Who am I and how did I test this product?
I have been an IT consultant for 20 years. I love technology and I am always eager to try new intelligent products. I bought August’s smart lock and installed it on my front door. Traditional locks are fine but smart lock is excellent. I have given a virtual key to my housekeeper and I am glad that I can monitor her access to my home from work.
Is August Home Inc. a scam?
August Home Inc. is a technology company that develops smart home access products that make use of encrypted locking technology. This company has its headquarters in San Francisco and it has been in business for five years. Its website was created in 1992. August Home Inc. is known for developing products and services that enable to monitor their homes from wherever they are.
What do the positive and negative reviews say?
This product has 700+ positive reviews and 200+ negative reviews on Amazon. This product has been available in the market since October 2015.
Who else recommends this product?
This product is recommended by engadget.com for its convenience and because it can work with HomeKit.
Pros of August Home Smartlock
|A decent social media following||August Home has 13,000+ followers on Facebook and 11,000+ followers on Twitter.|
|The main website has accessible support||The main website has an accessible phone number that is open from Monday to Friday at 6.30 am to 8 pm (PT) and Saturday to Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm (PT).|
|Warranty||This product has a 1-year limited warranty.|
|Easy to install||Installation is easy. It uses existing hardware and standard bolts. It also syncs to your smartphone through a highly secure Low Energy Bluetooth connection. The lock uses batteries so there will be no wires to connect.|
|Hands-free access||This device automatically unlocks as you approach the door and locks when you are inside the house.|
|Remote access||This device works with an app which allows you to turn the lock on or off from anywhere. It also allows you to monitor access to your home from anywhere.|
|Share virtual keys||You can create virtual keys for temporary keys and monitor when they access your home from your smartphone 24/7.|
|Compatibility||This lock works with Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit, the Google Assistant, Nest, IFTTT, Wink, Logitech Harmony, Logitech POP, iOS, and Android.|
Cons of August Home Smartlock
|Difficult to manually lock the door||When manually using the lock to lock the door, the face plate falls off. It is difficult to put it back on.|
|Lock will fail with an imperfectly aligned door||The lock does not work with a door that is not perfectly aligned.|