Tons of features, low res visuals
This laser distance measure (LDM) is stocked with tons of features - you can basically measure anything you can think of as long as it has a place for the beam to land. This tool seems custom made to be used in a long term project environment, with difficult measurements to obtain and over large distances, but can just as easily be used for simple, everyday measurements and in smaller spaces. It can be mounted on a tripod or used in hand, and can be set to measure from the rear, front, tripod connection point, or from the handy, extendable point that flips out from the back if you need to get into tricky, small places.
This LDM is accurate (within 1/16th” at 20’ measured against three different tapes, and bang on measured against another laser measure – GLM35) and quick to set up, and is easy to use for the most common tasks it might be employed for. It also has two buttons that save your measurement - on the face and on the right side, so they are always accessible regardless of how you’re holding the tool. The unit has a ton of storage and the battery life seems great! I’ve been using mine pretty heavily for the past week getting through all its features and the battery won’t quit.
I also really like how the screen always tells you the angle of inclination the LDM is at, and how Bosch has extended that feature to be able to use the device as a level when it is sitting on a flat surface too.
This tool has many great features, and tons of ways to use them, but its two signature features (blue tooth connectivity, and the video screen) are a little underwhelming. I have never used an LDM with an app before, but this was simple enough to set up. It’s a neat feature to be able to take measurements remotely, but since you have to position the laser manually anyway, I don’t know that that is a very practically useful feature.
After setting up the app, I spent some time trying to plug in a simple layout of my house and it took me way longer than I would have liked, to the point that I ended up giving up. What I would love to have seen was for the app to connect to the wall measuring feature of the tool so that I could just walk through and have the measurements upload directly into a diagram of the space, but if it has that capability I couldn’t find it. This might also be easier on a tablet, but on my smart phone, the screen is just too small to have that many entries to make.
The other major feature of this LDM is that you can see where your point is via the viewfinder screen on the display. I was really looking forward to this feature, as it is often impossible to locate that tiny red dot once it’s more than twenty feet away, so having the cross hairs on the screen is really helpful for those long measurements beyond 120’. However, the resolution of the screen leaves a lot to be desired. In the generation of camera phones that can capture amazing images at super high quality, to see a camera type device return to flip phone grade pictures was a little disappointing. Especially if you wanted to use the pictures taken on the LDM in a project portfolio or for any explanatory purposes, these images just would not cut it. However, they do give a fair indication of where the laser is pointed and the image can be zoomed in a few times to obtain greater precision, so it is still a helpful feature to have especially when measuring distances in the 100’ + range.
Overall, this new tool is a great laser measuring device. It is still compact enough to easily be used manually, and offers users a ton of features to make estimating and site layout much easier. It would be a useful tool in many trades person’s tool kit.
This review was collected as part of a promotion