Lockly Vision review: Smart Doorlock and Doorbell
Lockly Vision review – In the smart home, things don’t always work well together, and the front door is the most frustrating place to experience this. While there are dozens of smart door locks and video doorbells on the market, there are only a few that allow you to unlock the door while talking to your guest. Every single one of these is made by the same firm.
Lockly, a California-based smart door lock company, has taken on this challenge head on with Lockly Vision. Genius.
As with the Lockly Secure Pro, this smart door lock includes an HD video doorbell and a microphone for two-way audio as well as the ability to record videos. No drilling or wiring is needed to make your front door smart with this one device. All video is stored locally (on an included SD card) and there are five ways to use the lock: fingerprint, keypad, app, or voice control.
The $409 price tag is the only downside. With two devices normally priced at $200 or more included in this bundle, the price is a little more bearable.
For our full review of the Lockly Vision, please continue reading.
Lockly Vision – Features
Only a few locking and unlocking functions are available on many smart locks. Six are in the Lockly Vision. It doesn’t matter what kind of smart lock you use; this lock has you covered. A PIN number on the keypad, a key, your fingerprint, or voice control with Alexa or Google Assistant can all be used to lock or unlock it. You can also use digital keys that you can share through the app to lock or unlock it.
A thief can easily figure out your PIN using other locks that use a keypad because your fingers rub over the numbers you use for your PIN, making it slightly easier for them to do so. That’s why I think the Vision’s keypad shuffles the numbers so that each time you press the pad, they’re in a different location. There are no other locks available that can do this. To make matters worse, if someone were to peek behind your back as you type in your PIN, they would be unable to figure it out. After three wrong attempts, the lock will go into Safe Mode and the camera will record video of whoever is at the door. To exit Safe Mode, the correct code must be entered twice or a fingerprint must be used.
The fingerprint sensor is another noteworthy feature. 3D scans and 99 fingerprints can be stored on this sensor. Because of the 3D design, a fingerprint image can’t be held up for scanning by a thief. The sensor is able to distinguish between a finger and an image with reasonable accuracy. My favorite feature was how quickly it unlocked the door after scanning it with just a touch.
You can set a time limit on how long the digital keys will work. To top it all off, if your home internet service is unreliable or unreliable, you can still use these keys to open the lock. For those who are uncomfortable with digital keys, physical ones are an option as well. When not in use, the keyhole is concealed by a small cover, giving the device a sleek appearance.
1. Cameras and the doorbell
Integrated HD video camera allows for live video surveillance and recording. Live video streaming and two-way audio allow you to greet visitors at the door from the comfort of your smartphone.
2. All-in-one Unlock Options are available.
Fingerprint unlock + Digital Password + APP control + Share key or code + Voice control via Alexa + 2 physical keys + Family Mode all in one.
3. Peek-proof Keypad
If someone is watching you enter your PIN number on the secure, backlit keypad, it’s nearly impossible to guess your personal access code because the patented PIN Genie technology always shifts the number locations.
4. ‘Smart Locks’ that can be accessed remotely from anywhere in the world.
You can review who has accessed your account at any time from your mobile phone by accessing your account’s access history. Tracking family members as they arrive home is a breeze with this app! Using your mobile phone, you can issue one-time access codes or digital eKeys that can only be used for a limited period of time. Without an internet or cellular connection, guests can still use their mobile phones to log in.
5. A two-year warranty on electronic equipment
A one-person DIY installation is possible with a universal fit. Suitable for right or left swinging doors with a thickness of up to 2″ Using common household tools, this system can be installed in under 15 minutes. Please contact us at any time if you have any questions or issues with the installation or use of the app.
Lockly Vision Review – Installation
The Vision’s installation was the only thing that bothered me. A few minutes into the film, I was gritting my teeth and swearing a little.
There are a total of 52 steps that must be completed before this lock can be activated.
This lock doesn’t have an app-based installation guide like most smart locks. To install the Vision lock, you must first download the BILT app and then search for the lock’s installation instructions. The quick start guide that comes with the lock has some basic instructions, but they aren’t great.
Because of this, there are 52 steps before you’ll be able to start using it. Installing this lock can be a frustrating experience if you’re impatient (like me). The process should take about 30 minutes for a calm person, but if you’re impatient like me, it could take much longer.
Why are there so many steps involved in putting the Vision together?? A door sensor attached to the door frame and a Vision Connect Hub connected to the lock are also required for the Vision. A hub is required to use the door camera and voice command functions. If you were to install a video doorbell and a separate door lock, the installation time would be the same.
Lockly Vision – In Use
We were impressed with the variety of ways to open the door lock. A key, code, app, or voice command are all viable options for locking and unlocking this lock, so no one in your home is ever left in the dark.
Lockly Secure’s fingerprint door lock reader was my favorite mode of operation. You don’t even need to have a phone on you to use this method of unlocking a door (unlike proximity unlocking and touch-to-unlock features on the likes of Level or August).
Because of the extra ridge on the fingerprint reader and the way my door is set up, I was unable to do this on the Lockly Vision. In my opinion, the fingerprint reader should be on the front, top, or bottom of the device, but I realize I’m probably in the minority here.
Since we reviewed the Lockly Secure, the app has been improved and the hardwired hub has been added, allowing for much faster communication.
However, when you first open the app, it takes a few seconds for the door locks and unlocks to register. You can also use your computer to open and close the lock.
The video doorbell, as we’ve previously stated, is where things go wrong. If you don’t have any other way of installing a video doorbell, this is a worthwhile investment.
You can see more of the sky than people, and you are forced to use landscape mode because of how quickly the video loads up and the audio doesn’t lag during the two-way talk.
There are no HDR or IR night vision capabilities, making it difficult to identify a person in the footage. In addition, it would be easy for someone to avoid this camera’s motion detection and steal a package from your doorstep.
In order to conserve battery life, the live view is timed out after 20 seconds, which is a bit of a hassle! In order to extend the time, press a button. Otherwise, you’ll be cut off.
Because you can lock and unlock your door from the video screen, this is a particularly handy feature. With that in mind, you’d be better off with a Ring Video Doorbell and Schlage WiFi Lock, which work together just as well but give you better video options and don’t require a hub, but they don’t have fingerprint access.
Lockly Vision – Final Verdict
There’s a lot to like about the Lockly Vision. Lots of features, including two-way audio and voice control; a camera; a keypad; and fingerprint recognition; are all included. I was disappointed by the camera, despite the rest of the features. Concerns about the lack of night vision made it difficult to comprehend. Overall, I believe anyone who buys the Vision will be very happy with it. However, even though the camera on this smart lock is not up to par, it is still an excellent addition to a fantastic smart lock in almost every way.
Is there any better option than Lockly Vision?
No, it doesn’t have smart lock capabilities. If you’re worried about the camera, a smart lock like the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock or the Nest X Yale Lock may be a better option. Both of these doorbell cameras are available at a lower price point.
Is Lockly Vision going to last?
In terms of longevity, the Lockly Vision appears to be extremely durable and capable of operating in temperatures ranging from -4F to 140F. Additionally, a 5-year limited mechanical and finish warranty is included, as is a 2-year warranty on the electronics.
Is Lockly Vision worth your money?
Yes. It’s an excellent smart lock if you can live with the camera’s mediocre quality!
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It's an excellent smart lock if you can live with the camera's mediocre quality!
- It has a keypad, a fingerprint scanner, and a key.
- In-house data storage
- No delay or lag
- They can be controlled using their voices, such as Alexa and Google.
- No motion detection in this low-quality video
- A hardwired hub is required.