Price : $ 299
Between PIN, fingerprint reader, voice commands, an app and a physical key, the smart lock Lockly Secure Pro has no shortage of ways to unlock your door. And although more options usually mean more convenience, this also means more complications.
This is what we like
- Fingerprint scanner is faster than a pin code
- App has all the modifications
- Google Assistant Voice unlock commands!  And what we don't do
- Fingerprint scanner doesn't always work
- A confused keyboard is a bit frustrating to use
- Differences in WiFi versus Bluetooth connection are annoying
Lockly & # 39; s Secure Pro is different from other smart locks that I have tried. It does not have a standard keyboard. Instead, it has a touch screen that generates randomly numbered circles that you can push.
It also has a fingerprint reader on the side so that you can completely skip the pin code, which is a faster way to unlock your door. For added convenience, the touchscreen acts as a lock button, touches it anywhere, and the door is locked. With so many functions, this should be one of the smartest smart locks on the market. But it's not quite there.
Installing is fairly easy for a Smart Lock
When I opened the Lockly box, I felt a bit intimidated despite the fact that I had installed many locks and several smart locks. The box contains a giant instruction booklet, complete with manuals for measuring the holes and cavities of your door. The good news is that the book is a bit exaggerated, I could install the lock without many problems.
The most challenging part of installing a smart lock is balancing the keyboard and the battery on either side of the door. before you get them fully secured. You will fight the enormous weight of the two pieces and want to fall out of the door, trying to pinch them while you are screwing awkwardly.
Lockly solved that problem with two options. They have added additional screw holes on the top of the two components so that you can attach them directly to the door, which should add stability. I didn't like that idea, so I went for option two: 3M tape, which worked surprisingly well. Thanks to the tape I installed the lock in 15 minutes, and without any feelings of frustration.
After installing the lock, plug in the included wifi hub and connect the largest contact sensor I have ever seen to your door. The sensor helps the lock to follow the opening and closing status of your door for automated locking.
The hardware of the battery compartment is not very inspiring. It is made of plastic, which makes the lock feel less premium. And the thumb stroke is incredibly small, which is only emphasized by the giant plastic box to which it is attached. Every time I turn it to lock or unlock the door, I feel like I'm opening it. For the avoidance of doubt, I very much doubt that I could break it down, but it feels like I could.
The external hardware, on the other hand, shouts a smart gadget and feels something premium with its large black touchscreen that displays the keyboard.
The keyboard is unique and slightly frustrating
One of the most unusual aspects of this smart slot is the keyboard. Instead of a standard 1-9 code-typing keyboard, you get a random sequence of numbers on the touchscreen every time it is activated. The lock groups the numbers into circles and you touch those circles (not the number) to enter your code. The next time you use the keypad, the lock will jumble the numbers in the circles.
That means no one can peek up close to learn your code. Even if someone were right next to you, they would not learn your pin code because your touch circles are full of numbers. In theory this works well to prevent PIN theft. In practice it feels superfluous, especially in my relatively quiet street. I don't have to worry about anyone trying to spy on my keyboard. But I saw the potential use if you installed this lock on an apartment or apartment door (whether or not you have permission is another matter). That is a scenario in which someone may have a legitimate reason to be close enough to see your type in a pin code.
It is not really an advantage for me and the use of the keyboard is difficult. Every time I type in my pin code, I have to figure out where my numbers are now. Have you slipped and hit the wrong circle? Well, they will mess again. It is slightly annoying. That Lockly requires a six-digit key only adds to that time, although admittedly, a six-digit key is more secure than the standard four-digit PIN that most smart locks allow.
My family is less patient than me. When I told them that I was writing this review and would soon release the lock, they cheered. They prefer a standard keyboard that is easy to use.
The fingerprint reader, on the other hand, bypasses all that frustration – usually. I try to use this every time instead of the keyboard. If it works, it's great. I put my finger on it and the door is unlocked within a second. That is faster than a standard pin code on other smart locks.
But you'll use the words & # 39; when it works & # 39; notice. About 85 percent of the time, the fingerprint reader unlocks the door almost immediately. But the rest of the time it doesn't accept my fingerprint. Sometimes I am lucky if I try again. But usually the second attempt also fails and I have to use the keyboard. On those occasions I became frustrated because I have now spent a lot of time trying to unlock my door.
In many ways, that's the story of Lockly Secure Pro: if it works, it's great. But the smart add-ons lead to moments of frustration.
When it is time to lock the door while you leave, simply touch the keyboard somewhere and the door will be locked. This is useful for when you are in a hurry to leave and you do not have to spend time searching for a lock button in the dark. But it also meant that I occasionally locked & # 39; the door & # 39; with the door open as I entered the house because my hand or arm touched the screen. So I had to stop, unlock the door and then close.
Again, when it works, I like it; when that is not the case, I am frustrated. By default, the door locks itself shortly after you unlock it. The door sensor must let the lock know when you close the door, but sometimes it did not work correctly, and the lock was on while the door was open. Fortunately, you can disable those and other functions in the app.
A competent app with two wireless standards
You cannot ask for more controls and options in a smart lock app. With the Lockly app (available for iOS and Android) you can change almost any desired setting. Don't you like touching the keyboard to lock the door? You can turn that off. Do you find all the beeps that the locks give when using the app annoying? You can turn that off. Do you want the keypad to scramble the numbers after every push on the circle? You can do it if you really want to. The only thing that you cannot disable that I would like to see is the Scramble keyboard function. You are tied to that for better or worse.
You even get the usual smart locking functions: remote locking and unlocking, possibility to generate PIN codes and in this case the possibility to make fingerprint scans.
Another thing I like to generate code: you can choose between trusted users, guests and one-time access codes. Trusted users keep their codes until you revoke them. You can set guest users to automatically expire and only work at the times you allow. And one-time access PIN codes expire immediately after first use. With Lockly you can generate codes only by downloading the app, or & # 39; offline codes & # 39; are just standard six-digit pin codes that you tell the person or text & # 39; t. It is a lot of choice and the app shows which options do exactly what.
All in all, it is a well-composed app, with the exception of one exception: you can connect to the lock via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Wifi is great for external access when you are not at your door. But for some reason, WiFi cannot do everything that Bluetooth can do. For example, if the app notifies you of a firmware update, you must switch back to Bluetooth to install it. However, the Bluetooth connection has a very short range, so I often have to use the Wi-Fi connection. I never know which connection I have to be in to make changes, and that is frustrating.
I would be negligent if I did not mention the integrations of Alexa and Google Assistant. When it comes to Alexa, you get what you would expect. You can lock with speech and unlock with speech with a pin code. By default, voice unlocking is disabled.
Google Assistant integration, on the other hand, is something special. Google does not offer many APIs for locks, and most of the time it's best to check the status of the lock and perhaps lock the door by voice. It is up to the company to implement something more.
And Lockly went above and beyond; the company has added a voice unlocking feature with a pin code. It is fast, reliable and works well. And that makes it the only lock I've tested so far with unlock options for Google Assistant. That is a huge victory if you are in a Google Home.
The Lockly Secure Pro is usually good
In general, the Lockly Secure Pro is not a perfect lock. I'm not in love with the plastic hardware or the messy PN scheme. But I love the fingerprint scanner – when it works. It fails to be a great slot for me, partly because I don't take advantage of some of the most unique features.
But if you worry about someone looking at you, you enter a pin code, destiny. It does an excellent job of hiding your access code even as you type it. If you think a Wi-Fi slot is another access route for the bad guys, you can leave the Wi-Fi hub disconnected. And if you don't like the default settings, chances are that you can change the behavior in the app.
Keep in mind that you pay a premium for those extra security features. For $ 300 this smart slot costs $ 50 or more than other great smart slot options such as the Schlage Encode, the Kwikset Kevo or the Yale Assure slot. And the Schlage Encode contains a built-in Wi-Fi hub, which is another reason that it is almost perfect.
If a customizable smart lock with PIN protection and fingerprint reader sounds like your idea of a smart lock, then you should definitely consider the Lockly Secure Pro. That goes double if you want as much voice control as possible with Google Assistant. But if you want something with more simplicity, you have to look elsewhere. You can even save money in the process.
Rating: 7.5 / 10
Price: $ 299
This is what we want
- Fingerprint scanner is faster than a pin  App has all the adjustments  Google Assistant Voice unlock commands!
And what we don't
- Fingerprint scanner doesn't always work
- A confused keyboard is a bit frustrating to use
- Wi-Fi versus Bluetooth connection app differences is annoying