Barska Top Opening Biometric Safe Review

Biometric Safe:
Gun Safe Critic

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On March 27, 2015
Last modified:March 27, 2015


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Our Review:

Weighing in at 21 pounds, the Barska Top Opening Biometric Safe is undoubtedly the best way to keep your children, as well as intruders away from your guns or arms. As the fingerprint memory accommodates up to 30 fingerprints for authorized access, you can breathe a sigh of relief even if you’re away from home! In addition to a motorized deadbolt locking system, there are pre-drilled holes that allow you to safely attach it to your closet surface or wall. With its superb battery back-up that would last for at least two years and two back-up keys for secondary access in the event of any inadvertent situation or emergency, this is the most cost-effective safe that you can find amongst the range of biometric access safes in the market.

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Space & Size: 5/5

Considering that the difference between the inner body dimensions (14.5” x 11” x 2.5”) and outer body dimensions (14.75” x 11.25” x 2.5”) of the Barska Top Opening Biometric Safe is quite less, the storage capacity is more than sufficient. Being a family of four with two teenage children, our previous experience with a gun safe that we had purchased locally was far from satisfactory in terms of storage. However, with our latest purchase from Barska, we must admit that it has been money well spent! We can easily store guns, jewelry and other valuables away from the reach of my inquisitive kids!

Build Quality: 5/5

When we first unpacked and saw this biometric safe, we were quite taken aback at how light weight it was, while seriously doubting its build quality. To our pleasant surprise, though, the firm steel build tuned out to be highly resilient not only to prying, but to any sort of dents and scratches. Further, it is important to note that the steel dead bolts upon locking get very firmly clasped and do not budge even a wee bit, thereby eliminating any possible attempt to break it open.

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Rating: 4.5/5 (1 vote cast)

A well-built and sturdy safe made of high-grade steel and long-lasting batteries. Top Opening Safe offers plenty of storage space with stringent biometric access.
Despite being 100% tamper-proof, the safe does not offer fire-resistance and its limited period warranty is restricted to one year.

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Security Features: 4/5

In terms of security features, an ideal gun safe is one that provides impenetrable security and at the same time, enables you to retrieve your gun quickly during emergencies. The Barska Top Opening Biometric Safe scores high in both aspects, by providing a sufficient memory for 30 fingerprints. At the same time, the biometric sensor is highly precision-based in ensuring that nobody with unrecognizable fingerprints can open the safe under any circumstances.

What we liked even more about this model is that there are 2 emergency back-up keys, and unlike other number-code safes, this one does not get locked out after a certain number of attempts. Moreover, you also have the option of setting it to silent mode to avoid arousing unnecessary suspicion and of course, you need to keep the biometric reader clean and smudge-free so that it’s able to read accurately. The only feature that we missed in this safe is the fact that it’s not fire-retardant. Although considering its cost, we really think it still is value for money!

Packaging & Shipping: 5/5

We received the Barska Top Opening Biometric Safe in a very well-packed shipment just within a week of placing the order. Not only the safe, but also the mounting hardware, floor mat, emergency keys, operating manual and duly stamped warranty card, were meticulously packed along.

Warranty & Maintenance: 4/5

As far as the warranty period is concerned, I was a bit disappointed on knowing that the warranty period on this model is only one year, unlike other gun safes. We’ve been using it on and off to store our valuables over the past nine months and it would suffice to say that it is as good as new! The easy operation and hassle-free maintenance are some of the best reasons to purchase this Barska safe, although I’m rating it at 4 out of 5 for its warranty period.

Our Overall Rating: 4.6/5

If you’re looking for a cost-effective and tamper-proof gun safe that provides advanced biometric security, then opting for the Barska Top Opening Biometric Safe would definitely be a viable option. For people who do not want to worry about losing keys or encountering cumbersome code-locking mechanisms, the fingerprint access enables you to feel secure, knowing that your gun is safely stored away from your children, yet quickly accessible when you require it the most. The advanced biometric security never fails you, and neither does its highly resilient steel build.

Features and SpecificationsMore Pictures
  • Safe Drawer with top opening, with the capacity of the inner storage space being 14.5” x 11” x 2.5” and outer body measurement being 14.75” x 11.25” x 2.5”
  • Pre-fabricated holes and clasping hardware that allow easy mounting on drawer/shelf/wall surface
  • Firmly-protruding steel dead bolts that lock and unlock based on input received from fingerprint scanner
  • Biometric Fingerprint Memory can detect up to 30 authorized fingerprints
  • Tough Steel Build with total weight of 21 lb and 2 manual keys for use in emergencies
  • Comes along with up to 2-years lasting 4 AA batteries and warranty period of 1 year

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