Less than a year ago, I had the opportunity to test the MYNT personal tracker. This handy little device fits into the same category as other personal trackers that have flooded the marketplace in the past year or so. They are a great little gadget because they help you find lost things. Typically meant for small objects like keys, these personal trackers can also be used for larger items like bags, people, and even cars. I’ve been able to try out several different brands of trackers and they all have pretty much the same function. When you ping the device from your mobile phone, the tracker will emit a high-pitched chirp and you can follow that noise to your lost items. At CES in January, Slightech, the company behind the MYNT Tracker released their next-generation device, the MYNT ES. This new model combines the original MYNT tracker with a new design, improved sound, and a reduced price. I’ve had the pleasure being able to use it for some time and am very excited to share my results.
The MYNT ES features a brand new design from the previous generation devices. It is available in either black or white and is supported on iOS 8.0 and Android 4.4.4 or higher. The tracker is boxed only with a user manual (the previous version came with a lanyard and key loop). MYNT ES comes with a coin battery (CR 2032) pre-installed and according to the product specs, you should get about a year’s life out of that first battery. The battery is replaceable, which is one of the ways that MYNT products stand out from their competitors. The MYNT ES gives you the ability to either locate the tracker or use the tracker to locate your mobile phone.
The app will show the tracker’s last known location (via GPS) and when it’s left in your car, it will record your parking location automatically. The MYNT ES is reportedly 3 times louder than its predecessor and it has a new tune. It rings at a level of 80 dB and features a new acoustic chamber to provide better quality for its ringtone — even at a distance. The MYNT ES has a brand new BLE chip to improve its performance. The tracker also has a loss prevention feature built-in that is approximately 99% accurate (according to the product’s website). There is also a MYNT community that allows all MYNT devices to ping off of so that lost items can easily be found.
Set up of the MYNT ES is a very simple process. First, download the MYNT mobile app. Once you’ve activated the battery in the device, it will start transmitting its signal and the mobile app will detect it. When you go to the app, you will select “Add a new MYNT” and will be able to choose from several product options. When you select MYNT ES, the next screen will prompt you to press and hold the “M” button in the middle of the tracker. There didn’t seem to be a certain amount of time, but you will want to hear a chime before you let go of the device. Once you hear it, you will want to place it near your phone. From here, the phone and the tracker will connect to each other. This can take about up to a minute or so to finish. Once it does, you will see a new screen that gives you the option to customize your tracker depending on what you intend to use it for (keys, wallet, etc.) and what type of loss prevention settings you want for it. You can always change those later if you need to.
At this point, the tracker is set up and ready to work. I noticed a couple of things right away. First, the responsiveness is very fast. I would say there is only about a 2-second delay between when I tap the ‘Ring MYNT’ button and when it starts ringing. This is great because if you are in a hurry (like I usually am) and can’t find your keys right away, the last thing you want to do is wait on a lengthy response time. I did change the battery out just to see how easy it was. At first, I had a little trouble opening up the case. There is a very small notch that you can use to pry it open, but I actually ended up causing a bit of damage to the plastic while I was trying to get the case open. Replacing the battery was simple though and the case clicked back together with no issues after I was done with the switch.
Now, one of the most intriguing features of the MYNT ES to me was its claim to ring at 80dB and be louder than its predecessor. My fiance is hearing impaired and so far, he’s not been able to use any of the trackers that we’ve come across because they don’t ring at a level that he can hear naturally. After a recent hearing test with his audiologist, we know that he can’t hear anything below 80db at about 3500 Hz. After testing the MYNT ES with Audio Spectrum Analyzer HD Pro, I discovered that the tracker only reached a level of 2200 Hz at 71db and as a result, my fiance was unable to hear it. I didn’t have any trouble and neither did my step-daughter, but we don’t have an issue with high-end hearing loss either.
Aside from the volume/pitch being subpar for someone who is hearing impaired, the MYNT ES does a good job as a tracking device. I didn’t have any issues with the device connecting, staying connected, or locating it when I needed to. I can recommend this for someone looking to keep a tracker on their belongings because it works very well with its app, but I wouldn’t get it if you need to rely on the ringtone for location tracking if you have hearing loss.
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Originally published at macsources.com on March 15, 2018.