Nexus vs Lazer Runner Laser Tag Equipment

This document will compare the industry’s best selling laser tag  equipment, “NexusFEC”, against the LaZerRunner laser tag system. We have tried to make comparisons easier by accurately showing the strengths and weaknesses of both systems.

There is no perfect laser tag equipment for all needs and applications. A manufacturer should try to develop a product to reach the broadest audience possible and NexusFEC has shown that the market truly appreciates its features.

Before you start comparing the products, many past clients have noticed that LaZerRunner hypes the fact that they use lasers for their data transmission. They also claim that infrared is old and outdated. With this in mind, consider the fact that the most successful laser tag company in the world, based on openings and closings, is Laser Quest and they use infrared technology.

Another interesting fact about LaZerRunner is that they use infrared remotes to start their packs before each game. If infrared is so bad, why do they use it at all in their system?

The downside to using lasers for data transmission is that you have to have pin point accuracy to tag an opposing player. This means that your younger guests will need to be a marksman in order to tag another vest. This will create a negative experience in deter customers from returning to play.

We strive to provide current, accurate and truthful information to help you purchase the best laser tag equipment on the market.

EQUIPMENT

1. Batteries

Battery Life (Single Charge)
NexusFEC = 24 Hours
LazerRunner = 16 Hours

Battery Charge Time
NexusFEC = 6 Hours
LazerRunner = 8 Hours

Low Battery Indicator
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
LazerRunner does not offer a low battery indicator like NexusFEC does. With NexusFEC, the shoulder sensors will flicker white when the battery is almost flat.

Battery Memory
NexusFEC = No
LazerRunner = Yes
NexusFEC battery has no memory so you can quick charge without the threat of destroying battery life.

Game Data Retention
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
If the battery goes flat in NexusFEC, the players game data would be saved.

2. Construction

Unbreakable Plastics
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = Yes

Green Laser
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
A Green Laser adds a new dimension to the laser tag game.

Pack & Phasor Weight
NexusFEC = 5.5 lbs
LazerRunner = 7 lbs
NexusFEC is the lightest pack in the industry which is a positive for your younger customers.

Surface Mount Circuit Board
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = Yes
Surface mounting is designed to be durable in a vibrating environment.

Retractable Phasor Cord
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = Yes

Drop Height
NexusFEC = 60 feet
LazerRunner = 6 feet
NexusFEC can be dropped from a height of 60+ feet and still be operational.

LCD
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = Yes

3. Data Transmission

Infrared (IR)
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
IR is the industry standard and the most successful laser tag locations measured by longevity and profitability ALL use IR transmission.

Laser
NexusFEC = No
LazerRunner = Yes
A laser beam is pin point accurate and if the laser misses the sensor by 1/1000th of an inch, the tag is not registered. This will cause your guest to have a terrible experience. Your business needs to sell smiles. A positive experience leads to repeat play.

4. Illumination

Fiber Optics
NexusFEC = No
LazerRunner = Yes
Fiber Optics are glass tubes which are prone to breaking and “dulling” over time.

Ultra-Bright LED’s
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No

Multi-Color Vesting Racks
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
NexusFEC offers color changing vesting racks which can change color at any time. This can help with organization of the vesting room. Program the vest racks to correspond with the color pack that is supposed to be on the rack.
LazerRunner offers metal racks with neon tape affixed.

NexusFEC Vesting Racks.

LazerRunner Vesting Racks.

LED’s in Phasor
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
The leading cause of facial injury in the industry is unlit Phasors. With LED’s, Phasors are bright and easy to see which drastically decreases the number of Phasor related injuries. A lit Phasor will reduce your liability insurance premiums.

Number of Colors
NexusFEC = 8
LazerRunner = 6
NexusFEC offers: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Purple, Pink, Teal and Orange. LazerRunner offers: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow.

Programmable Team Colors
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = Yes

5. Limitations

Range
NexusFEC = 3 Miles
LazerRunner = 500 feet
In a well designed and themed arena, you will never be 500 feet away from a person who you are tagging.

Teams
NexusFEC = 8
LazerRunner = 4

Number of Bases
NexusFEC = 3
LazerRunner = 2

6. Radio

Radio Based
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = Yes

Wireless
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = Yes

Radio Interface Problems
NexusFEC = No
LazerRunner = No
LazerRunner claims that they are the only company that provides this technology in their equipment. NexusFEC uses a transceiver that allows for peer-to-peer operation between any receivers in range. Our transceiver is resistant to interference and retains the integrity of the game data.

7. Safety

Two Handed Phasor
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
Liability insurance premiums can increase if your equipment does not require two hands for use.

8. Sensors

Shoulder Sensors
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No

Sensors on Phasor
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
With LazerRunner being single handed and having no sensors on the Phasor, players can tag around corners without being tagged. This will lead to frustration and deter customers from returning to play.

360 Degree Tag Radius
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
Due to not having sensors on the shoulders or Phasor, you cannot tag Lazer Runner packs at all times. It is harder for your guests to tag each other which will deter guests from returning.

9. Sound

Clear Speakers
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
LazerRunner uses a single speaker on the Phasor. NexusFEC uses high quality speakers that put out a crisp, clear sound.

Dual Processing Speakers
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
Dual Processing Speakers allows packs to produce two sounds at once: being tagged and tagging.

Customizable Voice/Sound Effects
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
Zone offers you 8 full minutes of customizable sounds files.

MP3 Player
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
The MP3 player allows for you to have clear sound files and a multitude of different sounds.

10. Vibrators

Vibrating Hit Sensors
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = Yes

Number of Vibrating Hit Sensors
NexusFEC = 3
LazerRunner = 1
NexusFEC has more vibrating hit sensors which allows for a more realistic guest experience and adds to the WOW effect.

SOFTWARE

1. Formats

Continuous Games 
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = Yes

Unique Game Formats
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
With LazerRunner, you cannot create game formats. Nexus allows you to create game formats to better server your birthday or group events.

Number of Game Formats
NexusFEC = 584,298,382 +/-
LazerRunner = 6
NexusFEC game formats are only limited by the amount of space available on your hard drive.

Birthday Announcement
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
Nexus game format plays the “Happy Birthday” song before the game begins while the birthday player is surrounded by all of his friends.

2. Game Software

POS
NexusFEC = Optional
LazerRunner = No
Zone offers AcaciaPOS as an option. LazerRunner does not offer a POS system.
Pre-Loaded Software
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = Yes

License Fees
NexusFEC = No
LazerRunner = No

Support
NexusFEC = 24/7
LazerRunner = 24/7

3. Miscellaneous

Score Cards Available
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = Yes

Touch Screen Monitor
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = Yes

Memberships
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
This allows your guests to choose their own pack name for play.

Unique Pack Names
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
NexusFEC allows you to have names for your packs.

WARRANTY

1. Repair

Repair Time
NexusFEC = 48 Hours
LazerRunner = 48 Hours

Shipping Costs
NexusFEC = Pay for Shipping to Dover, we pay shipping back.
LazerRunner = Pay for Shipping both ways.
LazerRunner is based in Canada so you will have to pay international shipping cost along with custom fees both ways to fix your equipment.

2. Warranty

Length – Standard
NexusFEC = 2 Years
LazerRunner = 2 Years
LazerRunners warranty is based on minutes played per pack and one year of the warranty can be used in 36 continuous hours of play.

Wear & Tear
NexusFEC = Covered
LazerRunner = Not Covered
LazerRunner does not cover wear and tear. LazerRunner specifically line item excludes wear and tears from their warranty. How durable can it be?

Consumables
NexusFEC = Not Covered
LazerRunner = Not Covered

Acts of God
NexusFEC = Not Covered
LazerRunner = Not Covered

Service Repair Kit
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = Yes

Service
NexusFEC = 24/7
LazerRunner = 24/7

OVERVIEW OF THE ZONE ASSURED SUPPORT WARRANTY

Zone Systems dba Zone Laser Tag doesn’t like to have a lot of exceptions or exclusions to its contracts and its warranty coverage so here is what your warranty will cover in plain English:

Phasor Plastics
- Covered under warranty except for Acts of God, abuse, vandalism, or intentional neglect.

Phasor Electronics
- Covered under warranty except for Acts of God, abuse, vandalism, or intentional neglect.

Phasor Cable Cord
- Covered under warranty except for Acts of God, abuse, vandalism, or intentional neglect.

Vest Plastics
- Covered under warranty except for Acts of God, abuse, vandalism, or intentional neglect.

Vest Materials
- Covered under warranty except for Acts of God, abuse, vandalism, or intentional neglect.

Vest Electronics
- Covered under warranty except for Acts of God, abuse, vandalism, or intentional neglect.

Computer & Printer
- Covered under warranty except for Acts of God, abuse, vandalism, or intentional neglect.

Score Monitor
- Covered under warranty except for Acts of God, abuse, vandalism, or intentional neglect.

Software Upgrades
- Free during the warranty period

What is Not Covered
- Consumables such as score cards, membership buttons, fuses, manuals, etc.

The term of the warranty will be decided by you during this negotiation stage. The warranty can run up to five (5) years for NexusPro and two (2) years for the NexusFEC System. Specific details regarding your warranty will be in the sales agreement.

We offer the industry’s best warranty for complete hassle free operation since we own and operate five of our own locations. We are the world’s largest laser tag supplier and this all inclusive hassle free warranty is what our operators, and future profitable owners such as your selves, demands. We keep your operating costs to a minimum so that you maximize your profits!

ARENA

1. Arena Construction

Arena Provided
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = Yes

Construction Method
NexusFEC = Custom design and Themed arena on a steel mezzanine.
LazerRunner = Puck Board
Puck Board is the material commonly used to construct hockey arenas.

2. Arena Features

Lighting Provided
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = Yes

Fog Machine Provided
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = Yes

3. Theme

Number of Themes
NexusFEC = 13 (Urban, Adventure, Jungle, Space, Ocean, Haunted, Ice, Pirate, Wild West, Knights, Earth, Mobile, Custom)
LazerRunner = 1 (Battle Station)
Zone offers themes to fit your needs and budge. Why be limited to only 1 theme?

NexusFEC Arena.

LazerRunner Arena.

MARKETING

1. Artwork

Images
NexusFEC = Over 1000
LazerRunner = Approx. 10

Readymade Flyers, Posters, etc.
NexusFEC = Over 300
LazerRunner = Approx. 5
Zone’s “New Store Marketing” kit includes flyers, posters and other marketing material.

Flyers, posters and marketing materials available in Zone’s “New Store Marketing” kit.

TV and Radio Spots
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = Yes

2. Conferences

Dedicated and Exclusive Operators Conference
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
Zone has been offering an exclusive 2 day conference for its operators for over 14 years. LazerRunner doesn’t even want its own operators to know of each other’s existence.

Start-up
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
Zone offers a free start-up conference four times a year for those who qualify. This is a great resource for future operators.

Zone offers a free start-up conference four times a year for those who qualify.

3. Memberships

ILTA Facility Membership
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
An ILTA Facility Membership can generate thousands of dollars in sales each year. The membership dues are paid by Zone if you purchase Zone equipment. LazerRunner does not aid their operators to help them make money in this manner.

4. Web

Sites Listed on Website
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
LazerRunner does not provide a list of open locations. What are they trying to hide?

Web Forum
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
We use a web forum so you can contact other operators and find out answers to questions and input on operational issues.

FINANCING

1. Financing Options

Zero Percent Interest Financing
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
Zone offers 0% financing on purchases if you meet the Zone Credit Criteria. The standard length is 18 months at 0% interest with no credit check or personal guarantee.

Leasing Company
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No

Pay As You Play
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = Yes
Pay as you play requires you to buy game minutes. This means that on a busy Saturday evening you may run out of game minutes and the system would shut down until you can contact your equipment supplier and purchase new minutes. This will cost you an enormous amount of income.

VALUE

1. Value

Verifiable Site Statistics
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = No
With NexusFEC, all sites are documented and posted on our website. LazerRunner does not post any of their sites on their website. How can you be sure that their sales numbers are true?

With NexusFEC, all sites are documented and posted on our website.

Corporate Stores
NexusFEC = Yes
LazerRunner = Yes

Install Cost
NexusFEC = $2,000
LazerRunner = $8,500

Price for a 20 Player System
NexusFEC = $62,000
LazerRunner = $70,000