Functions Under Consideration: Musegear Finder 2
The practical test is preceded by an intensive examination of the functions offered. Musegear advertises the Finder 2 mainly with its range of 50 meters. Of course, this can only be achieved under ideal conditions. As with all Bluetooth devices, the connection is affected by the environment.
As long as a Bluetooth connection is established with the smartphone, an alarm should also be triggered. Surprisingly, this function is not a one-sided one – the smartphone can trigger an alarm from the key finder and vice versa, the key finder can trigger an alarm on the smartphone. The latter should also work if the sound of the mobile phone is switched off.
In addition, an alarm can be set that is triggered when the connection is disconnected. Here, WLAN networks can be used to define secure environments in which the alarm will not occur in any case – which should spare the user’s nerves in view of the otherwise very frequent alarms within their own four walls.
The equipment is rounded off by a remote shutter release for the camera of the connected smartphone – a real plus that only a few key trackers offer.
Functionality in Practice
In theory, the functions of the second version of the Finder sound convincing. Can this impression be confirmed in practice?
At first it can be determined that the main function of the device actually works. If the key cannot be found, an alarm can easily be triggered via the Finder app. The sound to be heard then is comparatively loud. In addition to the acoustic signal, there is also an optical signal – the push-button of the finder starts flashing blue. Especially in darkness, this optical signal could prove to be a decisive advantage.
However, the app is easy to overview and well structured. We find our way around without a long orientation time. In addition to the central trigger function for the alarm, there is also a map showing the approximate position of the finder. This is made possible by storing the last GPS signal. In the test, we found that the displayed location did not exactly match the actual one – which is not surprising. However, the finder was in any case in the immediate vicinity of the location listed on the map and drew attention to himself by a loud alarm and the blue flashing, so that we could have found him without any problem with the help of the map and the alarm, had he actually got lost.
The automatic alarm when the connection is broken also works reliably in the test – as does the automatic deactivation in safe environments. With regard to the central functions, the Finder 2 is therefore completely convincing. The signal range is similar to other Bluetooth products, so we could not reach the 50 meters specified by the manufacturer. Inside the apartment, the connection is already broken at less than 10 meters – there are too many other networks that disrupt the connection. In addition, the house walls contribute to a smaller range.
The additional functions – namely the triggering of the smartphone camera and the reverse alarm – also worked perfectly in the test, which confirms the positive overall impression. In order to use the remote release function, the corresponding button must first be activated in the app. Thanks to the clarity of the app this is no problem.