GREAT GADGET FOR KITCHEN/BATHROOMS
A new pet is in the house...and his or her name is "Mint". And like any pet, Mint can provide some level of entertainment. Especially if you have a tech head at home. Despite a few personality quirks, Mint does a descent job of keeping household hard surface floors clean with periodic use. However, it has proven difficult to attach a gender to this new roommate. One male trait is Mint's need for a GPS (a small cube) to navigate each room of the house; otherwise, he depends on his own sense of direction which can be lacking. This cube that Evolution Robotics labeled as the NorthStar may not light up a distant solar system or attract wise men bearing gifts, but it does help Mint map a room for cleaning. Another male trait is the low maintenance required to keep Mint operational. Mint's feminine side can be seen in her ability to drive. Mint does not miss an opportunity to bump into every wall, table, chair, or anything else in her path. No worries though...the folks at Evolution Robotics added a bumper/sensor to detect the collisions that directs Mint to change direction. Even though the bumper/sensor reduces the level of impact, I suggest securing grandma's priceless china before unleashing Mint (or any other cleaning robot) on your dirty floors.
Contents of Box
- Mint (robot cleaner)
- AC charging adapter for Mint (currently, no automatic charging dock available)
- NorthStar cube (C size batteries included; these batteries were dead on arrival)
- Two washable dry sweep cloths
- One washable mop cloth
- Owner's Manual
- Quick Start Guide
Unpacking & Initial Setup
Mint was packaged in glossy cardboard box with a carrying handle. The box was easy to carry and open. If I had purchased Mint from an online store, the glossy cardboard box might have been placed in a plain brown cardboard box to prevent appearance damage to the glossy box. Mint was resting snugly in molded Styrofoam under the Quick Start Guide. A red insert was found on Mint's underside which I assume prevents Mint's suspension from moving during shipping. Also for protection, a removable clear plastic film covered the lens of the NorthStar Navigation sensor which is on top of Mint. Plastic film was on the sensor lens of the NorthStar Navigation cube too.
While not mentioned in the owner's manual, the clear plastic film might disrupt the light signal between Mint and the cube. Of course, the plastic could help prevent scratches during use. Since the the cube sits idle, there is little danger that its lens will be scratched compared to Mint's lens. It depends on the clearances & protrusions from your furniture, doors, appliances and other "predators" that lay in wait to scratch Mint's lens. I'll let you decide the best course of action...leave the plastic film in place or remove it.
Mint is designed to stand vertically on one end to allow access to the USB port, charge port, and cleaning pad on it's underside. The USB port is to allow firmware upgrades as needed. I noticed that Mint owners on a popular robot forum are suggesting a firmware upgrade to allow changing cleaning pads during a clean cycle. At the time of this writing, changing Mint's cleaning cloth during a clean cycle stops the current clean cycle. Therefore, Mint will clean the entire floor instead of just cleaning the remaining portion after changing the cleaning cloth.Read full review