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Kwikset was an early mover in the smart deadbolt market, and it’s released a variety of smart lock products over the years, from the Kevo to the Obsidian to the Premis. With the Kwikset Halo, it at long last brings Wi-Fi to its brand for the first time—though it jettisons any sense of style along the way.
For a company best known for commodity hardware store lock hardware, Kwikset has done a remarkable job at industrial smart lock design to date. The original Kevo paved the way for pint-sized locks, and the Obsidian offered an ultra-contemporary but low-profile take on the touchscreen system.
What then to make of the Kwikset Halo, a throwback that looks like something from a different era. It’s a huge, hulking piece of hardware that could be a prop from Battlestar Galactica—and not the reboot—the original from 1978.
To call this lock’s design divisive is clearly an understatement, and I think most people will be repelled by it. (Editor’s note: Kwikset showed the all-new Halo Touch, which has an integrated fingerprint reader, at CES in January.)
Design aside, putting the Halo together takes some doing, as the lock is built with (at least) six separate components that must be completely disassembled and put together with nine different screws.
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