Proscenic S1: An affordable handheld vacuum from the makers of smart home devices
Proscenic has been selling robot vacuum cleaners for a while now, including the M8 Pro. It also sells cordless vacuum cleaners for when a robot vacuum will not cut it. The company has also designed the S1, its smallest cordless vacuum designed to clean surfaces and areas that neither larger cordless nor robot vacuums can reach.
According to Proscenic, the S1 has a 2,200 mAh battery that can last up to 30 minutes on a single charge. That battery claim only applies when the S1 is set to Eco mode, limiting its suction power to 8,000 PA. For reference, there is also a Turbo mode that increases the vacuum's suction power to 17,000 PA.
Please note that Proscenic supplied us with a test sample for free. This did not affect our views, nor did Proscenic have any say on the content herein.
In our experience, the Proscenic S1 works well, but not in all the scenarios that Proscenic claims it should. After a few months of use, we find ourselves using it to vacuum kitchen surfaces and around the edges of hard floors. Even these tasks fill the device's 120 ml dust cup quickly, which is in no way a 'big capacity for...deep cleaning' as Proscenic asserts. Nonetheless, the Proscenic S1 is more effective than a cloth in this regard, although it will not disinfect surfaces as a cloth could.
Cleaning soft surfaces are a different matter, though. Proscenic claims that the S1's suction power is enough to collect debris from sofas, rugs and the inside of a car, which it rates at up to 17,000 PA on Turbo mode. Unfortunately, the Proscenic S1 cannot collect dense objects, like pieces of gravel, making it redundant for cleaning a car. The vacuum struggles to tease out small debris from rug and car carpet fibres too, so we would not recommend it as a cordless vacuum for your car.
Overall, the Proscenic is easy to store and is reasonably affordable at US$99, considering that the price includes a charging stand and two brush heads. Currently, Prosenic is offering a US$20 discount on orders through Amazon, making it much better value in our eyes.