The ZenFone 2 soars in many categories while at the same time leaving you wanting a bit more. Value is basically unmatched when it comes to this phone, especially when looking at the absurd performance per dollar that competes with some of the fastest phones on the planet right now.
I have not seen the Laser in person yet. Specs wise they seems like a pretty big jump down, except for the inclusion of Gorilla Glass 4. A 5" 720p screen, Snapdragon 410, lower base storage and RAM, and a 20% loss in battery size. It seems like it fills the more budget oriented niche better than the lower specced ZE551ML models. $400 is still a lot to shell out for the config I reviewed for most people.
Although more similar to an iPhone experience due to the MIUI6 interface, something like the Xiaomi MI4i comes in around $300CAD and boasts some crazy specs. http://www.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_196682.html