Back to School with Master Lock: Review

Thursday, August 26, 2010 Posted by Dina N

I love padlocks that come with a combination and not with a key. That way, I do not have a key to carry with me to the gym, or worry about losing it. The only problem there is that the combination on my lock tends to be some preset random thing that I promptly forget when I have not used it for a few months.

Two new products from Master Lock are designed to help forgetful people like me. They would come in very handy to your kids who need to keep their stuff secure at school.

The 1500ID Speed Dial Combination Padlock features a first-of-its-kind design that opens on directional movements – up, down, left and right – instead of a standard rotary dial. It's easier and faster to use than the old type of dials. This innovative lock allows me to create my own combination with any number of movements in any sequence. For example, up-up left-right, or down-left-right-up. Or, for the geographically inclined, North-South-East-West, for instance. I can work it with one hand, and it's perfect for a storage locker, the gym, or school. If I happen to forget the combination, it can be reset. I could also use the adhesive letters, numbers, colors, shapes and symbols included in the package that can be applied over the lock's directional arrows. The Speed Dial is available in red, blue (the one I got), black, and white.

The second lock I tried is the 1590D Precision Dial Combination Padlock. I received one in pink - very pretty, girly color. It features a standard rotary dial. Again, I can choose my own combination of three letters or numbers. Personally, I'd rather use letters than numbers - it could be someone's initials, a pet name, or any other set of letters that is easy to remember. The lock operates with a traditional right-left-right movement, and the enclosed reset tool ensures this lock will not be rendered useless like my old ones if I ever forget the code. I suggest keeping the reset tool in a safe place at home, and if your child (or you) ever forgets the combination, just get the reset key. In addition to pink, the Precision Dial is available in black, blue and green.

The two new products are available at retailers nationwide, and also online on

Disclosure / Disclaimer: No monetary compensation was obtained for this post. I received complimentary product to facilitate this review. Product information and images are provided by the company or PR firm. The opinions expressed here are mine and may differ from yours.


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