Master Lock Dial Speed Review: For When Numbers Are Too Complicated

Was the last number 23, or 32? Wait, is this even my lock? If you've ever been late for class or stuck at the gym because of a frozen analog combo lock, you're in luck. With this digital directional lock, it doesn't matter if you can't memorize a string of numbers—but you still have to know your left from right.

What Is It?

A combination lock that's traded its dial for a D-Pad.

Who's it For?

Students, gym rats, security-conscious gamers, residents of Hill Valley circa 2015.

Design

Sleek and sturdy. The lock face is more responsive than the D-Pad on an XB360, and its hardened steel case has a shim-proof boron alloy shackle.

Using It

Program your own directional code and key it in one-handed, without looking. It's way easier than dialing in a traditional combination lock.

The Best Part

Using the Konami code to open a gym locker.

Tragic Flaw

The electronic Dial Speed can't get wet or live outdoors. Forget about it for sheds and fences.

This Is Weird...

With the lock on a gym bag, at least two strangers stopped on the street to ask: "Is that a lock?" And: "What happens when it runs out of batteries?"

Test Notes

  • Up to four separate unlock codes (1 Master, 3 Guest) can be set. Handy, but doesn't that quadruple the odds of someone breaking in?
  • Includes 1GB USB drive for secure data storage and access to a super-secret backup Master code in the event that the primary code is lost.
  • Runs up to 5 years on a single CR2032 battery
  • A "jump slot" allows the lock to be opened even if the installed battery is dead.
  • Includes 3-month subscription to Master Lock Vault online storage system.

Should You Buy It?

Well, Office Max sells analog combo locks for $6, and this has an MSRP of $40 (Master Lock has lowered the price to $25). It works beautifully, but the price is tough to swallow.

If you've got the money, numeric combinations aren't your thing, and you're looking for a lock that doubles as a conversation piece, by all means, get yourself this futuristic digital lock.

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Master Lock Dial Speed Specs

• Size: 52mm-wide body, 25mm-tall shackle
• Battery Type: CR2032
• Weight: 7 oz
• Price: $25 at Master Lock
• Gizrank: 3.5 stars

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