Tech Gadgets Logo
Search
Close this search box.

Lockly Secure Pro Dead Bolt

WhatsApp
Facebook
Twitter
Email
Print

Table of Contents

Erin L

Erin L

Lockly Secure Pro, smart lock reviewChoosing a smart lock can be tough. Do you want some thing that has a reputation for security and privacy, but you also need some thing that will fit in your specific door. There are other considerations also, like which smart home systems your smart lock will work with, and whether or not you need a deadbolt, handle lock, or a specific option that lets you retain an existing  key while adding smarts. Check this buying guide and you’ll see what we mean. In this post, we’ll look at the Lockly Secure Pro Dead Bolt.

Lockly Secure Pro Dead Bolt: what you get

The Lockly Secure Pro Dead Bolt is a smart lock that offers 5 different ways to lock or unlock the dead bolt—pin number entry, fingerprint reading, mobile app control, physical key, and voice commands via Alexa and Google Assistant. The ability to control the lock through voice commands is exclusive to the “Pro” model and it costs $50 more than the “Plus” model which lacks this method. Being good at all these security features is just half the battle because the user experience is equally important and that includes installation as well.

What’s in the box?

In order for all these features to function in harmony, the Lockly Secure Pro Dead Bolt package includes several components. You have the smart lock itself which you’ll install on the front door as well as the interior component which houses the battery compartment and a few physical controls such as the reset and program buttons, keypad display toggle, and the thumb-turn. To make the Wi-Fi capabilities work, Lockly included a special USB-powered Wi-Fi module and power adapter. Lockly also added four AA Energizer Max batteries which should be enough to power the smart lock for about a year.

Installation

One thing you need to prepare yourself for is a ton of documentation on installing the smart lock and setting it up for the first time. Lockly does deserve credit for being very detailed in describing their product and how to set it up. The installation guide is divided into 11 well-illustrated steps from physical installation all the way down to the app configuration.

Lockly has PDF copies of these instructions on their website so don’t worry if you lose them. The one thing you don’t want to lose is the included Initial Code Card which serves as a proof of ownership and a unique passcode that you need to set up the unit for the first time or after you reset the unit. Keep this card safe or take a picture and store it in a password-protected area or password manager service.

Lockly Secure Pro Features

The most recognizable thing about the Lockly Secure Pro is the way the touch interface presents the numbers for inputting the access codes you configured.

Pin Genie

Rather than having a familiar phone keypad layout, the Lockly interface uses PIN Genie technology to provide 4 circular sections housing 3 randomly generated numbers. Because the number layout changes every time you power on the display, onlookers will have a far more difficult time figuring out the code just by watching. You may disable this feature to force the display to always show the numbers in order but I don’t recommend it especially since there are other ways to unlock the door anyway.

The Lockly Secure Pro can store up to 16 access codes that are 6 to 8 digits long. You can add or remove codes via the “Program” button on the smart lock interior or via the app. If you enter the incorrect code three straight times in a 5-minute period, the keypad will lock for 10 minutes making the PIN entry one of the most secure locking gateways.

Fingerprint entry

If you don’t like the idea of repeatedly entering a code just to get in your house, you can register your fingerprint via the 3D fingerprint sensor on the side of the lock. You may store up to 99 fingerprints in case you want to bring that convenience to relatives and other trusted folks. While less secure than the PIN entry, the technology is at least smart enough to prevent lifted prints.

Use a key

Both the PIN entry and fingerprint reader obviously require batteries and if by chance they are fully drained and you need to unlock the door, you can either insert the physical key into the keyhole hidden beneath the circular cover below the touch display or take a 9-volt battery and place it against the contact points on the bottom of the smart lock to temporarily give it power.

App and Voice Assistant Features

The Lockly app provides a friendly interface for tinkering with the smart lock settings and reviewing smart lock status notifications complete with timestamping. The app comes with a handy user management section where you can assign codes to trusted people as well as other guest-level codes that work on specific time periods or work only a single time. This makes the Lockly Secure Pro a nice pick for Airbnb and leasing arrangements.

Alexa and Google Assistant are the only supported voice assistants at the time of writing. The supported commands are on the basic side where you can unlock or lock the door or request for the current state of the lock. If you want to enable this feature and you have a smart speaker, make sure nobody can voice activate that speaker outside because the voice assistant will process unlocking commands no matter who issued them.

We are getting hands-on with Lockly Secure Pro and will be reviewing it in the coming weeks. Check back to see from personal experience how it works and if we recommend it for you.


**A note about Affiliate Links: TechGadgetsCanada & TechGadgetsInternational is supported by our readers. Occasionally I will include affiliate links in my reviews. I do this partly for convenience of the reader (since I’ll almost always include a link to the company website or similar anyway) in case you want to read more or purchase, but I also may get a small commission from the click, which helps me keep the blog running. If you choose to use this link I thank you greatly for supporting the blog. There’s no obligation or cost to you for using these links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases

Erin L

Erin L

I'm a journalist, tech blogger, writer, TV producer, silversmith& jewelry designer, foodie and world traveler. I blog, write for publications, and supply freelance writing services to Calgary, and the world.

Leave a Comment





Author's Recommendation

Sign up to our mailing list to get access to gadget news and Giveaways!