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Search trackers keys: the best models and their features

In case you didn't know: a search tracker or a search tag is a mini-gadget with Bluetooth, made in the form of a key fob. It will help you find what is lost most often (keys, wallet, TV remote control, or any other object), and remind you if you leave home without something very important: when the label loses connection with the paired smartphone, a notification comes.

The best search trackers are released by the American brand Tile. He was one of the first to figure out how to use Bluetooth to search for things. The two latest models, Tile Pro and Tile Mate, have an increased range, a loud sound and are notable for reliability. And most importantly - they have a replaceable battery.

Older models from this manufacturer, such as Tile Sport and Tile Style, were one-time. When the charge ended, the tracker had to be thrown out and bought another one to replace it. Of course, this did not suit many buyers, and over time the company began to offer low-cost models with replaceable batteries.

Also Tile has a premium set of services that cost $ 3 per month or $ 30 per year (200 or 2000 rubles). For this fee, the company undertakes, upon request, to send a replacement battery for Tile Mate or Tile Pro, record the history of disconnections, provide priority service and allow you to share your account with an unlimited number of other users. This set also includes the Smart Alerts smart alerts function: the ability to specify tags in up to five locations and receive notifications from them. It is worth noting that the option is still in beta. It works, but you can use Tile trackers without it.

In addition to Tile search tags release Chipolo and TrackR. TrackR has recently focused on other projects, so the best alternative to Tile can be called Chipolo. Trinkets from this manufacturer are notable for low price, attractive look and loud sound.


How much does a search tracker cost?

Prices for Bluetooth-tags start at 1 thousand rubles. Some models, for example, Tile Pro are more expensive: from 4 thousand. This is due to the fact that the range of their actions is higher than that of budget analogues. Pixie Point is also an expensive gadget: the tracker is unique in that its associated application has AR support. For very economical users, there are also options: Mynt ES costs only 1000 rubles. Do not forget that when you buy several search sticks manufacturers make good discounts.

What you need to know before buying a search tag?

Even such a tiny gadget has its own set of characteristics: range, volume, autonomy, etc.

The radius of action determines the distance that the tracker can move away from the smartphone. If this distance is exceeded, the application will signal. Keep in mind: the actual range is always less than that indicated by the manufacturer, as the quality of communication is influenced by walls, furniture and other obstacles.

Through the application, you can make the tracker give a sound signal. Its volume is measured in decibels. 80-85 dB - high enough to hear the sound of the tracker in the surrounding noise. High volume have Tile Pro and Chipolo Plus.

Autonomy is how long the gadget battery will last. A replacement battery is usually enough for six months. The latest models Tile, according to the manufacturer, can work a year. Some trackers come with a non-replaceable battery, which is usually enough for a year. In this case, the company should offer a specific tracker replacement program.

Some search tags have additional features, such as the ability to search for a smartphone. To do this, there is a button on the tracker itself, by clicking on which, you will hear the melody of the smartphone and you will be able to find it by sound.

Tile Pro: the best search tag of all existing

  • Range: 45-50 meters
  • Battery Type: Replacement CR2032
  • Dimensions: 40 x 40 x 6 mm
  • Geozones: yes (by subscription)
  • Overall rating: 4.5 / 5

Price: 4990 rubles

Tile Pro is a great example of why this manufacturer is considered the best in the search tags segment. The model has an increased range and high volume. In the open area, the tracker confidently keeps in touch with a smartphone at a distance of 40-50 meters. The battery is replaceable, it is not difficult to change it on your own. Even without premium functionality, Tile Pro is a great choice for those who are looking for a reliable and durable tracker. Among the shortcomings - the lack of water protection and high price.


Tile Mate: best in terms of price / quality ratio

  • Range: 25-30 meters
  • Battery Type: Replaceable CR1632
  • Dimensions: 35 x 35 x 6 mm
  • Geozones: yes (by subscription)
  • Overall rating: 4.5 / 5

Price: 3990 rubles

The tracker is cheaper than Tile Pro. His speaker is quieter, the range is smaller. Otherwise, they are identical. Tile Mate is the same level of reliability and functionality with an attractive design. It has a replaceable battery, Tile Premium service is available. If you are looking for something else, look at the closest analogue of Mynt ES.


Chipolo Plus: the best alternative to Tile

  • Range: 20 meters
  • Battery type: non-replaceable
  • Dimensions: diameter 38 mm, thickness 5 mm
  • Geozones: no
  • Overall rating: 3.5 / 5

Price: 1890 rubles

Before Chipolo, the TrackR tags were considered the best alternative to Tile. Now the company that produced the TrackR is called Adero and is developing intelligent devices for an organized lifestyle. The volume of Chipolo Plus is slightly lower than Tile Pro. It has a good range, there is water protection, but a serious disadvantage is that the battery is non-replaceable. If you need a tracker for many years with the ability to change the battery, pay attention to the simpler Chipolo Classic. Or wait until the end of 2019 when the new Chipolo Dot model comes out.

Source: www.tomsguide.com

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