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Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 vs Etekcity Lasergrip 800 Infrared Thermometer Side-by-Side Comparison

Between the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 and the Etekcity Lasergrip 800, which is the better infrared thermometer?

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Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 vs Etekcity Lasergrip 800 Infrared Thermometer

Overall Verdict

being produced by Lasergrip, these two thermometers are not in the same league. While the Lasergrip 800 stands out as one of the top performers in our database, the 1080 falls among the worst.

Our benchmark rates the Lasergrip 800 with a performance score of 7.0 out of 10, while the 1080 only manages 4.1. The significantly lower score for the 1080 is mainly due to its poor performance in the hot test with oil, where it receives a measly score of 1.63.

In terms of design, both models are quite similar. In fact, the Lasergrip 1080 and Lasergrip 800 are nearly identical aesthetically.

Lastly, when it comes to usability, the Lasergrip 1080 has an advantage in this area due to its two extra measurement modes, while the Lasergrip 800 lacks any additional modes.

However, even considering these factors, you'll find much better value with the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 than the 1080.

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance70% Design20% Usability10% ScoreOverall 70%Performance 20%Design 10%UsabilityEtekcity Lasergrip...Etekcity Lasergrip...4.94.17.35.56.97.08.03.8
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Pros & Cons

  • The handle is textured and has indents that improve the user’s grip
  • A 16:1 distance-to-spot (D:S) ratio, which allows the user to measure objects from farther distances.
  • Bright laser emitter.
  • The display panel is brightly lit and readable even under harsh studio lighting.
  • Battery is included and already installed when taken out of the box.
  • Poor accuracy on the hot test with cooking oil
  • Metallic clicky sound in the trigger seems to suggest a manufacturing defect
  • Don’t come with any extra measurement mode.
  • Loose battery compartment door.
  • Don’t have any speaker or audio cues.

Key Specs

Dimensions
L3.9 x W1.57 x H6.3 inches
L5 x W2.75 x H7 inches
Weight
4.59 ounces
6.8 ounces
Display type
Backlit LCD panel
Backlit LCD
Measurement modes
2
0
Audio cues
No
No
Temperature range
-58°F to 1,130°F (-50°C to 610°C)
-58 to 1,382°F (-50 to 750°C)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$26.13
$25.52

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
4.1
7.0

Cold Test with Ice

7.8
6.6
Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Infrared Thermometer Cold Test
The Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 measures the surface temperature of an ice chest from 12 inches away. The screen reads 33.4°F.
The Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 measures the surface temperature of an ice chest from 16 inches away. The screen reads 34.3°F.
Etekcity Lasergrip 800 Infrared Thermometer Cold Test with Ice Video
A reviewer is using the Etekcity Lasergrip at a distance of 12 inches to measure the surface temperature of an ice bath. The screen reads 28.4°F.
The Etekcity Lasergrip 800 is being used by a reviewer to measure the surface temperature of an ice bath from a distance of 16 inches. The screen displays 29°F.
Ice Temperature
32°F
32°F
Temperature at 12”
33.4°F
28.4°F
Temperature at 16”
34.3°F
29°F

Hot Test with Cooking Oil

1.6
7.3
Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Infrared Thermometer Hot Test
The reading of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 from 12 inches away from a hot pan of cooking oil: 374.7°F.
The Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 measures the surface temperature of a pan of cooking oil from 16 inches away. The screen reads 381.2F.
Etekcity Lasergrip 800 Infrared Thermometer Hot Test with Cooking Oil Video
A reviewer is using the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 to measure the surface temperature of a vat of hot cooking oil from a distance of 12 inches. The screen reads 369.4°F.
A reviewer is using the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 to measure the surface temperature of a vat of hot oil at a distance of 16 inches. The screen reads 367.4°F.
Oil Temperature
361°F
361°F
Temperature at 12”
374.7°F
369.4°F
Temperature at 16”
381.2°F
367.4°F

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.3
8.0

In the Box

The Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 is in the frame's center. The user manual and the warranty card are to the left, and the plastic packaging is to the right.
The Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer lying on a dark grey table in the center, with its user manual to the left and its plastic box to the right.

Dimensions

The dimensions of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080. The length is 3.9 inches, the width is 1.57 inches, and the height is 6.3 inches.
The dimensions of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800. The length is 5 inches, the width is 2.75 inches, and the height is 7 inches.
Weight
4.6 oz (130 g)
6.8 oz (193 g)
Length
3.9" (9.9 cm)
5.0" (12.7 cm)
Width
1.6" (4.0 cm)
2.8" (7.0 cm)
Height
6.3" (16.0 cm)
7.0" (17.8 cm)

Build Quality

7.0
7.5
The black-and-yellow Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 on its side on a dark grey concrete table top.
A close-up view of the trigger of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer.
A close-up view of the trigger of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer.
A close-up view of the grip of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer.
The control panel with four buttons on the Etekcity Lasergrip 800.

Laser Emitter

8.0
8.0
The red laser dot of the laser emitter on the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 in a dark room.
The red laser dot of the laser emitter on the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 in a dark room.
The laser emitter and the IR sensor of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080.
The Etekcity Lasergrip 800’s laser emitter in a dark room.
Laser Pattern
Single-dot
Single-dot
Brightness
Good
Good

Display Panel

7.0
9.0
The backlit LCD display panel of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 with the backlight off (left) and on (right). The screen shows 78.9°F.
The LCD display panel of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 with the backlight off (left) and on (right.)
A close-up of the LCD screen panel of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800. The screen displays 84.3°F.
A close-up of the LCD screen panel of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800. The screen displays 84.3°F.
The LCD screen panel of the EtekCity Lasergrip 800 with the backlight turned on. The screen currently displays 81.9°F.
Display Type
Backlit LCD Panel
Backlit LCD
Backlight
Yes
Yes
Display Size
1.18
1.18

Battery Compartment

The inside of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080’s battery compartment, with two triple-A batteries and a pull tab.
The door of the battery compartment is opened on the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer, revealing the 9V battery cell inside and connecting wires.
The IR thermometer comes with the battery pre-installed inside. The battery is a standard 9V cell.
Battery Type
AAA
9V

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
5.5
3.8

Handling

7.5
7.5
The black-gloved hand of a reviewer holding and using the trigger of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 IR thermometer.
The black-gloved hand of a reviewer holding and using the trigger of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 IR thermometer.
The indents at the front of the handle of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 IR thermometer.
The black-gloved hand of a reviewer is pressing on the trigger of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer.
The black-gloved hand of a reviewer is pressing on the trigger of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer.
A close-up view of the grip of the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 IR thermometer.

Measurement Modes

6.0
0.0
Emissivity
0.10-1.00
No
Average Mode
No
No
Min Mode
No
No
Max Mode
Yes
No
Calibration
No
No
Alarm Mode
No
No

Audio Cues

0.0
0.0

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