When is a touchscreen mod not a touchscreen mod? When it’s the unique, intriguing AsMODus Lustro 200W touchscreen mod. Because, after a few hours of quality time with this new dual-18650 contender, we’re still not entirely sure what type of device this is supposed to be.
But that’s not to say we haven’t enjoyed our time with the Lustro – we have. And we’re eager to learn more about its intricacies as we spend more time with the mod. Because, no matter how odd the Lustro seems on first glance, we have the feeling there’s more than meets the eyes.
Let’s take a closer look and see why.
At Spinfuel VAPE, we preach safety every chance we get. So we were thrilled to see that the Lustro asks users to confirm they’re using a married pair of 18650 cells every time they install new batteries. A simple tap of the narrow touchscreen makes this warning go away, but at the very least, AsMODus is requiring users to think before firing, and that’s something we commend.
But beyond that, there’s nothing that initially jumps at you with the Lustro. My pearlescent white test model is completely devoid of company branding or unnecessary adornments. It’s gorgeous in its simplicity… at least when it’s turned off, that is.
Once powered up, there is a long, vertical LED strip next to the diminutive touchscreen that rises as you fire. At first it was cool to see it activate, but like any other LED lightshow we’ve endured over the last 18 months, we found ourselves turning it off before long. It’s not overbearing like some, but a glowing red strip seemed to dilute the simple beauty of the Lustro’s exterior.
That said, there are several colors and patterns to choose from in the menu system, which are easily adjusted through the touch-enabled interface. Speaking of which…
Touchscreen, or Not?
Despite the simplistic maturity of the device body, the tall, narrow display is another in the growing line of speedometer-influenced screens. This isn’t really a place for personal opinion, but aren’t we all getting a little tired of the same shtick over and over again? Plus, with the narrow display area, the screen seems a little cramped.
Why? Because AsMODus managed to cram mode, volts, resistance, puff counter, watts, dual battery meter, total number of puffs, preheat, and more into this tiny section of real estate, which makes it a little less legible than we expected at the outset.
Things get even more claustrophobic once you realize the Lustro is a touchscreen device. By swiping up, users can work their way through the device’s adjustments. And you’ll have to, since there are no physical up/down/enter buttons to be had, leaving the touchscreen as the only way to interact with the Lustro – time to invest in screen protectors, kids!
It’s far too early for us to pass judgment on the quality of the touchscreen, but our initial impressions were mixed. We liked the simple wattage and temp adjustment but going deeper into the menu trees isn’t as intuitive as we expected, forcing us to refer to the instructions long after we started using the mod.
Under the Hood
Once you have things set, the Lustro is a strong performer. Using the proprietary GX-200 chipset, the Lustro can reach 200 watts in power mode, and up to 572 degrees F in the fully fleshed temp control mode. There is also TFR and TCR settings available, though we haven’t spent enough time in these areas to make a determination just yet.
But, in the modes we HAVE tested thus far, the Lustro has proven to be a strong performer, with fast-ramping hits, smooth draws and no stuttering or pulsing, even at higher wattages. We’ll be testing this much more thoroughly over the next few weeks, but we’re confident that the Lustro will hit these marks with ease.
Yeah, this one caught us by surprise. On one hand, the AsMODus Lustro makes a tremendously mature, sophisticated first impression. But the gimmicky interface and unnecessary LED lights raised a few eyebrows.
But this is why we test, right? Check back in the next few weeks for a detailed breakdown of the intriguing AsMODus Lustro Touchscreen mod, to see if it’s something truly new and worth having in your collection.
AsMODus Lustro 200W Touchscreen Mod Specs:
- GX 200 HUT Touch Screen Chip Set
- 5 to 200W Power Output
- 45A Maximum Continuous Output
- 0.1 to 2.5 ohms
- Temperature Control Output
- Ni200 Nickel Support
- Titanium Support
- Stainless Steel Support
- 212 to 572 Degrees Fahrenheit Output Range
- Single Button with Capacitive Touch Screen
- Uses Electrical Proprietaries of the Human Body
- Swipe and Tap Controls
- Speedometer Inspired Screen
- 23mm by 12mm OLED Touch Screen
- 5 Line Display
- Output Wattage
- Output Temperature
- Output Voltage
- Individual Battery Life Indicator
- Atomizer Resistance
- Puff Counter
- Work Mode
- Dual LED Lights
- Located on the Fire Button and the Side of the Screen
- RGB Color Configuration
- Dual 18650 Battery Powered
- Magnetic Battery Door
- Silver Plated Spring-Loaded Contact
- Batteries Sold Separately
- Zinc Alloy Construction
- Economic Form Factor
- Rubberized Finish
- Micro USB Port
- USB Type-C
- 1A Charging Maximum
- Upgradeable Firmware
- Stainless Steel 510 Threading
- Silver Plated 510 Contact
- Reverse Polarity/Low Voltage/Low Resistance/Chip Temperature Protection
AsMODus Lustro 200W Touchscreen Mod Contents:
- One AsMODus Lustro 200W TC Box Mod
- One Type-C USB Cable
- User Manual