I’ve reviewed at least three different GPS Dataloggers. There were the two loggers from Qstarz which are okay and can perform the function very well, and then there was my favorite logger, the Visiontac VGPS-900. LandAirSea has brought out one that would probably be much easier to hide than the Qstarz since it is waterproof and has other features I will get to later.
The LandAirSea TrackingKey Pro Micro comes with the tracker, a Mini-B USB Cable, the Past-Track Software and a manual.
The tracker has only a power button and two LEDs which aren’t very bright. You could probably stick a piece of electrical tape over these LED’s to hide them.
The casing also looks like it’s waterproof to me with a very nice clasp for cinching the battery compartment shut. Inside looks like there’s a rubber gasket to prevent water from entering the device.
There is also rubber gasket going all the way around the device adding further to its ruggedness.
The USB port has a rubber cover that prevents the USB port from getting wet. The tracker can also be powered from the USB port instead of the AA batteries.
The back has a very strong magnet. This is a plus and a minus. A plus when you are hiding it in a car and a minus when you are taking the tracks off of it with your computers. Just use the USB cable to keep it away from your systems hard disk.
The Past-Track software will download the tracks from the device as well as give you three different options for reporting the data. First there’s an HTML report. It shows each stop you made plus how long you took at each stop. It also has the amount driven as well as the top speed.
Next there’s an integrated map. This map is pretty out of date considering that my development is not even on the map and it’s been here for over 10 years. The last option is better for looking where you’ve been using a map.
The last, and best option if you need a map is Google Earth. My only complaint about this is the top speed it reports always seems to be way off. That’s not just a problem with the Google Map feature. It’s a problem with the accuracy of the device itself. I don’t think I went 93 MPH on a city bus this morning!
As with all of my reviews, even if it doesn’t say it, I always try to use it on Linux. The only thing I could do with this tracker was use it as a USB GPS. The kernel picks it up right away and GPSD works fine with it, although inside I was unable to get a fix.
This tracker is way too simplistic for my needs. There’s no way to change the parameters of the tracker unlike the Qstarz trackers and the Visiontac. This may be a good thing for some, but not me. The only use I can see for this is checking up on your kids or your spouse after the fact where you don’t need all the options of a Qstarz or Visiontac. It wouldn’t be great for fleet management as most fleet managers want to know where you are now as well as where you were. That would be covered better by devices with cellular connections.
The device is also, for the most part, a Windows only device since there is no Mac or Linux Software.
What I Like: Simple to use. Magnet makes mounting very handy.
What Needs Improvement: Software’s integrated maps need updating. Also the GPS needs some work. Isn’t as accurate as other units I have tried.