The 135ft BLAZE by Bosch is a new digital laser distance measure tool that has some interesting features. Lets see how it does on the job!
Upon opening the package I saw that there are a few manuals and packets inside the box, as well as the laser, a hand-strap, 2 batteries, and a Velcro carrying case. Thank you Bosch for sending the batteries. I feel like this is a must these days, who wants to have to go buy batteries when they open a new tool package?
The laser feels great in the hand, small enough to fit in your pocket, with a screen large enough to easily read. When turning on the display the units of measure that pop up are set to standard from the factory. This is a big plus over some of the other brands I've tried in the past
When powering on the device and trying to read a measurement I noticed that this distance measure tool has real-time length, area, volume and indirect measuring functions and after reading the literature I see that it has a 20-measurement storage capability as well as addition/subtraction functionality
The screen is a bit larger than most laser measure tools of this distance, and the display is back-lit when in dark areas which allows for ease of use. One really cool thing that I wasn't expecting this laser measure to have is that the screen tilts horizontally and vertically when turned, just like a smart phone. Not a super-important function to have but it does help usability having it.
The screen also shows a digital bubble level to reference level when taking measurements up to 135 feet. It does seem very accurate when comparing its readings to a tape measure over the same distance, or at least within 1/16th of an inch either direction. That's far more accurate than I need as an electrician.
This tool is a very well built rangefinder, and with the distance of 135 ft you can use this for most indoor applications. I still have issue with it outdoors, as the laser is nearly impossible to track in direct sunlight, but I'm finding this is the same with all brands. Sure wish some engineer out there would come up with a solution for this. The usability and accuracty of this tool makes having one a no-brainer. If you do a lot of calculating area (square-footage) for bidding/estimating, or you're trying to figure out how much conduit and wire to buy, this is a great tool for indoor measuring and it can get to places your tape-measure cannot. I give this tool 4 out of 5 stars.