Summary: I must admit it took all day to find and install the latest firmware and drivers, but it was worth the effort. This thing is freaking amazing. Mine works fine. No docking problems. I have only used the web page controller. This is not a good idea for a kids toy. I do not work for wowee and this review is legit.
Summary: I bought this robot to roam around the house over the internet when I was not home. It has done all of that and more. Those who gave this a bad review must be doing it wrong. I have used this robot with both windows and mac and it works without problems. Imagine being able to walk around your house when you are on vacation! 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.
Summary: My 10-year old son saved all of his birthday, etc. present money for around two years to purchase this device. I have been fighting with the Rovio for weeks now and still cannot get it to function reliably. I tried to install the device multiple times on two different computers and couldn't get the device to connect to the software or to my router (which I have multiple other devices connected successfully). I now bought Apps for my iPhone and iPad.
Robot may be decent (I can't say) - Tech Support and overall support terrible!
16 March 2011
Summary: I received the Rovio as a gift and was very excited about it. It held great promise as a mobile webcam. I attempted to set up the unit following all of the instructions to the letter. I quickly found out that it was made ONLY for use with Windows XP. At a time when Windows 7 is now the prevalent operating system it seems fairly lame that a company is still (after years now) using an operating system TWO versions back. TechSupport was zero help.
Summary: Got the Rovio as a gift two years ago. It's collected dust 23 months out of 24 months. It worked at first, but couldn't connect to WPA networks, only WEP. I had to wait for beta software to connect to WPA. Rovio could never find it's own docking station without help. Navigation in the dark was difficult. Battery kept running down. About a year after losing interest, I powered the machine back up. The power button has a status LED, that wouldn't come on anymore.
Summary: I'll admit, after reading all these bad ratings I was a little skeptical. The thing is SO COOL! We (wife and me) used it for over 30 minutes and the batteries were still good to go. The thing is awesome to use and to be on the other side of. The headlights that come with Rovio suck, but you can buy better ones later that wowwee sells which are MUCH brighter.
Summary: I recently bought 2 Rovios. After reading the description of the Rovio I thought it sounded pretty cool. After reading the reviews I had doubts as to whether it would actually work. I ordered 2 because of how I wanted to use them and in case one didn't work completely I would have something to compare the dysfunctional unit to. Well, they both work! They are really amazing.
Summary: I read all the reviews and it looked like 50/50 I was very concerned about buying a piece to junk and I ended up trying it. Installation was easy as long as you go to the web page and look under support and download the latest drivers. I had to use my vista laptop cause windows 7 does not let me install. So how does it perform. I would say 50/50 is right about on the money here.
Summary: I had stayed away from WoWWee products just on the basis of the company's name, but when I saw the Rovio, I bought it in spite of the weak reviews. At first, I thought it took a little long to charge, and the battery life isn't tops. But, after installing the updated firmware on the unit, and the software on my laptop, it has exceeded my expectations. There isn't a square corner, or level floor in my house, yet my rovio has no problem docking and charging whatsoever.