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Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Review

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Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Review

Introduction


Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Review
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Review
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Review
After the release of its Zenfone 2, Asus is doing all it can to capitalize on the phone’s success by doing what they do best – and that’s by coming up with several derivatives of its prized phone. The Zenfone 2 line has expanded to several variants since its inception, and for those who didn’t think its camera was fast enough, the Zenfone 2 Laser solves that by being fashioned with laser auto-focus tech. While it seems that the phone is otherwise unchanged, it’s still finding itself in that attractive mid-ranger space with its sub $200 outright cost.

The package contains:

  • Asus Zenfone 2 Laser
  • Wall Charger
  • microUSB cable
  • User guide
  • Warranty card

Design

No surprises here, it looks exactly like its sibling.

Not shockingly, the Zenfone 2 Laser looks exactly like its sibling, featuring the same faux metal finish casing. It’s not downright ugly, nor is it really stunning either. Sure, a sense of style is available by wisely choosing any of the interchangeable rear covers that Asus sells for the phone, but it’s still by and large conventional looking.

Nothing has changed with the arrangement of its buttons and ports, they’re all in the same locations as before. Taking a page from LG, the volume controls are located in the back of the phone, which are relatively easy to access by our index finger, but the power button still takes some getting used to because of its placement in the top center.


Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US)
6 x 3.04 x 0.43 inches
152.5 x 77.2 x 10.8 mm
6.00 oz (170 g)

Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US)

Motorola Moto G (2015)
5.59 x 2.85 x 0.48 inches
142 x 72.4 x 12.2 mm
5.47 oz (155 g)

Motorola Moto G (2015)

OnePlus 2
5.98 x 2.95 x 0.39 inches
151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85 mm
6.17 oz (175 g)

OnePlus 2

Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5
6.01 x 2.96 x 0.29 inches
152.7 x 75.14 x 7.4 mm
4.96 oz (141 g)

Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5")


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser Review

Display

Not much has changed, but at least it continues to exude favorable qualities.

Specs-wise, there’s not a whole lot different here, seeing that it’s slapped with a 5.5-inch 1080 x 1920 IPS-LCD display. Frankly, we have no major complaints given its sharp looks, good details, and punchy color tones. Even though most of its characteristics are unchanged, its peak brightness output now maxes out at 403 nits, which is less than before and makes it a bit tougher to view on those sunny days. Another subtle change includes the switch to newer Gorilla Glass 4, ensuring that it’s more resilient to scratches and scuffs.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") 665
(Excellent)
29
(Poor)
1:960
(Average)
7280
(Good)
2.14
5.34
(Average)
5.68
(Average)
OnePlus 2 564
(Excellent)
2
(Excellent)
1:2091
(Excellent)
7554
(Average)
2.46
2.18
(Good)
4.7
(Average)
Motorola Moto G (2015) 449
(Good)
19
(Poor)
1:1116
(Good)
7440
(Good)
2.27
5.87
(Average)
4.04
(Average)
Asus ZenFone 2 Laser (US) 403
(Good)
23
(Poor)
1:1213
(Good)
7248
(Good)
2.68
3.25
(Good)
5.2
(Average)
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posted on 07 Dec 2015, 09:09 1

1. iWin_Droid (Posts: 76; Member since: 22 Jan 2015)


That's brutal, but 200 dollars is 200 dollars right?

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 10:21

11. joey_sfb (Posts: 5230; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Oops!...I Did It Again..

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 10:24 1

13. zeeBomb (Posts: 1723; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Not much laser, 6/10 - IGN

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 10:32

16. joey_sfb (Posts: 5230; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


The thing i don't like about Asus phone is that their phone come loaded with bloatware. Yes! They can be worse than Samsung.

If Asus ever choose to goes stock with regular update especially at their present selling price it will be a great buy at least for me.

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 16:50

27. medtxa (Posts: 1103; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


I dont like how thick the phone is, minimum brightnes is also very high, bloatware is no problem if you can remove them (root). meizu m2 note is way better and cheaper..

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 20:25 1

29. joey_sfb (Posts: 5230; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I have my fun with root now i tend to be less willing to root my phone because i like the assurance that non-root device offer.

Most modern days app check for root and wants to enable their "enhance ability" which basically mean take control of my rooted phone. I have to block 99% of them. Quite a hassle, root still has a place in many geek's heart so pros and cons.

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 12:27

21. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


It sure is!

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 18:27 6

28. ibend (Posts: 3137; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


want to hear something funny?
Alcatel OneTouch IDOL 3 (5.5") have similar spec, priced at $300 and get 8.5
even more funny?
Moto G 2015 use 720p screen, SD410 and get 9/10, lol

posted on 08 Dec 2015, 07:33

35. elitewolverine (Posts: 4991; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


because the score is nothing but subjective...they have no point system at all that would justify WHY they gave it what it did.

If they were to do say, 10 points for each check, then put a ratio in place for practicality, like calls being more than design camera being more than weight of device things like that. Then run the numbers and spit out a score.

Here its...oh look pretty phone lets give it a 8.5, despite shaky video, call quality sucking and oh did we mention we like its shiny outside...

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 09:19 1

2. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1930; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


The Phone Isn't That Great And Deserves The Rating It Got But I Guess You Really Can't Ask For Much Better At $200 Huh.

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 10:28 1

15. zeeBomb (Posts: 1723; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


True that Jaden. Truuuuuue DAT.

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 10:53

18. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1930; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


You Know It.

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 09:20 4

3. EcoCare (Posts: 344; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


Come on now. It's for 200 bucks.

posted on 08 Dec 2015, 03:52 1

31. joey_sfb (Posts: 5230; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


As far as PA John V is concern it will get 6 even if its priced at $10. Fortunately for Asus their core customers come from China, Taiwan and South East Asian and having a 2GB, 5.5inch FHD, 4G phone at $200 is still a good deal.

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 09:24 1

4. SirYar (Posts: 351; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


It's not a great device, so the rating is somewhat justifiable. I could get my self a much superior and brand new G2 for the price..

posted on 09 Dec 2015, 07:11

36. elitewolverine (Posts: 4991; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


with warranty?

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 09:58

37. EcoCare (Posts: 344; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


Really? For that price you'll get top-tier Zenfone 2, which is better than that.

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 09:31

6. jesus_sheep (Posts: 219; Member since: 18 Apr 2015)


Zenfone 2 = HTC M9+? What??

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 10:12

10. crm_bstind (Posts: 11; Member since: 27 Nov 2015)


Not so great phone moto g3 alcatel idol 3 are much better than this

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 16:11 3

26. Coconut00 (Posts: 432; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


The Zenfone 2 Laser is better and cheaper than the Moto G and slightly better than the Idol 3 but cheaper.

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 10:45

17. Odeira (Posts: 232; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Stop complaining. This device is clearly INFERIOR to the Alcatel Idol 3! That very much deserves an 8.5 from PhoneArena, and it only costs 250USD. ASUS innovated with absolutely NOTHING with this phone, it's absolutely derivative, and for 200 USD, that's still no excuse. Alcatel innovated with the Idol 3, why didn't ASUS?

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 11:23 3

19. iWin_Droid (Posts: 76; Member since: 22 Jan 2015)


The Idol 3 is only superior to the Zenfone 2 laser in loudspeaker quality, not to mention the Idol 3's design looks more generic.

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 12:30 1

22. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


Well said!

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 15:22 1

25. Coconut00 (Posts: 432; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


Also the Zenfone 2 Laser is cheaper.

posted on 07 Dec 2015, 22:00

30. Odeira (Posts: 232; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


But it runs essentially stock Android, so it's faster and smoother. And screw the "generic" design, the Idol is easier to hold unlike this brick!

posted on 11 Dec 2015, 10:04

38. EcoCare (Posts: 344; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


You can't debate Android skins and actually this Zenfone is easy to hold as well because of curved back.

posted on 08 Dec 2015, 05:50

33. MichiGo (Posts: 150; Member since: 09 Sep 2014)


I would take the OnePlus X over this

posted on 08 Dec 2015, 06:47

34. soldier820 (Posts: 115; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


not a bad phone, and the price is nice

posted on 17 Dec 2015, 06:03

39. buy_from_cbuystore (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Oct 2014)


A Marvel of Craftsmanship and Engineering,in The Palm of Your Hand
ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE601KL) has incredibly-slim 3.9mm edges.
Ergonomic Arc Design with Intuitive Rear Controls
Available in cbuystore

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Display5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (397 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa-core, 1700 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53 processor
3072 MB RAM
Size6.00 x 3.04 x 0.43 inches
(152.5 x 77.2 x 10.8 mm)
6.00 oz  (170 g)

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