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Kwikset’s Kevo touch-to-open smart lock is now $90, its lowest price ever – CNET

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Back in 2013, Kwikset unveiled one of the first smart locks, the Kevo. Conceptually similar to the August lock, it let you unlock your front door without taking a key (or smartphone, for that matter) out of your pocket. The Kevo had some security issues with its deadbolt assembly though, and in 2016 the company released a new, improved second-generation Kevo smart lock. That newer Kevo is now available for $90.46 on Amazon. That’s 40% off the list price of $150. It’s also the lowest price we’ve seen for this item on Amazon. One caveat: this deal only applies to the Venetian Bronze finish — the Satin Nickel and Polished Brass are significantly pricier.

The new Kevo is much more secure than the original version, now designed to withstand the sorts of brute-force attacks that can compromise any deadbolt — smart or otherwise. Unlike the August smartlock, Kevo completely replaces your deadbolt assembly, but is relatively easy to install with just a few simple tools. (I did it myself a couple of years ago, and I am not the handiest of handymen.)

When you approach your front door, Kevo recognizes you via your smartphone and unlocks as soon as you tap the lock with your finger — no need to take the phone our of your pocket. If you prefer (or if the batteries in the lock should die while you’re out), the deadbolt comes with old-fashion keys, which work as well. You can read our full Kevo review for more information. 

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