The $500 Lockly Vision Elite is a video doorbell and smart door lock in one

Smart door locks and video doorbells are useful for monitoring and controlling what’s happening at your door. But there are very few people actually working together, which means you end up with two different apps or two different taps in your smart home app to see a visitor and then open (or lock) your door.

Smart door lock maker Lockly has a three-in-one solution to this problem: the $499 Lockly Vision Elite. The Lockly Vision Elite, a camera and doorbell integrated into the door lock, launched this week and is the successor to the company’s Lockly Vision smart video lock.

The Vision Elite has a number of improvements over its predecessor, including full 1080p HD video, a wider viewing angle, night vision, and a motion sensor. It also has a new integrated solar panel to charge the lithium battery (the first generation uses eight AA batteries). It also costs $100 more.

As a smart lock, Lockly Vision Elite is a complete dead lock replacement that is operated by a key, app, built-in keyboard or fingerprint sensor. The keyboard features a rotating screen to confuse anyone looking over your shoulder trying to guess your code, and it works with offline access codes, so a visitor doesn’t have to download an app to get into it.

The Lockly Vision Elite has an adjustable solar panel that covers the keyhole slot.
Photo: Lockley

The lock also has a fingerprint reader and a small “doorbell” button.
Photo: Lockley

With the Lockly app, you can lock and unlock the door remotely once it’s connected to Wi-Fi using the built-in hub. The built-in door sensor tells you if your door is open or closed, and the lock can be programmed to auto lock.

The video doorbell component consists of a very small button on the keypad that operates the doorbell. There is two-way audio to speak to the visitor, and any recordings are stored locally in the lock. This means that there are no cloud storage fees. The door lock works with Google Home and Amazon Alexa.

I tested out the first generation of Lockly Vision and was pretty disappointed, but the new model features some major improvements — HD video, night vision, and wider vision. But more importantly, it now has a motion sensor. Previously, you had to rely on someone pressing a small button on the door lock to trigger the camera to record, something that no one ever did when I tried it.

Lockly Vision and Lockly Vision Elite are the only smart video locks currently available in the United States. I’m still hesitating if this is because they are taking over the market or because this whole concept doesn’t quite work like two separate custom products. After reviewing the original Lockly Vision, my recommendation was to only get it if there are some restrictions that mean you can’t install both the smart doorbell and the lock on your door.

However, Eufy recently announced a $399 Eufy Security Video Smart Lock, a model with similar capabilities to Lockly, and I’d be interested to see if any of these new models make this category more compelling. One of the main differences I can actually see is that the Eufy has a fingerprint sensor on top of the lock; Lockley is still on the right side. When I tested the original Lockly Vision, I couldn’t reach the fingerprint reader because the lock was too close to the door jamb. I plan to test both models and will report back with a full review.

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