Industry leader Kwikset’s new entry-level smart lock available for pre-order

Anthony Thurston
Digital Trends

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Kwikset is the leader in residential locks, so it was no surprise when the firm announced its Kevo Convert smart lock system. The system will transform any existing deadbolt into a smart lock using the Kevo system. With the Kevo Convert, you can keep your deadbolt on the outside and add all the features of an advanced smart locking system on the inside.

“Kwikset is constantly developing home security solutions that work for a variety of homeowners and renters, so Kevo Convert is the natural next step for our brand,” says Michael Magnani, a senior project manager of Spectrum Brands, Inc. “Kevo Convert quickly fits to the interior side of your door, eliminating the need to remove your current deadbolt or sacrifice the style of your existing door hardware. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s convenient.”

By downloading the Kevo app onto your smartphone, you can lock and unlock your door at the touch of a button so long as your phone is within Bluetooth range. For a one-time fee, users can update their system to the Kevo Plus, which allows you to lock and unlock your door from anywhere using the internet.

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The app allows users to create ekeys so you don’t have to worry about anyone losing their keys. The ekeys can be created individually for every member of your household as well as for visiting guests. The process for creating and revoking ekeys is easy, and the app tracks their usage so you know who’s coming and going from your home. The system also has an Auto-Lock feature that automatically locks your door 30 seconds after it has been unlocked, eliminating the need to double check your locks before going to bed.

The Kevo Convert is easy to install and is available for pre-order for only $149, which is fairly easy on the budget. The system is perfect for renters who can’t change out their current hardware or homeowners who don’t want to eliminate the hardware they already have.