|ZemiSmart Zigbee Smart Lock (review)
Smart locks are abundant for most HomeKit users compared to a couple of years ago, although when it comes to mortice type locks that you find used in Europe and Asia, they’re still less common than deadbolt type locks. One typical solution for mortice lock users is with retrofit devices that sit over the key on the inside half of your lock, thus taking control of the key itself, and therefore the lock. The Nuki Lock (v2.0 and v3.0) and more recently the Yale Linus are two such products. The alternative to this option is with locks found in Asia, where the whole lock and handle mechanism are all replaced with one that typically has a fingerprint sensor, keypad and NFC functionality, as well as even more exotic options, like a peephole camera, for example. This can usually require a lot of work put into altering the door, so drilling is usually involved. The installation for the Aqara A100 Zigbee, that I reviewed not too long ago required two installers to make considerable adjustments to the door in order to install it, and that was even with a mortice lock already in place before. Luckily, the lock we’re reviewing today – The ZemiSmart Zigbee Smart lock – typically requires fewer adjustments to your door (assuming you’re replacing a mortice lock), due to its smaller overall size, and generally fewer parts.To get more news about best fingerprint door locks, you can visit securamsys.com official website.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but if you’re new to ZemiSmart, you may find some of their products come in pretty generic packaging, with the company logo missing on some of them. This seems to be that the products inside are themselves white label manufactured products (or ODM), so you may see some of the same products with a different brand on the front. This doesn’t apply to all of ZemiSmart’s product lines, although in the case of this lock, it would appear to be the case. as long as it works though, that’s the main thing, and as for the box, it protects everything really well. Good enough for me.
It should be noted that whilst the lock states ‘right’, as in the lock is designed for a door that opens from the right on the outside, the lock can actually be set to open either way, which I’ll explain later on. It also mentions ‘double tongue’ which means the lock comes with a latch bolt and a mortice bolt. Some locks the company manufacture are just latchbolt locks.
The box has the two parts of the lock you come into contact with (ie the handles), the manual (in English), the mortice lock that sits inside your door, and a bag full of small bits and pieces – a strike plate with plastic recess, some screws and bolts to fit the two halves of the lock together, a couple of standard keys, and two IC cards for keyless entry.
The two parts of the lock you come into contact with on a daily basis are, of course, the handles. These seem to be made of some kind of metal for the main frame, and glass or perspex for the fascia, to give it a more premium look and feel, whilst also allowing the keypad to register touch.
The top part of the interior section of the lock is home to the battery compartment, with the lock requiring four AAA batteries, with the company stating that they should last anything from between two to five months, depending on usage.
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