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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

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10 Responses to Bosch’s Digital Rangefinder

  1. F451 says:

    It has all the features my returned Sears AccuTrac did not. I’ll have to try it out.

  2. Chuck Cage says:

    F451: It looked pretty exciting to us, too, and Bosch usually delivers. If you pick one up, drop us a line and let us know what you think.

    BTW: Are you a fireman?

  3. bc says:

    it’s super pricey… craftsman one is 30 bucks compared to 170. What is bosch thinking?

  4. Julian Tracy says:

    bc: There’s a world of diff – the Sears model at $30 has got to be a sonic measurer – if it has a laser, it’s merely to use as a aiming reference.

    The Bosch is like the new Stanley and the more expensive Hiltis and Leicas in which the laser dot is what the measurement is reading.

    In the sonic models, the “dot” or circle that the device is reading is closer to a 5-7′ circle, so for instance, if you have a sofa or something else in the way your reading is useless.

    The Bosch and other model can be used for running trim, the sonic ones are only good for rough square footage.

    JT

  5. cc says:

    neat, i remember seeing something like this in the crappy italian job remake.

  6. Henrik says:

    Leica is the way to go, if you want quality.
    Leica’s interior frame is made of magnesium and the optics is real glass.
    Bosch is pure plastic delight.

    Most other Laser range finders are bulit on either Leica or Bosch components.

  7. F451 says:

    Chuck C.,

    I’d love to give a review, but Amazon still does not have in stock! I’m about ready to give-up.

    The F451 designation is a tribute to Ray Bradbury, and his novel Fahrenheit 451.

  8. Bee says:

    I saw one of these in France this summer. they have them in the hardware stores for around 100euro or 140$- and europe tools are ususally way more expensive than in the US.. unfortunately the model I saw had METRIC only. Made me hope that we would see these cheaper models with real accuracy in the US soon!

    the only trouble with these cheaper PRO range meters is the time delay on the reading.. this one says .5 to 4 seconds.. don’t know how this compares but the hilti ones are real fast- no waiting around or confusions.

  9. F451 says:

    @Bee,

    I prefer metric, and wish the U.S. had actually converted versus the half-hearted attempt in the seventies. The biggest problem with any of these units that are not in the high-dollar range is “calibration.” Any device that is worth its salt, and can be considered serious, can also be recalibrated to keep its standards accurate. In the manufacturing industry, those digital temperature guns that cannot be calibrated are referred to as “throwaways.”

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