We’ve got a pile of old combination locks kicking around the house. It isn’t that we need so many locks, nor is it that we feel we need many combination locks. Rather, it’s that although they come with the combination stamped to the back of them, we remove those stamps for security purposes, thereby making the locks very effective and keeping people out….even the people who own the locks! Shamefully, a couple of the gravestones in our combo-lock graveyard came about as a result of too much elapsed time between visits to the gym, allowing for the combinations to be forgotten and beyond retrieval.
Then, just in time as we chose to sign up for an incredibly expensive health club which we’ve vowed to make use of as our default family entertainment….comes the MasterLock dialSpeed Electronic Combination Lock.
First and most notably, this is not an all-purpose lock, as they are designed for indoor use only. You’ll have to find another product to secure the spray paint in the toolshed from the neighborhood kids. It’s ideal for gym locker security, so that’s where we tried it out.
The first thing we noticed about the lock was that it lives up to its name, “dialSpeed”. You know that eternity between when your towel falls off while you struggle to spin up the combination to your lock until you finally get the thing open? Well say goodbye to drafty backsides, because with the right code you can get into this lock quicker than it takes for the towel to hit the floor. Just grab the lock with one hand and press one of four options (up, down, left, right) in the combination that you specify, and your dignity is preserved.
In addition to numeric combinations, the face of the lock makes it easy for you to use words or number/word combinations. The face of the lock is set up like a compass with four directions. “Up” represents “ABCDEF or 123”, right represents “GHIJKLM or 45”, down, “NOPQRST or 678” and left “UVWXYZ or 90”. So if your password was “BLUSH2”, you would simply grab the lock and press “↑→←↓→↑”. Get the combination right and the dial pad turns green and you hear a click. Get it wrong and the pad will turn red and reset so that you can try again.
You can always use the lock with the pre-programmed primary code that it comes with right out of the package. You can also very easily change the primary code to something that you already know. There is a center button on the lock that allows all functions to be initiated, such as setting the primary code, adding a guest code, changing a code, or deleting a code.
The battery lasts up to 5 years, and can easily be changed (but only when the lock is open…..sneaky!). Even if the battery is dead, you can still unlock the lock by a special battery jump slot that allows you to enter the combination.
Accessing the Master Code for the lock (each device has a unique factory code that you can retrieve online if you have the original documentation) wasn’t particularly difficult. It merely required registering an account on the Master Lock Vault site and adding the Vault Product Code from page 2 of the manual. You can save the combination that you’ve programmed, and can also access that factory default code that can never be deleted or reprogrammed.
Included with the lock is a USB drive that can be used to securely store files and information in conjunction with Master Lock’s “Vault” subscription based service.
The lock weighs more or less the same as a standard combination lock, is of similar size, and currently comes in either black or white. It is roughly $20 more than a standard Master Lock combination lock. That extra $20 ensures that you don’t need to run out and buy another lock when you forget your combination, that your locker looks cooler than the locker next to yours, and also ensures that your naughty bits don’t catch a chill on your way back from the shower.
The MasterLock dialSpeed Electronic Combination Lock retails for $39.68, but you can purchase it here for $24.99 +FREE shipping!
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