Up, Down, Left, Right, Click!

Those of you who enjoy video games will appreciate the new directional design of Master Lock’s new 1500ID Speed Dial combination lock. Its locking mechanism breaks away from the long-standing numerical standard and adopts a D-pad design that Master Lock is saying will be easier to use and much more secure.

Moving the spring-loaded dial in a customizable sequence through the four directions opens the lock, and the combination can be of any length and can be changed at any time. They also include additional passcode markers that you can apply over the directional arrows in case you’d prefer to memorize a series of letters or numbers.

The engineer in me wonders how well the moving parts in the new design are going to stand the test of time… I worry that having more degrees of freedom leaves more opportunities open for mechanical failure. But, it feels nice and solid in the hand when you pick it up (I tracked one down in the hardware store down the street), and Master Lock is a company I trust, so I would probably give one a shot. At any rate, I can’t seem to hold on to padlocks for very long – I always end up losing the combination or forgetting them in my gym locker.

One blogger makes a good point that the pressure is on the user to avoid picking a directional combination that’s easy to memorize (god codes, Street Fighter combos, the circular sweep needed for the hammer throw in Nintendo Track & Field II). Outside of the potential for poor sequence selection, the lock has an infinite number of possible combinations, and they use something called “anti-shim technology” to prevent lock picking (which is remarkably easy in standard models).

Up until this point, we’ve been locked (no pun intended) into choosing between the number dial and the lock-and-key models for protecting our valuables. What do you think? Would you spend the extra few dollars on a directional lock? Is it worth their resources for Master Lock to create a new product line or should we just stick with the original go-to designs?

via (OhGizmo)


  1. Julie Winkels says

    My son has a directional masterlock, set the combo, now we cannot open it. We have been trying all sorts of different combos to no avail. Can we reset it somehow withou it being unlocked?

    • Non of it bussiness says

      Hopefully not, I’m not saying that to be mean but because if you could then everyone could potentially break into the secured thing but if your willing to risk ruining the lock why not unscrew the back (with a screwdriver that can be purchased at any store that isn’t a grocerystore) hmm sounds insecure considering it can be opened by anyone or anything with appeasable thumbs and a screw driver but I saw someone open it up for educational purposes and reverse engineer it to learn how it works as this lock cannot work using the same internal mecamism as any other locks as it’s the only directional one out there (all the others ones use rotations)

  2. Brian Hanifin says

    While these are theoretically more secure, something tells me I am going to be tempted to try the Contra cheat code on ever one I come across. 😉

    • Jenn Lowell says

      I’m thinking the answer is yes, though I can’t be sure. Do you have a collection of 40lb primates to contain?

  3. Bruce R. says

    What’s that coming out of her nose? Space Balls!!! Oh sh#*!!! There goes the planet.
    :-) I just fell in love with you Jenn… “B”

  4. Bruce R. says

    Hay guys. Bought the new Master Combo Lock at my local Target Store for only $9.00. I watched the video on Master’s web site several times before attempting to change the combination to a new number. The lock MUST first be in the open position to change the combo. I set it to the same combination as in Space Balls 1-2-3-4-5… Works perfectly & is v-e-r-y easy. I haven’t as yet put the lock through grueling trials, such as indoor/out door duration, shock, dirt, grime & grease or abuse but this will come in time, I’ll place it on my out door shed, beat on it with hammers, other tools & subject it to chemical torchers. All in all, a very cool choice for a low security pad lock… “B”

    • Profile photo of Jenn Castillo says

      “1-2-3-4-5? That’s the stupidest combination I’ve ever heard of in my life! That’s the kinda thing an idiot would have on his luggage!”

      Thanks for the update! Love the homage… =)

  5. Bruce R. says

    Guys this lock in under $15.00, I think it’s worth a shot. I had a friend who owned a lock smith shop right here in Summit NJ, & they swore by the Master lock Co, Any time a new lock came out, it was trusted through Master’s age old reliability, durability & modest price point. I will be picking up one of these steel clad clappers tomorrow & make a point to report back, I’ll put it to the trials & let you all know… “B”

  6. says

    This thing looks superb, but one questions is pressing on my mind, couldn”t anyone just either slide the lock at the back to the reset and press the lock up towards something so that it clicks twice so that it clears the lock? or just simply click the lock up twice?

    • Bruce R. says

      Jordan, in looking at the video a few times, I gather the proper combination must be used in order to make the slide on the back work. Check out the video again your self & let me know what you think. But this looks like the procedure… “B”

      • Profile photo of Jenn Castillo says

        Bruce, I think you are right on point. The combination has to be entered before opening the lock and resetting it. But I did notice that they warn to absolutely not flip the reset switch while the lock is closed… wonder what would happen then?