Once in a while, a product comes along that gets my attention. I’ve been been delightfully caught off guard three times now with products made by Key Smart, and need to spread the word so others can enjoy what they make. When I received their namesake product to review a couple years ago, I was impressed. To save you the click I’ll sum it up here: it solved a problem I had with bulky keys creating poking steel wads of annoyance in my pocket, and should be basic issue to all who maintain multiple keys. Since then I also snagged a pack of KeyCatch – a magnetic replacement for the screws that mount the light switch by my front door. Now instead of my wife and I tossing them in a bowl of increasing clutter or forgetting them in a pair of pants, we just grab them as they hang on our way out. They’ve even got a brand-new product lighting a fire on Kickstarter right now called OnTask that deserves your attention, and which further helps refine your life. So I’ve decided to call Key Smart a lifestyle company. Maybe they won’t care for the label, but that’s what they’ve become to me. Key Smart sells a few varied products, but let me focus on three that you should consider the moment you’re finished reading this article.
They sent me a second Key Smart to review, the KeySmart Rugged. This has become their main KeySmart product, as it holds international keys, is more durable than the original, comes with a built-in clip, and includes an improved bottle opener. It still works with the fun accessories, such as the USB drive (which I have), and their line of Nano tools (which I have yet to try). With any accessory you include in the KeySmart, you have to consider spacing. The USB drive is equal to the width of two keys, so it must be offset when assembling yours. I gave my brother-in-law the new Rugged to also give me his feedback.
He likes the size of it, and that it does a great job keeping his many keys for work and home flat and not on a bulky ring. The only thing he doesn’t like is the pocket clip. Citing that it clips too high on his pocket, and because of this he’s unable to get to anything else in his pocket with it attached. This wasn’t a big deal to him, though, as he just kept it in his pocket unattached and said he’d remove it as he enjoys the already slim profile. As far as my recommendation of their updated flagship item is concerned, it’s easily something you should order if you keep at least a few flat keys on a ring.
This is the item that holds onto our keys. I’ve put about the best test you could put on this thing and have got to say that just about every household needs these. Working a job last year that put me in a lot of rental cars, I routinely came home with a different set of keys. They all hung just fine on the KeyCatch, and I never have an issue wondering where my keys are when heading out to work. Ever since my first car, keeping my keys somewhere has been an issue. This is no longer a thought in my daily routine, which reduces the most minor of stresses that could become much more stressful if things go awry. Do yourself and if applicable, your significant other, and get a pack of KeyCatch. They’ve another Nano item, the Nano Torch. This tiny light can attach to the KeySmart Rugged, but I plan to get one to hang on a dedicated KeyCatch for the light switch at the bottom of the stairs in case the power goes out.
This is what you can get for a deal if you preorder right now on Kickstarter (I’ll wait). I backed this, because it falls in line with my ongoing attempts to be productive constantly being at odds with shiny things getting in the way of the day. Seeing this product come from Key Smart just makes sense, as it is just one more way they will help streamline my life from how and where I keep my keys to what I will work on next. This teaser video should be good enough reason to get you over to their Kickstarter page, that I am promoting purely out of fandom:
I tend to favor brands with focused direction, and Key Smart is definitely one to follow. If you’re like me and find comfort in solid design with a purpose, venture over to their website and follow them on Facebook.