It doesn’t often happen to us that such a piece of hardware arrives in our editorial office, if we can call it that. We received a lock for the test, but not any – electronic. After all, we were still interested in whether you want to have such a lock at home.
A kind of Chinese-German-American product WE.LOCK SECB arrived for the test.
The product name of the product is SECB0EBL01. The product comes from China, but we find German support on the product itself, even over the phone.
Let’s look at the packaging first.
The lock arrived in a blue box, nicely stored in polystyrene. In addition to the lock itself, we find three RFID keys, assembly keys and screws and a simple manual. I have to say that everything is nicely packed.
The lock itself is designed for doors with a thickness of 35 – 55 millimeters. Be careful when buying this, as all older doors have a thickness problem. You can install the lock, but the insert is not hidden enough, so I need to buy a lock cover, which is not in the package. In my case, the lock sat on only one balcony and the main front door.
Installation is simple and the manufacturer claims that you can set the lock and install in 3 minutes. All you have to do is remove one side of the lock using the enclosed keys. If anyone is interested in how it is with security, this part belongs inside the apartment / house.
The other side of the lock belongs to the electric key. It can be used with fingerprints, included RFID keys or via a Bluetooth application.
The device wakes up by pressing the button where the display lights up. By holding down the button for 5 seconds, a simple menu will appear, where it is possible to register up to 97 prints up to – and 50 so-called IC cards. These are supported with a frequency of 13.56 MHz or type S50 and S70. In addition, you can assign a BT driver, but it was not included. You can easily delete individual cards or fingerprints. You can also turn off the BT function completely or completely reset the device to factory settings. The castle also has a so-called security key, while the USB connector is hidden under the cover. Using a QR code and a connected USB cable, it is possible to open the lock via a paired application, if necessary. However, this feature is only available for Android. By the way, you can set the lock unlock time from 10 seconds to one minute.
hidden USB connector for backup power and opening the lock
possibility to set the width of the device
AAA battery bay
The lock control application is named WE.LOCK. For the first use, you will need to pair your phone with the application and create an account. You pair the lock with the application and everything works easily. Just come to the device and simply unlock the lock using the app. An interesting feature is the ability to “send” rights to another person – either permanently or only temporarily. Positively evaluate notifications when using the lock.
pay particular attention to the thickness of the door
the castle protrudes quite a bit and it is just 2 times aesthetic
I must emphasize that so far I have no experience with electric locks. My touch is with such a device for the first time. The lock from WE.LOCK surprised me. The processing of the lock and the use of chrome is very good and the overall impression of the lock is more than above average. The castle does not look bad at all. What bothers me is that the control unit is quite large and protrudes from the door. I was also surprised by the quick assembly. You can actually throw the lock in 10 minutes. It is a pity that the manufacturer did not add one cover as shown on the box. You will have to look elsewhere in the store for an alternative, but I looked and these covers, depending on the thickness, also cost 150 €. The price for the castle itself is reasonable. Control and setup is easy. The fingerprint sensor is not accurate and I would estimate the unlock success rate to be 80-85%. In older people, I tested unlocking with an 88-year-old grandmother, but the success rate is rapidly low – 20-25%. In this case, I definitely recommend unlocking with the included IC cards. Fortunately, they work 100%. The application is typical “Chinese”. But it works, the control is partially untouched and I also mind Chinese characters there, while the application is set in English. On the other hand, it is easy to use and the pairing was fast. However, you can only create a backup key via the microUSB connector on an Android mobile phone. I liked that you could remotely assign rights to other users. Either the number of openings, the permanent key, or the rights over a period of time. This feature works with iOS as well as Android. The invitation works by sending you a unique link via SMS. In any case, check the thickness of the door. Here I have to criticize the manufacturer a bit. On the one hand, it states compatibility with doors from 35 to 10 millimeters, and on the other hand, the manual, from 35 to 55 millimeters. Take a thickness of at least 35 millimeters as a guide. The limit of 55 – 105 millimeters depends on the cover + the thickness of the door. 105 millimeters is the maximum permissible width.
We thank Geekbuing for providing the test equipment.
Source: Technológie by pc.zoznam.sk.
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