- Nino Ricchizzi , Notebookcheck
The buyer could find a diligent, everyday companion in the ZenFone 2 Laser for little money.
- Vince Font , Brighthand
The Asus ZenFone 2 Laser is a modest Android smartphone with a great price-to-performance ratio. It's flaws are minor compared to its favorable price.
- Excellent battery life
- Quick and accurate autofocus
- Smooth performance
- Good build and decent design
- Removable battery
- Photo images washed out in daylight
- Bad sunlight legibility
In a world of high end and expensive smartphones, Asus offers an affordable option with the Zenfone 2 Laser. Measuring in at 6 x 3 x 0.4 inches, experts could not use it easily one-handed, but found the curved back and flat edges provided a good handling experience. While the design doesn’t stand up to flagship phones, they still consider it quite sleek thanks to the good build and brushed metallic plastic case. Users can remove the back cover to replace batteries, access the dual SIM slots or increase storage via the microSD slot.
The 5.5-inch, 1080p LCD screen offers a pixel density of 401ppi. For its price, experts were quite impressed with its clarity, excellent details and “punchy” colors. While it pales in comparison to higher end devices, for the price they found it very impressive especially since Asus included Gorilla Glass 4. The only complaint they had was with its low maximum brightness. This made it difficult for them to see the screen on bright days.
Unlike its predecessor – the Zenfone 2 – the Laser doesn’t feature an Intel processor. Instead, it features a midrange octa-core Qualcomm processor instead. While this leads to slightly slower benchmark scores, in real-life testing reviewers still found it quite responsive and fast during day-to-day tasks thanks to the 3GB of RAM. They didn’t experience any hiccups even when playing graphics-intensive games on the highest quality setting. And if up to 32GB of storage isn’t enough, the microSD card can accept up to 128GB. In order to keep the phone running, Asus opted for a 3,000mAh battery. Thanks to the less battery draining screen and processor, the battery lasted experts a full day. Plus, since it is removable users can swap it out with a fresh one if it ever gets too low.
The laser in its name comes from the laser autofocus on the main 13MP camera. At first, experts were worried it would be just a gimmick, but when put to the test they were surprised with how quickly and accurately it focused. This was especially noticeable when they took close-up shots providing nice depth of field and accurate focusing. Android Police adds, “…[it] is usually on the money with the first attempt.” With that said, the pictures aren’t perfect. While passable they noticed images were often washed out in daylight. Still, for the cost of the phone, it manages to provide excellent detail and decent color range.
Overall, reviewers highly recommend this phone to shutterbugs who don’t want to spend a ton of money on their smartphone. NDTV states, “…it looks decent, is built well and has a great battery life.” PC Mag adds, “The Zenfone 2 Laser offers moe bang for your buck than many unlocked budget phones, with an attractive combination of solid performance, camera quality and battery life.”
Reviews (7.7/10 Avg. rating)
Elegant design, mid performance
Faster auto-focusing time, inexpensive price point
An affordable, Intel-powered smartphone
One of the best bang for your buck smartphones of 2015
One of the best budget phones gets a little bit better
If you are on a budget and are not totally averse to OEM customization of Android, you should really give the ZenFone 2 Laser a look. Its strengths are in its value for dollar, the quality of its screen, UI performance, and overall camera experience. More importantly, though, my take is that it lacks a real killer flaw. And when you are shoppping for non-flagships (and flagships, to be honest), there’s almost always that one thing that’s missing and turns you off entirely.
To the extent that the ZenFone 2 Laser has one of those fatal flaws, it would be the software. B... Full review
A modest Android smartphone with a great price-to-performance ratio
The Asus ZenFone 2 Laser is $199, which may be the deciding factor if you’re not looking to spend triple that amount on a Samsung or an iPhone.
It’s price-to-performance ratio is excellent. The presence of two 4G-capable SIM slots is also a nice addition, as is the laser autofocus and numerous camera settings that bring it a notch above many other smartphone shooters
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