We’ve covered a few Bluetooth trackers on MTT over the years, and we’ve given away a few in our competitions as well. The guys over at Slightech has another product for us to look at that was a different, no-frills product. The Mint H (should it be Mynt? The branding changed!) is a product which seeks to deliver the same wireless tracking, but within your own home. Let’s take a look.
- Easy to setup & use
- Nice little remote holder included
- No AAA batteries included
- Speakers on tag can be muffled with ease
- Far from pretty
First things first, it seems Slightech white label this product for a number of other manufacturers. We found numerous different products which have the exact same messaging, packaging and design to this product. If you want to purchase the real deal simply head over to the Mynt store, and grab one or use the Amazon link above.
Specifications – Mint H
- Frequency: 433.92 MHz
- Battery (Transmitter): AAA, 1.5 V × 2pcs (for transmitter, not included); CR2032
button battery (for the receiver, included)
- Sound: 90 ~ 100Db
- Transmission range: 30 ~ 40 meters
- Size (Transmitter): 105 x 46 x 13mm
- Size (Receiver): 50 x 36 x 11 mm
- Size (Base): 75x29mm
- Weight: 135g
Overview & Use – Mint H
The Mint H is unlike the other, sleek, Mynt products. Firstly the spelling of the name is different (I’m putting that down to branding changes and region-specific marketing) but more importantly this takes things back to basics. Here there’s no community to track the last known GPS coordinate of your lost tracker, no stylish design, and no companion app with additional features. There’s a base remote (and a handy stand for it) and six relatively chunky, coloured tags to attach to your precious belongings that often find their way elsewhere.
To attach them to those belongings, you can use the included metal hoops or the double-sided tape. Simply connect them to your items (keys for example), pop off the back of the tag and insert one of the four included CR2032 batteries, and throw two AAA batteries into the remote which, sadly, are not included. Hit the colour coordinated button on the remote, and two beep sequences will come from the tag in question.
The remote and the tags are all made from the same relatively cheap feeling plastic, but they do feel sturdy. The tags have a smooth finish whilst the remote mixes things up with a textured plastic back and a glossy plastic front. In truth, it’s not pretty, but it’s not trying to me. It’s pure functionality. It does exactly what it says on the tin; it plays a sound from the tags when you press one of the big buttons on the remote. That’s it. What were you expecting? You have to admire the simplicity there.
There is an included remote stand which is glossy plastic also and is small enough to be hidden behind something more aesthetically pleasing, and the remote itself has another little trick up its sleeve. Presumably, if you’re having a particularly difficult time locating your tagged items through sound alone, break out the included LED torch; because why not right?!
There is around a 90db sound that comes from the tags which does seem loud enough on paper, but when testing with some keys stuck down the side of a sofa, I did have to turn off the TV/Radio, and really strain to hear the beep before I became attuned. I’m not sure I would trust this on something of serious value. Then again, I didn’t break out the magic torch!
As this is using an RF transmitter, the rang is better than you’d expect from a standard Bluetooth connection. We’re looking at 30+ metres here and there wasn’t a point, during my testing, that I couldn’t connect to the receivers anywhere in my house. That’s a plus.
Conclusion – Mint H
I’m unsure whether I’d be happy having these tags on my keys, for example. They aren’t the prettiest thing in the world, and if I lose my keys anywhere but in my house, I’m screwed pretty much. The same could be said for a lot of the more feature rich tracking products though. If you lose your keys over the field opposite your house, are you really expecting an individual, using the same Bluetooth tracking provider, to walk past, pickup that there is a nearby, lost, tracker, and report it to the community? The odds are slim, aren’t they?
I would and do use this for more practical applications myself. Stick these tags on tools I often use, boxes of screws or nails that I’m always losing, and also my wallet. I have been known to lose these in the house often!
Cheap, cheerful, and for some applications, practical. Give them a go if you’re particularly adept at losing stuff in your house. Now, I’ve got to find my Amazon Fire Stick remote so I can stick this tag to it!