Works with any Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone; Can call 911; Speakerphone functionality; Loud alarm
Alarm can't override iPhone mute; Unintuitive Interface; USB and Bluetooth connection problems; Lack of customization options
The feature-packed Zomm Wireless Leash Plus works with any Bluetooth-enabled phone but has an unintuitive interface and short battery life.
The Zomm Wireless Leash Plus doesn't just provide alerts when it's out of range of a connected mobile phone, it also has emergency call features and can function as a wireless speakerphone. Unlike the Hippih hipKey and the Kensington Proximo, the Wireless Leash Plus works with any Bluetooth-enabled phone, rather than just iOS or Android devices. The Zomm is feature-packed, but does the functionality match the $79.95 price?
The Wireless Leash Plus feels chunkier than other proximity alert devices we've tested, due to both its thickness and plain circular design. We much prefered the unobtrusive design of the Kensington Proximo.
The myZOMM desktop app runs entirely through a Web browser, but requires a software download in order to connect and manage the device. The application simply opened a new tab in our browser to my.zomm.com. We were prompted to either sign in if we were already a member or create a new account.
A large portion of the website was simply text instructions, rather than links that actually performed functions on the device. For example, navigating to the Mobile Apps tab simply provided links to the myZOMM app in the iOS and Android app stores. There was also a large banner that took up a third of the page and showed a picture of a Wireless Leash dongle and instructions to customize our settings.
Features and Performance
There are three main features of the Wireless Leash Plus: a proximity alarm, emergency alerts and speakerphone capabilities. The only function that the Wireless Leash Plus shares with the Proximo and the hipKey is the proximity alarm; both the emergency alerts and the ability to act as a speakerphone are unique to this device.
The alarm on the dongle is surprisingly loud and grows progressively louder until the Z button is pressed to stop the alert. The small speaker is so loud that the Quick Start guide explicitly warns that "the alarm can cause temporary or permanent hearing loss if placed close to the ear."
The emergency features of the dongle can sound a loud alarm or call an emergency number, which is 911 by default but can be customized in the myZOMM software. The panic alarm is triggered when the Wireless Leash Plus is connected to a phone and the button is held for nine seconds. The panic alarm was extremely loud and the Quick Start guide provides the same warning against holding the dongle close to the ear. If the Z button is held down for 15 seconds, rather than nine, an emergency call will be placed using the connected mobile phone and using the device as an external speaker.
The Wireless Leash Plus can also be used as a wireless Bluetooth speaker, answering incoming phone calls and acting as a speakerphone. When connected to our iPhone, our phone ringer was loudly blasted from the Wireless Leash Plus dongle, even when the phone itself was muted. The speaker was very loud and not very clear, although the caller could hear us just fine. We could press the Z button once to transfer the call to our mobile phone and back and twice in a row to end the call.
When we plugged the Wireless Leash Plus into a computer, a voice from the dongle either said "update mode" or "charging." If the device said "charging," it could not be recognized by the myZOMM software. After searching through the documentation and performing a series of different button pressings and plugs and unplugs, the device was finally recognized. But we're not sure we could replicate what we did.
After this, however, the dongle no longer connected with our mobile phone. We tried holding down the button for different lengths of time and turning both the Wireless Leash Plus and our phone on and off. This time, we followed the instructions to hold the Z button until we heard a single beep, but it failed to work. It finally started working again when we took a paperclip and pressed the small recessed reset button on the top edge of the device.
We were able to fully charge the Wireless Leash Plus in just four hours, but plugging in this device will definitely be a common activity with the Zomm.
|Accessories Type||Apple Accessories|
|Accessories Type||Cell Phones Accessories|
|Accessories Type||Bluetooth Device|
|Battery Type/Life||2-3 days|
|Size||1.5 inch diameter, 0.6 inch height|