Streamlined Electronic Entry
The Baldwin Evolved series of keyless door handlesets replaces bulky number pads with a covert, high-tech touch-sensitive lock.
Touch-sensitive keyless entry has become a popular feature in modern cars, but now similar technology can open your front door. Although smart locks have been around for a while, style has often taken a back seat, with bulky keypads and other hardware taking up a lot of space on the door. In response to the call for a more streamlined door-hardware solution, Baldwin has introduced the Evolved series of handlesets and deadbolts, with touch-to-open technology seamlessly integrated into the hardware itself. The sleek electronic pad located directly under the traditional keyport uses Bluetooth technology to connect with an optional key fob or with the Kevo mobile app. To open, simply touch the sensor while your smartphone or key fob is in your hand, pocket, or bag, and the door unlocks. The app provides an assortment of features, including the ability to grant eKey access to guests, remote locking and unlocking, and a real-time log of previous access.
The Evolved series is truly customizable, with 19 handleset styles, three deadbolts, and 16 finishes. Each Evolved electronic lock takes four AA batteries and uses LED status lights to display locking, searching, low-battery, and error messages. The locks also have standard keyports if you feel the need to unlock your door the old-fashioned way. Prices for handlesets start at $420 and deadbolts start at $280.
—Jessica Chaloux, associate content producer
From Fine Homebuilding #290