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- Page 9:Voilà by Wistiki
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- Page 13:Zomm Wireless Leash
- Page 14:Kensington Proximo Fob
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We’ve tested more than a dozen key finders for weeks at a time -- indoors and outdoors --and Tile's $25 Tile Mate stands out from a crowded field, thanks to its good range and a helpful two-way finding feature that can also locate your smartphone.
The Tile Mate does not have a replaceable battery, requiring you to update every year through Tile's battery replacement program, which sells you a new key tracker at a reduced cost.
If you'd prefer that your key tracker has a replaceable battery, your best option is the $29 TrackR Bravo, which offers a compact size and frequent software updates that add welcome features like Alexa compatibility.
Latest News and Updates (Updated Nov. 14)
Both Tile and TrackR have new key finders in time for the holiday season. The Tile Pro Series includes the satin-white Tile Style and the rugged Tile Sport, which both cost $35. They promise louder alarms and double the range of the Tile Mate.
Meanwhile, the $25 TrackR Pixel costs $5 less than the Bravo while adding an LED light to make it easier to find in the dark. We're wrapping up testing on these new key finders and will post the reviews shortly.
Other recent additions to the key finder market include:
- Chipolo Card: Chipolo has introduced a 2.7 x 1.5 x 0.08-inch tracker that's meant to slip inside your wallet. Like the Chipolo Plus, the $35 Chipolo Card runs on a non-replaceable battery, so you'll have to upgrade to a new tracker after a year. Chipolo Card is currently on sale, though quantities are limited.
- Updated Pixie Point: We've previously reviewed the $50 Pixie Point, which uses augmented reality to help you track down missing objects like your keys. The arrival of iOS 11 and its improved support for augmented reality has sparked an overall to Pixie's iOS app, which an upgraded interface. We'll revisit our Pixie Point review shortly to test this new experience.
4 Quick Key Finder Buying Tips
• Range: How far away can you be from your keys while still keeping connected to your phone? Always count on the actual range being less than what key finder makers advertise as walls, doors and other structures can interfere with signals.
• Alarm Sound: Check the decibel rating for the key finder. You'll want a good loud signal of at least 80 to 85 decibels so that you can hear your key finder over any ambient noise.
• Other Features: Consider key finders that have two-way finding features, where you can press a button on the key finder to track down your phone. Some key finders also offer digital leash features, where your phone will get an alert if your keys are ever out of range.
• Battery Life: Look up how long the battery will last on your key finder. If it's a replaceable battery, count on about six months. Non-replaceable batteries should promise a year of battery life and offer a clearly defined replacement program for when your device is running low on juice.
- Best Wireless Key Finder
- How We Test and Rate Key Finders
- Tile Mate: Best Key Finder
- TrackR Bravo: Best Replaceable Battery
- Chipolo Plus: Loudest Key Finder
- Duet by Protag
- Pally Smart Finder
- Pebblebee Honey
- Voilà by Wistiki
- Pixie Point
- Elgato Smart Key
- Zomm Wireless Leash
- Kensington Proximo Fob
- LassoTag iBeacon