Kwikset Halo Touch review: This smart lock opens to your fingerprint

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Kwikset has lastly gotten into the biometrics sport with the launch of the Halo Contact sensible lock. Thoughts you, it’s not only a model of the Halo with a fingerprint reader added, it is a lock of a significantly completely different design—at the very least on the surface of the home.

You’ll discover the distinction on the outside escutcheon instantly. Whereas the unique Kwikset Halo was a garish monstrosity, the Halo Contact is decidedly demure. A part of that’s as a result of the Contact now not has a numeric keypad to take up plenty of house. As an alternative, there’s a small fingerprint scanner above a regular keyhole, all positioned into an oblong chassis simply 3.5 x 2.75 inches in dimension. (An alternate, extra classical design is barely bigger and comes with curves and beveled edges; each designs can be found in a alternative of two finishes.) A bar of LEDs seems on the prime of the escutcheon; these gentle up in numerous colours relying on whether or not a fingerprint is accepted and when the lock is participating.

This evaluation is a part of TechHive’s protection of one of the best sensible locks, the place you’ll discover critiques of competing merchandise, plus a purchaser’s information to the options you must take into account when searching for the sort of product.

Whereas the redesigned exterior is kind of good-looking, sadly nothing has modified with the inside of the lock, and it stays a multi-part eyesore product of brushed nickel and black plastic. Set up requires the everyday, time-consuming steps of attaching a body to the outside escutcheon with two thick screws, bolting the electronics on prime of that, after which attaching a canopy over all of it. I discovered getting all the things aligned correctly to be particularly difficult with this lock, primarily owing to the stiff and awkward cable that connects the 2 escutcheons’ electronics. Wedging the cable into the small chamber behind the inside escutcheon with out it getting pinched by the door is difficult, however with some trial and error I finally obtained all the things rigorously locked into place.

kwikset halo touch both sides Kwikset

Kwikset simply can’t appear to shrink its large inside escutcheon.

Putting in the lock with the Kwikset app was a streamlined breeze (particularly compared to earlier Kwikset locks), although unusually the lock failed to search out my native Wi-Fi community routinely, and I needed to sort within the title of my community (and password) manually. (Observe that solely 2.4GHz networks are supported.) From there, registering customers—and enrolling fingerprints—was easy and intuitive, with every fingerprint requiring solely three profitable scans to be efficiently registered.

Kwisket’s app is pretty fundamental, however as has all the time been the case, it will get the job completed. New customers are straightforward so as to add and will be restricted by date or restricted to sure days of the week and instances of day. (The lock helps a most of fifty customers and 100 fingerprints complete.) Guide lock/unlock operations are speedy with the app, and an in depth historical past of comings and goings is saved throughout the app as nicely. The fingerprint scanner was additionally particularly efficient, quick, and correct in my testing.

Kwikset Halo Touch app Christopher Null / IDG

Occasion logging in Kwikset’s app is strong and simple to grasp.

Extra settings are restricted to enabling auto-lock (with a configurable countdown starting from 30 seconds to 10 minutes), disabling sounds, and disabling the small inside standing LED (however not the outside LEDs). The app additionally connects with Google Assistant—however not Alexa—which helps you to unlock the door by way of a spoken PIN. Additionally price noting is that the lock helps Kwikset SmartKey, so you may reset the lock to work with an current Kwikset-branded key with out having to name a locksmith.

The one main challenge I had with the app is how ploddingly gradual it’s everytime you attempt to make a change. Everytime you tweak a setting, you may solely make one change at a time, after which it’s a must to await the brand new setting to be uploaded to the lock (presumably by way of the cloud and again). It is a prolonged course of that may take near a minute to finish, throughout which era you may’t do anything lest you obtain a “Syncing should full earlier than additional adjustments will be made” error. It’s a irritating and nagging challenge with the app, and one which makes me query the sanity and capabilities of its programmers.

The lock additionally isn’t low cost. At $249 it’s $20 greater than the Kwikset Halo was at launch. (The keypad Halo was promoting for lower than $150 on Amazon as of this writing.) It’s additionally costlier than most different biometric locks you’ll discover available on the market, however not obscenely so (the Securam Contact and the Eufy Safety Sensible Lock Contact had been every promoting for about $200 as of this writing.

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