- Page 1:Best Wireless Key Finder
- Page 2:How We Tested and Rated
- Page 3:Tile (Gen 2): Best Key Finder
- Page 4:Duet by Protag: Runner-up
- Page 5:Pally Smart Finder
- Page 6:TrackR Bravo
- Page 7:PebbleBee Honey
- Page 8:Chipolo
- Page 9:Elgato Smart Key
- Page 10:Zomm Wireless Leash
- Page 11:XY Find It
- Page 12:Kensington Proximo Fob
- Page 13:LassoTag iBeacon
That early-morning scramble to find your keys before you leave the house doesn't have to be so frantic if you've got a wireless key finder handy. No bigger than a standard key chain — and even smaller, in some cases — these dongles connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth LE to alert you when your keys are nearby or in danger of being left behind.
Plenty of key finders promise to keep your valuables close at hand, but after putting a variety of devices through their paces, the second-generation Tile ($25) emerged as the best choice for tracking the whereabouts of your keys, with improved range and a helpful two-way finding feature that lets you locate your phone from your key chain. A new version is out called the Tile Mate (also $25 through Amazon). We're in the process of reviewing the Mate, but having thoroughly tested the two previous generations, we have high expectations for this device.
Our runner-up was the Duet by Protag ($29), which packs its feature set into a compact design. If you need a device with a loud alarm, check out the TrackR Bravo ($29), while the Pebblebee Honey ($24) adds other features like the ability to control your smartphone's camera.
New & Notable
In addition to the Tile Mate, we're also testing updated versions of XY Find It's key tracker, the XY3, and the latest Chipolo key finder. We're testing Wistiki's Viola key finder as well, so stay tuned for updated reviews.
Several key finder makers unveiled new tracking gadgets at CES 2017 that figure to make an impact later on in the year. TrackR, makers of the TrackR Bravo, released a slimmed-down version called the TrackR Pixel that, at $25, costs $5 less than the Bravo. It also has an LED light that makes it easier to find when you're digging around a purse. TrackR also updated its wallet-sized tracking device, the 2mm-thick TrackR Wallet 2.0; it costs $30. Both new TrackR devices are available for pre-order now before they ship this spring.
While it rolls out the Chipolo Plus, Chipolo plans to roll out two new tracking products this year. Chipolo Sticker is billed as the world's thinnest Bluetooth tracker. It will fix onto things like glasses, drones and umbrellas so you can find them as easily as you would your keys. Chipolo Clip is a wallet-sized tracker with a removable clip that you can clamp onto IDs or passports for easily finding later. The Clip will ship this spring, while the Sticker will arrive later this year.