Review: August Smart Lock Pro works with HomeKit and Z-Wave Plus, Doorbell Cam Pro lights up the night

August unveiled its latest generation of smart locks and doorbells last fall with its improved Pro lineup, and we’ve had a chance to test out some of the new features. Smart Lock Pro includes upgraded internals and Z-Wave Plus support, while Doorbell Cam Pro adds a useful floodlight for scaring off intruders and seeing visitors in the dark. Check out our hands-on below:

As an Apple HomeKit enthusiast and a renter, I really appreciate how easy it is to install August smart locks. They only replace the inside half of your door’s deadbolt lock so the key is not changed, and the installation kit includes adapters for all major lock brands.

When I moved back in November, changing the smart lock back to the dumb lock and taking my August lock with me was super easy, and landlords typically do not mind (or even need to know) since there is no drilling required and the same key works.

I reviewed the HomeKit and app features of the second-generation August Smart Lock in August 2016, and I still use the hardware everyday with HomeKit. Here’s a quick example of using Siri on Apple Watch and iPhone with both August Smart Lock (second-gen) and Smart Lock Pro:

Siri control is especially handy when I go for a run in my neighborhood with just my Apple Watch. My routine is lock the deadbolt with Siri on my Apple Watch when I leave, then unlock it using the same method when I return. No running with iPhone or taking my house key off my key ring required.

August has since introduced a more affordable August Smart Lock with a new design, cheaper price, and no HomeKit support. It’s a great smart lock for $149 and works with Amazon Alexa when used with August Connect or August Doorbell Cam. I rely on HomeKit compatibility for having all my smart home accessories in one app, but I do prefer the less bulky design to the big round design I flagged in my original review.

Like the second-gen version, Smart Lock Pro ships with HomeKit support out-of-the-box. Remote access and automation still requires additional Apple hardware like with all HomeKit accessories, and remote control via the August mobile app requires the August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge or August Doorbell Cam.

Smart Lock Pro comes in two flavors from August: one for $229 that does not include August Connect, and one for $279 that comes bundled with the Wi-Fi Bridge. In addition to remote access, using Smart Lock Pro with August Connect (or Doorbell Cam) enables both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility as well.