ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser Review

The Zenfone 2 Laser is one of the latest smartphones that ASUS has announced and launched in the country this month. It features a 5.5-inch display, Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor, Android Lollipop, and a 13 megapixel main camera with Laser-guided autofocus and dual-tone LED flash. Priced at under 9K, is the Zenfone 2 Laser your next smartphone for everyday shooting? Find out in our full review.

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Design and Construction

Being a member of the Zenfone 2 lineup, the Zenfone 2 Laser sports the similar design as the original Zenfone 2. Up front is a 5.5-inch display with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 for protection.

Situated above the display are the earpiece, 5 megapixel AF camera, and the ASUS logo. Found below are three unlit capacitive buttons for navigation and the signature concentric-circle design on the chin.

The left and right sides of the device are devoid of any keys and buttons, but situated right up top are the headset jack, metallic power/lock button, and microphone. Placed at the bottom is the microUSB port and microphone.

Flip the Zenfone 2 Laser on its back and you will see the metallic volume buttons, speaker, the 13 megapixel shooter, dual-LED flash, and the Laser AF which is also found on the Zenfone Selfie. It actually makes us wonder why ASUS didn’t add a “Laser” on the Zenfone Selfie’s name.

Now for the rest of the rear part, this is actually what makes the Laser, or any other Zenfone 2 for that matter, an attractive smartphone. The plastic backplate has a matte metallic finish which helps keep smudges away and gives off a nice glow whenever the light hits it. Its curvature, which thins at the edges, feels nice on the hands and makes the device easy to handle.

Display and Multimedia

The Zenfone 2 Laser comes in two screen sizes – 5-inch and 5.5-inches. Our unit is the 5.5-inch model with IPS display and HD resolution or equal to 267ppi. Pixels are discernible but can still be considered as decent. Viewing angles and colors are good but tend to be on the warmer side. Good thing ASUS included the Splendid app which lets you adjust the color temperature and choose between four screen color modes.

As for audio, the Laser’s rear speakers are capable of producing loud sounds that can fill a small room. By default, the sounds are inclined towards trebles with barely noticeable bass.

To remedy, the Laser features an Audio Wizard that allows you select between five audio profiles (Movie, Music, Gaming, Vocal, Smart), adjust the bass and treble levels, and play around with the equalizer. In our case, the best setting is to put the bass level to max to balance it out. With that feature on, the Laser has one of the nicest speakers around for a smartphone.

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23 Responses

  1. Avatar for Marvin Choi Marvin Choi says:

    Wow… ang konti ng diffrence sa regular version na Zenphone 2 , tapos halos kalahati ang score sa antutu , dahil ba ito sa lumang SoC na yung Snapdragon 410 ?

  2. Avatar for jocone jocone says:

    You read Zafon and Zusak. We should be friends. (Totally unrelated comment. Lol)

  3. Avatar for Sphayk Sphayk says:

    Sir bakit sa lazada ang ze550kl is 5′ lang at 8mp lang ang camera? Available na ba ang ZE55OKL na 5.5′ na varient sa Ph? What stores that have?

  4. Avatar for JAsus JAsus says:

    Hi! Will the Zenfone 2 Laser recieve an android update with the recent release of Marshmallow? Do you have any news? TIA.

  5. Avatar for Anna19 Anna19 says:

    Pangit nga intel sa android. Dami pa rin pala asus zenfone enthusiast maski na bulok ang quality nito pati service center bulok.

    • Avatar for Mark Anthony Mark Anthony says:

      ANNA19 : please check the specs. Zenfone 2 Laser is powered by Snapdragon 410. Google din pag may time.

    • Avatar for Abe Olandres Abe Olandres says:

      This model uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 not Intel.

    • Avatar for NYX NYX says:

      Talaga? Kasing pangit at bulok mo cguro. Anyway, tama lng naman na wag ka nang bumili, nakakasira sa mga products kapagnakitang ikaw ang gumagamit dahil saksakan ka ng pangit.

    • Avatar for Ja Ja says:

      Ayan. Para lang kasi makapag-comment ng negative. Hays! Magbasa muna mabuti ng review bago mag-reply.

  6. Avatar for HEISENBERG HEISENBERG says:

    Available na ba to sa PH Market??

  7. Avatar for james james says:

    Thanks for the awesome tip on the audio settings, now the speakers sound superb!

  8. Avatar for tony tony says:

    Is the ZE550KL already out in the market? most of the shops I’ve been to only have the ZE500KL.

  9. Avatar for zenth zenth says:

    Is the screen size the only difference here between the prices?

  10. Avatar for Nhettes Nhettes says:

    Hi, which is better ZF2 or ZF laser?

  11. Avatar for bigbaldgabz bigbaldgabz says:

    Does this have fast/quick charge function like the other zenfones?

    • Avatar for Abe Olandres Abe Olandres says:


    • Avatar for Mark Anthony Mark Anthony says:

      Actually, Yes. ZE550KL (5.5) variant has Quick Charging feature by using 18W Fast charger (The Inclusion charger on the box is only normal charger, so you have to purchase 18W fast charger. The smaller ZE500KL (5.0) doesn’t have.

  12. Avatar for XG XG says:

    May difference ba yung camera ng Laser sa original ZF2, aside sa laser AF? Justifiable ba yung camera quality and performance ng Laser para piliin ito instead yung original? Kasi magdagdag ka lang ng 1k, yung original ZF2 (2GB) with better screen and processor na.

  13. Avatar for Martin Bernardo Martin Bernardo says:

    Bibili ako nito! Goodluck na naman sa sahod ko.

    • Avatar for PointBreak PointBreak says:

      Hi Yugatech! Is this variant gonna be available in the PH??? Thanks in advance!

      Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5 (Snapdragon 615/3GB) Price: Php 9,995

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