Magic Finder by Inventel is a small, white, square plastic device you attach to keys, laptops, wallets, or even your dog that promises to help you find them if they are lost or misplaced. They state it uses a standard watch battery, has a range of 150 feet away, and works in tandem with an app for your smartphone.
How Magic Finder Works
Magic Finder measures 1 ½ x 1 ½-inches and is less than ¼-inch thick. To use it you must download the accompanying app to an Apple or Android smartphone (search for “magicfinder” in the appropriate app store). The app itself is free.
Magic Finder claims it works 3 ways – radar, using the app to locate where the item is on a map; sound and light, it can activate these remotely; 2-way tracking using the “Find My Phone” feature on both operating systems to make your phone beep, even if it is turned off in case you lose it instead of your keys. The app is said to be able to track up to 8 Magic Finders.
Magic Finder Costs
$31.89 for 2 Magic Finders. This is pitched on the website as $19.99 plus $5.95 P&H for the first Magic Finder; they charge you an additional $5.95 in shipping for the second “free” one.
Magic Finder has a 30-day money-back guarantee, so long as it’s returned with all the original packaging. However, you will not get any P&H fees back.
Bottom Line: Is Magic Finder a Scam?
Magic Finder seems like a great idea for keeping track of your personal stuff. Because Magic Finder is still new (as of November 2014) it doesn’t have many online reviews. But here are a few things you should keep in mind.
First, it only has a range of 150 feet. This may be still be convenient for finding keys or remote controls in and around your house, but if you’re trying to find Fido or a lost/stolen laptop or smartphone, you may be out of luck.
Second, make sure it works with your device. The Magic Finder FAQ says it works with iOS 5 (Mac) and above and Android 4.3 and above, but the Mac App Store says 7.0 or later.
Third, Magic Finder is hardly the only remote location device on the market but seems to be within a reasonable price range for its features. However, you might want to shop and compare by doing an Internet search or reading these reviews by Mashable or Techlicious of other popular smartphone remote locators.
If, after considering all these options you decide Magic Finder is the perfect gadget for you, let us know what you think of it below!