Travel Gadget: ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 Review

ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 ZE500KL Review

As a seasoned traveller, I know well that nothing completes a travelling experience better than a travel gadget that will efficiently record the memories you make on such trips. But there is always a dilemma in how many gadgets to bring during the trip, alongside my travel essentials such as clothes and food stock. I – as much as any other traveller would – need to consider the size and weight of my belongings, aside from their significance, before I can pack them up in my bags and suitcases. “Less is more” is the rule of convenient and efficient travellers, after all.

Zenfone 2 Laser ZE500KL Photo
Zenfone 2 Laser ZE500KL Photo

Aside from clothes, food stock and essential gear for the type of expedition you will undertake in the places you will visit, the most essential things for any traveller are:

  • A phone to contact and connect with other people while on the trip.
  • A camera well-equipped with clear video and image capturing features.
  • A device with substantial internet services to be able keep up with one’s affairs in the online platform.

Fortunately for 21st Century travellers, the modern age is the time where technological advancements come for efficient use of one’s time to enjoy the benefits of travelling through and through. The aforementioned essential gadgets for travel can simply be found in a convenient package that can be held easily in one’s hand – the smartphone. Smartphones combine the feasibility of communication of a regular phone, the clear capturing ability of well-equipped cameras, and the flexible functionality of a computer with great internet services. Hence, they are every traveller’s handy friend, easily ready for use at any moment during the trip.

My New Zenfone 2 Laser
My New Zenfone 2 Laser

There is a wide array of smartphones proliferating in the market. It is a necessary skill for any traveller, then, to be able to find the best one that fits to his personal needs and travelling parameters. Don’t just look at the price or the brand. Examine the device by how efficient it actually works. I especially scrutinize its efficient compatibility to my lifestyle as a traveller. After all, every device I own should be able to keep up with my attitude as a globetrotter and a business traveller at the same time; or else, risk being left behind because it was not good enough for me to bring alongside my other travel essentials.

Unboxing ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser
Unboxing ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser

I am happy to get wind of a new smartphone from Asus that promises the best of a smartphone’s essential faculties for travel. Asus presents its newest smartphone, ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 ZE500KL as the phone that ignites your interests, your needs, designed for you and where you want to go.

ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 accessories
ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 accessories

In this review, I will show you how Asus ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 will best help you to do everything you want while you are travelling, without having to worry of disconnection from your affairs at work and at home. I will discuss ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 in terms of the following:

  • What makes it a good travel smartphone?
  • Is it a good photography gadget?
  • What are the improvements of this phone compared to Zenfone 5?
  • What are the specs?

What makes it a good travel smartphone?

A good smartphone for travel is noted for its versatility of functions, especially when it effectively blends in communicative, image/video capturing, and internet service functions in one handy and lightweight package. These specifics are needed for the traveller to A) communicate with other people before, during, and after the trip; B) capture memories of the trip right at the moment they occur; and most importantly, C) access the online world for their affairs in work or at home.

ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 Review
ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 Review

Having seen and experienced Asus ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0, I know that it is a good travel smartphone for me. And I’m sure, it will be great for every traveller, as well!

Asus ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 is the epitome of Asus’ innovation, Zen smartphones. Inspired by the Buddhist principle of zen, Asus designed its ZenFones as a device balanced with beauty and strength. ZenFoneTM is designed with simple yet elegant looks balanced with high efficiency of performance. The ZenFoneTM design has garnered over 200 awards worldwide from international journalists to world famous institutions in the IT industry.

ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser Gold
ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser Gold

Asus ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 is equipped with high quality audiovisual performance – both in terms of communication and capturing important moments – and an efficient operating system that keeps any traveller conveniently connected in the online world wherever he may be on the planet.

It is conveniently designed for easy navigation – even with one hand – through ZenMotion Tap Tap Feature. And no worries on the battery – ZenFone has high capacity 3000mAh battery that delivers powerful performance in a long-lasting life, from sunrise to sunset and beyond.

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Is it a good photography gadget?

ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 is not only good; it is a great gadget for any photographic needs before, during, and after your trip.

Zenfone is for Travelers
Zenfone is a perfect smartphone for Travelers

Take pictures, videos of every important moment, and every memory worth remembering in your trip – capture them as much as you want with ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0!

Photo using Zenfone 2 Laser
Photo using Zenfone 2 Laser

Sample photo using Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0
Sample photo using Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0

Sample Food Photo using Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0
Sample Food Photo using Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0

No need to think about DSLR cameras – this phone is all you need as a photography gadget that complements your personality and your lifestyle as it best as it could. Images are captured clearly and videos have full recording of the events behind the camera with clear audiovisuals. ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 is efficient in its audiovisual features, mainly in its 5 MEGA PIXELS front Camera, with large f/2.0-aperture, wide-angle (85”) lens, and 13 MEGA PIXELS rear Camera, with large f/2.0-aperture, 5-element auto-focus lens/dual-color Real Tone Flash. The 5MEGA PIXELS front camera features the following modes to choose from: Selfie Panorama (up to 140″), Real Time Beautification, HDR mode, LOW Light Mode, Night Mode, Photo Effects, GIF Animation, and Time Lapse. The 13MEGA PIXELS rear camera also features Back Light (HOR) mode with ASUS Pixel Enhancing Technology for up to 400% brighter, and evenly exposed photos, Low Light mode with ASUS Pixel Master Technology for up to 400% brighter photos and videos, Super resolution Mode for up to 52 Mega Pixel resolution photos, and Manual Mode for DSLR-like camera detail settings. Taking videos in ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 is also superb as it showcases Full HD Video recording 1080p@30fps capture, with video stabilization and one-touch still-capture facility.

Asus ZenFone’s unique pixel enhancing technique and unique algorithm ensures the best image quality without additional settings.

What are the improvements of this phone compared to Zenfone 5?

Asus has directed the improvement of its already good ZenFone 5 model as they present the ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0. ZenFone2 Laser 5.0 replaces the following features from its predecessor.

ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 ZE500KL VS Zenfone 5
ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 ZE500KL Vs Zenfone 5

First, it is better reinforced with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, stressing twice the drop damage resistance. This phone also suffers no lags or stuttering – while opening of apps, or during the transition effects – because of its Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 based chipset, powered by a 64 Bit Quad core processor, clocked at 1.2 GHz; as well as its Adreno 306 GPU. ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 is equipped with better camera functions, especially as it features 5 MEGA PIXELS front Camera with large f/2.0-aperture, wide-angle (85”) lens (in contrast to ZenFone 5’s 2 MEGA PIXELS, f/2.4 front camera) and 13 Mega Pixel rear Camera with large f/2.0-aperture, 5-element auto-focus lens/dual-color Real Tone Flash. ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 offers a wider range of network choices, including the additional LTE (4G) capability with 5 laser Direct Structuring Antennas for Better Signal Reception. With ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0’s removable, 3000mAh lithium-polymer battery, equipped with BoostMaster fast-charging technology, any traveller’s experience with this smartphone is more maximized in the assurance of safety and long lasting powerful performance.

Take a look at the infographic below that shows ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 is different and definitely better than ZenFone 5.

What are the specs?

I have collated information on the specs of ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 and gathered them into a table below, for every reading traveller’s easy perusal.

ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0
Model ZE500KL
Dimensions 6.00 x 3.04 x 0.43 inches
Weight 170 grams
Display 5” HD 1280×720
pixel density of ~267 ppi
given Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection
OS Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, with Asus’ ZenUI skin applied on top – that allows the user to assign gestures for launching specific apps as well.
Processor Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 based chipset, powered by a 64 Bit Quad core processor, clocked at 1.2 GHz. The graphics department is handled by Adreno 306, while ample memory has been supplied by including 2 GB worth of RAM.
Ram LPDDR3 2GB
Camera front:

·      5 Mega Pixel Camera With large f/2.0-aperture, wide-angle (85”lens)

Modes:

·      Selfie Panorama(up to 140″)

·      Real Time Beautification

·      HDR mode

·      LOW Light Mode

·      Night Mode

·      Photo Effects

·      GIF animation

·      Time Lapse

Rear:

·      13 Mega Pixel Camera with large f/2.0-aperture, 5-element auto-focus lens/dual-color Real Tone Flash

·      Blue Glass IR Filter/Zero Shutter Lag

Modes:

·      Back Light (HOR) mode with ASUS Pixel Enhancing Technology for up to 400% brighter, and evenly exposed photos

·      Low Light mode with ASUS PixelMaster Technology for up to 400% brighter photos and videos

·      Super resolution mode for up to 52MegaPixel resolution photos

·      Manual Mode for DSLR-like camera detail settings

·      Real Time Beautification

·      Night Mode

·      Depth of field

·      Selfie Mode

·      Photo Effects

·      Panorama mode

·      Miniature

·      Time Rewind

·      Smart Remove

·      AII Smiles

·      Time Lapse

Networking 5 laser Direct Structuring Antennas for Better Signal Reception

4G LTE-A with Carrier Aggregation for fastest 4G Download speed up to 250Mbps

(supported in more than 31 countries)

GSM/ WCDM Quad Band for Worldwide Data Roaming

850/900/1900/2100MHZ

Wireless:

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac ( so2.11ac Is SX faster than 802.11n.up to 433Mega Pixels)

BT4.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fl direct

5 laser Direct Structuring Antennas for Better Signal Reception

4G LTE-A with Carrier Aggregation

Sim Card Dual SIM, Dual Active

Both SIM Cards active, still can receive call while talking in another line

SIM1 Support 2G/3G/4G

SIM2 Support 2G Voice calling

Battery Removable, 3000mAh lithium-polymer , equipped with BoostMaster fast-charging technology

(Charge up to 60% capacity in 39 minutes)

Available Colors Premium Hairline Metallic Finish

Ceramic White, Glamour Red and Pure Black.

How much is the Suggested Retail Price of ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 ZE500KL?

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE500KL Price Philippines
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE500KL Price in the Philippines

Zenfone 2 Laser is now available in all Asus Authorized distributors at an SRP of P7,695.00.

Overall review

All in all, ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 is a phone that any traveller should not miss out on. It features great audiovisual faculties, and an efficient operating system that makes communication crystal clear, anytime, anywhere. As one of the best budget smart phones for travellers, I assure you that this phone is worth every penny because it will definitely be your best device to do whatever you want in your travels, in terms of communication, photography and connectivity.

The ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 ZE500KL is available in different color choices, namely: Black, Ceramic White, Silver, Purple, Aqua Blue, Sheer Gold and Glamour Red.

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