We’ve tested scores of smart locks and video doorbells, but the Lockly Vision ($399.99) is the first device we’ve come across that combines the two. Packed with features, this unique lock includes an embedded 720p camera, a touch-screen keypad, a fingerprint scanner, a keyed cylinder, a doorbell, and a microSD slot (card included) for storing recorded video. It requires a Wi-Fi hub (also included) to connect to your home network and works with Alexa and Google voice commands, but it doesn’t support Apple HomeKit or interact with other smart devices using IFTTT applets, and the video doorbell’s lack of night vision and motion detection hold it back. We like where Lockly is going here, but ultimately, you’re better off buying your security devices à la carte.
Design and Features
The Lockly Vision is a complete lock assembly that comes with interior and exterior escutcheons, a deadbolt and strike plate, a mounting plate and gasket, assorted mounting hardware, a door sensor and magnet, a set of keys, an activation card, and 8 AA batteries. It also comes with installation, user, and quick start manuals, as well as a small hub that connects the lock to your home network.
At first glance, the Satin Nickel Lockly Vision looks a lot like the Lockly Secure Plus we reviewed back in 2018. It sports a 2.5-inch (diagonal) capacitive touch screen, a biometric 3D fingerprint reader, and a keyway hidden behind a round metal protective cover. However, this model is equipped with a 720p video camera with a 150-degree field of view embedded in the top bezel, and a doorbell button positioned below the touch screen. Oddly, the camera doesn’t support night vision, which means you may not be able to see who is at your door in the dark unless you have a porch light on. The camera also lacks the motion detection capabilities that you get with other video doorbells such as the $100 Ring and our Editors’ Choice, the $100 RemoBell S.
At 7.0 by 2.8 by 1.4 inches (HWD), the Vision’s exterior is a bit bigger than the Secure Plus. There’s a speaker on the right side just below the fingerprint scanner, and a microphone is located above the touch screen. On the bottom edge is a pair of terminals for jumping the lock with a 9-volt battery if the AAs die, and a reset button.
The interior escutcheon is also a bit bigger. It measures 7.7 by 3.1 by 2.0 inches and has a thumb turn for manually locking and unlocking, as well as a Privacy button that disables the external keypad and fingerprint scanner. There’s a removable cover up top that shields the battery compartment, a program button, and a reset button. As with the Secure Plus, you can program the lock using the keypad to add access codes and submit fingerprints. You can also use it to enable the Auto-Lock feature, which will automatically lock the door after it has been unlocked for a predetermined period of time (between five and 300 seconds).
The Vision lock is powered by eight AA batteries (included) and has a Bluetooth radio for close-range connectivity with your phone, but it lacks built-in Wi-Fi. Instead, it uses the included hub to connect to your home’s Wi-Fi. The hub measures 0.5 by 4.4 by 3.9 inches and has a single 2.5-inch antenna, a LAN port, a power port, and two status LEDs (for power and internet).
You can unlock the Vision lock with your phone (mobile app), with your voice using Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands, or you can use the fingerprint scanner, the touchpad, or the keyway. When you swipe your hand over the touch screen it will display an Enter button and four round buttons containing numbers. To unlock the door, you simply tap each button containing your code numbers (in the correct sequence) and then tap the enter button. To prevent anyone from stealing your access code, the touch screen uses the same Pin Genie technology as the Secure Plus lock, which constantly changes the order of numbers on the keypad, making it virtually impossible for someone to steal your code by peeking over your shoulder or by looking for fingerprint smudges.
The doorbell will sound a chime and send push alerts to your phone whenever the button is pressed, and it will record video of the event and store it on the included microSD card. You’ll also receive push alerts when the lock is activated (locked or unlocked) or when an attempt to unlock has failed.
The Vision uses the same mobile app as the Lockly Secure Plus. It opens to a My Property screen with tabs for each installed lock. When you tap the Vision tab, it opens a Control screen with a video panel up top and a circle on the bottom. The video panel displays a blurred image of the last captured event and has an eyeball icon in the center of the image. Tap the icon to launch a live stream. When the door is open the circle is red, and when it’s closed the circle is blue. Below the circle is text that tells you if the door is open or closed and locked or unlocked, as well as the current time and date. There’s also a battery indicator in the upper right corner.
There are four buttons positioned along the bottom edge of the screen. The Control button takes you back to the Control screen and the Log button opens a screen where you can view a list of all lock and doorbell events. Doorbell events include a video thumbnail that you can play by pressing the arrow, and lock/unlock events tell you who used the lock and what method was used. Use the Access button to add new users. Here you can create permanent or temporary access codes, register fingerprints, and create offline access codes that you can share verbally or via email.
The Settings button takes you to a screen where you can edit the lock’s name, delete SD card data, configure push notifications, change the master access code, enable/disable audio, disable touch-screen access, and set an Auto-Lock timer that automatically locks the door after it has been unlocked for a set period of time.
Installation and Performance
As with the Secure Plus, the Vision lock is fairly easy to install, but it requires a few extra steps to install the hub. The installation manual offers detailed instructions and comes with drilling templates for new doors. I started by removing all of my existing lock hardware and installing the new deadbolt mechanism. Next, I slid the tailpiece that’s attached to the exterior escutcheon through the hole in the deadbolt, fed the data cables through the hole, and attached the exterior escutcheon to the interior mounting plate using the provided bolts. After attaching the two data cables to the interior escutcheon and securing the interior escutcheon to the mounting plate, I attached the door sensor and magnet, installed the batteries, and the physical lock installation was complete.
The Vision Connect hub should be no more than 50 feet from the lock. Following the instructions, I connected it to my router, powered it up, and waited a few seconds for the LEDs to begin blinking red and yellow. I downloaded the mobile app, created an account, tapped Add New Device, and followed the instructions to scan the QR code on the bottom of the hub. I entered the Activation code located on the included activation card, tapped Connect, created an admin code, and named the lock to complete the installation.
The Vision’s smart lock performance was excellent in testing. The fingerprint scanner never failed to recognize my fingerprint and the touch-screen pad was always responsive. The Auto-Lock feature also worked as advertised, and the lock had no trouble responding to Alexa voice commands to lock and unlock the door. Additionally, the lock was very quiet and push alerts arrived instantly.
The doorbell camera’s performance was mixed. On the plus side, it always recorded video and sent a push alert and a chime to my phone when the button was pressed, and daytime video appeared sharp and colorful. Two-way audio came through loud and clear. However, nighttime video appeared grainy, even with my porch light illuminated. In complete darkness it was virtually impossible to identify who was at my door.
The Lockly Vision Doorbell Camera Smart Lock’s offers multiple ways to lock and unlock your door, and Lockly’s Pin Genie technology helps keep your access codes private. That said, the Vision comes up short as a video doorbell due to its lack of night vision and motion detection. If you require multiple access methods as well as a doorbell with night vision and motion sensing, you’ll have to use two separate devices, at least for now. We suggest pairing the $220 Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro, our Editors’ Choice smart lock that offers fingerprint scanning, voice control, a keypad, and a traditional keyway, with the aforementioned RemoBell S, a wired video doorbell with a high-resolution camera, sharp night vision, and motion detection. Both devices offer interoperability with other smart devices, and their combined cost is around $80 less than you’ll pay for the Lockly Vision.