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Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 vs Smart Sensor AS530 Infrared Thermometer Side-by-Side Comparison

Wondering which is the more accurate infrared thermometer between the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 and the Smart Sensor AS530? See our detailed comparison!

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Smart Sensor AS530 Infrared Thermometer

Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 vs Smart Sensor AS530 Infrared Thermometer

Overall Verdict

The Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 and the Smart Sensor AS530 thermometers fall into the lower percentile in our database. According to our benchmark, the Lasergrip 1080 received a performance score of 4.1 out of 10, while the Smart Sensor AS530 scored slightly higher at 4.8. Both thermometers failed one of the two minor performance tests we conducted. The Lasergrip 1080 failed the hot test with cooking oil, while the Smart Sensor AS530 failed the cold test with ice.

As a result, neither of these thermometers provides the best accuracy. However, if you must choose between the two, the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 will offer slightly better results.

In terms of design and usability, these two thermometers are relatively similar. The Smart Sensor AS530 received a design score of 8.6 out of 10, while the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 scored lower at 7.3. Our reviewers found that the Smart Sensor AS530 is well-built and has a brighter display and laser emitter than the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080.

Regarding usability, both models lack additional measurement modes, resulting in low scores in this category. However, the Smart Sensor AS530 performs slightly better in this aspect, scoring 5.85 out of 10 compared to the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080's score of 5.55 out of 10.

Overall, if you have to choose between the Smart Sensor AS530 and the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080, the Smart Sensor AS530 provides better value for your money. However, it's important to note that other models in our database within the same price range perform better in all test categories.

Pros & Cons

  • The handle is textured and has indents that improve the user’s grip
  • Well-built and rugged design
  • Textured handgrip for easier handling when hands are wet
  • Tactile trigger
  • Very bright laser emitter
  • Poor accuracy on the hot test with cooking oil
  • Metallic clicky sound in the trigger seems to suggest a manufacturing defect
  • Bad measurement accuracy
  • Doesn’t come with extra measuring modes

Key Specs

Dimensions
L3.9 x W1.57 x H6.3 inches
L3.74 x W1 .61 x H6 inches
Weight
4.59 ounces
5.43 ounces
Display type
Backlit LCD panel
Backlit LCD panel
Measurement modes
2
0
Audio cues
No
Yes
Temperature range
-58°F to 1,130°F (-50°C to 610°C)
-26°F to 1,022°F (-32°C to 550°C)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$26.13
$20.07

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
4.1
4.8

Cold Test with Ice

7.8
2.6
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.
Smart Sensor AS530 Infrared Thermometer Cold Test
The Smart Sensor AS530 measures the temperature of an ice bath from 12 inches away. The screen displays 37.9°F.
The Smart Sensor AS530 measures the temperature of the ice bath from 16 inches away. The screen reads 39.2°F.
Ice Temperature
32°F
32°F
Temperature at 12”
33.4°F
37.9°F
Temperature at 16”
34.3°F
39.2°F

Hot Test with Cooking Oil

1.6
6.2
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.
Smart Sensor AS530 Infrared Thermometer Hot Test
The Smart Sensor AS530 measures the temperature of an oil vat from 12 inches away. The screen reads 372°F.
The Smart Sensor AS530 measures the temperature of an oil vat from 16 inches away. The screen reads 366.6°F.
Oil Temperature
361°F
361°F
Temperature at 12”
374.7°F
372°F
Temperature at 16”
381.2°F
366.6°F

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.3
8.6

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 Smart Sensor AS530 IR thermometer is in the center, with user manual and batteries to the left, and the plastic packaging 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 Smart Sensor AS530. The length is 3.74 inches, the width is 1.61 inches, and the height is 6 inches.
Weight
4.6 oz (130 g)
5.4 oz (154 g)
Length
3.9" (9.9 cm)
3.7" (9.5 cm)
Width
1.6" (4.0 cm)
1.6" (4.1 cm)
Height
6.3" (16.0 cm)
6.0" (15.2 cm)

Build Quality

7.0
8.5
The black-and-yellow Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 on its side on a dark grey concrete table top.
Smart Sensor AS530 Infrared Thermometer Build Quality Video
The side profile of the Smart Sensor AS530, including the top section, the trigger, and the top half of the handle. An orange label with the product’s name is visible.

Laser Emitter

8.0
9.5
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 red laser dot of the Smart Sensor AS530 IR thermometer’s laser emitter in a dark room.
The red laser dot of the Smart Sensor AS530 IR thermometer’s laser emitter in a dark room.
The IR sensor and the small laser emitter at the front of the Smart Sensor AS530 IR thermometer.
Laser Pattern
Single-dot
Single-dot
Brightness
Good
Good

Display Panel

7.0
8.0
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.)
The backlit LCD screen of the Smart Sensor AS530. The screen currently reads 82.8°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 Smart Sensor AS530 with the battery compartment door opened and two AAA batteries to the right.
Battery Type
AAA
AAA

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
5.5
5.8

Handling

7.5
8.5
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 gloved hand of a reviewer holding and using the Smart Sensor AS530 IR thermometer to measure the temperature of a toaster oven.
The gloved hand of a reviewer holding and using the Smart Sensor AS530 IR thermometer to measure the temperature of a toaster oven.
A close-up of the textured handgrip of the Smart Sensor AS530
A close-up of the textured handgrip of the Smart Sensor AS530

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
8.0

Behind the Comparison

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Matthew Lee is a writer and editor for HealthyKitchen101. With over 8 years working for various outlets and agencies, specializing in tech review and other subjects of note, such as current affairs.

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