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Kwikset, an early pioneer in the Bluetooth-enabled smart door lock movement, has launched a follow-up to its 2013 Kevo lock complete with a subtle new design and additional security-minded features.
Priced at $229, the second-gen Kevo looks a lot like the original save for a sleeker interior design and according to CNET, it’s also easier to install. You still get the tap-to-open functionality of the original as well as the ability to control it via dedicated app when in Bluetooth range. Kwikset also makes a bridge that’ll let you manipulate the lock from anywhere although that’s an optional accessory.
Elsewhere, the lock maker has modified its “eKey” feature that allows others to unlock your door wirelessly (say, if you’re on vacation and need someone to feed your fish). Specifically, Kwikset has three types of eKeys: Anytime eKeys, Guest eKeys and Scheduled eKeys (their functionality is self-explanatory) but annoyingly, you’ll have to pay a $1.99 fee to “enable” some of them.
In terms of security, the lock uses a patented horizontal slider rather than a traditional key and pin tumblers and comes with a UL 437 lock pick rating. Of course, one has to remember that if someone is bound and determined to break into your house, they’re going to do so by any means necessary.
The second-generation Kwikset Kevo smart home lock is available as of writing from Amazon in your choice of satin nickel, Venetian bronze or polished brass.