First thing is understanding that not all robot vacs are created equal, and it's very much a case of getting what you pay for. Before we got Terry we briefly had one without mapping, and it just blindly bumped it's way around a room without doing a great job at all. Then Terry arrived with his fancy laser mapping and it was like night and day. Now with the the Deebot and it's TrueMapping laser mapping things have been turned up a notch as it's incredibly accurate and efficient when plotting the best way to tackle cleaning.
Setting the vacuum up is easy enough. Unpack everything, clip the side brushes in and plug the charging station in. Download the app (there's a QR code on the vacuum or just search the store for it) and then add the vacuum to the app (again via a code to sccan) and that's pretty much it. The app itself is pretty decent, easy to understand and with a clear map display. It's also easy to set no-go zones for the robot. There's smart device integration too - I use it with Alexa but it also supports google home.
The Deebot is a lot more powerful when it comes to vacuuming - 2300Paof suction power compared to 1600-1800 on our previous one, and as a result it's certainly no slouch when it comes to standard cleaning. Another improvement it dual sweeping brushes as opposed to the single one on a lot of models. It was the mopping we really got this for, and I'm happy to safe it's briliant. It has carpet detection so won't be getting your new carpets all wet, and you can set no-mopping zones etc in the app. The carpet detection allows it to boost power for cleaning carpets and drop it for hard floors etc, switching between 3 x power modes, and it works perfectly.
The mopping function switched between 4 levels, so the tank (despite looking a little small on first inspection) more than lasts enough for a number of cleans for us. In terms of running time you are looking at just shy of 2 hours in one go, which should be plenty unless you are lucky enough to live in an absolutely huge house (and in which case it'll go back to charge mid-way then carry on anyway).
This was quite a big investment for us, but as I said at the beginning you do get what you pay for in terms of features and functionality. We wanted one of the best, with strong suction power, clever mapping and good mopping, and this delivers on all fronts. We're sad to see Terry being retired but this replacement just beats him in every department. The king is dead, long live the king.