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Etekcity Lasergrip 800 vs Smart Sensor AS530 Infrared Thermometer Side-by-Side Comparison

Which is the better infrared thermometer, the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 or the Smart Sensor AS530? Here’s our in-depth comparison of both!

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Smart Sensor AS530 Infrared Thermometer

Etekcity Lasergrip 800 vs Smart Sensor AS530 Infrared Thermometer

Overall Verdict

Performance-wise, the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 most definitely beat the Smart Sensor AS530 with a total performance score of 7.0 against the AS530’s 4.8.

But while the Lasergrip 800 has a leg up in performance, it falls short in other key areas like design and usability. Our reviewers assessed the Lasergrip 800’s design and usability to have, respectively, total scores of 8.0 and 3.75. In contrast, the AS530’s scores in these two tests are 8.6 and 5.85.

Besides having a slightly more well-built housing, the Smart Sensor AS530 also has the advantage of being easier to handle, as well as a speaker for audio cues.

As such, while most people should definitely go for the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 — on account of it being more accurate — if build quality and usability are important to you, the Smart Sensor AS530 could be picked, too.

Pros & Cons

  • 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.
  • Well-built and rugged design
  • Textured handgrip for easier handling when hands are wet
  • Tactile trigger
  • Very bright laser emitter
  • Don’t come with any extra measurement mode.
  • Loose battery compartment door.
  • Don’t have any speaker or audio cues.
  • Bad measurement accuracy
  • Doesn’t come with extra measuring modes

Key Specs

Dimensions
L5 x W2.75 x H7 inches
L3.74 x W1 .61 x H6 inches
Weight
6.8 ounces
5.43 ounces
Display type
Backlit LCD
Backlit LCD panel
Measurement modes
0
0
Audio cues
No
Yes
Temperature range
-58 to 1,382°F (-50 to 750°C)
-26°F to 1,022°F (-32°C to 550°C)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$25.52
$20.07

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.0
4.8

Cold Test with Ice

6.6
2.6
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.
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”
28.4°F
37.9°F
Temperature at 16”
29°F
39.2°F

Hot Test with Cooking Oil

7.3
6.2
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.
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”
369.4°F
372°F
Temperature at 16”
367.4°F
366.6°F

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.0
8.6

In the Box

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.
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 800. The length is 5 inches, the width is 2.75 inches, and the height is 7 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
6.8 oz (193 g)
5.4 oz (154 g)
Length
5.0" (12.7 cm)
3.7" (9.5 cm)
Width
2.8" (7.0 cm)
1.6" (4.1 cm)
Height
7.0" (17.8 cm)
6.0" (15.2 cm)

Build Quality

7.5
8.5
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.
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 Etekcity Lasergrip 800’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 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

9.0
8.0
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.
The backlit LCD screen of the Smart Sensor AS530. The screen currently reads 82.8°F.
Display Type
Backlit LCD
Backlit LCD
Backlight
Yes
Yes
Display Size
1.18
1.18

Battery compartment

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.
The Smart Sensor AS530 with the battery compartment door opened and two AAA batteries to the right.
Battery Type
9V
AAA

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
3.8
5.8

Handling

7.5
8.5
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.
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

0.0
0.0
Emissivity
No
No
Average Mode
No
No
Min Mode
No
No
Max Mode
No
No
Calibration
No
No
Alarm Mode
No
No

Audio Cues

0.0
8.0

Behind the Comparison

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