"Lasers" and "Enhanced Laser" unlock with the same tech ("Weapon Systems"). They both have the same attack (1), the Enhanced version takes more mass (17 vs 16 scaled), despite the non-enhanced "Lasers" having a description of being the "Cheaper beam weapon," they actually cost more (24 vs. 12, the only advantage -- and the Enhanced version costs Elerium). Several of the "enhanced" components similarly have no or questionable advantage over the un-enhanced versions, though others have some.
What's the advantage here? Am I missing something working as intended here?