Price: $ 299
Between PIN, fingerprint reader, voice commands, an app, and a physical key, Lockel Secure Pro's Smart Lock offers countless ways to unlock your door. And while more options usually mean more comfort, it also means more complications.
What we like
- The fingerprint scanner is faster than a pin
- The app has all the customizations
- Google Assistant commands for unlocking votes!  And what we do not
- Fingerprint scanner does not always work
- Messed up keyboard is a bit frustrating in use
- Differences between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection applications are annoying
Lockly's Secure Pro is different I tried other smart locks. There is no standard keyboard. Instead, it has a touch screen that randomly generates numbered circles to press.
It also has a fingerprint reader on the side, so you can skip the PIN altogether. In this way, you can unlock your door faster. For added convenience, the touchscreen serves as a lock button. Just touch it anywhere and the door will lock. With so many features, this might be one of the most convenient smart locks on the market. But it is not quite that far.
Installation Is Quite Easy for a Smart Lock
When I opened the lockly box, I felt a little intimidated, even though I had many locks and several smart locks installed. The box contains a huge manual with instructions for measuring the holes and cavities of your door. The good news is that the book is a bit over the top and I was able to install the lock easily.
Typically, the biggest challenge with installing a smart lock is balancing the keyboard and battery on both sides of the door before you get it fully secured. The sheer weight of the two pieces will fight you and you want to fall out of the door so you try to pinch them while you clumsily screw in screws.
Lockly has solved this problem with two options. You have added extra screw holes to the top of the two components so you can attach them directly to the door for added stability. I did not like this idea, so I chose option 2: 3M tape, which worked surprisingly well. Thanks to the adhesive tape I installed the lock in 15 minutes without frustration.
After you install the lock, connect the included Wi-Fi hub and connect the largest contact sensor I've ever seen to your door. The sensor helps the lock track the opening and closing status of your door to allow automatic locking.
The battery compartment hardware is not very inspiring. It is made of plastic, which makes the lock feel less high quality. And the thumb is incredibly small, which is underlined only by the huge plastic box to which it is attached. Every time I turn it to lock or unlock the door, I feel like I'm going to break it off. To be clear, I very much doubt that I can break it off, but it feels like I could.
The external hardware, on the other hand, screams smartly and feels a bit more high-end with its large black touchscreen that displays the keyboard.
The keypad is unique and slightly frustrating.
One of the most unusual aspects of this smart lock is the keyboard. Instead of a normal 1-9 keypad for entering codes, each time you activate it, a random set of numbers appears on the touchscreen. The lock groups the numbers in circles and you touch those circles (not the number) to enter your code. The next time you use the keyboard, the numbers in the circles get confused.
This means nobody in the area can look up to learn your code. Even if someone stood right next to you, he would not learn your PIN because your touching circles are full of numbers. Theoretically, this works well to prevent PIN theft. In practice, it feels like an overkill, especially on my relatively quiet street. I do not have to worry about anyone trying to spy on my keyboard. But I could see the potential benefit of installing this lock on an apartment or condo door (whether you are allowed or not is another matter). This is a scenario where someone has a legitimate reason to be close enough to see your entry in a PIN.
That's not very beneficial to me, and using the keyboard is a pain. Every time I enter my PIN, I have to figure out for a moment where my numbers are now. Did you slip and fall into a wrong circle? Well, they will get mixed up again. It's easy annoying. The fact that Lockly needs a six-digit key only increases the time required. However, a six-digit key is safer than the four-digit standard PIN that most smart locks allow.
My family is less patient than me. When I told them that I would write this review and soon take the lock from the door, they cheered. They would rather have a standard keyboard that is easy to use.
The fingerprint reader avoids all this frustration – usually. I try to use this every time instead of the keyboard. If it works, it's great. I put my finger on and within a second the door opened. This is faster than a standard PIN on other smart locks.
However, you will notice the words "if it works". In about 85 percent of cases, the fingerprint reader unlocks the door almost instantly. However, my fingerprint will not be accepted the rest of the time. Sometimes I'm lucky if I try again. But usually the second attempt fails and I have to use the keyboard. On those occasions, I'm frustrated because I've spent a lot of time unlocking my door.
In many ways, this is the story of Lockly Secure Pro: If it works, it's great. But the clever add-ons lead to moments of frustration.
If you want to lock the door when leaving, just touch the keypad anywhere and the door will lock. This is handy if you are in a hurry to go and do not have to look for a lock button in the dark. It also meant that I occasionally "locked" the door with the door open while I walked in because my hand or arm touched the screen. So I had to stop, unlock the door and then close.
Once again, I like it when it works. If not, I am frustrated. By default, the door locks itself shortly after unlocking. The door sensor should let the lock know when you close the door, but sometimes that did not work properly and the lock was locked while the door was open. Fortunately, you can disable these and other features in the app.
A competent app protected by two Wi-Fi standards.
You can not 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 setting you want. You do not like it when you touch the keyboard to lock the door? You can turn this off. Do you find any beeps that cause the locks when using the app annoying? You can turn this off. Should the keyboard mess up the numbers after each press of the circle? You can do that if you really want it. The only thing you can not turn off, which I would have liked, is the encryption function of the keyboard. That's a good or a bad thing.
You even get the usual smart locking features: remote lock and unlock, generate PINs, and in this case create fingerprint scans.
Another thing I like code generation: You can choose between trusted users, guests, and PINs for one-time access. Trusted users keep their codes until you revoke them. You can choose to allow guest users to automatically expire and work only at the times you specify. One-time access PINs expire immediately after first use. With Lockly, you can generate codes that are created only by downloading the app, or offline codes, which are only standard six-digit PINs that you tell the person or send text to. There's a lot of choice, and the app allows you to see what options do exactly what.
All in all, it's a well-made app, with one exception: you can connect to the lock either via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is ideal for remote access when you are not at your door. For some reason, however, Wi-Fi can not do everything that Bluetooth can do. For example, if you are notified by the app of a firmware update, you will need to switch back to Bluetooth for installation. However, the Bluetooth connection has a very short range, so I often need to use the Wi-Fi connection. I never know what connection I need to make to make changes, and that's frustrating.
If I did not mention the integration of Alexa and Google Assistant, I would be a bit unfamiliar. When it comes to Alexa, you get what you expect. You can lock by voice input and unlock by voice input with a PIN. Unlocking by language is disabled by default.
The integration with Google Assistant, on the other hand, is something special. Google does not provide many locking APIs. Typically, you can check the status of the lock and possibly lock the door by voice. It is up to the company to implement something else.
And Lockly went far beyond that. The company added a feature to unlock by voice using a PIN. It's fast, reliable and works well. This is the only lock I've tested so far with Google Assistant unlock features. That's a huge win if you work in a Google House.
The Lockly Secure Pro is mostly good.
Overall, the Lockly Secure Pro is not a perfect lock. I am not in love with the plastic fittings or the confused PN scheme. But I love the fingerprint scanner – if it works. It's not a good barrier for me, in part because I do not benefit from some of the most unique features.
But if you are worried that someone is watching you enter a PIN, you might like this lock lot. It's a great job to disguise your passcode, even if you enter it. If you believe a Wi-Fi lock is another way for the bad guys to get in, you can not leave the Wi-Fi hub connected. And if you do not like one of the default settings, there's a good chance you'll change your behavior in the app.
Remember that you pay a premium for these additional security features. Priced at $ 300, this Smart Lock costs $ 50 or more over other great Smart Lock options such as the Encode, Kwikset Kevo, or Yale Assure Lock. And the punch Encode has an integrated Wi-Fi hub. This is another reason why he is near perfect.
If a customizable Smart Lock with PIN protection and fingerprint reader sounds like your idea of a Smart Lock, you should undoubtedly do so. Consider the Lockly Secure Pro. That's twice as much if you want the best possible voice control with Google Assistant. But if you want something with more simplicity, you should look elsewhere. You may even save money.
Rating: 7.5 / 10
Price: $ 299
What we like
- Fingerprint scanner is faster than a pen  The app has all the customizations
- Commands to unlock the voice of Google Assistant
And what we do not
- The fingerprint scanner does not always work
- The use of the jumbled keyboard is a little frustrating
- Wi differences between the app for the connection between WLAN and Bluetooth are annoying