The sensible house is getting smarter, however not everybody desires to fully put off their previous methods. For instance, whereas there are many sensible locks on the market designed to fully change your previous lock in favor of a keypad or new keyhole, some folks wish to maintain the flexibility to make use of their older keys.
That, nevertheless, is the place August is available in with the August Good Lock Professional, which inserts onto your present deadbolt and lets you maintain utilizing your previous key whenever you (or your landlord) desires to, whereas nonetheless including the advantages of a wiser lock.
However whereas August is hailed by many as the perfect producer of those retrofit sensible locks, the August Good Lock Professional nonetheless isn’t low cost: At $229 (round £179, AU$300) for simply the lock, and $279 (round £219, AU$380) for the lock with the “Join” Wi-Fi adapter, the August Good Lock Professional is an funding.
Is it price shopping for anyway? We put in one in our own residence to search out out.
Design and setup
Once you first take the August Good Lock Professional out of the field, you’ll discover that it’s a nice-looking lock. It’s definitely cumbersome at 3.4-inches broad and, at 2-inches deep
protrudes out of your door, nevertheless it’s clearly well-built with a pleasant aluminum end. The consequence isn’t overly uninviting or opulent, the way in which some sensible house tech will be.
Putting in the machine is simple: All you’ll must do is obtain the August app, create an account, then open the menu and hit the “Arrange a brand new machine” button.
The app is nice at strolling you thru the steps of putting in the lock, however even when it wasn’t, doing it your self could be very simple. Merely take off the within of your present lock, discover the precise adapter, slot the lock into your door, and set up the batteries. Actually anybody with a screwdriver can do it – which is nice information for people who discover the idea of changing their lock a bit daunting.
Organising the Join Wi-Fi adapter can be fairly simple. Like with the lock, you merely must open the menu and hit the “Arrange a brand new machine” button. Then faucet on the Join and do because the app says. (We discovered that when organising the Join it’s greatest to have it plugged into an outlet as near your lock as potential.) It’ll probably be capable of attain your Wi-Fi community fairly simply, however the Bluetooth connection inbuilt to the lock by default is a bit more restricted.
There are some things in regards to the lock’s design that lend themselves to a straightforward expertise. For starters, it’s extraordinarily simple to make use of the lock manually. Merely flip the skin ring of the lock clockwise to lock the door, or anti-clockwise to unlock it. That’s excellent for many customers, contemplating your companion is probably rather less inclined to undertake new sensible house tech than you might be.
On high of that, the lock incorporates a ring of lights on the entrance, indicating standing, and it’s extraordinarily simple to interchange the batteries just by urgent in on the August emblem to take away the entrance cowl.
Typically the set up of the lock could be very simple, and whereas the machine is a bit cumbersome, it’s nonetheless well-designed and simple to make use of. It ought to match proper at house in any modern-looking home and can maintain the owner completely satisfied ought to they cease by for a go to.
We’ve already mentioned the truth that the app makes it tremendous simple to put in the lock and associated equipment, however fortunately it additionally makes it very simple to make use of the lock in day-to-day life, too: Once you open the app, you’ll be greeted with an summary of your properties and locks, which makes it simple to leap to every lock, if in case you have a number of arrange. Faucet on a lock, and you may rapidly lock or unlock it just by tapping on the inexperienced or pink circle.
Typically, we discovered that the app took just a few second to search out the lock and react to your command, however normally the app was very fast.
Merely locking and unlocking the August Good Lock Professional isn’t all you are able to do from the app, nevertheless. You can even arrange automation, which will be useful for people who wish to arrange their lock after which overlook about it. From the app, you may set the lock to routinely unlock whenever you depart a 200-foot radius round your house, which means the door needs to be able to open as quickly as you get house.
You can even set the lock to routinely lock after a sure time frame – although we want you would apply the identical location-based automation as you may with unlocking the machine.
Final however not least, you may set “sensible alerts” to let you know when the door is locked or unlocked, when the door is left ajar, when the door is routinely locked or unlocked, and so forth. In different phrases, it needs to be simple to all the time maintain tabs on the standing of your lock, if that’s one thing you wish to do.
Operate apart, the August app is comparatively well-designed and simple to navigate. It appears to be like fairly fashionable, and may match proper at house on any flagship smartphone. We did nearly all of testing on an iPhone 7 Plus, and it labored completely high quality.
Good house compatibility
Fortunately, the August Good Lock Professional doesn’t simply work throughout the August app – you too can use the lock with different sensible house units.
For starters, it really works with Apple’s HomeKit … although, sadly, getting the Join adapter doesn’t imply you’ll be capable of use it remotely by way of HomeKit and not using a HomeKit hub like an Apple TV or HomePod. When added to HomeKit, you may management the lock along with your voice, which is further useful. With a hub, you too can arrange automation and notifications for the lock’s standing, which will be very helpful.
On high of HomeKit assist, the August Good Lock Professional additionally works with Z-Wave Plus merchandise just like the 2nd Gen Amazon Echo and Samsung SmartThings Hub, and, if in case you have the Join, it’ll work with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, too.
There are just a few methods lacking from the checklist, like Wink, however many of the main gamers are all coated.
The August Good Lock is a good way to present your lock sensible options with out eliminating the great ol’ key. It’s responsive and tremendous simple to make use of, plus the app appears to be like and works nice, too. In fact, it’s not excellent – the lock is a bit bulkier than we might have favored, and it’d be good to have extra sensible house integration.
For people who use HomeKit, Google Assistant, or Alexa, this could be the way in which to go … however It’s not the one technique to go. In case you are snug with eliminating your previous key, then a tool just like the Schlage Sense is perhaps extra handy for some, and it really works with about as many sensible house methods.
Nonetheless, for people who find themselves renting, stay with somebody preferring utilizing a key, or who merely desire a tremendous easy-to-install and comparatively well-designed machine, the August Good Lock Professional is a superb possibility, and one which’s simple to advocate.