Aqara Good Lock U100 provides Matter to the good lock combine

Aqara has kickstarted the Matter good lock motion with the launch of the Good Lock U100; a wise deadbolt that performs properly throughout a number of good house ecosystems.

In addition to the headline Matter good house compatibility, the Aqara Good Lock U100 additionally syncs with Apple House, Amazon Alexa, and Google House – however there are a couple of caveats primarily based on the way you need to combine it into your own home.

Out of the field, it’s going to solely work with Aqara House and Apple House/HomeKit.

If you wish to add Matter, Alexa, or Google House to the combination then you definitely’ll must pair it with one of many multitudes of Aqara good house hubs.

In order for you Matter management then that hub must be the Hub M2 as Matter rolled out on that again in February. Different Aqara hubs – just like the Hub M1S, Hub E1, Digicam Hub G3, and Digicam Hub G2H Professional – will apparently be receiving the replace over “the approaching months”.

Even then, it is not fairly so simple (nothing actually is with Matter for the time being)… Alexa, for instance, does not but help locks (or bridges just like the Hub M2) however that’s set to alter quickly.

If you happen to go down the Matter / HomeKit route, although, then the U100 is nicely positioned as it is usually appropriate with Apple House Key, which signifies that you should utilize Apple Pockets to ‘store’ your key and unlock your door with both your iPhone or Apple Watch.

And with Apple’s Energy Reserve function (supported on iPhone XS or later and Apple Watch Collection 4 working watchOS 8 or later) you may even open your door as much as 5 hours after your cellphone or watch has run out of battery.

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Apart from the HomeKit smarts, the U100 additionally helps a variety of different unlocking choices together with fingerprint, password, NFC, and a mechanical key.

You might be additionally ready, via the Aqara House app, to create one-time and periodic passwords to provide entry to visitors for short-term, long-term, or particular time frames.

The U100 is powered by 4 AA batteries and Aqara tells us this equates to eight months of life. You’ll get a low battery energy warning at 20% and if you happen to do let the juice run dry you should utilize a bodily key or cost it through a USB-C port.

Aqara is a quickly increasing model and is a superb possibility if you happen to’re searching for cheap, dependable methods to broaden your Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant-powered good houses.

A few years again we revealed our complete Aqara good house assessment; so be sure you take a learn of that for extra info and particulars of precisely what’s on supply – we’ll be updating that assessment very quickly as nicely, so keep tuned for that.

The Good Lock U100 is accessible proper now on Aqara’s Amazon store for $189.99.