Part video doorbell and part door lock, the Eufy Video Smart Lock is a unique hybrid smart home device that allows you to lock and unlock your door using your voice, fingerprint scan, mobile app, touchpad, or traditional keys. It’s also a smart doorbell that offers sharp 2K video, dual motion sensors, smart motion detection, and free local video storage. It’s expensive at $399.99, but its versatility, performance, and rich features earn it an Editors’ Choice award for smart locks.
Eufy Video Smart Lock Design and Features
The Video Smart Lock is a complete lockset that comes with everything you need to replace your old lock. It includes interior and exterior escutcheons, a Wi-Fi bell box, a strike plate and deadbolt assembly, a pair of keys, mounting screws, and various other mounting hardware.
With rounded edges and a matte black and dark gray finish, the exterior escutcheon offers a sleek aesthetic, but at 7.2 by 2.8 by 1.0 inches (HWD), it’s one of the largest locks we’ve seen. The durable metal alloy enclosure has an IP65 waterproof rating to protect from the elements. There’s a fingerprint scanner on top, a 2K (2,560 by 1,920) camera, four infrared LEDs for night vision, a 12-button backlit touchpad, and a microphone. The touchpad has 0-9 keys as well as lock/unlock and back buttons. The lock also offers motion detection, a feature you don’t get with the reasonably priced Lockly Vision Camera ($399.99). In fact, the Eufy lock uses dual motion sensors (PIR and radar) for improved detection.
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A doorbell button below the touchpad lights up blue when pressed or when someone approaches the door. The doorbell button lifts from the face of the lock to reveal a keyhole for opening the lock with conventional keys. A speaker, a reset button, and a USB-C port for emergency charging are located on the bottom edge. Around the back are the data and Wi-Fi cables that connect to the inner escutcheon.
The interior component shares the same finish as the exterior and measures 7.6 by 3.3 by 1.1 inches. It has a thumb turn knob for manual bolt operation and a removable cover that hides the 10,000mAh rechargeable battery pack. The battery is estimated to last up to four months with regular use. Simply remove the pack and charge it for several hours using a USB-C cable (not included). There’s also a sync button in the battery compartment to pair the lock with the included Wi-Fi bridge.
The doorbell/Wi-Fi bridge is the same plug-in device that comes with the Eufy Smart Lock Touch With Wi-Fi ($259.99). It has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.4GHz radios and connects wirelessly to the lock and your home network. The bridge measures 3.7 by 2.0 by 1.0 inches (HWD) and has a gray cloth cover, two fold-out Wi-Fi antennas, and an LED indicator that blinks green during setup, glows solid blue when connected, and glows solid red when the . Internet connection is lost. A microSD card slot on the left is used for local video storage, but you’ll need to supply your own memory card (up to 128GB).
The Video Smart Lock offers smart alerts that can distinguish between motion by people and other objects. It will send push alerts and record video when it detects motion or when the doorbell button is pressed and saves the video to the micro SD card. The lock supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands, routines and video streaming, but does not work with Apple HomeKit or IFTTT.
Experience Eufy App
The Video Lock uses the same mobile app as Eufy’s other devices, including the Doorbell Dual ($259.99) and the Floodlight Camera ($179.99). A panel on the Devices screen displays the name of the lock, an image of the last captured event, and a play arrow. Tap the arrow to launch a live video stream which also has a Lock/Unlock button and manual Record and Capture buttons. There’s also a two-way Talk button, a Mute button, and a Quick Answer button that plays a pre-recorded or custom answer when pressed.
Tap the gear icon in the top right corner to access the settings screen. Here, you can create custom responses, configure motion detection settings, and enable the Loitering Detection option. The latter will send a push notification, sound the doorbell, or activate Quick Response if someone hangs around your property for a certain period of time. You can also configure an Exit Detection option that will notify you when someone has opened the door but then leaves the area.
The Power Manager setting allows you to see battery life and choose between optimal battery life (doorbell only, no motion detection), fair battery life (limited motion detection times), and optimal surveillance (60 second video clips ). One-touch Lock allows you to lock the door with one long press of a button, while Auto-Lock will automatically lock the door after it has been open for a certain amount of time. A Passcode Scramble setting allows you to unlock the door by entering random numbers before or after you enter the actual passcode, while Incorrect Protection allows you to set a specific number of incorrect passcode entries before the device enters a lockout period of your choice own.
Other settings include video and audio quality controls, notifications, ringtones with an option to use Alexa as a clock, and calibration.
Installing and Using the Eufy Smart Video Lock
Installing the physical Video Lock is as easy as installing any door lock. I started by removing my old lock (including the deadbolt and strike plate) and installed the new deadbolt and strike plate. I followed this with the escutcheon outside, taking care to slide the tailpiece into the deadbolt slot and feed the data cable through the door hole, and then attached the escutcheon to the mounting plate on the inside of the door. I connected the data cable to the inner escutcheon, attached the escutcheon to the mounting plate, and used the thumb turn to make sure the lock was operating smoothly. Finally, I packed the battery (make sure to charge it beforehand) and was ready to add the lock to my Eufy account.
Due to the bridge required, two major steps are required to set up the lock. First, I opened the mobile app, tapped the plus icon on the Devices screen, and selected the Wi-Fi Bridge & Doorbell from the list of devices. I used my phone to scan the QR code at the bottom of the ring when I activated it, plugged it in, and tapped Next. I pressed the sync button until the LED blinked green, tapped Next again, and entered my Wi-Fi password. I waited a few seconds to connect the ringer to my network, gave it a name, and waited a few more minutes to update the firmware.
Turning to the lock itself, I tapped Add New Device when prompted, selected the Video Smart Video Lock, and selected the bridge I had just installed. At this point, you can watch or skip the installation tutorial video. I tapped the Sync button on the inside escutcheon for five seconds until I heard a beep, tapped Next, and scanned the QR code that appeared on the app using the doorbell camera. Within a few seconds of hearing a double beep, the lock was successfully paired with the bridge and added to the app. I tapped Next, gave the lock a name, followed the instructions to calibrate the lock, created a master passcode, and registered my fingerprint. After a quick firmware update on the lock, the installation was complete.
The Video Smart Lock worked flawlessly in testing. The touchpad was responsive, as was the fingerprint scanner, which provided instant locking and unlocking operations every time. The lock had no trouble following app commands or executing voice commands to lock and unlock the door, and the Auto-Lock feature worked as described.
The doorbell camera delivered colorful 2K video during the day and sharp black-and-white video at night. Motion notifications came quickly, as did doorbell presses and video recordings of motion events. The camera did a fine job of recognizing human movement and ignoring motion caused by blowing leaves and passing cars. I created an Alexa routine to turn on Bulb Wyze when the doorbell button was pressed and it worked without issue.
The Eufy Video Smart Lock may cost more than most smart locks, but its 2K doorbell camera and premium feature set make its $400 price tag a little more palatable. This lock offers more ways to lock and unlock your doors than most smart locks, including your voice, your phone, fingerprint scanning, a touchpad, and a traditional set of keys. The integrated video doorbell provides excellent 2K video and accurate motion detection, and installation is relatively easy. We’d love to see more interoperability with third-party devices, but that doesn’t stop it from earning an Editors’ Choice award for smart locks. If $400 is too rich for your blood, the $249 Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro Wi-Fi (also an Editors’ Choice winner) offers plenty of ways to open and close your door and includes a fingerprint scanner, but no version taken by him. -i video doorbell.
The Bottom Line
The Eufy Video Smart flexible lock is expensive, but it offers multiple ways to lock and unlock your door and doubles as a 2K video doorbell.
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