By Tim Murphy
on 7.16.12
Photo by Master Lock

We’re not sure where the carnage started. Perhaps it was the electronic pencil sharpener or the overhead projector. All we know is the latest analog school supply victim — the padlock — has fallen victim to Moore’s Law. Master Lock’s dialSpeed Electronic Combination Lock ($25) marks the end of the classic combination padlock as we know it.

But take heart, the lock has some solid features that justify moving to digital. With a backup password stored online, programmable guest passwords, and an intuitive arrow-based user interface (three times clockwise, once counter-clockwise… argh), this lock isn’t just tech for tech’s sake. Throw in the cut-resistant boron carbide shackle and you’ve got a modern but legit padlock. It’s always sad to see a classic ushered out, but this one evolution to the combination lock that makes sense.

Buy Now: $25