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Wyze Lock review: This ultra-affordable smart deadbolt converter covers the basics well


Added 02-25-20 12:15:01pm EST - “Convert your dumb deadbolt into a Wi-Fi-connected smart lock for less.” - Techhive.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Techhive.com: “Wyze Lock review: This ultra-affordable smart deadbolt converter covers the basics well”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Wyze has quickly made a name for itself by producing solid smart home products at rock-bottom pricing that approaches that of generics. Its smart light bulbs, sensors, and security cameras have received solid reviews, including here at TechHive.

Now, Wyze is setting its sights on a more complicated market, the smart lock, but with the same value proposition: Give buyers the basics and dramatically undercut the competition’s price. The Wyze Lock costs less than $100. In a market where similarly featured locks commonly run up to $200, that’s a serious bargain. The bigger question: Is it a good value?

The Wyze Lock is a retrofit lock like the August and Friday smart locks, meaning it does not replace the exterior portion of your door’s lock mechanism. You use your existing hardware to connect the interior escutcheon to your door and use the mobile app (or the original key) to operate the lock from outside.

A big chunk of the Wyze Lock’s value is the fact that this Bluetooth-to-Wi-Fi bridge is included in the already low purchase price.

The hardware isn’t much to look at, its utilitarian design reminiscent of an IKEA product—as well as August’s 3rd Generation low-end smart lock. The blocky design isn’t attractive, and the material feels a bit cheap and plasticky, not characteristics one often appreciates in a lock.

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