Saturday 11 June 2016

Product Review: Beets BLU Bluetooth Wireless Key Finder / Lost Item Finder.

I was curious to review this item because it was a bit different from anything I have reviewed before.  I also last my house keys earlier this year which I had managed to keep hold of before that for had for 10 years.

Beets Blu sent me an Amazon voucher for the item and I promptly ordered it for it to arrive a few days later:

The device comes with instructions and a litte key ring: 

The battery is included and is supposed to last one year.  It's fairly straightforward to slot in:

 Once the battery is in, you get a green light

Once the device was on, I had to go to the App store on my phone and find and download the app that goes with this device.  The makers do recommend that you download the device before you buy the key finder to make sure that it will work on the software on your phone (the gadget pairs with Apple iPhone (4S, 5, 5S, 5C, 6, 6 plus), iPad (mini, 3, 4, Air) and Samsung Galaxy (S4, S5, S6, S6 Edge) phones).

Once you have the app downloaded, you need to open and connect to your phone.  On my first attempt this didn't work, until I realise you have to have your Bluetooth switched on your phone.

Once the phone is connected, you get some options to set up and test the alarm sounds and settings.  I did find that the instructions provided and the information in the apps info section were limited.

For instance, I love the option of being able to find my phone from my device, or my keys attached to the device from my phone.  However, I don't want the alarm going off every time they are out of proximity, especially at work, where my keys are in my bag by my desk and my phone is with me when I go to meetings.  The little gear wheels in the top right hand corner let you take off the proximity setting, but I had to work this out for myself.

Once set up the device works really well.  The beep is sharp and high enough for me to hear.  My boys had a great time testing this out around our home and it pretty much picked up the the phone/device (it has a range of 33 feet/10 meters which is decent for the house).

I really liked the option to review last location, which gives you an aerial shot of your current location (my house).

My main issue with this has been the loss of connection.  Even when I have reset the phone, I have struggled to get it to connect again.  Every time the alert goes off, you have to reset the device by taking the battery out and sliding it back in again, which is fairly easy to do.

The device itself is a nice small size and very lightweight and I think looks quite nice.  

I think this is a great device when it is working properly, I lose my phone all day and I am constantly ringing it from the house phone, when it is on silent, this isn't much help, so the key finder is very handy.

You can buy it from Amazon here or go to their website here for more information.

Disclaimer: I received this product for the purpose of testing it for review. The opinions expressed here are my own and from my own experience of using the product.

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