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May 4, 2017 Robert Daniels 3 Comments fingerprint, my lockey, pqi, Security, windows hello

Many modern laptops & desktops offer the security and convenience of using Windows Hello biometric security. Windows Hello is Microsoft’s label for Windows 10’s non-password authentication. It allows for the use of fingerprint, iris scanning, and PIN login lớn any Windows 10 machine with the right hardware. But what if you have sầu an older machine? Enter PQI & their My Lockey fingerprint reader USB dongle. It’s a tiny add-on that turns any PC inkhổng lồ a Windows Hello compliant fingerprint secured machine.

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DESIGN

The My Lockey is a tiny little fingerprint reader. It only extends about 10 mm from the body of your device. It’s only about the kích cỡ of a US quarter. If you’ve sầu used a Bluetooth mouse/keyboard with a USB dongle then you’re basically familiar with the kích cỡ and shape of the My Lockey.

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The actual unit is black and rimmed with an aluminum bvà. There’s a screen printed fingerprint on the top side & the PQI hình ảnh sản phẩm underneath. In the center of the printed fingerprint is an LED that lights up when the reader is ready for use. The actual sensor on the side is slightly recessed. There are no sharp edges to lớn be found.

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The look perfectly matches my MacBook Air – almost like it was made for it. It seems silly to say but the fact that it’s a smart looking device made me enjoy it more. I mean, if you are going khổng lồ leave sầu this thing plugged inlớn your máy vi tính all the time it should at least look good, right?

PERFORMANCE

So the thing looks good & is small enough lớn be unobtrusive. But how does it work? In a word – amazingly! This thing is fast to the point of ridiculousness. When you plug in the dongle Windows will automatically install the drivers for you. You can also grab them from PQI’s trang web. Once you’ve gotten the driver installed you’ll need to add a fingerprint. Access Windows Hello via Settings > Accounts > Sign-in Options > Add Fingerprint. The process of adding your fingerprint is basically the same as on any smartphone. Lift và touch your finger until the software tells you to stop. You’ll also need to lớn add a PIN as a backup authentication method. But that’s it. Setup takes about two minutes from start to finish.

Now the next time you’re at the Windows 10 login page you’ll notice the My Lockey’s LED glowing green. cảm biến it và voila – you’re in. Login takes less than one second. It’s incredibly fast. The underlying hardware is from Synaptics and it really screams. I can’t overstate how fast & seamless the login process is with the My Lockey.

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CONCLUSION

PQI has a winner here. The My Lockey only costs $35 on Amazon và works very well. Skipping the password entry screen seems lượt thích a small thing but it’s one of those things that just makes the whole experience better. It’s a great sản phẩm at a great price. Highly recommended.


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