The Roomba 500 Series is dead. Long live the 600 Series! iRobot is giving some products a very nice upgrade today, starting with its entry-level robotic floor vacuums.
The 600 Series is going to pick up where the 500 Series left off, or rather, it will replace the 500 Series entirely. The 600 Series is now iRobot's lower price-point series of floor-cleaners, but it's got some enhancements over the previous generation. It sports AeroVac technology (a version of what the high-end 700 Series uses), which distributes the flow of air more evenly. That causes the bin to fill up more evenly, enabling it to fit more, so you have to change it out less often. It also has a redesigned brush that is designed to keep hair from getting caught in it. This gives you been cleaning efficiency, and less nasty, hair-pulling maintenance.
They're also, y'know, just better-looking. There's nothing ground-breaking here, but these are all welcome improvements to the entry level line. While UK pricing hasn't been announced for the 600 Series yet, over in the US the 620 has been set at $330, which converts neatly to £210 -- once taxes etc have been added on, they'll likely be closer to £300, we imagine. [iRobot]