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Stack-On QAS-1200-B Safe Review

Biometric Portable Safe for Valuables


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Dimensions and Capacity

stack on qas 1200-b reviewThe Stack-On QAS-1200-B is an exceptionally diverse safe. It can easily hold a handgun, small personal valuables, laptop, or other electronics, though its size does not lend itself to holding much more. I can see so many positive uses for the mobility and size of this small safe. The safe’s outer dimensions are 10 x 12-1/4 x 8-1/4 inches, which makes it fairly portable if needed or desired. The safe, like most, comes with an internal foam padding to protect the contents inside.  Its weight at 17.5 pounds creates a highly portable safe that can be carried virtually anywhere. This safe would travel easily, allowing the user to store any valuables and important documents while travelling abroad. Carrying this safe along on a road trip would provide peace-of-mind, and would eliminate the need for a hotel safe.

Biometric Fingerprint Technology

stack-on safe fingerprint scannerThis safe feature biometric fingerprint technology with the ability to remember up to 28 unique fingerprints. With just a simple swipe of your finger your safe opens immediately. It’s also nice that the safe allows many fingerprints to be stored, so that you can record your own fingerprints at different angles to improve accuracy. A common problem among biometric safes is that users won’t always swipe their finger the same way, which can cause problems with the sensor.

Construction and Back-Up Features

The solid steel safe is equipped with one steel locking bolt, and is solid black in color. It is a very modern design and looks very sharp in the online advertisements. The safe features a removable shelf, which adds to it’s appeal. I love removable shelves, because the allow for versatility storing contents.

The safe does require 4-AA batteries, which are included with the initial purchase. The safe comes with a back-up set of keys to allow you in your safe in case of technology or power failure. The safe also features the option to enter a code to get in. Aside from fingerprint technology, I love the idea that this safe can fit in so many places. It’s versatile, I can leave it in a closet at my house or possibly workplace, or I can use it while travelling. The safe comes with 4 pre-drilled holes and fastening hardware so that it can be easily mounted on a wall, cabinets, or floor. It is recommended that when storing firearms, the safe be mounted to a floor.

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Customer Reviews

This safe maintains a 3.6-star rating on Amazon.com with 18 customer reviews. It is, however, a good sign that half of the reviewers gave the safe a 5-star rating. Jason Bryner says that the safe “feels well-constructed,” but complains that the biometric technology is lacking. He says “on average […] it takes 3 swipes to open it up.” This is a common complaint among users who reviewed this product, that the fingerprint technology is frustrating. Stack-on QAS-1200-B

On the other hand, positive reviews rave about both the safe and its fingerprint technology. Robert A. says, commenting on other user’s reviews, that “these bad reviews are based on unrealistic expectations.” Robert A. later defends the fingerprint technology claiming “it works very well.” Rczabris says that the safe is “the perfect size,” commenting that it fits “right on [the] shelf anywhere in the house” and is definitely “secure.”

However, others complain that the safe is easily opened and a risky investment. I think there is merit to those arguments as well, since the safe is designed to be a deterrent and not necessarily inaccessible to a determined intruder.

QAS-1200-B Alternatives

The Barska Biometric Safe earns higher ratings and carries a similar price tag.