This is a sad sight to see. You take a great company like Master Lock, and tell them that the millennials are ruining their sales. So what do they do? They give the millennials what they want… Bluetooth?
For those of you who didn’t already know, Master Lock has been around since 1921. The founder Harry Soref used to travel around the country as a locksmith inventing new locks to help keep military equipment safe.
He had come out with a lock so good, that it wasn’t surpassed until 2002 then the 2010s hit.
Honestly, it’s a good idea on paper. You connect this thing to your phone, and whenever you get around it, you never have to remember the combination again. I wish I had one of these when I was a kid. The only downside is the app.
Apparently, the app development team must have had no idea what they were getting themselves into when they took on this project. Once you have registered a device to the lock, that’s it, it’s only good on that one device. You can share access with another person, but then they have access for life, not exactly ideal.
The battery life isn’t that great either. The 4400 is only going to last two years in touch mode, and four months in swipe mode. The higher version is only good for five years in touch, and two years in swipe.
Something else to consider, this lock ONLY works with the registered phone, so if you lose it, or lock it in your locker, better hope you gave complete access to someone else.
News Alley says to look elsewhere, and by elsewhere, we mean Master Lock. They make great products, just not this one. If you hate carrying around a key, and can’t remember which way to spin the dial the first second or tenth time, check out their set your own combo locks. They have been around for the last ten years and have been tested.