Cube Shadow Bluetooth Tracker Review

In general, Bluetooth trackers are some of the most useful connected devices I’ve reviewed. They allow you to track all your lost items, from keys to wallets to your car itself. Many of them even integrate with smart home platforms and voice assistants, allowing you to ask Alexa to find your wallet for you, which sounds must easier than asking your disgruntled wife for the fiftieth time this month.

After reviewing a few different Bluetooth trackers from Cube, I’m excited to see how the Cube Shadow stacks up. I’ll be reviewing it in terms of design, features, and of course, the Cube app, before making a recommendation as to who it would be good for. Let’s get started!

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With a 200-foot range, a rechargeable battery, and a temperature range of negative four to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, the Cube Shadow is a Bluetooth tracker built to last. 

Design

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Cube Shadow from Top

At just 47 by 47 by two millimeters, the black Cube Shadow is the slimmest of the Cube trackers, making it a great addition to wallets in particular. It doesn’t have a keyring hole, but rather an adhesive pad, ideal for tracking your laptop, passport, etc. Plus, it only weighs 10 grams, so it won’t weight you down too much. Now, if you lose your Cube Shadow, you’ll be able to track its exact location in a 200-foot range, on the higher-end for Bluetooth trackers. We’ll talk more about what happens if you’re more than 200 feet away from your Cube Shadow in the next section.

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Adhesive on Back of Cube Shadow.

Another way to find your Cube Shadow is through sound. With a built-in 100-decibel siren, the Cube Shadow can get as loud as a handheld drill. It’s also built to last, with a rechargeable, two-month long battery, and weather resistance. Its IP rating of 67 means that it’s completely dust-tight and can even withstand immersion up to one meter. So whether you lose it in the rain, the snow, or the dead of summer, the Cube Shadow will continue working normally, so long as you’re in the temperature range of -40 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit.

Features

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Cube Shadow in Wallet

The main object of the Cube Shadow is of course to help you find lost items. Not only can you attach it to your wallet or laptop, but you can also use it to locate your phone, even if it’s on silent. The Cube Shadow also doubles as a shutter button, allowing you to take selfies without touching your phone.

Crowd Find

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Let’s go back to that question I posed early— what happens if you’re more than 200-feet away from the Cube Shadow? Well, that’s where Crowd Find kicks in. With Crowd Find, anyone with a Cube app can detect your Cube Shadow, once you mark it as lost. Just wait for someone to stumble into its 200-foot range and voila— you’ve found your lost item! The person who helped you will have no idea they did anything, as the process is totally anonymous and automatic.

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Marking the Cube Shadow as Lost

Now, keep in mind that Cube isn’t the biggest Bluetooth tracking company around. No, that accolade belongs to Tile, which has a whopping 80% of the U.S market share. So while you might be able to find your Cube Shadow through Crowd Find, it’s less likely than if you had a Tile tracker.

Smart Platform Integrations

The Cube Shadow integrates with Amazon Alexa, allowing you to ask the voice assistant to help you find your lost items. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work with Google Assistant, although Cube says this partnership is on the way. So if you’re already in the Google ecosystem, the Cube Shadow might not be the best choice for you.

Installing the Cube Shadow

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Gabe and Cube Shadow.

To set up your Cube Shadow, you should download the Cube app, and, if you haven’t already, set up an account. Once you’re in, you’ll hit the plus sign in the upper right hand corner and click on, what else? The Cube Shadow. From there, you’ll press firmly on the actual Cube tracker’s button, and then you’ll hear a tune. Place your Cube Shadow next to your mobile device to sync them together and from there, name the device and tell the app what you’re going to use it with, be it a wallet, ID badge, or what have you. And your Cube Shadow is set up!

The Cube App

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The Cube App

The Cube app is what you’ll use to find your lost items, receive notifications, ring your phone even if its on silent, or set up your Alexa integration. While the app has an awesome 4.8 rating from iPhone users, Android users weren’t quite as thrilled, giving in a three star rating overall. This is higher than in the past, so I’m glad to see that Cube has updated their Android app.

“The CUBE Tracker app was really easy to set up (literally took seconds)…The tracker works both ways, so I can ring the tracker or even my phone, super helpful,”

wrote an Android user in a recent five-star review.

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With a 200-foot range, a rechargeable battery, and a temperature range of negative four to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, the Cube Shadow is a Bluetooth tracker built to last. 

Recap

At $39.95, the Cube Shadow is slightly higher than the industry average, which tends to sit around $25 to $30. Is it worth the extra cash?

I think it depends on what you’re looking for. There are certainly more affordable devices that offer some of the same features, but the Cube Shadow does have some unique offerings.

I’d buy the Cube Shadow if you’re dying to have…

  • Durability: With an IP rating of 67 and a temperature range of -4 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit, the Cube Shadow is going to last through any season.
  • Amazon Alexa integration: If you’re already part of the Amazon ecosystem, the Cube Shadow would be a nice addition.
  • Shutter button: Looking to up your selfie game? The Cube Shadow makes it much easier to take pictures of yourself (and find lost objects, first and foremost)!
  • Rechargeable battery: I’m pleased that the Cube Shadow’s battery is rechargeable and lasts about two months.
  • 200-foot range: The Cube Shadow has a range on the higher-end compared to its competitors.
  • Easy installation: Setting up the Cube Shadow will take only a couple of minutes, a very straightforward process.

But avoid the Cube Shadow  for the following reasons…

  • No Google Assistant integration: If you wanted to ask Google to help you find your lost items, the Cube Shadow is definitely not the Bluetooth tracker for you.
  • Not the most affordable option: At about $40, the Cube Shadow is slightly over-priced compared to similar options, but only by about $10.

Want to explore other options? Be sure to read our review of the Best Bluetooth Trackers of 2019.

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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