I have owned the Bosch DLR130K Digital Distance Measurer Kit
for about 6 months and I have compared it to the NWi LSC60 fairly extensively.
Comparison: Based on accuracy, consistency, ease of use, additional features, and price
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Accuracy and Consistency
Consistency: 3 measurements at each of the above lengths.
Accuracy: Tested inside at 5, 10, 20 and 30 feet.
Results: At all distances both units were extremely accurate and consistent, yielding results within 1/16 of 1" of a tape measure measurement. Additionally they yielded the same results on each of the 3 measurements.
Ease of Use:
1. I found the Bosch more intuitive to use, especially in terms of turning the unit on and off. I initially thought the NWi unit was defective as the power button failed to turn it on... However it turns out the power button turns the unit off and the Meas button turns the unit on.
2. Lasers on both units are somewhat difficult to see outside on a bright day but I found the NWi clearer than the Bosch.
3. The NWi has a backlight for the screen which helps when measuring in dim light.
Additional Features: Here is where the NWi really shines
Features both have:
1. Automatically calculate area or volume.
2. Display multiple units, ft in decimals, inches, ft + inches, meters. You can change the units on the Bosch at any time, you can only change the units on the NWi between measurements.
3. Memory, Bosch lets you save one measurement, the NWi shines here by letting you save 30. Additionally if you change the units you are using the units of all saved measurements are saved as well. So you can go back and look at them in meters or inches. By contrast the Bosch converts all saved numbers to decimals.
4. Min distance: bosch allows 2 inches, the NWi is 4. (rated distances)
5. Max distance: Bosch 130 ft, NWi 195 ft (rated distances)
Additional NWi features:
1. The pythagorean functions (which allow for indirect measurement) are in my opinion the most valuable additional features (I explained each one below).
1a. Use as an inclinometer by pressing the angle button 1 time. Then simply place the inclinometer flat against the angle you want to measure. (accurate and consistent but needs calibration, on mine 89.5= 90, 44.3= 45 and -1.2=0 respectively)(0.5 degrees at 90, 0 0.7 degrees on my unit).
1b. if calibrated it can be used as rough level using that same feature.
1c. Press the angle button twice and you can indirectly measure the length of a room by placing the unit in a bottom corner and aiming at the opposite top corner, then measure. The LSC60 calculates the sides of a right triangle for you and you now know the length of the room. Great if there is furniture in the way. You can also use this to measure the height of a building.
1d. If there are no available bottom corners simply go to the third angle setting, then stand at any point in the middle of the room. Measure the distance from any set surface to one ceiling corner, and then turn the device around and measure to the other corner... the result will be the length of the room. Again great for real estate use.
2. afformentioned backlight
3. The calculator is handy for calculating materials required for a job based off the volume or area in question. HOWEVER, you cannot save previous calculations, you will have to right down all your results. Also the calculator deals in unitless decimals (which makes sense since many calculations will change the starting unit.)
4. 3 minuet auto shutoff
Price: And here is where the Bosch really shines.
At ~$89 for the Bosch vs. ~$148 for the NWi the Bosch is a better deal if all you want to do is to measure straight lines. And you can get a backlit version that measures 165 ft Bosch GLM 50 Laser Distance Measurer with 165-Feet Range and Backlit Display
for about $94.
However to get the angle features you would need to upgrade to the Bosch GLM80 265ft Li-Ion Laser Distance Measurer
which would cost 195. (granted its measured max distance is 70 ft more). For my money I would rather have the NWi.
Conclusion: If you are a real estate agent or are thinking of buying a house, or you are remodeling, consider buying this measure. Being able to get the distance witout moving all the furniture or taking multiple measurements, is a great feature to have that will save you and your clients time and aggrevation. Additionally it's not something you cannot easily compensate for with your phone (like the calculator), it is a high end feature that accounts for the high end price.
If however, you work in new construction, or mainly need straight lines, or just want to save some money, consider one of the cheaper Bosch units.
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