TrackR bravo vs. TrackR pixel Review

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Picture this: the waves are crashing, the sun is shining. You’re surfing with your best friends and life couldn’t be better…until you get out of the water. Just where did you put your keys again?

That’s the story of how TrackR got started. Launched in 2010, TrackR has since shipped over eight million devices. They were even ranked 45th on Inc 5000’s list of the fastest growing companies. Throw in some backing from the Amazon Alexa Fund, and you have a Bluetooth tracker company that I’m dying to know more about.

Today I’m comparing the TrackR bravo, an older model now discontinued by TrackR but available on Amazon, with the TrackR pixel, the company’s latest and greatest. In this Trackr review, I’ll go over key similarities, key differences, designs, features, and finally, the TrackR app. Surf’s up, bro!

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Trackr pixel
  • 100-foot range
  • Works in temperatures from -40 to 221 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Integration with Amazon Alexa 

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TrackR bravo
  • 100-foot range
  • Works in temperatures from -40 to 221 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Integration with Amazon Alexa 

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Key Similarities

TrackR pixel LED Lights
TrackR pixel LED Lights

Before we start pointing out how the trackers are different, I want to show you what they have in common.

  • Large temperature ranges: both the pixel and the bravo work in temperatures from -40 to 221 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Not water-resistant: you’ll need to buy a separate water-resistant case for both trackers.
  • 100-foot ranges: both trackers have ranges on the lower end for Bluetooth trackers.

Key Differences

TrackR pixel on Box
TrackR pixel on Box

Now, let’s talk about their differences, which are probably going to determine which one you choose.

  • Sizes: the TrackR pixel is smaller than the TrackR bravo.
  • Sirens: The pixel’s siren is five decibels louder than that of the TrackR bravo.
  • Price: The TrackR bravo costs about three times as much as the TrackR pixel.

Design of the TrackR bravo vs. TrackR pixel

TrackR bravo vs. TrackR pixel
TrackR bravo vs. TrackR pixel

Design-wise, the TrackR bravo and the pixel are pretty similar, although the bravo is slightly larger. Both trackers have key ring holes, but the TrackR pixel also has double-sided adhesive so you can use it with more items. While the TrackR bravo’s siren is 85-decibels, about as loud as a snow blower, the TrackR pixel’s siren is five decibels louder, more like a lawn mower. While the TrackR bravo is only available in silver, the TrackR pixel comes in red, white, blue, and black— very patriotic. Another advantage of the pixel is that it includes three small LED lights to make finding your tracker in the dark a breeze.

Design of the TrackR bravo vs. TrackR pixel
Design of the TrackR bravo vs. TrackR pixel

Both TrackRs have a gigantic temperature range, from -40 to 221 degrees Fahrenheit— by far the biggest temperature range I’ve seen from any Bluetooth tracker. However, I’m disappointed that neither tracker is water-resistant. You can however buy a water-resistant sleeve for your trackers if you want, but I wish they were more durable on their own.

Gabe and the TrackR pixel
Gabe and the TrackR pixel

A negative of both TrackR trackers is that they only have ranges of 100 feet each. This is about as low as a Bluetooth tracker’s range can go, so neither the bravo nor the pixel is knocking it out of the park in this category.

Now let’s see what the TrackR bravo and the TrackR pixel can actually do.

Features of the TrackR bravo vs. TrackR pixel

Although the designs of the pixel and the bravo are different, their features are exactly the same.

Community Find
Community Network for Bluetooth Trackers

Remember when I said that TrackR’s bravo and pixel trackers only have a range of 100 feet? That’s pretty limiting, unless you’re an agoraphobe. Fortunately, TrackR offers Crowd Locate. What is Crowd Locate, exactly? It means that everyone with a TrackR app can help you find your missing tracker. Just mark it as lost and all TrackR apps will automatically detect it if they’re in 100 feet of the bravo or pixel. They’ll have no idea they’re helping you out, and you’ll be notified when your tracker is found.

Keep in mind that TrackR is not one of the top three most popular Bluetooth tracker companies, so their network of app-users is going to be smaller than that of Cube or Tile, a definite drawback.

Smart Platform Integrations

Amazon Echo Show
Amazon Echo Show Features

Alexa, where are my keys? Now, you can ask Amazon Alexa to help you find your missing stuff! Unfortunately, TrackR doesn’t have a partnership with Google Assistant, so voice commands will only work within the Amazon ecosystem.

The TrackR— Lost Item Finder App

The TrackR App
The TrackR App

The TrackR app is primarily where you’ll find your missing trackers and help others find theirs. TrackR also offers two-way separation alerts, meaning that both your tracker and your phone will sound if you step outside of its range. You can also use the TrackR app to ring your phone (even if its on silent) or see your tracker’s last known location. It’s where you’ll set up Alexa, receive notifications, get alerted when your battery is low, and order battery replacements.

Although the TrackR app sounds great in theory, in practice, it is less than beloved by customers. The app only received a 2.1 from the Apple store and a 2.7 from the Google Play store, both really low ratings. Many people complained about the constant notifications from two-way separation alerts,

“False device separation alerts are far too common.. sometimes when my I’m just sitting at my desk with my tracker next to my phone the alert will go off. Having some degree of error certainly is acceptable; however, since this app doesn’t allow for silent notifications this is much more problematic,”

wrote an iPhone user in a two-star review. Yikes!

Recap of the TrackR bravo vs. TrackR pixel

Now, most Bluetooth trackers fall in between $25 and $30, so I was absolutely flabbergasted to see that the TrackR pixel only costs $9.99. That’s about a third of the cost of its competitors, which is almost suspiciously cheap. The TrackR bravo, only available from third-party sellers, costs around $27, a more standard price.

The TrackR bravo and the TrackR pixel are extremely similar, but the differences all land in favor of the pixel. With a louder siren, double-sided adhesives, LED lights, a smaller package, and a lower price, the choice is clear: the TrackR pixel is a much better Bluetooth tracker than the TrackR bravo. Looking at the items side by side, the TrackR bravo doesn’t exceed the pixel in any way.

Despite this, TrackR as a company has some not-so-great features, like poorly-reviewed apps and a smaller community network. Although I wouldn’t necessarily call these dealbreakers, it’s something to consider as you make your buying decision.

Want to learn about your other options? Check out our review of the best Bluetooth trackers of 2020

FAQs

What is the range of the TrackR?

The TrackR pixel and bravo trackers have ranges of 100 feet.

Is TrackR waterproof?

TrackR’s Bluetooth trackers, the pixel and the bravo, are not waterproof or water-resistant. To make them water-resistant, you’ll have to buy a separate sleeve.

Can TrackR track my car?

TrackR can track your car if you’re within 100 feet. Beyond that, you’ll have to depend on the Crowd Locate feature, so you’ll only be able to track it if someone else with the TrackR— Lost Item Finder is within 100 feet.

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.