Assa August Smartlock Pro Tested

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Nov 07, 2017

Failures and set backs in the smartlock business have been commonplace (e.g., Lockitron Admits Failure and issues from our 2017 Kevo test).

But $20 billion publicly traded company Assa Abloy just acquired smartlock maker August, so the biggest access control maker sees some future for this space.

Did Assa make a good purchase? How well does August's product work?

We bought the newest August Smartlock Pro, including a keypad and WiFi Connect Hub to see just how different it performs compared to competitors.

In this report, we reveal key test findings:

  • How Well The Lock Works
  • The Basic Device Operation
  • If Bad Doors Cause Lock Malfunction
  • Overview of App Controls and Alerts
  • Examine Operation Of Lock Keypad
  • A Key Atypical Advantage
  • Compare August To Kwikset Kevo

Read the full findings and more inside.

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