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great product, iffy manual
on December 3, 2012
i have to subtract 1 star because of the manual. i have no background in construction, and it could be argued that i just lack the vocabulary except that there are tons of tiny pictures and not much verbiage at all--the sort that i hate the most because no matter how much the icon lovers insist, an image doesn't mean the same to one person as it does to another. mystery icons on my smartphone drive me batty as well.
but no, the worst problem with the glr225 manual is there are a couple of drawings in the front section with numbered features and buttons and display items which are so important that you literally cannot read the rest of the manual without them as it refers to numbers and not to button labels or features. craziest thing i ever saw, to save 3 or 4 characters they make you go back to the two pages that have the rosetta-stone key and there is no way to fold those essential pages out for viewing along with the text that refers to them. here are two examples to give the flavor:
"For length measurements, push button 5 ... | ... To change the unit of measure, push button 13 ... "
the pdf version of the manual was not on the web site, but a pleasant surprise was when i accidentally hit the 'chat' button on the bosch website late in the evening and a helpful support person popped up and emailed me the pdf manual without any hesitation. full marks there! once i had the pdf version i was able to save the numbered drawing pages off as separate pdf files and then i could pull them up and display them continually as i read the rest of the manual that referred to them.
there's really not much to say about the device itself. as i say, i have no background in construction or the use of such devices, but i was able--despite a lack of descriptive text and having to decode pictures--to perform nearly every function this meter offers to my satisfaction. i'm still a little unclear how the min/max function works or what it is for (i notice it keeps the laser on continually), but i've only been through the manual once, so i'll bet i get it on the 2nd or 3rd try.
i closely compared this device against 3 or 4 other devices at up to twice the price and just when i found a feature on one of the other devices the bosch didn't seem to offer i would discover a way to do it on the glr225. and even i began to see the worth of the simplicity of the display on the bosch. the display is crisp and clear, but the lack of a backlight is a shortcoming, but to be fair, some laser tape units that have backlights don't measure up (sorry!) to the boschs' capabilities.