Yale automated touchscreen locks are pretty touch. Watch this video and you’ll see one go through moderated amount of pretty much every kind of abuse you can throw at it. They key word here is moderated – sure, you could probably break it with the right tools and the right amount of force, just like any traditional lock, but the take-away lesson here is that touchscreen locks aren’t a step down in durability.

The Yale Real Living Series was first shown at the CEDIA EXPO 2010. The main selling point here as far as we can see is that despite it having all the functionality of other automated locks, and costing in the same range ($299 for simple buttons and $399 for touchscreen), it doesn’t require a monthly subscription fee.

But the entry price is high for the lock itself, and don’t even think about it unless you’ve already installed other pieces of a full security system. Specifically networked systems like the Zigbee, that allow you to lock, unlock and check on the state of the lock from a distance, and the Control4, which is a home automation system. Only then does a lock like the Yale Real Living truly live up to its potential.

Which is pretty high, even if you own a castle, with the device’s up to 250 user entry profiles.

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