77

conclusion:We're mixed

77

The Kwikset Kevo can make locking and unlocking your door quick and easy -- when it works, that is. At first glance it doesn't look much different from a normal deadbolt, but if you touch it, the lock will light up, giving you visual feedback as to whether the door has been unlocked or not. In tests CNET says the Kevo worked, "never once letting us in when it shouldn't have." And setting it up is pretty "straight forward" according to Gizmodo, provided you're only swapping out your old lock for the Kevo -- if you're installing it on a brand new door, they say you should be "rated Bob Villa-class." For CNET, though, setup of the actual device was hit or miss, and it took them "multiple attempts" to get it calibrated. Gadget Review also ran into issues in regards to distance, finding they needed to be "within 12-18" inches to make the door unlock quicker. The companion app includes powerful tools like an entry log and the ability to hand out temporary e-keys to friends and family -- but only if they're iOS users, since the Kevo doesn't work on other devices. If you're the type who wants your door to be connected like everything else in your life the Kevo is certainly promising, but limited device support, a quirky setup process, and a $219 price tag means most are better off sticking with a good old fashioned key.

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8.0
CNET Oct 18, 2013

If you've got a compatible smartphone, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better smart lock than this.

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8.0
Gizmodo Nov 18, 2013

While the steep price is definitely a turnoff, the promise of a future where you won't have to recite the keys-phone-wallet mantra when you leave or pat yourself down to find the key ring when you return makes the Kevo worth a shot, especially if you've got iOS and a decent bankroll.

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7.0
PC Mag Dec 13, 2013

With the Kevo Bluetooth lock and an iOS device, you can unlock your door with a swipe of your finger. It's not cheap and it comes with some minor drawbacks, but if you're ready to lose your traditional keys, it's worth checking out.

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8.0
AppleInsider Oct 30, 2013

After using Kevo for over a week, we can't say that it's a life changer. But then, Kwikset never set out to start a revolution. What Kevo does is make life a little easier and, like any good product, doesn't cause frustration by being poorly executed. It does what it says on the box.

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8.0
Huffington Post Nov 3, 2013

My bottom line: Kevo may not enhance security and isn't a necessity, but it's a fun, handsome product from a company that has been making locks for decades and would make a great gift for a tech enthusiast or DIY-er, particularly for a house that already uses Kwikset locks.

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7.0
Gadget Review Dec 3, 2013

There is no sense in quibbling about it: the Kevo is far from perfect. But that isn’t to say I don’t like it. In fact, I very much do and believe that once the remote locking issue is addressed ... the Kevo will start to “unlock” more customers.

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Engadget May 8, 2013

Most of the magic is made possible by tech developed by UniKey. The key (natch) to the entire system is the Kēvo app which lets you manage eKeys. Once logged into the app, you can send and delete eKeys, or transfer them to another device.

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Engadget May 22, 2013

At its simplest, the companies' Këvo system isn't too unlike a keyless car entry system, though it takes advantage of your iPhone's Bluetooth LE -- Android and BB10 versions will arrive as soon as those platform's stacks are sorted -- or the included keyfob for the proximity technology.

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Wired May 8, 2013

This thing is incredibly cool. The Kevo looks like an ordinary lock, but the halo of light surrounding the keyhole gives it a vaguely futuristic look. An app links your iPhone (sorry – no Android) to the lock using Bluetooth and the miracle of location services.

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Mashable May 8, 2013

Besides using Bluetooth 4.0's own encryption, the company says there's also military-grade encryption at work. For burglars, it sounds like it would be easier to break the door down than to try to untangle this veritable fortress of cryptography.

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TechHive May 8, 2013

Physically installing the Kevo shouldn’t be any more difficult than installing any other entry lock. I’ve installed keyless entry systems from Kwikset, Schlage, and Yale and they’ll all been a piece of cake.

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5.0
Khanhvngo Khanhvngo

-Pros -Great idea and product, very well build. easy installation. -Great tech support and product support -Cons -configuration with Smart phone is not so simple -Unable to lock devices using smart phone -Lag time for devices to work is too long ( when it raining your still waiting for the...

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9.0
dwyckoff dwyckoff

Just Outstanding. I've been waiting many years for a product that will do exactly what this Kevo does. Couldn't be happier with performance. Mother can still use a mechanical key, b/c she's comfortable with that. fob option for elementary school-aged kids backpacks. We send keys to guests...

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3.0
3rdaxis 3rdaxis

Poor quality lock cylinder, easily breakable. Key Fob must be directly in front of deadbolt with nothing else around it, including other keys!?! Lock is slow to react...

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