An entirely smart door? It might be the future for those unsatisfied with having a simple Ring doorbell installed.
Meet the Masonite M-PWR, the world’s first entirely smart door, and scratch your head at the gimmick of it all.
Revealed around CES 2022, the Masonite M-PWR smart door comes with a Yale smart lock, a built-in Ring video doorbell and motion-activated LED lights and sensors.
That all sounds fantastic if you don’t read the fine print – and it has a lot of head-scratching items.
First off, the Masonite M-PWR smart door connects to your home’s electrical system, so theoretically it’s always powered. However, in the case of a power loss, the entire door has only enough of a backup battery to make it run for 24 hours. What happens if that power loss happens while you’re away from home for longer? Your guess is as good as mine.
Then, the Masonite M-PWR might have all those nice smart items and features but it doesn’t have a unifying app for them. Instead, to use the Masonite M-PWR smart door you have to have three apps: the M-PWR app, the Yale app and, of course, the Ring app.
And lastly, the price. You’d expect a world’s first gadget to be expensive but basically this is a door that comes with a couple of sensors, a lock and a doorbell – and costs more than four times as much as all those things separately.
ZDNet pinpointed exactly where the M-PWR smart door slams your fingers:
“What’s all this technology going to cost you? The fiberglass Masonite M-PWR starts at $4,000 — and that’s for the basic model. Several finishes/designs/glass options are available, with pricing on the higher-end versions reaching $7,000.
If you consider that a decent front door, Ring doorbell, and Yale smart lock from the same retailer can be had for under $1,000, this is clearly a door for people who want the finer things. And that price doesn’t include installation, something most homeowners can’t do on their own as the door needs to be hard-wired.
The door has been available in new construction homes since 2022, but this marks the first time you can buy it separately.”
Still, having a full smart door is a great idea and hopefully the company can refine it further. As it stands right now, a single smart home device requiring three different apps will be a hard sell for even the most security-conscious of homeowners.Also read: Chasing That Brown Aesthetic But Your Devices Ruin the Look? Try These Curated Picks