Editor's note, Jun. 27, 2019: Since this review was originally published in 2017, August has discontinued the second-generation HomeKit enabled Smart Lock. We've updated this review to include our Editors' Choice Award for the Smart Lock Pro model reviewed below.
Editor's Note, Aug. 20, 2020: In August 2020, PCMag and Bitdefender released a report alleging that August and Yale Android apps when working with Connect modules were vulnerable to a hack during setup mode that could give away Wi-Fi credentials. In August's latest response to CNET, it states, "If the Connect's firmware is up-to-date and the user's August Android app is up-to-date, their device will not be vulnerable to the original attack even if the unit enters into setup mode." The following review was published prior to this report and has not been altered.
Here's what you need to know about August's $279 US-only Smart Lock Pro:
1. Its design and performance are comparable to the $229(available for $199 while supplies last).
2. The Pro relies on the same app and has similar core features, including support for, the and .
3. It's Z-Wave-ready (hub not included). An open/close DoorSense sensor and aaccompany the lock.
This all sounds pretty great; you certainly can't beat the Pro's list of smart home integrations.
And, yes, you're paying more up front, but the price includes a bundled Wi-Fi accessory, Z-Wave compatibility and DoorSense. August's $229 Smart Lock 2.0, plus a $79 Connect (previously sold separately) would set you back more than $300 -- and it doesn't work over Z-Wave or come with DoorSense.
If (and only if) you want all of these options, August's Pro is an excellent lock at an excellent value -- better, even, than its predecessor.
Folks simply wanting to operate the lock over Bluetooth or withor shouldn't rule out the Pro, but it isn't as good a deal. You'll either have to spend the $279 bundled price for a Connect Wi-Fi module you don't need or go through August's list of approved dealers to snag a standalone lock without a Connect.