Konig Home Review: Is it REALLY the BEST Smart Safe? - SafesRight

Konig Home Review: Is it REALLY the BEST Smart Safe?

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This gun safe is quite special to me, as the GunBox 2.0 was the first product ever reviewed back in 2017. Back then, I gave a few harsh comments around the fact that the gas struts had issues with opening intermittently, and it annoyed me that they split the keypad GunBox 2.0 and the Fingerprint GunBox 2.0 into two different units rather than having both technologies in one safe.

Now, here we are, almost five years later, and we have their latest version! Not only has the company’s name changed from GunBox to Konig, but my review may have struck a chord, as they resolved the gas strut issue and combined both units into one.

So, let’s dig into the comprehensive review of the Konig Home and see if this safe is considerably better than it used to be and if it is worth your hard-earned money!

Why did they change their name to Konig? This safe used to be named the GunBox 2.0 (and the smaller unit, the GunBox Echo); however, the name has been changed to the Konig Home (and the Konig Jr for the smaller version). The company found that many of the purchasers of their safe were using it for items other than firearms and instead were using it for electronics, cash, and other valuables. Because of this, having the word “Gun” didn’t make sense, and they proceeded to change the name.

What is the Konig Home?

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  • It looks high-end, and high quality
  • Many ways to access the safe
  • No phone access
  • Anchor cable not included
  • Lock: Keypad, Fingerprint, RFID
  • Dimensions: 2.7" High by 10" Wide by 11.6" Deep
  • Steel: N/A (Aluminum)
  • Fire Rating: N/A
  • Weight: ‎5.63 pounds
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The Konig Home is one of the first high-end, high-quality gun safes to ever be produced. Its aluminum body is a rare occurrence, but it is still quite hefty and a strong unit. You can access the safe (which opens on its own with gas struts) in three ways: RFID, fingerprint (aka biometric), and keypad.

This mountable safe includes mounting points (not wholly drilled through) for mounting it to your nightstand (or anywhere you want).

If mounting the safe isn’t your thing, you can tether it with a cable, which is not included here but can be purchased right here (Paid Link). The Konig Home also has charging ports for charging devices and internal LED lights. You can also keep track of the safety and any tampering that may occur via the company’s proprietary application.

GunBox 2.0 vs Konig Home: What is the difference?

The Konig Home has gone through quite a few names, including the GunBox 2.0, the Konig Guardian, Konig 1.0 and now the Konig Home. So what’s changed since the GunBox 2.0 was its name?

  1. They have combined the keypad and biometric version of the safe into one, meaning you now have three ways to access the safe rather than just one.
  2.  The fingerprint scanner has changed from one that takes an image of your fingerprint and has been improved to now recognize the ridges and valleys of your fingerprint. This makes it quicker, more reliable, and more secure.
  3.  They have better quality control around their gas struts, as the safe opens with no problem now.

What do I like about it?

1. Styling

While an automotive-style paint finish is typical in the full-size gun safe market, it must be remembered for pistol safes that it isn’t standard here.

The paint finish on these safes is by far the best on the market and is the only safe that looks at home on a countertop, desk, or anywhere you want to keep it available.

Its sleek styling also doubles as a diversion safe, as most intruders will be looking for a gun safe, and this looks more like an electronic than storage. It would help if you always had it tethered or bolted down and did not rely on this as a safety measure.

2. Points of access

You have to respect any gun safe that offers so many different ways to access the safe. With this new generation of Konig safe, you have access via keypad and fingerprint (which is fantastic). However, you also have access via RFID in the form of either a key fob or a credit card-style key.

Each can be kept on your person at any time, meaning you don’t have to worry about remembering a code to access your safe (or if you need someone other than you to access the safe).

3. Build quality

At a base price of almost $300, you better hope that the build quality of this safe is par none, and thankfully, it is. The aluminum body feels fantastic, the painted finishes are done well, the interior is well-built, and the gas struts are high quality.

The only complaint is the button (which doubles as their logo), which feels cheaper than it should be, especially since it is a high touch point.

What don’t I like about it?

1. Lack of phone access

As we will learn in a moment, the main competition to the Konig Home offers access to the box via a phone application (anywhere in the world). If this capability were available for the Konig Home, it would cement itself as the best pistol safe on the market.

Konig is launching an application soon to notify you of tamper alerts and other items. However, I don’t think they will release this feature soon when that application gets debugged, but we will have to see and adjust this review accordingly.

2. It doesn’t come with an anchor cable.

A cable is one of the main ways you will secure this safe. The safe is equipped to use a cable; however, the newest safe comes with something other than one. This is strange, as the old version did come with a cable. This is a minor detractor, as you can buy one here cheaply (Paid Link)!

What is the Konig Home’s Competition?

The main competition to the Konig Home is the same as it was five years ago. Vaultek continues to be neck-and-neck with Konig. While the Konig Home is a much nicer-looking unit and looks at home on the countertop, the comparable Vaultek VS10 offers a little more functionality (Paid Link), such as a physical key lock, phone access, and a nano key.

Ultimately, if you are looking for the most features but don’t care about style, the Vaultek is an excellent bet. However, the Konig Home is perfect if you want something much nicer aesthetically but nearly as usable.

So what do I think?

The Konig Home is a great pistol safe, and it offers many access options for those looking for the added convenience of unlocking their safe with minimal effort. The build quality is excellent, and the styling is second to none, regardless of price range.

However, the lack of phone access will turn off some users, as this is a feature that the competition does offer. Still, I highly recommend the Konig Home if you want a great-looking pistol safe with plenty of access options and good build quality.

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