18 August 2013

REVIEW: Yale Keyless Digital Lock

One staple of science fiction films and books are doors that don't require a key. You never saw Captain Kirk desperately search for the keys to the Enterprise, did you? Nor did ever hear of a Jedi dropping his house key as he pulled out his lightsaber.

That's because keys, those little pieces of easily lost antiquited metal, have no place in the world of tomorrow. They're on their way out, and Yale is showing them the literal door.

Think Yale and you think of a certain type of key. But thanks to their latest innovation, the Keyless Digital Lock, soon your ideas will change and you'll probably think of the passcode to your front door. That's because the Keyless is just that; keyless. The user is instead required to enter a code to gain admittance to their abode. We got out a screwdriver and fitted one to The Test Pit HQ.

Surely you've seen locks like this before, perhaps at work to a door lots of people need access to. We at The Test Pit certainly have seen a fair few during all the horrible jobs we've had to endure through. However, those featured physical keys and were clunky old things that could easily break (and be broken). The Keyless Digital Lock is different, as the keypad and unlocking system is digital.

Fit this to your front door and the only thing you'll need to get inside is your memory. The Keyless can be programmed with a four to twelve digit code and the touchscreen panel (that subtly glows blue so no worries in the dark) reacts quickly and accurately.

To test the Keyless Digital Lock we installed it to the door of The Test Pit's hub; the nerve centre, the brain, the... room where we keep all the cool things we get sent. Installation was surprising easy, even for a group of people whose mechanical expertise stops at changing the batteries in our Nerf blasters. All we had to do was follow the helpful instructions included in the box and about 30 minutes later we were 'lock and rolling'.

The Keyless is powered by four AA batteries which we are reliably informed will last about 10, 000 uses. Fortunately there is a warning alert to let you know that the batteries are running low and, should you miss that warning and the unit dies when you are outside the door, there is an emergency port to connect an external battery to. Phew.

But what if you are little miss/master sociable and you spend a lot of time dolling out your house keys to friends and family to let themselves in? Does this mean all and sundry will end up knowing your secret code? No, that's because the Keyless can be programmed with a temporary additional PIN code which can be deleted after a desired amount of time. So your mates will think you're really trusting. Ha, jokes on them. Stupid mates.

The unit is happily weather proof - making it the perfect external door lock - and fits 60mm backset nightlatches. Which are apparently quite common. We didn't know we had any, but by golly we did. Still, check yours before buying.

Smooth operation coupled with neat looks and the promise of the future today, we really love the Yale Keyless Digital Lock and will be proudly keeping it installed. So come on all you cheeky tea-leaves, have a go at our gaff!

Actually, please don't.

£ 99
Visit www.yale.co.uk

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