As a tech savvy millennial, I’ve listed my apartment on Airbnb since 2010. I have to say it has been a great journey to meet friends from all over the world. However, there is no word that can explain how frustrated on dealing with my mechanical lock. There are keys to deal with, keys to replace, and to top it off there are always security concerns that someone may have kept or copied a key.
I have tried several smart locks, but none of them really work too well. I bought PIN Genie Smart Lock Pro on Kickstarter last year and so far, I have to say, this is the best smart lock I have tried, and beats all other top brands in the market.
No lock is perfect, but I was more than a little skeptical of the PIN Genie Smart Lock for a few reasons. First, I always trusted big brands for a sense of higher security level. PIN Genie is a brand new player in the smart lock category.
What impressed me is the PIN Genie PIN pad, is that is claims to be much safer than the regular PIN pad, as I have used the PIN Genie smart phone app before. The nice thing is that if someone is with me, they can’t just look over my shoulder to get my code.
Second, I was concerned with the installation. I spent over $70 to hire someone to install for me with my last Samsung smart lock. I’m not willing to spend such amount for installation for a lock that costs around $259. Finally, hacking IOT devices has been an issue recently, and that didn’t give me much confidence.
Here is a video by the company that describes very well how it works:
Install in 5 minutes
As it says, it is designed for D.I.Y. market, and I decided to challenge myself to install. I was amazed how fast I finished the whole process, in only a few minutes. First, as it fits the standard door holes, I do not have to drill a hole myself, which saves time and effort. Second, it only needs two screwdrivers to install. Third, the user manual is quite easy to follow.
Convenient and Secure
As other smart locks, PIN Genie Smart Lock provides keyless experience, this is the top reason I buy smart locks. It’s always with concerns to share the physical keys with guests and international travelers, as sometimes they arrive late and leave early. It’s not safe to pass keys or ask them to leave keys somewhere around the apartment.
The PIN Genie Smart Lock is keyless but so much safer than other locks due to its global patented PIN pad. The PIN pad itself has 12 global patents and it randomly distributes the 10 numbers (0-9) into four buttons and all number reshuffle after each time of use, which makes it impossible for others to know your PIN no matter how many times they watch you enter. It’s so much safer than the current market method, which allows you enter up to 50 digit passwords, which seems safe but think about it, if someone records the process and follows. They can open your lock without knowing your password. With PIN Genie, there is no way to follow, as it always generates different patterns each time.
What impressed me most is the mechanism sharing e-key. Most smart locks work through Wi-Fi for convenience. However I did research, and its an easy way to set yourself up to getting hacked. PIN Genie shares an e-certification to guests and enables guests to get the e-key when they arrive through Bluetooth instead of sending the e-key directly.
I can create short codes anywhere I am using my PIN Genie Smart Lock App and send them to my guests. Before they arrive, my guest will only have the code and only when they arrive at my apartment. When they successfully pair with the smart lock with the code I gave my guest can get the e-key.
Other than above safe sharing mechanism, the PIN Genie Smart Lock has a built-in 95dB siren alarm that can be triggered when someone is trying to break into. I always leave the alarm on when I am not at home.
If someone tries to guess the password to get in its a complete waste of time, as the touchscreen will get into safe mode and disable after three wrong attempts. It requires entering the right password in PIN crazy mode twice to re-enable.
I have bought several smart locks, mostly are pricey or at least over $300. PIN Genie Smart Lock Pro only cost me $259. If you do not need the remote control function, the PIN Genie Essential only costs $199. This is a low price for a smart lock and is totally worth a try.
The PIN Genie Smart Lock is a cost-effective and useful option for anyone wanting to add smarts and an extra level flexible security to the locks in their home. It’s well designed, easy to install, and most importantly, it builds convenient over industry advanced safety. It has been the best product I have backed on Kickstarter. I just received their update that they are awarded as the product of 2017 out of 5,000 exhibitors in HK Electronic Show. I look forward to more amazing products to come.
PIN Genie Smart Lock App: Android and iOS
Colors: Satin Nickel or Venetian Bronze