The Kensington Proximo is a tool to help put your mind at ease. When paired with an iOS smartphone, and attached to your keys or bag, the Proximo can let you know if you've left something behind by sounding off a loud alert. The app is free, and the Starter Kit, which costs only $59.99, includes a Fob and a Tag. Does Proximo have enough features to edge out the competition?
Both were incredibly light, each weighing 0.6 ounces, and won't add much bulk to your key chain or bag. The design of these tags isn't very exciting, but that was actually one of the things we liked. We appreciated the generic--ness of these dongles, since we would want to be discreet when using a product such as this.
Pairing the proximity sensors was quick and easy. We ensured that Bluetooth was enabled on our iPhone 4S and downloaded the free Proximo app from the App Store, which allows us to manage up to five different Tags and Fobs. Unfortunately, there's no Android app yet.
The Tag does not have the large button, so we needed to use a paperclip to push down the small recessed reset-style button located below the battery compartment to pair. We held this button down for a few seconds until the small green light on the front started flashing. Just like the Fob, when we pressed the plus button in the app, it immediately found and paired the Tag with our phone.
Both the Fob and your phone will sound when the proximity alarm is enabled and the Fob is out of range of the connected iPhone. This alert must be dismissed on each device separately, on the iPhone by pressing the dismiss button on the popup alert and on the Fob by pressing the large button on the dongle.
The Proximo app can override your phone's volume setting, even when mute is enabled. We set the proximity alarm volume override to 100 percent and then lowered our iPhone's volume and turned on the mute switch. The phone still sounded with a piercing screech when we were out of range of the dongle.
Both the Fob and the Tag can be used to find a paired phone, if the two devices are within range. It's much easier with the Fob; we just needed to hold down the button for a few seconds to sound the alarm on our handset. With the tag, however, we had to find a paper clip and press down the tiny reset-style button on the back of the dongle. While this also worked, it's obvious that this is more of an emergency feature for the Tag.
When we clicked on the image of our Tag or Fob, we were able to adjust all the settings for the dongle, including the sound outputted when using the Find feature, the phone's alarm sound, the device's alarm sound, and the proximity sensitivity. There are five levels of sensitivity, ranging from about a 5-foot range in our testing, to approximately 150 feet.
The phone alarm selection let us choose from seven different tones, including an air raid siren, a bell and an explosion. We could also choose a song from our iTunes library, so we quickly selected Michael McDonald's "I Keep Forgetting." The Fob had 11 different tones from which to choose, ranging from a simple scaling tone to "The Entertainer."
On the second lowest proximity sensitivity setting, the distance we traveled was nearly identical to the previous setting. We kicked it a notch stronger, to the middle setting, and that's when the difference in distance was really noticeable. We only got about 60 feet before both alerts sounded. We were only able to get about 20 feet away with the second-strongest sensitivity, and the strongest sensitivity set off the alarm at a little more than arms length away from the dongle.
The Tag offered nearly identical performance, the difference being that the alert only sounded on our iPhone rather than the Tag itself.
We found the middle distance setting for the Proximo to be our favorite, imagining that if we left our keys or an important bag in a restaurant, we wouldn't want to travel too far without knowing. The strongest sensitivity seemed a bit too strong, and we triggered the alarm accidentally a few times during testing. However, if you're concerned about pickpockets, using the strongest sensitivity would sound the alarm as soon as your device left your bag or pocket.
Kensington claims that both the battery in the Fob and the Tag will last for around six months, much longer than 2- to 3-day charge of the Zomm Wireless Leash Plus and the 2- to 4-week life of the Hippih hipKey. The Kensington Proximo runs off a standard watch battery, rather than a rechargeable power source, which means there's are no extra wires to carry. However, you'll need to make a trip to the store when the batteries are depleted. You can monitor the battery levels from within the iPhone app, so you'll be able to time your trip to the store to ensure you're never out of power.
The Proximo starter kit costs $59.99, and includes a Fob and a Tag. Additional tags are available for $24.99. Unfortunately, the Fob isn't sold separately, so if you want additional Fobs, you'll need to buy another Starter Kit.
|Accessories Type||Bluetooth Device|
|Accessories Type||Apple Accessories|
|Accessories Type||Cell Phones Accessories|
|Battery Type/Life||6 months|
|Size||2 x 1.3 x 0.25 inches 1.5 inches diameter|