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WowWee Rovio Wi-Fi Enabled Robotic WebCam
Report Date: 08/12/2015
Based on 131 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 2.5
Returned or considering to return: 22.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.2   average
Software3.5   average
Support3.5   above average
Camera3.3   below average
Control2.9   mediocre
Quality2.9   mediocre
Battery1.7   mediocre
Charging1.5   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"Another flaw is if the battery is fully dead then it is impossible to charge it."
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"I've tried everything even force charging the battery with spliced wires, and it failed."
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"The device has a weak battery which inhibits the usefulness of the product."
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"The camera requires a lot of light to work, and there does seem to be a problem with battery life."
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"I read reviews about how there is a known problem with the batteries not holding a charge, and I experienced that, contacted the WowWee support and they told me to basically keep trying to use it."
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"I really wanted it to work but poor wifi connection, terrible battery life and almost impossible set up for remote access forced me to return this item."
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"Works great , great picture on my phone , battery lasts a good amount of time and my Rovio goes to it's charger and docks on it's own when it's battery starts getting low."
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"The battery it comes with does not last longer than 10-15 min., if you need more time I recommend getting this battery 3000mAh 5LMH-43SC3000-W-T Battery for WowWee Rovio Wi-Fi Enabled Robotic WebcamOverall a great product! "
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"I will mention one of the cons with this robot, you have to replace the doc charger, the one that comes stock does not charge the battery well."
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"We (wife and me) used it for over 30 minutes and the batteries were still good to go."
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Camera

Camera:
"Once up and running, the camera quality is terrible 2 out of 10. has to be in pure day light to have decent picture on screen."
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"There are also additional downloads ROVIO hack's for you to fix the low light cam problem that everyone notices from the start.1.)"
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"Short pro's and con'sPro:1) Better than toy build quality2) Drive system remarkably maneuverable3) Navigation system works pretty well (when line of sight exists to the ceiling projection)4) Price (if it worked)Con:1) Not ready for prime time software precludes reliable remote operation2) Availability of a single ceiling projection limits multi-room operation3) Drive system not powerful enough to overcome short (3 4) shag carpet4) Camera sensitivity is too low for anything but bright daylight5) Illumination system incapable of lighting any object beyond 2-3 inches from the camera6) Three camera height positions does not provide enough flexibility to view objectsFor a low-cost toy, my expectations were pretty low."
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"I ran into him accidently because of Internet lagThe not so good:1) Camera is not much good in low light."
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"Not totally unusable with the camera brightness turned up, but sure not great."
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"there is other problems aswell like poor headlight and camera in low light."
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"I bought Rovio in a good price , let me tell you is a fabulous item is the only robot in the world with a moving camera that you can see around the world , please if you find something better tell me as robotic guard dog ."
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"The traction system is genuus and the cam works great."
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"If you have money to burn and are a hobbyist this is a good platform to mod maybe the camera to a better one or something."
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"For a wandering web cam it was fun."
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"Camera quality is pitiful- basically only works well in sunny rooms."
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Charging

Charging:
"Another flaw is if the battery is fully dead then it is impossible to charge it."
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"I've tried everything even force charging the battery with spliced wires, and it failed."
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"I read reviews about how there is a known problem with the batteries not holding a charge, and I experienced that, contacted the WowWee support and they told me to basically keep trying to use it."
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"Then the horror began.1) The battery holds a charge for only up to 10 minutes.2) Not user friendly at all.3) It's so hard to get the port forwarding to work (so that you can control it from an outside network, work) I've had network administrators not make it work after trying for many hours.4) WOWWEE has NO customer service."
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"I am waiting for another replacement but I do not hold out much hope since the battery charger seems to be a common problem."
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"On top of charging issues, Rovio would 90% of the time FAIL at backing up onto it's charging bay."
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"Works great , great picture on my phone , battery lasts a good amount of time and my Rovio goes to it's charger and docks on it's own when it's battery starts getting low."
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"I will mention one of the cons with this robot, you have to replace the doc charger, the one that comes stock does not charge the battery well."
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"works great for long time now and with the existing charger."
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"It was fascinating watching it find home and back into it's charger by itself."
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"There isn't a square corner, or level floor in my house, yet my rovio has no problem docking and charging whatsoever."
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Control

Control:
"Then the horror began.1) The battery holds a charge for only up to 10 minutes.2) Not user friendly at all.3) It's so hard to get the port forwarding to work (so that you can control it from an outside network, work) I've had network administrators not make it work after trying for many hours.4) WOWWEE has NO customer service."
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"It seems that, besides battery troubles (I've heard 9 volt works fine), the other problems are image quality control issues due to lack of bandwidth."
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"I purchased this as a X-mas gift so my wife who travels alot could have something interactive to communicate with our daughter but while she can control it while here at home the microphone doesn't work well so you can't communicate well through it."
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"That said, if you don't want to dig through the robo community forums for beta code to try and third party control applications... or if you aren't ready to write your own control applications, you might be disappointed in Rovio."
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"Yes this is true, you will need to use ActiveX controls, so with Firefox and other browsers you won't be able to talk and listen."
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"Although I was able to control the robot at a remote site I was unable to see any image whatsoever."
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"Control responsiveness if surprisingly good, but there is about a 5 second lag for sound send & receive."
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"Being able to control it over wireless data allows me to keep track of my dogs from anywhere and almost anytime (as long as it is not dark out)."
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"Of course, even without loads of bandwidth, you can lower the quality of video in exchange for better control (it's just physics guys).I'd definitely recommend this product to anyone who likes to keep an eye on their stuff when they're gone -- but at the same time, it's great for freaking people out as well."
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"Although I was able to control the robot at a remote site I was unable to see any image whatsoever."
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"You get clear pictures and good overall control performance."
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Price

Price:
"My wife hasn't been able to get it to work while she's out of town so it has been a waste of money so far."
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"In this price you can buy three entry level Axis IP cameras and get very good pic quality in very low light ( I have two of them and I am surprised by the quality of those cameras)I dont recommend buying this for such high price unless they reduce price around $150.The other review here, is very misleading most probably written by their own people."
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"I bought Rovio in a good price , let me tell you is a fabulous item is the only robot in the world with a moving camera that you can see around the world , please if you find something better tell me as robotic guard dog ."
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"This is great if you have money to burn and want to play with robotics, theres a lot that can be done with this item for those that can play!"
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"I would have gladly paid a higher price to get a more user friendly device with an easy and intuitive setup feature with automatic setting detection similar to what you find in new wireless printers and the latest operating systems."
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"If you are a person who has to save up the money to get this please don't waste your time."
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"If you have money to burn and are a hobbyist this is a good platform to mod maybe the camera to a better one or something."
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Quality

Quality:
"Once up and running, the camera quality is terrible 2 out of 10. has to be in pure day light to have decent picture on screen."
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"As for the complaints about sluggish response and low-video quality, these are the effects of low-bandwidth and not the quality of the product itself."
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"It seems that, besides battery troubles (I've heard 9 volt works fine), the other problems are image quality control issues due to lack of bandwidth."
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"Audio quality is not very good, it's mike picks up it's own speaker (you hear yourself) so you get lots of feedback."
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"There's some latency when operating over internet, but if it gets unresponsive lower video quality in the settings.4."
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"In this price you can buy three entry level Axis IP cameras and get very good pic quality in very low light ( I have two of them and I am surprised by the quality of those cameras)I dont recommend buying this for such high price unless they reduce price around $150.The other review here, is very misleading most probably written by their own people."
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"Once up and running, the camera quality is terrible 2 out of 10. has to be in pure day light to have decent picture on screen."
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"Camera quality is pitiful- basically only works well in sunny rooms."
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"b) Camera quality - Unless your house is ridiculously well lit all the time - don't bother."
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"Once you get enough light, image quality is very good."
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"Video quality is very good if you have plenty of light.3."
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Software

Software:
"The initial software is NOT WINDOWS 7 COMPATIBLE."
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"dark camera image can be hacked with software to make it brighter, lighting problem is easily rectified with some ultra bright LED's, a magnetic switch, and a light sensor.. about 10 dollars in total.. leaving the original LED on the front to be replaced with a relay and a grabbing arm."
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"I opened the box on the Rovio yesterday and have dealt with a complete failure of software from the installation to the present."
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"The installation program failed while checking for updates to the software, although my internet connection was fine."
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"You'll see more software out there.3) Paths are OK but not great."
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"The software and everything was easy to setup , I read reviews where people were having issues but I think either people weren't very good on a computer or the website has improved since those reviews because it was very user friendly for me."
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"You also will have to download 3rd party software that will make this product easier to use."
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"The biggest advantage this platform has is the amount of 3rd-party software available for experimenting with it - Roborealm is the best example."
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"But, after installing the updated firmware on the unit, and the software on my laptop, it has exceeded my expectations."
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"dark camera image can be hacked with software to make it brighter, lighting problem is easily rectified with some ultra bright LED's, a magnetic switch, and a light sensor.. about 10 dollars in total.. leaving the original LED on the front to be replaced with a relay and a grabbing arm."
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Support

Support:
"THe worst thing is no tech support via phone or instant chat."
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"I'm sorry wowwee, but you have to support your customer, language barriers are your own problem (if that is a factor)."
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"Although this product is fun to play with, I highly recommend avoiding it due to the horrible customer support."
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"It doesn't support more robust encryption standards like WPA or WPA2."
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"com forum thread 19172 Resurrecting-Rovio-A-Windows-7-x64-guide-to-re-animating-Rovio-UPDATED-6-23-12 remember it was done many years ago there i think 2008 very cool for being so good if you are computer worthy , no support but i found a great place to find solutions on it ."
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"I love robotics, but this company make you never want anything they create due to lack of future support on what could be a great product but ran short."
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"i think this last model work pretty fine, i heard about a very poor support from rovio but fortunately there are a lot of guys for modifications and hacks a community to help each other."
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"FINALLY (after endless tries), I got WowWee support (amazingly) to agree to give me another one."
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"Installation was easy as long as you go to the web page and look under support and download the latest drivers."
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