Mr. Adventure wrote:
It's more like Star Wars so it's naturally better.
It would certainly make more sense for the handheld phasers since they were always trained on a single spot anyway. I always thought it would be cool to see the beams used to their full potential sweeping after their targets.
That's one effect I thought Babylon 5 always got right. Their energy beams looked ANGRY, they slashed and burned through ships like a welding torch. Star Trek phasers too often looked like a flashlight or a laser pointer or something.