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Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 vs. Mecurate IRT600A Digital Infrared Thermometer Side-by-Side Comparison

Between the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 and the Mecurate IRT600A, which is the better IR thermometer? Here’s our side-by-side comparison to tell you more!

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Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 vs. Mecurate IRT600A Digital Infrared Thermometer

Overall Verdict

This pairing, as of June 2023, is fairly cut-and-dry. While the Mecurate IRT600A is among our top performers, the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 is at the bottom tier. It’s one of the few thermometers that got a failing score in our benchmark.

The Etekcity did well in the cold test but failed in the hot test, giving readings that were several times off the temperature of the oil. Our benchmark gave the thermometer a 1.63 out of 10 score. Together, it gets a performance score of 4.1 out of 10.

Meanwhile, with its high performance score of 6.9 out of 10, the Mecurate is the clear winner performance-wise.

But not only that, but the Mecurate is also better than the Etekcity in design and usability.

All in all, there’s no reason for you to pick the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 over the Mecurate IRT600A (or any other thermometers in our database, for that matter.)

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance70% Design20% Usability10% ScoreOverall 70%Performance 20%Design 10%UsabilityMecurate IRT600A Di...Etekcity Lasergrip...7.56.99.57.94.94.17.35.5
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Pros & Cons

  • The handle is textured and has indents that improve the user’s grip
  • Solid build quality.
  • Has several measurement modes.
  • Practical laser emitter with 13-point patterning.
  • Easy to handle with a clicky, tactile trigger.
  • Bright, colored VA display panel.
  • Comes bundled with a meat thermometer
  • Poor accuracy on the hot test with cooking oil
  • Metallic clicky sound in the trigger seems to suggest a manufacturing defect
  • Unreliable readings. Multiple continuous scans are required before the thermometer “re-calibrates” itself and output more accurate results.

Key Specs

Dimensions
L3.9 x W1.57 x H6.3 inches
L3.75 x W1.75 x H5.5 inches
Weight
4.59 ounces
5 ounces
Display type
Backlit LCD panel
Colored LCD VA panel
Measurement modes
2
3 (EMS, Average, Max)
Audio cues
No
Yes
Temperature range
-58°F to 1,130°F (-50°C to 610°C)
-58 to 1,122°F (-50 to 600°C)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$26.13
$25.61

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
4.1
6.9

Cold Test with Ice

7.8
8.6
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.
Mecurate IRT600A Digital Infrared Thermometer Cold Test with Ice Video
The Mecurate IRT600A is being used by a reviewer to measure the surface temperature of an ice bath. The display shows 30.7°F.
A reviewer using the Mecurate IR600A to measure the surface temperature of an ice water bath. The screen displays 32°F.
Ice Temperature
32°F
32°F
Temperature at 12”
33.4°F
30.7°F
Temperature at 16”
34.3°F
32°F

Hot Test with Cooking Oil

1.6
5.8
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.
Mecurate IRT600A Digital Infrared Thermometer Hot Test with Cooking Oil Video
The Mecurate IRT600A is used to scan the temperature of boiling oil in a pan from 12 inches away. The screen reads 373°F.
The Mecurate IRT600A is used to scan the temperature of boiling oil in a pan from 16 inches away. The screen reads 365°F.
Oil Temperature
361°F
361°F
Temperature at 12”
374.7°F
373°F
Temperature at 16”
381.2°F
365°F

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.3
9.5

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 content of the Mecurate IRT600A’s shipping box, which includes the IR thermometer, a meat probe, batteries, and paperworks.

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 Mecurate IRT600A. The height is 5.5 inches, the length is 3.75 inches, and the width is 1.75 inches.
Weight
4.6 oz (130 g)
5.0 oz (142 g)
Length
3.9" (9.9 cm)
3.8" (9.5 cm)
Width
1.6" (4.0 cm)
1.8" (4.4 cm)
Height
6.3" (16.0 cm)
5.5" (14.0 cm)

Build Quality

7.0
9.0
The black-and-yellow Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 on its side on a dark grey concrete table top.
Mecurate IRT600A Digital Infrared Thermometer Build Quality Video
The side profile of the Mecurate IRT600A. The thermometer is lying on a dark grey concrete table.
The front profile of the Mecurate IRT600A while it’s lying on a dark grey concrete table.

Laser Emitter

8.0
10
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 Mecurate IRT600A laser dot pattern in a dark room.
The Mecurate IRT600A laser dot pattern in a dark room.
The Mecurate IRT600A is scanning the temperature of the top of its shipping box, showcasing the 13-dot laser emitter.
The large infrared sensor and the active laser emitter on the Mecurate IRT600A IR thermometer. The laser emitter is lit up.
Laser Pattern
Single-dot
13-point
Brightness
Good
Good

Display Panel

7.0
10
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.)
The colored VA-type display panel at the back of the Mecurate IRT600A IR thermometer. The screen is showing 28°C.
The colored VA display panel of the Mecurate IRT600A displays data very clearly and vividly.
Display Type
Backlit LCD Panel
Colored LCD VA
Backlight
Yes
Yes
Display Size
1.18
1.3

Battery Compartment

The inside of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080’s battery compartment, with two triple-A batteries and a pull tab.
The internal battery compartment of the Mecurate IRT600A thermometer. Two AAA batteries are already in place.
The battery compartment of the Mecurate IRT600A, with the batteries in place.
Battery Type
AAA
AAA

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
5.5
7.9

Handling

7.5
9.0
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 Mecurate IRT600A is being tested by a reviewer. The IR thermometer measures the surface temperature of a dark grey table.
The Mecurate IRT600A is being tested by a reviewer. The IR thermometer measures the surface temperature of a dark grey table.
A close-up shot of the textured portion of the back of the Mecurate IR thermometer’s handle.
A close-up shot of the indents at the front of the Mecurate IR thermometer’s handle.

Measurement Modes

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

Audio Cues

0.0
8.0

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