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The Kwikset Premis is a smart lock that's built for Siri

The Apple HomeKit-compatible Kwikset Premis is a deadbolt you can control and automate on your phone -- and you can ask Siri to let you in.

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Originally hailing from Troy, Ohio, Ry Crist is a writer, a text-based adventure connoisseur, a lover of terrible movies and an enthusiastic yet mediocre cook. A CNET editor since 2013, Ry's beats include smart home tech, lighting, appliances, broadband and home networking.
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The Kwikset Premis is the brand's first smart lock built to work with Apple HomeKit, the set of smart-home protocols programmed into iPhones and iPads. Click through to see what it has to offer.

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SmartKey Deadbolt

The deadbolt at the heart of the Premis is the newest version of Kwikset's SmartKey deadbolt. In addition to letting you "re-key" the lock to work with existing keys, the SmartKey deadbolt offers strong protection against lock picking, lock bumping, and forced entry attacks.

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Interior housing

The interior half of the lock is also a little bit smaller than previous smart lock generations.

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Pairing up

After walking you through the 20-minute installation process, Kwikset's iOS app will pair you up with HomeKit -- and with Siri -- in a matter of seconds.

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Siri controls

Those Siri controls worked perfectly when we tested the lock out in the CNET Smart Home.

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HomeKit

In addition to controlling the lock in Kwikset's app, you'll be able to control it in Apple's Home app alongside other compatible HomeKit devices. You'll also be able to pin it within your iPhone's Control Center -- just swipe up and tap to lock or unlock, no app necessary.

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Alerts

If you want, you can tell the lock to send you a notification whenever someone uses it.

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Coded entry

The Kwikset app makes it easy to share coded access across multiple users, and to customize when those codes will work. None of it costs anything extra.

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Other features

Other features include an optional Auto-Lock Delay and a keypad randomizer that will make you press two randomly selected numbers on the keypad before punching in your code. That helps prevent would-be thieves from using your fingerprints to figure out your code.

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Price

Currently available for preorder, the Kwikset Premis costs $229, and will arrive in early 2017. Check out our full review to hear more about its strengths and weaknesses.

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