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Kensington Proximo Starter Kit Review
The Kensington Proximo is a great solution for the forgetful, helping you track down lost items like electronics and keys, and best of all, preventing losses in the first place.
- Helps locate iPhones and other belongings
- Easy setup
- Can use multiple tags at the same time
- Feature-rich companion app
- Not compatible with Android or older iOS devices
I’m a very forgetful person, the type who can put my keys down one minute and instantly forget where they are the next. I’m sure I’m not alone in this, though, which explains the need for products like the Kensington Proximo ($59.99 direct). The Proximo uses up to five dongles that you can attach to various items like keys, bags, or electronics to help you keep track of them. Each dongle is then paired with your iPhone 4S or 5 via Bluetooth and controlled with the free Proximo app. It’s less expensive than the similar Cirago iAlertTag and has far more useful features thanks to its well-implemented companion app.
Design and Features
The Proximo starter kit comes with one fob and one tag; the fob is an oblong plastic dongle that measures about 2 inches tall and 1 inch wide, while the tag is a circular dongle that measures about 1.5 inches in diameter. They’re about the same size as the iAlertTag, but they feel sturdier, especially the built-in metal loops for keyrings. The fob has a single button on its face, while the tag lacks any physical controls. Additional tags can be purchased for $24.99 apiece, but fobs, which you’ll need to find a lost phone (more on that below), are only available in the $60 starter kit.
Both the fob and tag connect to your iOS device via Bluetooth 4.0, which means the Proximo is only compatible with the iPhone 4S or later. The companion app is currently an iOS exclusive, but Kensington says an Android solution is in the works.
Setup, Use, and Conclusions
Pairing and setup are performed via the Proximo iOS app, where you can connect up to five fobs or tags to a single iPhone. You have to hold the button on the fob or use a pen to press a recessed button on the tag to enter pairing mode. The Proximo app automatically detects nearby fobs or tags and asks you to label each when pairing. For example, I attached a fob to my keys using the included keyring and labeled it keys. I also threw the tag into my backpack’s coin pocket and labeled it backpack.
The primary purpose of Proximo is keeping your valuables nearby by triggering alerts on your iPhone, fob, or tags. Using the app you can set the sensitivity of the proximity sensor, which determines how far you need to be from a fob or tag to trigger an alert. You can also set the alert tone from a number of 8-bit-sounding jingles, with separate alerts for each fob and tag. You can disable the alert from the fob itself once found by pressing the button, while the Tag alert can only be disabled via the app. Pressing the button on the fob can also trigger the alert on your phone. The tag has no button, so you won’t be able to trigger the alert on your phone when it’s lost.
The thing that really sets the Proximo apart from the very similar iAlertTag is the ability to determine just how close each tag or fob is. The Find function on the app allows you to see whether you’re getting closer to your lost belonging as you move, which is useful since a ringing alarm alone isn’t always enough to pinpoint something like a set of keys. The Last Seen function can be set up on the app to record a GPS location whenever a tag or fob gets out of range, meaning you can go back and see just where you left something should you miss the alert.
The Proximo starter kit is less expensive than the Cirago iAlertTag, which costs $49.99 per tag, and lets you keep tabs on two devices right out of the box. Proximo is also more feature-rich thanks to its superb app, which can give you an exact last location and tell you if you’re getting close or not as you search. If you have more than five items you’d like to tag, however, the iAlert has the advantage there with a maximum of eight tags per phone. For the very forgetful, the Proximo is definitely worth checking out.
By Eugene Kim, PCMag