Yeedi 2 Hybrid Camera Robot Vacuum Cleaner vs Xiaomi Roborock S55: camera or lidar? Full Review & Comparison 2022. Hello everyone! Today we’ll look at an interesting Yeedi 2 Hybrid robot vacuum cleaner with honest camera navigation and find out whether the camera can really compete with Xiaomi Roborock S55 lidar. Go!
The robot vacuum cleaner is delivered in one cardboard box, which is both the main one and the transport one. Inside there is a tub made of recycled cardboard, where the robot itself lies, as well as the complete components. The Yeedi logo is printed on the front and back of the box. On the side, there are few specifications such as weight, model, dimensions, and so on.
The kit contains an instruction, a two-page manual with a visual guide to quickly setting up the robot, a charging station with a built-in power supply, a cable for connecting to the network, a plastic base with a cloth for wet cleaning and five disposable cloths for cleaning the floor after wet cleaning. Naturally, these rags can be used several times and even be used for wet cleaning, since the fabric from which they are made is quite dense.
The robot itself is made of high quality matte plastic. On the top panel there is one power button with a nice white backlight, a small Yeedi logo and a camera for navigation. The camera looks straight up, which means that the robot will build a map exclusively on the ceiling of the room.
The charging base is painfully familiar and can be seen complete with the Ecovacs Deebot robot vacuum cleaner, whose distant subsidiary is Yeedi. An overview of the Deebot robot vacuum cleaner can be viewed – here… However, the water supply system there is made in a similar way. The big plus of the base is the excellent cable management and the possibility of its outputs both in one direction and in the other direction.
Under the hood there is a container for collecting trash with a volume of 430 ml., A brush with a blade for removing threads and hair from a turbo brush, a power slider, a reset button and a small LED indicator of the Wi-Fi operation. Under the plastic cover there is a diagnostic port for factory firmware and device diagnostics. The connectors there are non-standard, so it will not work to connect the robot to the PC.
The garbage container is very high quality. In addition to the HEPA filter and foam pad, there is a metal mesh. To open the container, you just need to press the red button-hook.
On the back there is a 240 ml water tank, as well as a grill for the air blown out by the engine and, as far as I understand, a speaker is also installed there. On the other side there is a “deaf” plastic with an imitation of a lattice. The tank has a built-in system that allows you to control the level of water supply to the rag.
On the front bumper there is a transparent glossy panel, under which wall proximity sensors can be hidden. From the work of the robot, we can conclude that they really are there. At the same time, with the bumper, it still knocks on obstacles, therefore, a rubber gasket is installed in its upper part to soften the impacts.
The bottom of the robot has a fairly long turbo brush on a floating sole. It should be noted that it is very easy to remove it thanks to the mount with two spring-loaded sliders. Otherwise, everything is standard. Two modular wheels with a rubber tread, which allow the robot to overcome thresholds of up to 1.6, and in some cases 2 cm.Then there are six dual height sensors, two of which are located behind the wheels, which will allow the robot to correctly determine the boundaries of the height difference, therefore, when harvesting, the algorithms the robot is allowed to actively move in reverse. You also need to note the nozzles that spray water onto the rag with the required intensity.
Now let’s look at the application and how the algorithms of the robot vacuum cleaner cope with cleaning the room, as well as building a map. To pair the robot with the Yeedi app, you need to scan the QR code with the robot’s camera. After that we see the plug-in of the robot itself. The app allows you to add multiple robotic vacuum cleaners. Having fallen into the robot plug-in on the main page, you can see the rendered map and several control points. So, you can start and pause cleaning, return the robot to the base for charging and go to the map management section. The disadvantages include the lack of percentages for the battery level icon.
An interesting and unusual solution was the scrolling of the main screen to adjust the cleaning parameters and the volume of the voice report. You can also see and go to the section with information about cleaning. I was glad that the intensity of water supply can be adjusted in 4 levels. On the last level, the robot washes the floor really well. At maximum suction power, the robot produces 2500 Pa.
In the “area” section, the application will highlight each room in a different color. Each room can be given a name such as kitchen, bedroom, and so on. This can be done in the “map management” section; there is also the possibility to number the rooms by giving the robot the sequence of their cleaning. So, for example, the robot can start cleaning not from the room in which the base is installed, but from another room, depending on your setup. All this functionality is very controversial and I personally have not found any real practical application. Further, in the “virtual border” item, you can select an area in which the robot will not clean at all or will not perform only wet cleaning. The function is not bad, but it would be better to make it possible to program the water supply level depending on the room. Such an opportunity would find real demand. After all, it is much better to wash the tiles with an abundance of moisture than a wooden floor or laminate.
To summarize, I can say that this is perhaps one of the best Chinese robot vacuum cleaners with chamber navigation that I had. The camera, coupled with proximity sensors in the bumper and a fairly smart processor, position the robot in space very well. Due to the camera, the robot is narrow enough, which allows it to drive under low furniture, however, this is also a disadvantage, since the camera does not determine the distance to the object, which can cause the robot to get stuck under a bed. Answering the age-old question, camera or leader? I can confidently say that it is a lidar. When compared with Xiaomi Roborock S55, cleaning was carried out 1.5 times slower in only one room, which will significantly increase the cleaning time in the entire apartment. For example, Xiaomi Roborock S55 cleans an average room of 12-15 square meters in about 11 minutes, while Yeedi 2 takes about 19 minutes. With camera navigation, the map is built in blocks, which is less native than the map formed by the lidar. That’s all. More complete results and my opinion about the robot vacuum cleaner and all the questions can be found in the video review. There I revealed almost all the nuances. Also don’t forget shares this review with friends, so that they also learn about gadgets and from features. Good luck and good mood to everyone.