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SOVARCATE HS960D Manual vs Lasergrip GM400 Infrared Thermometer Side-by-Side Comparison

The Sovarcate HS960D easily outperformed the Lasergrip GM400 IR thermometer in this test-based, side-by-side comparison.

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Sovarcate HS960D Digital

Lasergrip GM400 Infrared Thermometer

SOVARCATE HS960D Manual vs Lasergrip GM400 Infrared Thermometer

Overall Verdict

The Sovarcate HS960D easily outperforms the Lasergrip GM400 in all three aspects: measurement accuracy (performance), design, and usability.

In the performance test, the Sovarcate HS960D achieved a commendable 6.7 out of 10 in our benchmark, while the Lasergrip only managed a score of 5.3. This difference is due to the Lasergrip's lackluster performance in the cold test with ice.

When it comes to design, the Sovarcate HS960D shines. It boasts a more rugged construction, a colored LCD screen, and a brighter laser emitter. These features contribute to its impressive 9.5 out of 10 design score, surpassing the Lasergrip GM400's 6.1 out of 10.

Furthermore, in terms of usability, the Lasergrip GM400 falls short. It lacks extra measurement modes, and although it has a speaker, its volume is significantly lower than the Sovarcate HS960D.

Overall, you’ll fare much better with the Sovarcate HS960D than the Lasergrip GM400.

Pros & Cons

  • Decently accurate and reliable performance
  • Rugged and well-built housing
  • Bright, single-dot laser emitter
  • Brightly-lit colored LCD VA screen panel
  • Has a speaker
  • Textured handgrip and tactile trigger make the thermometer easy and comfortable to use
  • Passable measurement performance in the hot test with cooking oil
  • One of the lightest IR thermometers in our database
  • Doesn’t come with many measurement modes
  • Poor measurement accuracy in the cold test with ice
  • Lackluster build quality
  • Dim laser emitter
  • Lack of extra measurement modes

Key Specs

Dimensions
L4.3 x W1.81 x H6.3 inches
L4 x W1.57 x H6.3 inches
Weight
5.58 ounces
4.36 ounces
Display type
Color LCD VA panel
Backlit LCD panel
Measurement modes
1
0
Audio cues
Yes
Yes
Temperature range
-58°F to 1112°F(-50℃ to 600℃)
-58°F - 752°F (-50°C - 400°C)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$24.03
$14.43

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.7
5.3

Cold Test with Ice

8.4
2.9
SOVARCATE HS960D Infrared Thermometer Cold Test
The Sovarcate HS960D measuring the temperature of an ice chest from 12 inches away. The screen reads 30.2°F.
The Sovarcate HS960D measuring the temperature of an ice chest from 16 inches away. The screen reads 30.7°F.
Lasergrip GM400 Infrared Thermometer Cold Test
The Lasergrip GM400 measures the surface temperature of an ice chest from 12 inches away. The screen reads 38.3°F.
The Lasergrip GM400 measures the surface temperature of an ice chest from 16 inches away. The screen reads 39.2°F.
Ice Temperature
32°F
32°F
Temperature at 12”
30.2°F
38.4°F
Temperature at 16”
30.7°F
39.2°F

Hot Test with Cooking Oil

5.6
7.0
SOVARCATE HS960D Infrared Thermometer Hot Test
The Sovarcate HS960D measuring the temperature of a pan of cooking oil from 12 inches away. The screen reads 373°F.
The Sovarcate HS960D measuring the temperature of a pan of cooking oil from 16 inches away. The screen reads 369°F.
Lasergrip GM400 Infrared Thermometer Hot Test
The Lasergrip GM400 measures the surface temperature of a pan of cooking oil from 12 inches away. The screen reads 370.5°F.
The Lasergrip GM400 measures the surface temperature of a pan of cooking oil from 16 inches away. The screen reads 364.4°F.
Oil Temperature
361°F
361°F
Temperature at 12”
373°F
370.5°F
Temperature at 16”
369°F
364.4°F

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.5
6.1

In the Box

The Sovarcate HS960D in the center of the frame. To the left of the IR thermometer are the user manual and the batteries, and to the right is the plastic packaging.
The Lasergrip GM400 IR thermometer in its plastic packaging on a slate grey concrete table top.

Dimensions

The dimensions of the Sovarcate HS960D. The height is 6.3 inches, the length is 4.3 inches, and the width is 1.81 inches.
The dimensions of the Lasergrip GM400 IR thermometer. The length is 4 inches, the width is 1.57 inches, and the height is 6.3 inches.
Weight
5.6 oz (158 g)
4.3 oz (122 g)
Length
4.3" (10.9 cm)
4.0" (10.2 cm)
Width
1.8" (4.6 cm)
1.6" (4.0 cm)
Height
6.3" (16.0 cm)
6.3" (16.0 cm)

Build Quality

9.5
6.0
SOVARCATE HS960D Infrared Thermometer Build Quality video
The Sovarcate HS960D lying on its side on a slate grey concrete table top.
The Lasergrip GM400 IR thermometer on a dark grey concrete tabletop against a blurry blue background.

Laser Emitter

9.5
5.0
The bright red single-dot laser beam of the Sovarcate HS960D IR thermometer in a dark room.
The bright red single-dot laser beam of the Sovarcate HS960D IR thermometer in a dark room.
The laser emitter and the IR sensor of the Sovarcate HS960D IR thermometer.
The single, red laser dot of the Lasergrip GM400 IR thermometer in a dark room.
The single, red laser dot of the Lasergrip GM400 IR thermometer in a dark room.
The laser emitter and the IR sensor of the Lasergrip GM400.
Laser Pattern
Single-dot
Single-dot
Brightness
Good
Bad

Display Panel

9.5
7.5
The colored LCD VA display panel of the Sovarcate HS960D. The screen reads 27.3°C and is in HOLD mode.
The Lasergrip GM400 IR thermometer’s display with the backlight off (left) and on (right).
The Lasergrip GM400’s display with the backlight turned off (left) and on (right).
Display Type
Color LCD VA panel
Backlit LCD panel
Backlight
Yes
Yes
Display Size
1.18
1.18

Battery Compartment

The battery compartment of the Sovarcate HS960D is opened. The user manual is to the right of the IR thermometer. Both are lying on a slate grey concrete table top.
The Lasergrip GM400 with its battery compartment opened. To its right is one AAA battery.
Battery Type
AAA
AAA

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
7.2
4.3

Handling

9.0
7.0
The SOVARCATE HS960D Infrared Thermometer in the gloved hand of a reviewer against a blurry blue backdrop with a pitcher.
The SOVARCATE HS960D Infrared Thermometer in the gloved hand of a reviewer against a blurry blue backdrop with a pitcher.
The indents on the textured handgrip of the Sovarcate HS960D IR thermometer.
The black, textured plastic backside of the Sovarcate HS960D’s handgrip.
The white-gloved hand of a reviewer holding and using the Lasergrip GM400, with a finger on the trigger of the thermometer.
The white-gloved hand of a reviewer holding and using the Lasergrip GM400, with a finger on the trigger of the thermometer.
The ridges at the front of the Lasergrip GM400 IR thermometer.
The handle of the Lasergrip GM400, with the patterning at the front of the handle in view.

Measurement Modes

3.0
0.0
Emissivity
0.10-1.00
No
Average Mode
No
No
Min Mode
No
No
Max Mode
No
No
Calibration
No
No
Alarm Mode
No
No

Audio Cues

9.0
4.0
The control panel and the speaker holes on the Sovarcate HS960D IR thermometer. The button reads “°C/°F”, “EMS”, and symbol for the laser light.

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