TROVA GO+plus Review: More Room for Keeping Your Smaller Items Safe with Biometric Security

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The Lowdown

More than anything, the TROVA GO+plus makes for an excellent high-tech stash box. Regardless of how you use it, the TROVA GO+plus provides a secure place for small items that, and isn’t the well-being and safety of others worth it?

Overall
4.5

Pros

  • Small
  • Secure
  • Larger than the TROVA GO without increasing the footprint
  • Uses phone’s biometrics to secure and unlock the device
  • Offers a bypass mode if you can’t use your phone
  • Conceals odors of items kept inside

Cons

  • The TROVA GO+plus has a deeper interior than the TROVA GO that Judie reviewed, but it is still relatively small
  • The angled design on its bottom means the TROVA GO+plus will not sit flat on a table
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Judie reviewed the TROVA GO Smart Safe last year. As she explained, the TROVA GO is “a biometric physical storage device that is large enough to hold certain items that you want to keep private, yet is compact enough to fit inside a larger pocket.” For those who need something larger, there’s the TROVA GO+plus.

TOVA GO+plus

This physical storage device prevents inappropriate audiences from accessing jewelry, vapes, prescription/recreational drugs, or any other private objects that require discretion. Perfect for pockets, handbags, or athletic gear it is designed to be overlooked, mimicking a hard drive or battery. Only you know its contents. This small but essential accessory gives you worry-free mobility.

Judie did an excellent, in-depth review of the TROVA. She went into detail on how one pairs the device, how to unlock it, why it is an effective way to protect small items, and why you might want it.

The technology behind the TROVA GO+plus is the same as the TROVA GO. Rather than covering the same ground Judie did so well, far better than I can, I thought I might focus this review on how the TROVA GO+plus differs.

First, let’s cover the basics.

TROVA GO+plus

The TROVA is made from Aluminum Alloy with a high-quality premium CNC finish. The top adds a bit of visual interest by having a beveled on each side that meets to create a slight peak. It’s an aesthetic detail that, while not adding any functionality, helps keep the unit from looking like an aluminum brick.

On one end there is a USB-C input for charging the unit.

Charging port on the TROVA GO+plus

You’ll find a multifunction power button and a small LED indicator on one end of the device.

TROVA GO

Judie’s TROVA GO has the same design language.

A single tap of the multifunction button displays the battery status. In addition, when Bypass Mode on the app is activated, a double click of the multifunction button will unlock the device.

Of course, using Bypass Mode eliminates the security of the TROVA, but it is good to know the functionality is there. Finally, the multifunction button serves as the power button for the device.

The multipurpose button also serves as a battery indicator. As Judie explained:

You can always check your device’s battery in the TROVA app, but on the device itself, you can tap the multifunction button to show the battery’s status based on the following schedule: If it pulses green once, it means you have more than 30% of your battery.

If it pulses orange once, you have between 10% and 30%.

Additionally, if your TROVA starts pulsing red without a tap of the button, it means it needs a charge and has less than 5% available battery.

Judie notes that the battery should last about two and a half months, depending on how frequently the device is opened and closed.

Finally, next to the multifunction button is a small reset button that can be activated using a small paperclip or a SIM-pulling tool.

Like the TROVA GO, the bottom of the TROVA GO+plus has the same raised” peak” as the top. Honestly, I find this to be an unusual choice since it means the device doesn’t sit flat on a surface when placed down. As Judie put it, “While this looks pretty, it does mean that the TROVA GO will not sit perfectly flat on a table.”

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Bottom of the TROVA GO+plus

To use the TROVA GO+plus, you’ll need to download the free app for iOS or Android. Judie did an excellent step-by-step explanation of how the app allows your phone’s biometrics to become the “key” to opening the TROVA.

At the same time, you can simply download the app and follow the prompts to create an account and learn how to use the TROVA. The bottom line is that, once you have everything set up, opening the TROVA is as simple as opening the app, tapping it, allowing the phone to register that it is you (in my case, FaceID does the trick), and then lifting the top of the device.

It is really that simple and, thanks to biometrics, a secure way to protect the items inside.

All of this brings us to the question of why one might choose the TROVA GO+plus over the one Judie reviewed. In this case, it is all about the size.

Interior of the TROVA GO+plus

The TROVA GO measures 6.1″ long by 3″ wide by 1.2″ deep; the TROVA GO+plus has the same length and width. It is also 6.1″ long and 3″ wide.

Unlike the TROVA GO, the TROVA GO+plus has a depth of 1.6″ and, while the added .4″ may not sound like a lot, the added depth offers far more capacity. So while the TROVA GO has interior dimensions of 5.2″ long by 2.2″ wide by .75″ tall, the TROVA GO+plus has an interior height of 1.1″.

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In other words, the TROVA GO+plus can hold significantly more than the TROVA GO, despite having the same footprint.

As the company explains,

TROVA GO+plus gives you more space to store more secrets than ever before! Featuring 60% more capacity (same length x width as GO, but 30% deeper) this discreet portable biometric safe is designed for daily storage of your private rituals and objects.

Apple remote inside TROVA GO+plus for size

Keeping your Apple remote safe may not be a reason to get the TROVA GO+plus, but with it, you get a sense of the size.

TROVA GO+plus Features:

  • Constructed of strong Aluminum Alloy to safely secure your belongings
  • High-quality premium CNC finish
  • Exterior Dimensions: 6.1” X 3″ X 1.6”
  • Interior dimension: Bottom Tray 5.2″ X 2.2″, Top Lid 5.5″ X 2.2″ X 1.1″ total interior height
  • Wirelessly connected via Bluetooth technology and accessible through biometric scanning
  • Designed for multifunction use, the increased capacity in the lid is designed to hold larger watches, a more complete smoking apparatus, or more valuables
  • Sealed to conceal odor and made in aluminum alloy.
  • The upper lid strap is designed to hold rings via a magnetic closure conveniently.
  • Designed to easily fit in a bag pocket or be carried in your hand

When Judie reviewed the TROVA GO, I was intrigued. I liked the idea of having a simple, secure place to keep small items. Sure, someone could easily grab the TROVA, but it isn’t intended to replace your home safe.

The idea behind the TROVA is that it lets you keep prying eyes and hands out of your stuff. If you need more storage, the company makes the TROVA Home, which can be bolted into the floor or a shelf.

TROVA GO+plus Review: More Room for Keeping Your Smaller Items Safe with Biometric Security

The TROVA GO+plus’s interior has organizational functionality built into the top.

So how might you use the TROVA GO+plus?

  • You could keep extra cash inside.
  • You could keep medications safe from curious children.
  • You could use it to stow valuables when traveling.

But let’s get real, more than anything, the TROVA GO+plus makes for an excellent high-tech stash box. Regardless of how you use it, the TROVA GO+plus provides a secure place for small items that, and isn’t the well-being and safety of others worth it?

The TROVA GO+plus sells for $249; it is available directly from the manufacturer.

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample

What I Like: Small; Secure; Larger than the TROVA GO without increasing the footprint; Uses phone’s biometrics to secure and unlock the device; Offers a bypass mode if you can’t use your phone; Conceals odors of items kept inside

What Needs Improvement: The TROVA GO+plus has a deeper interior than the TROVA GO that Judie reviewed, but it is still relatively small; The angled design on its bottom means the TROVA GO+plus will not sit flat on a table

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.