Bosch GLM100 C Laser Rangerfinder - a Toolstop REVIEW
Posted by Mark Hunter - December 23, 2013
Bosch has tweaked and updated their GLM laser rangefinder. We'd love to know what you think!
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Laser range finders and measurers are, quite simply, designed to make your life easier.
Rather than using traditional methods of measuring and calculating distances and angles, laser devices aim (no pun intended) to strip out human error and the need for chalk lines, tape measures, scraps of paper and blunt pencils.
Now, with one device that fits in your pocket, you can measure and record distances, areas and angles. And if that device is protected against water and dust ingress, then you're onto a winner.
Bosch has consistently pushed the boundaries of scientific applications avaiable to us in their laser devices, and with the recent launch of the GLM100 C (replacing the GLM80), they've gone a few steps further.
In this review guide we'll take you through the features and key benefits of this new professional laser range finder and explain what the "C" in the product name means for you. Click here for the GLM100 C's full spec and our best price.
Why You Should Upgrade to the GLM100 C
First, the GLM100 C has been designed by Bosch to be robust. They've rated the device as IP 54 meaning that it's going to resist dust and water ingress. Obviously this is ideal and a key benefit to you if you work outdoors regularly (what with the great European winter ahead of us) or if you work indoors in a dusty enivornment.
This is backed up the rubberised casing and 1m drop shock protection.
As you'd expect, the GLM100 C has a 50 measurement memory feature, automatically storing the last 50 values you've captured, all neatly displayed on the back-lit illuminated display which flips according to to the orientation of the device as you're using it.
The measuring range of the GLM100 C has been increased from it's predecessor to 100m with an accuracy of +/- 1.5 mm. It also measures angles via it's inclinometer function all the way through to 360° with an accuracy rating of +/- 0.2°.
The product is lovely and compact, we loved how it feels in the hand, thanks to the rubbery casing, but also due to its compact dimensions, with a lenght of just 111mm, width of 51mm and thickness of 30mm.
It feels solid without feeling bulky and uncomfortable. Plus it weighs in at only 0.14kg, powered as it is by the internal 3.7v 1250mAh battery, which is rechargeable via the supplied micro USB.
What Does the C Stand For?
The GLM100 C is going to handle all of the measuring tasks you'll throw at it, including area, length and angles.
But Bosch has factored in a few key upgrades to the GLM100 C which will tickle the fancy of anyone who goes to work with a smart phone, or a tablet.
So, if you've got an iPhone or an Android phone, or an iPad or Android tablet are part of your everyday kit at work, then the "C" in GLM100 C is important as it stands for "Connectivity". The device features Bluetooth technology which allows you to transfers the measurements you're capturing straight to your phone or tablet.
Bosch's app "Toolbox" has been updated to include a feature designed to work witht GLM100 C.
We asked Bosch to demo the app partnered with the GLM100 C at their recent launch event. Watch it on Toolstop TV, click here, or in our player below.
As you can see, this is a fantastic feature that, once you get a handle on it, will save you tons of time, and help prevent the unnecessary loss of data.
For example, rather than jotting down measurements on a scrap of paper or a notebook, you create a new project within the app. Then take a photo of the area you're measuring.
This could be a floor area that you need to price up for wooden flooring or carpet. Or it could be a wall with windows that need to be replaced. The ability to take a photo of the area you're measuring, then add the measurements captured by the GLM100 C straight onto the photo via Bluetooth is brilliant.
The photo can then be emailed back to your office or to the client, along with your notes re. prices etc.
Obviously the trendy middle-aged European architect doesn't come as standard.
We'd love to know what you think of this refinement to Bosch's stable of laser rangefinders. Gimmicky or genius?
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