This digital rangefinder kit from Bosch adds a few features that we’d like to see on all electronic measuring devices: the ability to automatically account for the size of the unit when measuring from the front and back of the case — and a swing-out extension pin to assist in measuring to inside corners.
Besides these add-ons, this strikes us as a standard, decent-quality rangefinder. Its laser serves to both point and measure, which offers a 1/16″ accuracy up to the unit’s maximum range of 165′. And it’s reasonably-sized, too: just 4″ tall. Bosch claims it’s the “world’s smallest rangefinder.”
It measures in feet-and-inches, decimal feet, and metric, and can automatically calculate area and volume. Plus, you can engage its “continuous measurement mode” to see constant distance updates if you’re “walking off” a distance. Finally, an “indirect measurement mode” calculates “inaccessable distances” that you can’t measure because they’re obstructed.
It’s powered by four AAA batteries, and ships with a hand strap and Batman-style belt-loop-mountable carrying case. Street pricing starts around $170