UNBOXED: Reviewing the MINT H and MYNT ES Smart Trackers
According to “The Lost and Found Survey” conducted by Pixie Technology in 2017, Americans spend an average of 2.5 days per year looking for misplaced belongings. The most frequently lost items include TV remotes, phones, and house keys—all of which can be easily found by using the MINT H or MYNT ES smart trackers by Slightech.
The Santa-Clara based company creates an array of tech gadgets to assist in everyday tasks. The company launched the MINT H and MYNT ES “thing finders” to easily locate missing items, and ultimately save time, hassle, and money. The MINT H works via wireless transmission while the MYNT ES uses a Bluetooth based tracking system to record an item’s GPS location through the free MYNT app.
The direction booklet for the MINT H was only about two pages long because the setup was insanely simple. Slightech provides the first six batteries in the starter pack, and all you have to do is pop off the back of the beeper, insert the battery, and voila…setup complete in less than a minute. One minor thing I noticed though is that the battery doesn’t exactly “click” into place. I was worried that it might slide around a bit, but once I put the back onto the MINT H, the battery was completely secure.
After setup was complete, I pressed one of the buttons on the remote and was pleasantly surprised at the tone of the beeping. I was expecting more of an ultra-loud, shrill tone and instead the Mint H emitted a calm 90dB tone that Slightech says is audible from 30 ft. away. It was definitely loud enough to hear from the next room but no so annoying that it would disturb anyone. Conveniently enough, the MINT H remote also has a sticker on the back where you can write down which color corresponds to each item.
Attaching the beepers to my belongings was easy since the product came with six key rings and stickers. I added one to my keys, remote, and purse. Although Slightech says the MINT H can be used for wallets, I found it to be a little too bulky and preferred the slimmer MYNT ES for my wallet.
While the MINT H is better suited for use within the home, the MYNT ES is more ideal for on the go since your smartphone is essentially used as the remote. Through the MYNT app, you can sound the MYNT ES to find your lost item and even program the beeper to go off if you leave your house without a certain item, like your wallet for example. Once you download the app, you can also hold down the "M" button on the MYNT ES to ring your phone.
As with the MINT H, setup of the MYNT ES was extremely simple—as an iPhone user at least. I quickly found the free MYNT app in the App Store, but my coworker who is an Android was not able to find it in the Google Play Store. Upon scanning the QR code, he was taken to the MYNT website where he was prompted to download the app from there. While this extra step really didn’t take too much time, the direction booklet states that the app is available in both the Apple Store and Google Play Store, which doesn't actually seem to be the case.
After creating a username with my Gmail account (which it seems you also must have) and doing a quick Bluetooth pairing with the MYNT ES, my device and app were both ready to go. Although I only had one device to set up, the app allows for pairing of multiple MYNT products, and provides icons to differentiate between each one. You can also monitor the battery status, add a custom image, and connect with the MYNT Community to help find lost MYNT products.
For testing purposes, I decided to leave the MYNT ES in my car because I didn’t feel comfortable leaving my valuables in a faraway place. From about two blocks away, the MYNT app registered where I left my MYNT ES, and I could monitor its location at any time. Due to the outside noise and the fact that my MYNT ES was inside my car, I wasn’t able to hear the beeping tone but the MYNT app was able to point me in the general area, which was all I really needed anyway.
While the MYNT ES was helpful in locating misplaced items, it also seems like it would be a game changer for finding lost children or pets. MYNT even suggests clipping one to a child’s schoolbag or onto a dog’s collar. Even in everyday situations, like a child who takes a bus to and from school, parents can make sure that they reach their destination without having to call them. Both the MINT H and MYNT ES are the types of items that once you have them, you can’t imagine how you ever lived without them.
The MINT H is available at themintbeeper.com and Amazon for $24.99 (six beepers) or $17.99 (four beepers). The MYNT ES is available at myntracker.com and Amazon for $14.99 (one pack) or $49.99 (four pack).