kwikset kevoA couple of years ago, lock maker Kwikset launched the Kevo smart lock. Unlike some of the other smart locks we are seeing from the likes of Samsung and Yale which look very futuristic, the Kevo looks rather plain and normal at a glance, and it looks like with the second-generation model, Kwikset will be maintaining its design, somewhat.

In a way this is a good thing because by making it look “normal” and won’t give away the fact that you have a slightly more advanced home lock, something that we’re sure some people would rather not advertise. However like we said, there are some slight changes and that is to the overall size of the lock behind the door which has been made smaller.

The basic operation of the Kevo remains the same, which is that the lock can detect a paired smartphone from a distance and all users need to do is tap against the lock to unlock it. However some of the changes Kevo has made is to its security, which they claim they have improved upon its SmartKey security to offer “strong resistance” against forced entry.

There is also improved security against lock-picking standards, as well as a new feature called BumpGuard that will prevent lock bumping. For those who are interested in getting one for themselves, the second-gen Kevo is being sold on Amazon for $229 and will be available in polished brass, satin nickel, and venetian bronze.

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