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A lock without a key? This is the Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave DeadboltCan this high-quality deadbolt keep up with a new generation of smart locks?
Hey, I'm CNET's Ry Christ and I'm here at the Yale Real Living Touchscreen Z-Wave Deadbolt. This is a lock you can put in your door and control from your phone or from a computer if you have the right home automation software. It also has this great touchscreen. So, if you touch it with multiple fingers here you can lock it and then put a code in to unlock it. You can program it to have multiple codes. You can do a lot of cool things with it that you can't do with a standard deadbolt. Now, if you take a look at the specific display model that I've got here, you'll see that there is no place to put a key and you can actually get this deadbolt like this with no key cylinder. You can't pick that lock, you can't bump that lock. There's no way to open it with a key. You can also get it in a standard format that does have a cylinder for a key and I think I'd prefer that. When the batteries die, I wanna be able to get in still. If you really want to take advantage of the full functionality of this lock, you'll need to hook it up with a home automation network and this could be anything from MiCasaVerde to Control4 to the new [unk], but it will work with a lot of them. Make sure it's compatible with what you've got before you buy cause it's an expensive lock. It cost $244 bucks on Amazon right now. It also comes in a ZigBee model but uses ZigBee instead of Z-wave. So if you have any ZigBee system this will still work if you get the right kind. Yale's Touchscreen Deadbolt compares nicely to the Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt as well as the Kwikset Smart Code Deadbolt. Those are both a little less expensive. However, Kwikset doesn't have a touchscreen and the Schlage model has to come with Nexia, which is a separate bridge and a monthly fee to unlock its best features. So, given that you can use this with a lot of fee-free home automation networks, I think that it's a great lock. One thing I didn't like about this lock is that lacks the ability to create temporary codes that expire at a certain time. So, if you have a pet sitter or a work utility person coming in and you just wanna give them a code that will worked out a Friday or worked once, you can't do that with this lock. You can make them a code and then delete it yourself, but if you want that to automatically happen, it's not gonna work. That's something that the Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt can do that I like a lot that this lock can't do. Overall, this is a solid and a reliable lock that's easy to set up, easy to program and I think that if you're interested in home automation and you're interested in a lock you can control remotely, it's a very appealing option. So check it out. For CNET, Im Ry Christ.