Panasonic. The high-resolution 500 NIT LCD display is 250% to 300% brighter than commercial-grade notebooks, the maker says, enabling them to work more efficiently in bright daylight conditions. The display is available in select Panasonic Toughbook notebook computers, which have anti-glare and anti-reflective screen coatings to improve outdoor viewing. 800.662.3537.

Ridgid. Even inexperienced operators can locate remote transmitters, pipes, cables, and utility lines with the improved NaviTrack II line locator, the maker says. The new locator surpasses the original with superior accuracy, a higher-definition LCD mapping display, and an ergonomically designed handle that allows for one-handed keypad operation. The unit is more compact and 15% lighter than the original, the maker says. 800.769.7743.

Stanley. Measuring distances up to 40 feet with an accuracy of +/- 0.5%, the IntelliMeasure Ultrasonic Estimator allows users to quickly measure interior spaces and calculate square footage and volume. The measurer also has a large, easy-to-read LCD screen; a toggle button for viewing calculated length, area, or volume; English or metric displays; and display of the last three measurements. 800.782.6539.

Hilti. Equipped with the company's Smart Power system and Active Torque Control, the new DEG 600-P angle grinder provides unrivaled power and control, the maker says. A multi-finger, two-position switch and slim, easy-to-grip “rat tail” design make for improved comfort and handling. The angle grinder also features a side handle with a soft grip, which absorbs 30% of the vibration, the maker says. 800.879.8000.

Ideal Industries. The 350 Series of digital multimeters accurately measures voltage, resistance, and continuity, and has the added advantage of a built-in non-contact voltage indicator that detects and alerts the user of the presence of a live circuit (80 to 600 VAC) with audible and visual warnings. The tester has auto/manual ranging with electronic overload protection on all ranges, low-battery indication, auto power-off, data hold, and diode testing. 800.435.0705.

Hitachi. The new C12LDH 12-inch compound miter saw comes with an LCD display that digitally reads the miter and bevel angles, and is equipped with the company's patented laser marker. The saw's 15-amp motor with 1,950 watts of maximum output power cuts through hardwoods with ease, the maker says, and miter scales range from 0 to 52 degrees, allowing a broad range of cuts. 800.829.4752.

Strait-Line Electronic Tools. The X3 Laser Level has a Micro-Adjust knob that allows the user to adjust the laser line up or down after the level is adhered to the wall, eliminating much of the trial and error in trying to achieve a precise mark or line, the maker says. The level features three bubble vials and a pivoting head, which ensures an accurate line on two walls at once. 704.987.4827.

McGill. Offering workers reliable protection against electric shocks, the portable in-line triple-tap ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is 120-volt/15-amp-rated and can be used with up to three power tools. It detects and shuts off dangerous electric currents (4- to 6-amp trip level) in less than 0.25 seconds to prevent injury or electrocution. The GFCI has an easy-to-manage 2-foot cable and a heavy-duty design. 888.832.0660.

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