Bosch GLM 50 C Offers Bluetooth and Color Screen

Bosch Laser Measure GLM 50 C

Bosch Brings Bluetooth, Color Screen, Customization to Laser Measure Lineup with GLM 50 C

Bosch GLM 50 C laser measureMt. Prospect, Ill. (August 11, 2015) – When it comes to laser measures, the display is as important as the technology that captures the distance from point A to point B. The Bosch GLM 50 C offers a backlit color display with large numbers to easily see measurements, and full-word function description to provide simplicity when using its array of features..

In addition to screen enhancements, the GLM 50 C offers Bluetooth® functionality. Users can digitally transfer measurements to a smartphone or tablet and easily organize, document and transfer information using free Bosch apps (measure & document and FloorPlan).

“The Bosch GLM 50 C has an amazing color screen that adds to the overall capability of the laser measure. Measurements are easy to read because of large numbers that move in real time, and for the first time we’re able to use full-word descriptions and colors to clearly identify all functions and guide the user through each step when using those functions. The whole user experience is greatly simplified versus having to decipher icons and abbreviations” said Stephanie Dahl, product manager – laser measuring, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation. “We’re making a full-featured laser measure very simple to use.”

GLM 50 C Connect Tablet

The laser measure is extremely precise with accuracy of 1/16″. Overall range is 165 ft. The GLM 50 C includes the option to toggle between length, area, volume, indirect measurements and other functions. Three indirect measurement modes are offered along with a built-in inclinometer that determines the angle of pitch and when the tool is level, allowing for even faster measurements.

GLM 50 C Connect iPhone GLM

Like all Bosch laser measures, default real-time measurement allows the user to activate the laser and watch the measurements move in relation to the target. But the GLM 50 C also includes stakeout measurement that pinpoints recurring marks along a line, e.g. every six inches.

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In addition to large lettering and the color display, backlighting allows users to see information in dark areas with better resolution, so applications in low-light or no-light conditions can still be accomplished.


Bosch laser measures offer a handy pocket-size design that makes them easy to use anywhere. The squared shape plays a role in overall functionality by ensuring the unit can measure in any direction from a flat surface.

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Bosch GLM 50 C is powered by two AAA batteries that supply enough power for more than 10,000 measurements. The unit also comes with target cards, a hand strap and a pouch.

Bosch GLM 50 C Specs


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  1. This looks very useful for a reasonable price. our old GLM 50 worked very well but the newer GLM-80 is even better with greater accuracy, indirect measurement capability and USB rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery.
    Getting away from AA batteries is a huge improvement. It fits in a 24″ level accessory as well.
    I wish I could have some of those capabilities without having to shell out for the GLM 100 C- $256 on Amazon.
    It would be worth spending that much if the bluetooth interaction with the GLM app would really works well.
    Does anyone have experience using either of these devices for creating floor plans?

    1. Todd Fratzel

      Kimber – I’ve only tried it at a media event. The technology is rapidly developing and getting better all the time. My quick demonstration of it seemed to work very well.

      1. The GLM 50 C doesn’t appear to be compatible with the R60 24″ level accessory that we use with the GLM 80.
        That makes the GLM 100 C even more attractive. But, considering that we already have the GLM 80, and the $100 difference, I think I will give the 50C a try as a measure to be used with the GLM app specifically for helping to generate as built plans and speeding up our the first phase of design and estimating. I’ll let you know how it goes.

        All of these lasers are incredibly accurate; no one believes me when I tell them that they are accurate enough to measure for baseboard and crown moulding, but the tape measure agrees with the laser every time(if used properly).

    2. Steve

      Hi limber

      Well, I bought the GLM 50 CX at the Home Depot and I have to say this device it quite good. This is my second laser distance meter I have own. My first was a Fluke 416d. I absolutely love the fluke and I would still be using if it didn’t decide to grow feet and leave. So I ended up buying a new meter and the Bosch unit is the one. First I downloaded the measurement app. Bluetooth works perfect and numbers transfer very quickly. As for the Bosch floor plan app, it does work with this device very well also. I still have to keep experimenting with it, but I am confident this tool is a keeper. In Canada the device sells for $179.99 and I feel it better value then the GLM 100 C. Even the s device is good to 165 ft and the 100 C is good 330ft, you make that call. Hope this helps.

  2. I did go ahead and buy the GLM 100C and it is a great tool. The Bosch GLM Apps were ok, a little clunky but with a little learning curve they could help me time wise and help do away with all those pieces of graph paper I accumulate from sketching floor plans onsite.

    Then came IOS 9 and the GLM Apps are broken. I have tried contacting Bosch to see when they might update them. The apps are the only reason to purchase these Bluetooth enabled devices. I have come to expect regular updates that keep things running smoothly; I hope Bosch comes through.

  3. Leigh

    Whats the difference between the 50C and the 50CX ?



    1. Bob

      “What’s the difference between the 50C and the 50CX ?”

      I wondered the same thing after wasting 20 minutes web searching for a comparison and finally calling Bosch. I talked to Brianna, who immediately understood my question and told me the CX is a retail package (with RFID) for big box stores like Home Depot – other than that, no difference whatsoever between the 50C and the 50CX!

      Also, Bosch has recently updated the GLM apps for iOS 9 and added support for the GLM 50C (and CX) which is why I am searching for one – a friend loaned a GLM 15 and now I want more…

      1. Leigh

        I also asked Bosch and they came back with

        “Thank you for contacting Bosch Power Tools and for your interest in our lasers. I’ll be happy to assist you. The only difference is the “x” version has an id tag (a space where you can write your name, company name, or id number, etc) otherwise the units are the same”

        I live in France where the cost of the 50C varies a lot, 160€ to 205€
        So finally got around to ordering a GLM50C last night from a on-line store in Germany (144€ plus delivery) – Store had good reviews.
        UK on-line suppliers were more expensive – 220€ plus
        Amazon UK or France were expensive as well
        A little xmas present for myself 🙂

      2. Praveen

        Thank u bob your review helped me.

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