The Strait-Line 50 ft. Sonic Laser Tape measures up to 50 ft. with a 1 in. resolution for accurate readings. Featuring a menu-driven digital display with intuitive function selection for units, memory and mode. This measuring device calculates area and volume and can store up to 5 measurements for easy retrieval.
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57%of customersrecommend this product17 of 30reviews
Rating Breakdown31 reviews
57%of customersrecommend this product17 of 30reviews
This has to be the worst tool I have ever spent money on. First off you MIGHT get a reading, then it MAY be somewhat in the ball park and that's on white painted walls indoors. For example: I choose the length feature, press read (at a wall around 6 or 7 feet away) the reading comes back at 20 feet then I clear it and redo. The reading comes back at 7 feet, when I let go of the read button 20 feet is what it decided to display. This is an ongoing problem with random measurements. Or I point at a ceiling 5 feet above head and the reading ends up being 65 feet. I needed this for a fence bid and wouldn't bet used toilet paper on its reading. I will be getting a superior product from a better company..
Cons: Difficult to Use, Not Durable, mis readings, everything, you get what you pay for
I bought the Sonic Laser Tape, at first, because it was inexpensive. But, the more I used it, the more I found how handy and accurate it was. If you just bought a house like I had, the house was listed as 2200 sq. ft. however I had no room sizes. The sonic tape worked excellant! I was even able to get distances between fence posts and garage dimensions. I have used it so much I have killed several 9 vdc battery's! You can't beat a cheap tool that works good! (and the laser is fun to play with the cat!)
I've had this unit for a couple years now and have used it sparingly for home improvement jobs like estimating painting and flooring projects. If you need precisely accurate measurements don't buy this unit.
To work properly the unit base must be held firmly against a solid surface, and the laser reflect off of a perfectly flat surface. Even slight movement of the laser (ie: you can't hand hold it), or if the surface you aim at is even slightly reflective or moderately textured you get wildly erratic and seriously inaccurate readings.
Also, it appears the manufacturer has discontinued this item. I went to their web site to see if there were any tips or tricks to using it, and it's no longer listed in their product line. Nor is there any reference to it on the support page, other than a PDF copy of the user manual.
Overall this is a good product. I noticed on occasion the reading is way off. It is usually off enough that it is noticeable and I repeat the process. For example it may read 20 feet and I can tell it is closer to 10. I do it again and it works.
Best product I've used in awhile. Quick and easy to master, gives an accurate reading with the push of a button! Love it.
Online Home Depot has it listed as an "Irwin" 50 ft. Sonic Laser Tape, however, no where on the packaging bought from the store does it say "Irwin," and it is exactly the same model. AND, online it is listed at around $29.00, in the store it is listed at $14.99, however, we got it on sale for $12-something.
Works well for empty rooms with flat walls. When used outside it was difficult to get the readings. When used inside across a kitchen, it gave widely different readings as the sound wave bounced off the marble back splash and cabinets.
Overall it works and is a quick measure. I wouldn't use it for cluttered rooms or between objects ... the old fashion tape measure is still best there!
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight
After reading the reviews online I went and purchased this tool anyway, after doing some measurements and following the instructions I was skeptical so I double checked with my tape measure, it was within less than 1/16 accurate. Not to mention the price was right. Just follow the instructions and this tool will be an asset to your tool box!!
Over the course of several years I have had several laser tapes. I was hessitant about purchasing this unit because the price was so low. I purchased the unit and have been pleaseantly surprised at the level of accuracy of the unit. Don't let the price full you. This product works and works well.
Horrible accuracy. And it cannot measure anything less 24" ie 2Ft
Cons: Limited Features
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Review 16 for 50 ft. Sonic Laser Tape Measure
from New Orleans
Not too useful
PostedOctober 20, 2010
No, I do not recommend this product.
You need reasonably solid and obstruction-free surfaces for this device to work. So, obviously, if you are measuring the sizes of rooms in a gutted house, the bare 2X4's do not reflect well enough and the signal goes through to the next room before coming back. And even in a finished room the results were often off by a factor of 2 or 3, other times ERR would appear. I am guessing these are stray signals bouncing off other walls, etc.
I purchased this product, first, because it was the least expensive of the options available and secondly, because I needed a way of measuring distance to a target that could not be approached using tape measures. This unit is extremely accurate if held STEADY when making measurements. The flatter and larger the target area, the faster and more accurate the reading. The laser will stay on as long as the button is held.
I would have like to get mine on sale as one of the other reviewers had, but even at $19.99 it was a good deal. My only disappointment is that the screen is not backlit, so you can't use the measure in poorly lit rooms. For that, it gets 4 stars instead of 5.
It works great for a $20.00 laser tape. I was able to calculate my house's square footage, by myself, in about 15 minutes. It is very simple to use. No worries, its well worth the money if you need a simple laser tape.