Bosch GLM 50 C Review : a Bluetooth Laser Distance Measure

Read this Bosch GLM 50C review and say goodbye to the struggle with taking the accurate measurements using outdated methods such as chalk. Let’s thank the technology for
coming up with digital laser measurements which definitely work better. Laser distance measurers provide an exact output of measurements, and the recent useful feature to have is Bluetooth connectivity. Those features will be addressed in this Bosch GLM 50C review.bosch glm 50 c review and comparison

Responding to the advancements, Bosch also makes numerous versions of laser measuring devices and the Bosch GLM 50C is the mid-range one, which comes with Bluetooth connection. In general, the measuring distance of this device extends to 165 feet with +/- 1/16” accuracy. The Bosch GLM 50 C also comes with an upgraded color display with backlighting to enhance the visibility. The Bluetooth functionality allows you to save all your data in the Bosch app. Check the Bosch GLM 50 C review below.

Bosch GLM 50C review

 

Special Features

Bosch GLM 50 C Review : Special Features

  • Remote Control Functionality using the smartphone and tablet app
  • Built in inclinometer (tilt sensor) which displays up to 360 degrees in 2 axis, allowing the users to get an accurate degree measurement
  • Multiple measurement modes: length, volume, area, min/max, angle, single indirect height, single indirect length, combined indirect height, continuous
  • Flip screen technology which is enhanced by the backlit color display. The graphic user interface is in the form of animated graphics to ease the utilization
  • Memory function with stack for 30 values
  • Addition and subtraction of values
  • Default real-time measurement illustrates how distances move in relation to the target

Includes

  • (1) GLM 50 C laser measure
  • (1) Pouch
  • (1) Hand strap
  • (5) Target cards
  • (3) AAA batteries

 Pros

  • Very accurate measurements
  • Capable of taking both linear and angular measurements
  • Capable of taking indirect length and height measurements
  • Capable of length measurements up to 165 feet
  • Displays bubble level on screen during measurements
  • Back lit color display
  • Bluetooth capability
  • Bluetooth range of at least 100 feet
  • Capable of being controlled remotely
  • Can be mounted on a tripod
  • Rugged design that is dust and splash protected
  • Lightweight and compact design

 Cons

  • A little heavy, the laser level can slide down even with minimal vibrations
  • Its magnets are not strong enough, requiring a second magnet to be used
  • It is a bit difficult to keep steady on metal surfaces

 

Benefits and Limitations

bosch glm 50 c review

One of the greatest things in the Bosch GLM 50 C is the Bluetooth connectivity which is perfectly compatible with both Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. If you use the application called GLM Measure & Document, you are able to control the device remotely via Bluetooth. Alternatively, you can also use a free application called Bosch Floorplan. You can also document measurements using the application. The Bluetooth range is great, it reaches at least 100 feet. Furthermore, it is quite easy to measure using the Bosch GLM 50 C. Simply choose functions by selecting the icons on the monitor screen—do not worry, the icons are easy to understand. Moreover, the display is easy to read and the animations also ease the selection of the functions and the settings. The screen also rotates in 90-degree increments.

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The best part in this Bosch GLM 50 C review is that it is extremely accurate. The whole measuring process is also fun since you can monitor the measurement through your phone. Simply draw the points of the measurement, project the laser, and voila, the measurement is shown on your phone or tablet. The inclination mode is also accurate and precise. The addition of the inclination mode is really useful since most of other laser devices do not come with it.

If you wish to have a very accurate measurement, this device can be mounted on a tripod. The GLM 50 C is also capable of length measurements up to 165 feet. It can also be used for both linear and angular measurements. The result of indirect length and height measurements is accurate as well. The tool is also famous for its durability as it continues to work well even after years.

There are also some limitations that need to be addressed in this Bosch GLM 50 C review. First of all, the pouch strap is a bit fragile, the lanyard comes with a plastic piece that seals the strap, however since it is not directly related to the laser, the lanyard should not be a problem. Be careful if you want to hang the laser measure on your tool bag as you could end up losing your device.

Second, the size of the tool is quite small and the nylon case is a bit too narrow. Some people also find it harder to see the red beam outdoor, but it is great for indoor measurements. Working alone with one hand can be challenging as it is quite hard to keep the device from moving. Yet, you can use a tripod to keep its stability. Another thing that might bug you is how the unit drains batteries very fast. It is advised to use lithium batteries.

Lastly, since this device works the best with the smartphone application, the memory in the GLM is limited. There is also no time stamp on measurements stored in the memory.

Conclusion

The Bosch GLM 50 C is a complete package with numerous advanced functions for its reasonable price. Compared to the GLM 100 C, the GLM 50 C performs almost as well as the GLM 100 C but at a significantly more affordable price. This tool is really easy to use and its accuracy is satisfying. The display is also very easy to read, which is a plus. If the device is mounted to a very good quality tripod, indirect measurements with the device at an angle will be more accurate. However, the accuracy in general use is really useful. Hopefully, this Bosch GLM 50 C review is helpful for your buying reference. Do not worry, the limitations do not change the fact that this device works amazingly great and saves you from the outdated tape measure. The Bosch GLM 50 C is a must for every worker.