The Good The Kwikset Kevo packs a lot of subtle smarts into a little device. The indoor/outdoor sensor worked flawlessly, never once letting us in when it shouldn't have.
The Bad The SmartKey deadbolt at the heart of the Kevo is too easy to break for a lock that costs $219. Also, phones that aren't equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 won't be able to interact with the Kevo.
The Bottom Line If you've got a compatible smartphone, you'll enjoy this smart lock, but if you're looking for high security, look elsewhere.
This brainy smart lock just isn't brawny enough
This review was adjusted on October 31st in light of confirmed physical vulnerabilities in the Kevo's deadbolt. We're working on a revised video as well, so please stay tuned.
Keys. Who needs 'em?
Not the Kwikset Kevo, that's for sure. With the Kevo (licensed out from UniKey), you'll be able to unlock your deadbolt just by tapping on it, thanks to the built-in Bluetooth 4.0 capable of detecting the smartphone in your pocket. Don't have a smartphone? Don't worry about it -- the Kevo comes with a handy keychain fob that'll let you tap your way inside, too. You can even use the free Kevo app to send friends and loved ones "eKeys" to let them in when you're not around. And for purists, rest assured that the Kevo still functions like a standard mechanical lock, with keys and everything.
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