Easy on the eyes and on the lungs


The internet tells me that at an MRP of Rs 49,999 (MSRP Rs 54,999), the futuristic-looking Meditate is on the higher end of the spectrum, but given that it’s literally aimed at making life easier for your lungs, why skimp? Also, the remote control is to die for.

A few weeks ago I received a review unit of a device that looked straight out of Doctor Who – it literally looked like a Dalek except it had no arms or those brassy buttons , nor shout “EXTERMINATE” at me. If you’re not a Whovian, look for a Dalek. It will be worth your time.

The device I got was, in fact, Havells’ Meditate Air Purifier – a piece of kit that screams space-age technology – it’s a silver plastic cylinder that wouldn’t look out of place on the one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX rockets.

And it works just as well – as someone who’s never used an air purifier before – I’ve never had to, and yet – I was curious to see if I’d even be able to do the difference. And I’m happy to report that I could – my nose was less congested at night and my sleep was better – the relative lack of pollutants entering my lungs probably helped.

I wasn’t quite sure when Havells contacted me to gauge my interest in reviewing this air purifier – I had never used an air purifier before, let alone reviewed one. I’m a consumer tech critic through and through. But I was also curious – enough that I said yes and soon Havells sent me an online review unit.

It comes in a compact package and despite its size, the device is relatively light and can be easily taken out of the box by an adult. It is accompanied by a circular disc which acts as a wireless remote control.

The setup process is ridiculously simple – you download the Havells Sync app, connect the air purifier to your home Wi-Fi network, follow a few steps on the screens, and voila! Your air purifier is ready to go.

The only thing that immediately appealed to me was that the wireless remote can be charged using a wired charger, as well as wirelessly. How wireless, you ask? Simple, by placing it on the air purifier. That’s right, the air purifier’s flat top surface, which sports a polished wooden finish, is also a wireless charger. If it’s not the remote, you can also place a supported smartphone on it and it will start charging. I thought it was absolutely wild.

Now, as I mentioned before, I’m not an expert on air purifiers, but first and foremost I’m a consumer. So if I had to buy an air purifier, this would have been my experience.

It’s quiet: The fan does a great job of drawing in air, which is then cleaned by the filters at the base before being blown out. But you won’t hear anything. It’s the complete opposite of my PlayStation 5 which, after over a year of use, looks like an airliner about to take off. This ensures that your sleep is uninterrupted.

As for the cleanse itself, I have to assume it worked because I literally breathed easily at night, and it made a big difference in sleep quality and my productivity the next day.

The internet tells me that at an MRP of Rs 49,999 (MSRP Rs 54,999), the Meditate is at the higher end of the spectrum, but given that it’s literally aimed at making life easier for your lungs, why skimp? Might as well get one and avoid any chance of wheezing like Darth Vader in a few years.

My three or so weeks with the Meditate have been positive – I’ve never had trouble getting it to work. It’s rarely – if ever – disconnected – and the remote makes it easy to operate (no pun intended), without you having to get out of bed to change settings.

All in all, this is an impressive feat of engineering.

(Edited by : Shoma Bhattacharjee)



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