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Etekcity Lasergrip 800 vs SOVARCATE HS980E Digital Infrared Thermometer Side-by-Side Comparison

The Etekcity Lasergrip 800 and the Sovarcate HS980E are both best-selling infrared thermometers. This guide can help you choose!

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Etekcity Lasergrip 800 vs SOVARCATE HS980E Digital Infrared Thermometer

Overall Verdict

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Both the Etekcity Lasergrip 800 and the Sovarcate HS980E have received impressive scores in our performance benchmark. The Etekcity scores 7.0 out of 10, while the Sovarcate HS980E achieves a slightly higher score of 7.1. When it comes to accuracy, you won't notice any difference between them.

However, their designs set them apart. The Etekcity Lasergrip 800 has a straightforward design, earning a solid score of 8.0 from our reviewers. On the other hand, the Sovarcate HS980E stands out with its sophisticated design, boasting a colored LCD screen and a 13-point laser emitter, resulting in an impressive design score of 9.8.

In terms of usability, the Sovarcate HS980E takes the lead. It offers three measurement modes and features a loud sound speaker, earning a high usability score of 8.3. These features give it an edge over the Etekcity Lasergrip 800, which lacks these capabilities and only receives a score of 3.75.

Considering all factors, upgrading to the Sovarcate HS980E would be a fantastic choice. It offers enhanced design, improved usability and maintains high performance. It serves as an excellent upgrade from the Etekcity Lasergrip 800.

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.
  • Fairly accurate and reliable temperature readings.
  • Rugged, industrial design
  • Extremely bright laser emitter
  • Color LCD VA screen panel
  • Comes with a good selection of measurement modes
  • Very loud speakers
  • Don’t come with any extra measurement mode.
  • Loose battery compartment door.
  • Don’t have any speaker or audio cues.
  • Measurement accuracy can be better.

Key Specs

L5 x W2.75 x H7 inches
L3.74 x W1.77 x H6.3 inches
6.8 ounces
5.5 ounces
Display type
Backlit LCD
LCD VA panel
Measurement modes
Audio cues
Temperature range
-58 to 1,382°F (-50 to 750°C)
-58 to 1,122°F (-50 to 600°C)

Where to Buy

Price at publication

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