are great innovations. True, the Mint is far quieter, cheaper and cooler looking than the Roomba. It is also easier/cheaper to maintain. But the Roomba gets more dust off the floor, despite the fact that the Mint can get under places Roomba can not, and Roomba returns to its base for a re-charge on it's own, as needed. The Mint just dies in place.The guy on here who's review said that he sent his Roomba on a mission and then sent the Mint after it to discover dirt the Roomba missed, would have had the same result if he performed the experiment in reverse. I know b/c I did just that. these two devices clean differently, so any comparison is useless... 2/5 dusthater - See all my reviews This review is from: Mint Automatic Hard Floor Cleaner, 4200 (Kitchen) The short version, for those reading many reviews quickly is this; the Mint has many advantages over the Roomba on a feature for feature basis. But at the end of the day, the Roomba is the better product and picked up a LOT more pet hair.Here's the longer version with the gory details:Both of these are great innovations. True, the Mint is far quieter, cheaper and cooler looking than the Roomba. It is also easier/cheaper to maintain. But the Roomba gets more dust off the floor, despite the fact that the Mint can get under places Roomba can not, and Roomba returns to its base for a re-charge on it's own, as needed. The Mint just dies in place.The guy on here who's review said that he sent his Roomba on a mission and then sent the Mint after it to discover dirt the Roomba missed, would have had the same result if he performed the experiment in reverse. I know b/c I did just that. these two devices clean differently, so any comparison is useless... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 7, 2010

    Beware False Hopes

    First: notice the 5-star rating that I have given this.I agree with all of the 5-star reviewers: this product is worth the price (have had it about 6 weeks now). I have used it on vinyl (Congoleum/linoleum) floors, tile floors and wooden floors. It works well on all of them. Time will tell more.However, rather than repeat what others have said, I will describe some aspects that might disappoint you when/if you buy it, but these do not outweigh the benefits.- This does NOT do a deep clean. That takes elbow grease and this, naturally, is not heavy enough to scrub that well (you wouldn't want it to be that heavy). You will have to do a deep clean first. The Mint will then maintain that clean floor. I use it about once a week.- The designers did a generally good job, except for the week when they all took vacation at once and let the janitor decide where to put the charging port. Believe or not, these idiots put the port in a spot on the... 5/5 Careful Reviewer - See all my reviews This review is from: Mint Automatic Hard Floor Cleaner, 4200 (Kitchen) First: notice the 5-star rating that I have given this.I agree with all of the 5-star reviewers: this product is worth the price (have had it about 6 weeks now). I have used it on vinyl (Congoleum/linoleum) floors, tile floors and wooden floors. It works well on all of them. Time will tell more.However, rather than repeat what others have said, I will describe some aspects that might disappoint you when/if you buy it, but these do not outweigh the benefits.- This does NOT do a deep clean. That takes elbow grease and this, naturally, is not heavy enough to scrub that well (you wouldn't want it to be that heavy). You will have to do a deep clean first. The Mint will then maintain that clean floor. I use it about once a week.- The designers did a generally good job, except for the week when they all took vacation at once and let the janitor decide where to put the charging port. Believe or not, these idiots put the port in a spot on the... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 21, 2010
    List Price: $199.99
    Whisper-quiet operation; turns itself off when finished
    Guided by North Star Navigation System to methodically clean open areas, around furniture and rugs, and along room perimeter
    Compact robot floor cleaner runs up to 3 hours on single charge using microfiber cloths or most brands of disposable cloths
    Measures 9.6 inches wide by 8.5 inches deep by 3.1 inches high; 1-year warranty
    Low maintenance with no bins to empty or filters to change


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    iRobot Roomba 770 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets and Allergies

    Home (iRobot)

    Rating (584 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    iRobot

    The little Robot that cleans BIG

    Customer Video Review Length:: 1:25 MinsEven with numerous friends that swear by their Roomba, I was still skeptical. How could this little machine really clean enough to impress me?When I received it I was really surprised at the size of it, much smaller than I had imagined. I was anxious to test it out, so using the quick start guide I had it unpacked and on the charger in less than 10 minutes. I do suggest that you consider the location you want to set up the home base, not because it'll take up much room, more just to have it out of the way if possible; mine is under an end table.I decided to start it on a Monday through Friday schedule at 3:15pm each day. It's a time when the house is usually empty and it would be less of a bother. The first time it ran of course I was home and I think I watched it the entire cleaning cycle. I was amused to say the least and it also let me see what problems might arise. I realized I needed to install a virtual wall to keep it from... 4/5 Cricket "Living life and loving it!" (The Great Pacific Northwest) - See all my reviews, May 31, 2012

    Unbias Side-By-Side COMPARISON on .. NEATO XV-21 ... AND ... iRobot 770

    I was Very SKEPTICAL about expensive vacuum robots. I have all tile floors. I bought the latest Neato, & the iRobot 770 (non-lighthouses), and slightly liked the Neato a tad more (navigation) at first. The Roomba has more solid 5 stars for a reason. The Neato has double it's sales, but more like a 4 star rating (for true negative reasons?).(UPDATE after 1 Week: my NEATO DIED.. 3.5 Stars.. 'LEFT WHEEL STUCK' LCD message they are famous for.. it actually means that the cheaply designed Wheel Motor gets tangled and busted on it's own internal parts)(I looked at the FACEBOOK page of both companies.. and this re-iterated my proof that the Roomba had more happy operators, was a safer buy, and has less malfunctions... the Neato FACEBOOK page was flooded with constant issues at the time of this review & months afterwards when I re-checked on analysis.... take a look at what it is currently.The 770 is like a Sweeper Robot w/ a small vacuum under it's long brush... 5/5 Frank Peters "Ace of Decks" (Houston TX) - See all my reviews, April 2, 2013

    Life changing product!

    I am 41 years old and have had allergies my entire life - they have gotten worse over the past 5 years. I already take Singulair and Claritin but still have symptoms. I was just diagnosed with asthma, which apparently was caused by my allergies. Thus, I decided to wage war on indoor allergies in my house.I hired a cleaning company to clean my house a few years ago - they were horrible. I did a better job then they did. Also, I have pets and am not comfortable with someone being in my house with them when I am not there. My problem is time - I work full time and was finding little time to vacuum (to the point where I was vacuuming only once every week or other week). I have 3 cats and one dog, with hardwood floors and area rugs on my first floor and carpet in my bedroom and hallway upstairs. My house was not clean, to say the least. I just couldn't keep up with it.My brother suggested that I purchase this product. I thought, why not? I did not buy this... 5/5 Sammy "Workaholic" (Philadelphia, PA) - See all my reviews This review is from: iRobot Roomba 770 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets and Allergies (Misc.) I am 41 years old and have had allergies my entire life - they have gotten worse over the past 5 years. I already take Singulair and Claritin but still have symptoms. I was just diagnosed with asthma, which apparently was caused by my allergies. Thus, I decided to wage war on indoor allergies in my house.I hired a cleaning company to clean my house a few years ago - they were horrible. I did a better job then they did. Also, I have pets and am not comfortable with someone being in my house with them when I am not there. My problem is time - I work full time and was finding little time to vacuum (to the point where I was vacuuming only once every week or other week). I have 3 cats and one dog, with hardwood floors and area rugs on my first floor and carpet in my bedroom and hallway upstairs. My house was not clean, to say the least. I just couldn't keep up with it.My brother suggested that I purchase this product. I thought, why not? I did not buy this... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 15, 2012
    List Price: $499.99
    Price: $470.00
    You Save: $29.99 (6%)
    The robot can be scheduled to perform up to seven cleaning sessions per week, even when you?re not home
    It uses sophisticated power management software that results in 50% longer battery life than previous Roomba generations
    It uses a new advanced cleaning head which provides superior performance for picking up pet hair, dirt, dust and more
    The included infrared remote allows you to control Roomba without getting up
    Dual HEPA filters trap dust, allergens and tiny particulates leaving behind fresh, clean air


  • iRobot

    iRobot Roomba 780 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets and Allergies

    Home (iRobot)

    Rating (237 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    iRobot

    Top of the line from Roomba

    The 780 is the top of the line Roomba robotic vacuum and comes with all the bells the whistles. Questions that might be asked are:1)Is a Roomba right for me?2)Should I go for the 780 over the 760 or 770?Let me address question (1) first: Is the Roomba right for me? My thoughts on the Roomba are this. It is a great little automatic vacuum/duster but it isn't perfect. Here are the pros and cons as I see them:Pros:* It's an automated vacuum. Seriously, how awesome is that? Who wants to spend a morning vacuuming when they can just let loose the tiny 'bot and go do other things? Not me.* Adaptive logic. The brain behind how it gets every space covered.* Programmable. iRobot encourages tech-heads to program their Roombas to get the most out of it though I haven't and I don't think it is essential.* Date and time functions. You can program when you want the little bot to run it's cleaning cycle.Cons:*... 4/5 D_Strasse "D_Strasse" (Charlotte, NC) - See all my reviews, June 10, 2012

    An effective vacum cleaner but has room to improve

    I have Roomba 780 and Mint 5200. I have used both for more than half year. Here are my experiences:Roomba 780 is very easy to use. Push start button, it goes. It can vacuum a room without using virtual wall or lighthouse. But if you want to run it in a specific area, virtual wall works like a closed door or wall. Roomba will not pass virtual wall. If you want to vacuum multiple rooms at once, placing lighthouse at different area will virtually divide the area into subareas. Roomba will first finish the 1st area, then move onto the next one.Pro's:- It is great that you can program the date/time you want it to run.- It starts by itself at the programed date/time and goes back to the charging dock automatically after cleaning.- It vacuums the room effectively. Hair, bread crumbs all get sucked into the vacuum. Recently, I had my windows installed. After the installers vacuumed the room w/ their professional vacuum and I using my Miele, I ran... 4/5 FFDR (Chicago, IL, USA) - See all my reviews, May 8, 2012

    Not much improvement in the last 8 years.

    Note: I uploaded four photos to support my review in the image gallery. Click on "View and share related images" on the top left under the main photo to see them.I wish I wasn't writing this. Oh how we wanted this robot to sweep into our home and change our lives, just like we wanted our Roomba Red to do way back in 2004. Unfortunately we were left just as disappointed with our new 780 as we were when we bought a Roomba Red eight years before. We figured that eight years in iRobot cleaning technology would make this an amazing vacuum. Not so much. I wanted this iRobot to handle vacuuming our whole house like a true intelligent machine, but instead I have gained a round auto spot-cleaning machine. Because that's the only thing it really works for in my home. The "SPOT" function, where you set it down and it vacuums just a small area for you instead of traveling around your whole house. I'd recommend giving this vacuum a try if you have a home with mostly hard floors and you... 3/5 Truth Teller (Colorado, USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: iRobot Roomba 780 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets and Allergies (Misc.) Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) Note: I uploaded four photos to support my review in the image gallery. Click on "View and share related images" on the top left under the main photo to see them.I wish I wasn't writing this. Oh how we wanted this robot to sweep into our home and change our lives, just like we wanted our Roomba Red to do way back in 2004. Unfortunately we were left just as disappointed with our new 780 as we were when we bought a Roomba Red eight years before. We figured that eight years in iRobot cleaning technology would make this an amazing vacuum. Not so much. I wanted this iRobot to handle vacuuming our whole house like a true intelligent machine, but instead I have gained a round auto spot-cleaning machine. Because that's the only thing it really works for in my home. The "SPOT" function, where you set it down and it vacuums just a small area for you instead of traveling around your whole house. I'd recommend giving this vacuum a try if you have a home with mostly hard floors and you... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 21, 2012
    List Price: $599.99
    It uses a new advanced cleaning head which provides superior performance for picking up pet hair, dirt, dust and more
    Dual HEPA filters trap dust, allergens and tiny particulates leaving behind fresh, clean air
    It uses sophisticated power management software that results in 50% longer battery life than previous Roomba generations
    The included infrared remote allows you to control Roomba without getting up
    The robot can be scheduled to perform up to seven cleaning sessions per week, even when you are not home


  • iRobot

    iRobot Roomba 760 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets and Allergies

    Home (iRobot)

    Rating (149 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    iRobot

    What Fun!

    In a newly remodeled house with laminate wood floors, I see a lot of dust everyday; Roomba 770 has been a good fit. What I've noticed after three weeks of daily use - the pros:- Roomba does a great job in empty rooms; the entire downstairs comes out dust free.- Works well under beds, chairs, wide tables, and kitchen cabinet toekick.- Has great sensors for walls, boxes, pillows, and goes beautifully over heavy rugs back onto hardwood.- Roomba didn't like the fringe on my oriental carpets, but it didn't choke on it like my big vacuum did and kept on going.- The electronic barriers work well, but there is a learning curve on how to place them properly (The signal is cone-shaped). These need 2 "C" batteries each (4 total, not included).- It is not difficult to maintain: emptying the dust collection, removing brushes and using brush cleaner, wiping off sensors, moving it to a new room.The cons:- need to watch Roomba do a room before... 4/5 Holly H (Pasadena, CA) - See all my reviews This review is from: iRobot Roomba 760 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets and Allergies (Kitchen) In a newly remodeled house with laminate wood floors, I see a lot of dust everyday; Roomba 770 has been a good fit. What I've noticed after three weeks of daily use - the pros:- Roomba does a great job in empty rooms; the entire downstairs comes out dust free.- Works well under beds, chairs, wide tables, and kitchen cabinet toekick.- Has great sensors for walls, boxes, pillows, and goes beautifully over heavy rugs back onto hardwood.- Roomba didn't like the fringe on my oriental carpets, but it didn't choke on it like my big vacuum did and kept on going.- The electronic barriers work well, but there is a learning curve on how to place them properly (The signal is cone-shaped). These need 2 "C" batteries each (4 total, not included).- It is not difficult to maintain: emptying the dust collection, removing brushes and using brush cleaner, wiping off sensors, moving it to a new room.The cons:- need to watch Roomba do a room before... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 9, 2011

    Is the 760 a worthy upgrade from the already popular roomba 560? What about the LG RoboKing?

    Is the 760 a worthy upgrade from the already popular roomba 560?In a nutshell, the roomba 560 is already a great product with a 1-2 remaining quirks after so many iterations of irobot, bugs should be fairly bedded down by now.The main difference between the old model and this is, the 760 has:1) a larger better designed bin "Aero Vac 2"2) Hepa filters meaning you get cleaner air vented out3) better designed brushes which is more robust and allows for more efficient suction4) better casing protection for the internal motors from dust and hairX) NO bin full indicator - my apologies, only the 770& 780 have this.5) a remote controller6) doesn't get stuck as often on a rug - in fact, hardly ever.Apart from that both the 760 and 560 have the same dirt detection and scheduling features. Whether you think the price difference of $80-100 is worth the upgrade is your call.Roombas 770 and 780 offer a better... 4/5 Agogo - See all my reviews This review is from: iRobot Roomba 760 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets and Allergies (Kitchen) Is the 760 a worthy upgrade from the already popular roomba 560?In a nutshell, the roomba 560 is already a great product with a 1-2 remaining quirks after so many iterations of irobot, bugs should be fairly bedded down by now.The main difference between the old model and this is, the 760 has:1) a larger better designed bin "Aero Vac 2"2) Hepa filters meaning you get cleaner air vented out3) better designed brushes which is more robust and allows for more efficient suction4) better casing protection for the internal motors from dust and hairX) NO bin full indicator - my apologies, only the 770& 780 have this.5) a remote controller6) doesn't get stuck as often on a rug - in fact, hardly ever.Apart from that both the 760 and 560 have the same dirt detection and scheduling features. Whether you think the price difference of $80-100 is worth the upgrade is your call.Roombas 770 and 780 offer a better... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 10, 2012

    I'm likin' this model!

    I saved up and bought this Roomba for my enclosed patio when both of my Dirt Dogs passed away and IRobot stopped making them....sigh....I really miss being able to use the Dirt Dog to sweep outside and in the garage. The IRobot people said this unit would work just fine in those areas, but I'm not going to put something I spent this much money on to clean up dropped screws and leaves!That said, I like this Roomba very much in our enclosed patio. I LOVE the two HEPA filters, which are easily blown out with a can of air or compressor after a vacuuming sesson. They're picking up a lot of dust that my regular vacuum misses....Ok, that I miss when I'm using the regular vacuum, which also has a HEPA filter. They pick up feathers and seeds from the birds, and lots of hair from the cats and dog. Mission accomplished.It does a nice job of moving from hard surfaces (concrete, in this case) to rugs, and cleaning them all well. Technology is really improved in this... 4/5 Janet "intersectionc" (GILROY, CA USA) - See all my reviews, October 22, 2011
    List Price: $449.99
    The robot effectively captures and stores large quantities of hair, lint and other debris
    Easy to use -- just press the "Clean" button and let Roomba do the dirty work
    Includes a polymer bumper which provides a soft cushion between the robot and objects it touches to protect walls, furniture and other household items from bumps and scratches
    Roomba is easy to use just press the "Clean" button and let the robot do the dirty work
    The robot moves in a back and forth cleaning pattern to apply elbow grease where it's needed most, giving you the cleanest possible results
    Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
    Effectively captures and stores large quantities of hair, lint and other debris
    The polymer bumper provides a soft cushion between objects it touches in the room, protecting your walls, furniture and other household items
    The robot can be scheduled to perform up to seven cleaning sessions per week, even when you're not home
    Moves in a back and forth cleaning pattern to apply elbow grease where it's needed most -- giving you the cleanest possible results


  • iRobot

    iRobot Scooba 390 Floor Scrubbing Robot

    Home (iRobot)

    Rating (152 reviews):
    (3.4/5)
    iRobot

    Noisy but useful

    Is it perfect? no. Is it useful? yes.Before I write review for the Scooba, I would like to write a little about my two other robots.My two other robots are Roomba 550 and Neato XV11 from Neato Robotic. I use Roomba to maintain my first floor and Neato to maintain my second floor. They both have strength and work very well for their intended purposes. My first floor is all hardwood and ceramic tiles, and the second floor is all carpet. Since my dog also lives in the first floor, the Roomba works very well for floor with pet hair. Neato is very powerful robotic vacuum (best), it works extremely well for my carpet. I scheduled the Roomba to run the entire floor 4 days a week so the first floor usually clean without much hairs and debris left; I know that the main function of the Scooba is not to clean the debris and dog hair and I don't want to burden it for. It won't work well with very hairy floor.I have around 1400 square foot first floor. I use... 3/5 Jianqiang Zhong "Z Man" (Columbus, OH) - See all my reviews, June 9, 2012

    Okay, but not great and not worth the price.

    A small disclaimer: I base my results entirely on large tile floor cleaning. I have no wood, laminate, polished concrete, or groutless flat tile floors, so your results may vary.First the good.1. It's easy to prepare and operate.2. Battery has good charge (good for one large room or one medium and one small room).3. It can use regular old water and vinegar and still clean effectively if you don't use their cleaning solution. That is if you don't mind the smell of vinegar of course.4. The first stage vacuum function is very nice. As long as you don't have large debris on the floor, you don't have to worry about vacuuming first.5. The floors are overall noticeably cleaner, though for best results on larger or medium sized rooms with complicated layouts you'll need to do two passes.6. Great for the lazy and/or busy among us.Now the bad.1. It leaves too much water behind. It doesn't... 2/5 Jerrad H - See all my reviews Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: iRobot Scooba 390 Floor Scrubbing Robot (Misc.) A small disclaimer: I base my results entirely on large tile floor cleaning. I have no wood, laminate, polished concrete, or groutless flat tile floors, so your results may vary.First the good.1. It's easy to prepare and operate.2. Battery has good charge (good for one large room or one medium and one small room).3. It can use regular old water and vinegar and still clean effectively if you don't use their cleaning solution. That is if you don't mind the smell of vinegar of course.4. The first stage vacuum function is very nice. As long as you don't have large debris on the floor, you don't have to worry about vacuuming first.5. The floors are overall noticeably cleaner, though for best results on larger or medium sized rooms with complicated layouts you'll need to do two passes.6. Great for the lazy and/or busy among us.Now the bad.1. It leaves too much water behind. It doesn't... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 11, 2012

    Can't Live without it!

    A few months ago I called Irobot and told them how utterly sad I was about scooba's overall short lifespan given the great potential the robot offered. A manager got on the phone and offered me another replacement of one of my older models, but weary of the process, I declined. Days later, the manager called me back and asked me to reconsider. I agreed to have them send me a replacement of my old model, no strings attached, no replacement parts returned, no shipping charges, simply a good will measure on thier part. Surprise, surprise, when the package arrived, it was the newest model, not a refurbished old model. Irobot was sincerely doing me a good turn and I was truly impressed. I was ready to start again with a fresh attitude.Now, months later, I continued to be impressed by this newest scooba model which runs smoothly, has no bugs, has a solid battery life and is free of any and all irritations the previous models have had. It runs like a champ, cleans the the 1,000... 5/5 jdec (MD) - See all my reviews This review is from: iRobot Scooba 390 Floor Scrubbing Robot (Misc.) A few months ago I called Irobot and told them how utterly sad I was about scooba's overall short lifespan given the great potential the robot offered. A manager got on the phone and offered me another replacement of one of my older models, but weary of the process, I declined. Days later, the manager called me back and asked me to reconsider. I agreed to have them send me a replacement of my old model, no strings attached, no replacement parts returned, no shipping charges, simply a good will measure on thier part. Surprise, surprise, when the package arrived, it was the newest model, not a refurbished old model. Irobot was sincerely doing me a good turn and I was truly impressed. I was ready to start again with a fresh attitude.Now, months later, I continued to be impressed by this newest scooba model which runs smoothly, has no bugs, has a solid battery life and is free of any and all irritations the previous models have had. It runs like a champ, cleans the the 1,000... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 14, 2012
    List Price: $499.99
    Easy to Use- Let the robot do the work
    Extensive Coverage - Scooba 390 has a wide cleaning head ideal for kitchens and other large areas up to 450 sq ft
    4-Stage Cleaning Process
    All parts that need to be cleaned or maintained are now colored grey and orange
    Scooba 390 keeps cleaning solution in a separate tank so that only clean solution is placed on the floor


  • Litter-Robot

    Litter Robot LRII Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box, Beige

    Pet Products (Litter-Robot)

    Rating (426 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    Litter-Robot

    NO REGRETS!!

    After going through 4 of the rake-type automatic litter boxes (DON'T EVER BUY ONE) in less than two years, I decided to try the Litter Robot. I should have done it two years ago and saved myself a lot of money and frustration!To give you some specifics, we are a 5 cat (adults) household, males & females (all neutered), ranging from 6 to 15 pounds. They all took to it with very little or no trouble at all.This is a GREAT product! It requires hardly any attention, uses clumping type litter and can be left On or Off. In the On setting, it cycles approximately 7-10 minutes after the cat leaves it. If you wish to keep it in the Off setting, you can switch it On for immediate cycling or "Flushing". The cycling noise is fairly minimal, kind of a loud hum, but if you are a light sleeper, you can switch it off at night and then turn it on first thing in the morning for immediate "flushing".Although the manufacturer recommends using plastic wastebasket... 5/5 PurpleDoggys (San Diego, CA) - See all my reviews This review is from: Litter Robot LRII Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box, Beige (Misc.) After going through 4 of the rake-type automatic litter boxes (DON'T EVER BUY ONE) in less than two years, I decided to try the Litter Robot. I should have done it two years ago and saved myself a lot of money and frustration!To give you some specifics, we are a 5 cat (adults) household, males & females (all neutered), ranging from 6 to 15 pounds. They all took to it with very little or no trouble at all.This is a GREAT product! It requires hardly any attention, uses clumping type litter and can be left On or Off. In the On setting, it cycles approximately 7-10 minutes after the cat leaves it. If you wish to keep it in the Off setting, you can switch it On for immediate cycling or "Flushing". The cycling noise is fairly minimal, kind of a loud hum, but if you are a light sleeper, you can switch it off at night and then turn it on first thing in the morning for immediate "flushing".Although the manufacturer recommends using plastic wastebasket... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 21, 2007

    2 simple design flaws keep it from greatness

    I've had the Litter Robot LRII for about 2 weeks now and while I am happy enough with my purchase that I will not take advantage of the generous return policy, I do feel that there are some elements of its design that need to be greatly improved upon when they eventually release an LRIII.First, as many others have mentioned, the grate system of the step that is designed to allow litter to fall into the waste area really defeats much of the purpose of having a hidden waste area. The same openings that do allow some litter to fall into the waste chamber as opposed to covering your floor allow more odor to escape than I would like. This is rather easily fixable, but when you're paying $300 for a litter box you shouldn't have to DIY something this basic.Second, while the LRII is very good about pausing its cycle when a cat steps up onto it, something to prevent cats from being to enter it at all while cycling would be sorely appreciated. And this, unfortunately,... 3/5 James R. Williams (Oak Park, IL) - See all my reviews, August 17, 2007

    Would purchase again, wonderful machine!

    I've had our Litter Robot for a little over a year, it's running just fine and haven't had any problems at all. The piece is a little on the loud side and woke me up the first couple of weeks but given it's size and that it sits in the room next to my bedroom, it's completely understandable. It's like a loud hair dryer going off. You can also just turn it off at night and do a manual cycle in the morning. If I'm at the other end of the apartment, I can barely hear it at all.I have two cats, aged 3 (7 lbs, very adventerous, playful, ..nosey) and 5 (11 lbs, was feral for most of his life, skittish but very sweet and cuddly once he's comfortable).Both were adopted when they were about 4 years old from the local SPCA. They were comfortable with an open litter pan while at the pound and/or previous homes and I switched to a covered one for about 8 months before the Litter Robot. They took to the Litter Robot quite well, both explored and used it within half a day and the little... 5/5 a DMented lil Thori "..mostly Harmless" (California) - See all my reviews This review is from: Litter Robot LRII Automatic Self-Cleaning Litter Box, Beige (Misc.) I've had our Litter Robot for a little over a year, it's running just fine and haven't had any problems at all. The piece is a little on the loud side and woke me up the first couple of weeks but given it's size and that it sits in the room next to my bedroom, it's completely understandable. It's like a loud hair dryer going off. You can also just turn it off at night and do a manual cycle in the morning. If I'm at the other end of the apartment, I can barely hear it at all.I have two cats, aged 3 (7 lbs, very adventerous, playful, ..nosey) and 5 (11 lbs, was feral for most of his life, skittish but very sweet and cuddly once he's comfortable).Both were adopted when they were about 4 years old from the local SPCA. They were comfortable with an open litter pan while at the pound and/or previous homes and I switched to a covered one for about 8 months before the Litter Robot. They took to the Litter Robot quite well, both explored and used it within half a day and the little... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 30, 2007
    List Price: $349.00
    Automatic self-cleaning cat-litter box saves time and money
    Reliable and safe; works without rakes or wires that could jam, clog, or break
    Deposits waste in large-capacity drawer lined with kitchen garbage bag
    Measures 24 by 22 by 29 inches; 18-month full warranty
    Patented sifting process cleans litter automatically after each use