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Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Infrared Thermometer In-depth Review

The Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 falls short of expectations in almost every aspect, especially in terms of measurement accuracy.

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Tested Using Methodology v1.0
The Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Infrared Thermometer standing upright on its handle on a turn table against a blurry blue backdrop.

Overall Verdict

As of May 2023, the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 is the lowest-performing infrared thermometer in our database. It exhibits poor measurement accuracy, and build quality leaves much to be desired. Specifically, the trigger's metallic clicky sound gives the impression of a manufacturing defect.

Due to these shortcomings, it’s hard for us to recommend the Lasergrip 1080 for any use.

Things We Like

  • The handle is textured and has indents that improve the user’s grip

Things We Don’t Like

  • Poor accuracy on the hot test with cooking oil
  • Metallic clicky sound in the trigger seems to suggest a manufacturing defect

Although it inherits the same design as the Etekcity Lasergrip 800, the Lasergrip 1080 doesn’t get the performance or the build quality of its larger and more premium sibling. The complete opposite, in fact. It’s one of the few models in our database that received a failing mark in our performance test.

As such, the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 isn’t high on our list of recommended infrared thermometers to buy. Instead, you can check out high performers like the Wintact, Eventek, Helect, or Mecurate IR thermometer.

You can check our detailed assessment below if you want to read more about the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080.

Key Specs

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

Where to Buy Price at publication $26.13

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Compared to Other Infrared Thermometers


Analysis and Test Results

4.1 Performance

The Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 performed decently well in the cold test with ice. However, it completely failed the hot test with cooking oil by returning results that were dozens of degrees above the set temperature of the oil (361°F.)

Due to its disappointing performance in the hot test, the total score of the Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 turned out very low — beneath the minimum threshold needed to pass the performance test.

7.3 Design

The Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 comes in a minimalistic shipping box with plastic packaging and pre-installed AAA batteries. At 4.59 ounces, the Lasergrip 1080 is lighter by 1.7 ounces than its sibling model, the Lasergrip 800.

Its build quality is lackluster. The trigger gives off a metallic click that’s very grating to listen to, though it doesn't affect its functionality. The laser emitter has a bright single-dot pattern, making it visible even under harsh lighting. The display panel is a backlit LCD panel, 1.18 inches in size, allowing for easy reading from various angles and under different lighting conditions.

5.5 Usability

The Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 infrared thermometer has a user-friendly grip with indents and a textured front portion for a secure hold, even with wet hands. However, the trigger's excessive clickiness is considered bothersome, described by our reviewer as a "grating" metallic sound. The thermometer offers two measurement modes, allowing adjustment of the emissivity setting within a range of 0.10 to 1.00. It also features a "Max Mode" that displays the maximum recorded temperature. However, it lacks audio cues as it doesn't have a speaker.

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