DEWALT DW03050 Review

The Dewalt DW03050 is an industrial level laser distance measurer. It was first released back in 2013 and it’s still one of the most recommended and sold distance measurers available. And it is not surprising as Dewalt is known for their quality tools. The DW03050 also features different measuring programs that can even calculate indirect measurements and a maximum distance of 50 m / 165 ft. Which makes it a fantastic laser distance measurer for both professionals and homeowners.

Technical Specification

  • Dimensions: 120×55×34 mm / 4.7×2.2×1.3″
  • Weight: 127 g / 0.28 lbs
  • Range: 50 m / 165 ft
  • Accuracy: +/- 1/16 inch (1.5 mm)
  • Precision: 1/16 inch (standard), 0.001 meter (metric)
  • Power Source: 2 AAA Batteries
  • Battery Life: Approximately 4 hours of use
  • Functions: Area / Volume, Addition / Subtraction, Indirect
  • Features: Backlight
  • IP65 water/debris resistance, 6 ft / 2 m drop tested
  • Warranty: Limited 3 years, 1 year free service

Design

Like most industrial power tools, the Dewalt DW03050 has a pretty simple and basic design. It has a dimension of 120×55×34 mm / 4.7×2.2×1.3″ and weighs only 127 g / 0.28 lbs. The body is made out of plastic that’s been covered with another plastic. That adds durability to the case. And it works as it’s been drop tested from a 2 m / 6 ft height. No damages noted. It also has an IP65 waterproof standard which makes it resistant to dust, debris and water splashes. The overall build quality is exactly what you’d expect from Dewalt. It just feels really solid and nice on your hands. Definitely not a device you can easily break.

Dewalt DW03050 Design

The front side of the laser measure has a decent size LCD screen and 5 buttons. The display is actually backlit as well so you can also see everything in both dim and bright conditions. There is also a downside however. Because it’s an LCD screen, you can’t see the display from an angle. Which isn’t too bad but something to consider. The backside of the DW03050 has a little cover underneath which you can find a slot for two AAA batteries. The cover is held by a screw, which isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing solution but it works. Everything else though is spot on in my opinion.

Performance

The Dewalt DW03050 has a maximum range of 50 m / 165 ft with an accuracy of +/- 1/16 inch (1.5 mm). Which is the standard accuracy level for industrial laser distance measures. And I can also verify it’s precision. I did a couple of tests where I first measured a distance with the DW03050 and then measured again with a good old tape measure. And the results were exactly the same down to 1 mm / 0.04″. So you don’t have to worry about it giving you the wrong results.

The laser measure does also come with some nice features. For example it has a built-in memory unit that stores the last 5 measurements. You can also change the units between metric and feet. Besides that, the Dewalt DW03050 can use the measurements to calculate an area and volume with a simple push of a button. Which is pretty standard for the mid-range laser tools. If you want some crazier features such as being able to calculate an angle, then you’ll have to increase your budget unfortunately.

Conclusion

The DW03050 is a fantastic laser distance measure tool for professionals. But also for everyone that does home renovation and construction. It’s a really well priced industrial power tool that has tons of quality. I know that there’s people who don’t like the design much, but that’s personal preference. I like it’s simplicity and the tough case that can also survive drops.

7.5 Total Score
Good

Design
8
Build Quality
9
Distance
6
Features
7
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