The Aqara A100 Zigbee is the company’s flagship smart lock available outside of China, which is part of a lineup of three locks in the A100 series; The A100, the A100 Pro, and this, the A100 Zigbee.
The A100 Zigbee features multiple methods by which you can unlock the door, which includes;
- A fingerprint sensor
- A keypad for passcodes
- Apple HomeKey (NFC+)
- Aqara NFC cards
- Emergency keys
There’s also an option to power up the lock using a power bank via the USB-C port if the batteries unexpectedly die. Apple HomeKey also allows you to still unlock the door, even if your iPhone’s battery has died (Express mode only).
The Lock doesn’t require an Aqara hub for HomeKit functionality, or for some basic features even via the Aqara app, although with a Hub you get access to many more features, including automation integration.
In this video, I go through nearly all the features of the lock, including HomeKit integration and using Apple HomeKey, as well a ton of extras via the Aqara app.
Full disclosure: Aqara provided the lock and fitting free of charge, but no monetary compensation or sponsorship was offered. These facts are not in any way influenced by the opinions voiced in this video, and Aqara will not have seen this video or my feelings on this product before publication.
The Aqara A100 Zigbee is currently only available in some parts of Asia as well as Russia, but Aqara are planning to expand availability to other regions later in the year.