ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser Review: Affordable, Unlocked, Great Camera
Final Thoughts On the ZenFone 2 Laser
The ZenFone 2 Laser has a lot of features you don’t often see in an unlocked smartphone that costs less than $250, including dual SIM slots, a very good camera with tons of extra features and laser auto-focus, and a microSDXC expansion slot. In addition to these features, the ZenFone 2 Laser also has an attractive design that looks much more premium than many of today's mainstream smartphones.
Although the ZenFone 2 Laser didn’t perform very well in our standard benchmark tests, its real-world performance was satisfactory. This phone is probably well suited to the average, everyday-user who just wants to make calls, check emails, surf the web, and take quality pictures, etc. Users who want to push their phone to the limit by playing graphically rich games and using other demanding applications, probably shouldn’t be looking at a budget-friendly handset such as this one.
There’s a good amount of bloatware on the ZenFone 2 Laser as well, but it didn’t seem to interfere with our ability to use the device effectively. And for some users, some of these added applications may actually be useful. If the number of pre-installed apps bothers you, however, ASUS provides the option to hide, uninstall, and disable many of them from the Applications menu.
After spending time with the ZenFone 2 Laser, you can tell ASUS put considerable thought into the design and feature set, in an effort to strike a good balance between form, function, and a budget-friendly price tag. We were really impressed by the camera options and features found on the ZenFone 2 Laser and the construction and styling of the device is also solid and attractive in our opinion. Overall, we feel ASUS did an excellent job at finding a good balance of price, performance, and features with the ZenFone 2 Laser. The phone has a lot to offer, particularly at its budget-friendly price point.