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The Schlage electronic keypad motto: "Won't Fail Til Your Memory Does."

Throw Out The Key

 
The announcement out of Schlage that their BE365 electronic keypad deadbolt just earned the notable "Best Buy" rating from Consumers Digest comes at a good time, as I am fresh off a visit to the Schlage booth at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas.

Retailing at $119, the BE365 is a solid investment in home security and convenience. I have an older Schlage electronic keypad deadbolt on my front door and I must say I love having it. It means one less key on the keychain. It also means one more number sequence I have to remember (in this case, only four numbers), which hasn't been an issue, yet. Unless I am afflicted by early onset Alzheimer's, I'll enjoy keyless entry and locking of my front door for years to come. I can't speak for the BE365, but I can say that this technology is a worthwhile addition to any home.

What I WON'T yet endorse is Schlage's new "SecureKey" cylinder and re-keying technology. During a visit to the Schlage booth at IBS 2010, my co-workers and I were treated to a demonstration of the SecureKey features and function. I consider myself a pretty smart guy, and I know my co-workers are as sharp as any, but we couldn't, even after multiple explanations, understand exactly how the SecureKey was meant to work. (Side note: after reading the explanation of the SecureKey on the Schlage website, I am pretty sure I now get it. Perhaps my brain was too high on sugar from all the free cookies at the Sears booth that day.)

Take a look at the BE365 and the SecureKey and let us know if you think either product are something you would invest in for your home.








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