Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Xupo Key Finder & Item Locator Review & Giveaway! *

*The item in this post was sent to me free of charge for the purpose of my honest and unbiased review*


When I came across the opportunity to test and review Xupo, I was really excited as I wanted to start writing more about tech products on my blog, and here was my chance! After a couple of weeks of testing it, I'm ready to share with you what I think of this small but mighty gadget.

What is it?

Put simply, it is a little tracker. Using bluetooth technology and your smartphone, you can attach the little disc to whatever you think you might want to keep track of, and use the companion app to track it!


It's smaller than the palm of your hand, and has a little hole for threading a ribbon or chain through so you can attach it to your keys, handbag, rucksack, purse, and more. There's a little button, which you can actually use to reverse the process and call your phone/app! So not only can you track an item, you can theoretically find your smartphone when it's fallen down the back of the sofa.

How do I set it up?



Set up was surprisingly easy, which I was pleased about as there is nothing worse than a thirty step instruction sheet. Firstly, download the app from your corresponding app store- either the Apple Store for iPhones, or Google Play Store for Android phones. Then you make sure bluetooth is turned on on your device, open the app, and follow the very simple instructions. This simply involves pressing the button on the Xupo as the instructions tell you to.

After that, you can name each Xupo (yes, you can have lots of them if you want, each tracking different things from your app!) according to what they're tracking. Or you could just name them things like Bob and Jeremy, if that floats your boat.


Finally, choose where to put it. Obviously there's the main, obvious use for the Xupo- thread it onto your house keys. This is what I chose to do, mainly because I lose them- A LOT. But I had a think and put together a short list of what else you could track with your Xupo:

  • Slip it into a section of your wallet/purse.
  • Hang it from a handbag or rucksack strap.
  • Wear it on a necklace and track yourself (hmm, maybe not!)
  • Pop it in your laptop case or bag.
  • If you're going on holiday, put it in your passport case/holder.
These are just some of my ideas, but you can get really creative with your Xupo. It's so small and light, you can slip it into most bags and purses easily, so you can just try things out.

What are the main features?

The three features of the Xupo are: 'Find it', 'Call it', 'Map it'.



Find it is the main feature, in my opinion. When you are looking for what you are tracking, and it is within bluetooth range (this is usually about 10 meters I have found, but can vary), press the track button in the app, and listen out for the ring coming from your Xupo. Simple!



Call it is useful for when you have your Xupo, but not your phone. Press the little button on the Xupo, and listen for the ring from your phone. Basically, it's 'track it' in reverse.

Map it is sort of a back up, I would say, for when you want to find it but are out of bluetooth range of your Xupo. In the app, you can view the last seen location of your Xupo on the map. Hopefully, if you go to the marked spot, your Xupo- and item- will be there waiting for you.

There's also a function which seems to be less advertised, which is a selfie function. It's pretty much a way to use the Xupo as a camera remote control. Open the selfie page in the app, prop your camera up where you want it, then use the Xupo button to snap a picture. However, it does seem like you have to 'unlock' this feature by inviting friends first, which is a shame.

My thoughts?



While I haven't lost my keys in the couple of weeks I've been testing the Xupo, I've 'pretend lost' my keys by putting them under the bed and then 'looking' for them with the app. It all worked exactly as it should, and I love that you can reverse the function and call your phone too. I also love that the battery is replaceable in the Xupo. There are several find my keys type trackers out there, and a lot of them are one use, and once the battery is gone you have to throw them away, which I don't find very planet friendly. With this one, you simply replace the CR2016 battery (they look like this) as needed.

You can get a Xupo for yourself from Amazon UK for £20.00, and read more about it on Xupo's website.

Giveaway?!

Yep, that's right- you can win one for yourself! Just enter via the Gleam below. This giveaway is UK only and runs from 13th September- 13th October. Any question, do please email me at boxesandswatches(at)gmail(dot)com


Win a Xupo #1

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