Kwikset Halo Touch review: This smart lock jettisons the keypad and adds a fingerprint reader – Christopher Null

Kwikset has finally gotten into the biometrics game with the launch of the Halo Touch smart lock. Mind you, it’s not just a version of the Halo with a fingerprint reader added, this is a lock of a considerably different design—at least on the outside of the house.

You’ll notice the difference on the exterior escutcheon immediately. While the original Kwikset Halo was a garish monstrosity, the Halo Touch is decidedly demure. Part of that is because the Touch no longer has a numeric keypad to take up a lot of space. Instead, there’s a small fingerprint scanner above a standard keyhole, all placed into a rectangular chassis just 3.5 x 2.75 inches in size. (An alternate, more classical design is slightly larger and comes with curves and beveled edges; both designs are available in a choice of two finishes.) A bar of LEDs appears at the top of the escutcheon; these light up in various colors depending on whether a fingerprint is accepted and when the lock is engaging.

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