Eyes aren't as good as they once were. Counting off ticks on a tape measure is a pain. Recounting for accurate measure made for frustration! Enter this neat little gadget. Frustration free for the simple do it yourselfer or a honey-do list (the life or death task of hanging that curtain rod just right).Pros:For my wood shop projects it has been a joy. Good accuracy, fast, and consistent. No more turning that musical jewelry box into a singing ashtray for mom on Mother's Day. Large enough display to read easy - will display total inches, feet and inches, or metric. Auto-adjust button for front or back (tape case) measurement.Cons:Just the typical "it ain't exactly the way I want it". Display on the side would've been nice. Kind of a pain lining things up on the side and have to lean over the top to read. No tears, there. Wouldn't mind a better tape "stop and hold" button in the tape. Little buttons on top vs. big fingers - not a show stopper.In the hands of a trained craftsman this would be excellent! Bought a second one for the wife. She just hands it to me on Saturdays and puts me and it too work. That one won't leave the house. My plan backfired.
May 15, 2015
I like many features of this tape measure but I do not like the fact it is not reliably accurate. I can see why the tape measure hasn't changed much in 100 years. A retractable tape measure with markings that meet measuring specifications is more reliable and accurate than the digital readout of this tape measure. When the eTape 16 first arrived, I took it out of its packaging and started to measure things. Something that I know measures 9" long was measured by this tape measure as 8 15/16" and I became concerned -- I thought it was odd that the measurement was off by 1/16". I grabbed a one-inch accurate calibration target from my good micrometer set and did 10 tests of measuring it with the eTape 16. Three of them were accurate (readout said 1"), six of them read out 15/16" (1/16" error), and one read some funky 3 3/16" so I guess the sensor freaked out on that one measurement. Not good that the eTape16 readout is only accurate 30% of the time and the awe factor of this product being able to give you an accurate measurement readout quickly went away.The good news is that if you want to do center calculation or convert the units between inches and centimeters, you can pull out the eTape until the readout shows the right distance you need in order to do the center calculation or conversion.This tape measure is great if you are generally estimating measurements like sizing up scraps to see if they are long or wide enough to use for a woodworking or metalworking project, or if you want to just rough cut a piece of material where you are going to make a more accurate cut later.Read more ›
August 18, 2015
I just got my eTape16, so far so good. For what I can see, this tape measure is not the type you will through in your toolbox without looking where the tape will go, and I will not do that. But how can you do that? For sure the display will crack, scratch, break, who knows. It looks kind of fragile. I am not sure how long the electro-mechanical system will last, time will tell. Of course, the tape is very easy to use, no question about that, very accurate. This is no the tape you will take to work in your roof nor in a dusty, oily, dirty environment. In my opinion this tape is for a delicate jobs where precision is required. It will not go to my garage toolbox, I will keep it in my computer desk. Will report more later...UPDATE: An owner of the etape posted a picture saying his/her is not printed in inches and centimeters, mine is printed beautifully in both.
August 5, 2015
I was disappointed when I received it because the yellow tape was printed only in inches, not both inches and centimeters as it is shown on the product picture. Obviously there are two versions of this product. It should be noted this fact and buyers should be able to choose their version. Half solace is that the display can be switched to metric system.P.S. After Amazon made two separate items one Inch/Metric, and the other one - Inch only, everything became perfect. So I changed stars from 2 to 5.
July 2, 2015
This is the third generation of this device and each has been better than the last. As you lengthen the measuring tape, the measurement displays on screen. Tap a button to save. Or convert measurements quickly (from fractions to decimals, or inches to centimeters, for example) and calculate midpoints (great for helping to hang a picture). And no need to bend the tape when measuring into a corner—just select the back of the device as the starting point.However, I keep wondering what will happen if I drop this on the floor and that is the only reason I did not give it 5 stars. I don't want to test that out and have mine malfunction.
March 21, 2015