Bushnell White Hybrid GPS/Laser Rangefinder
Acuracy - 72%
Magnification - 80%
Features - 100%
Ease of use - 92%
This rangefinder takes the best of the laser and the GPS models in order to satisfy all of a user's needs.
As you probably know by now, there are two main types of golf rangefinders: GPS rangefinders and laser rangefinders. The biggest advantage of GPS rangefinders is the fact that they don’t need visibility in order to display a reading. However, laser rangefinders are more accurate and display their readings a lot faster than the GPS models. If you are conflicted between these two types and you don’t know which one would serve your purpose better, we have a great news for you: you don’t have to choose. You can go with a hybrid. The Bushnell White Hybrid GPS/Laser Rangefinder is an amazing golf rangefinder which can help you improve your game consistently. Its price is a little spicier. In fact, it costs about $200 more than the average laser rangefinder but it is well worth it as this rangefinder comes with numerous benefits.
Since this was the first hybrid rangefinder in the world, we were rather reserved about praising it. After all, the first version of an innovation is bound to come with some bugs. However, this was not the case of the Bushnell White Hybrid GPS/Laser Rangefinder which exceeded our expectations in all matters. For starters, this rangefinder uses the famous pin seeker technology which allows it to easily differentiate the pin from other obstacles. It has a 5x magnification and distance to the front, back, and the center of the green, which is fairly decent. It also has a 21 mm eye relief and a 10-1000 Yards range (300+ yards to flag). At 1000 yards it has a 367 feet field of view. You may have noticed the fact that lasers can be problematic at 200 yards, especially in the sunlight. However, with the GPS/laser hybrid, you won’t ever deal with such problems again. The rangefinder’s +/-1-yard accuracy is really the only unsatisfactory thing about it. After all, there are now products on the market which are accurate up to a tenth of a yard.
Despite being a hybrid, the Bushnell White Hybrid GPS/Laser Rangefinder has a very compact size which allows it to comfortably fit in your pocket. It is slightly heavier than single purpose rangefinders, but not so heavy that it is troublesome to carry it around. It weights one pound and has the following dimensions: 12 x 9 x 5 inches.
By combining the benefits of two technologies, the Bushnell White Hybrid GPS/Laser Rangefinder is everything that you could look for in a rangefinder. Its GPS function comes with auto hole advance, 16,000+ pre-loaded North American courses and auto course recognition. The 30,000 pre-loaded courses are available for U.S., Canada, France, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Norway, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Australia, South Africa. New Zealand and United Arab Emirates. All these benefits come without membership fees in Europe, the U.S. or Canada. Despite having been produced by Bushnell, this rangefinder features neither slope options or the Jolt technology. This might be a disadvantage for some, but an advantage for those who engage in golf tournaments. As you may know, slope rangefinders are forbidden in official tours.
Ease of Use
Usually, laser rangefinders are a lot more useful than golf rangefinders. However, everyone on the course will sometimes experience moments when they don’t have the target in their sight. Whether you are hitting from behind some trees or you simply need to know all distances to your target, the GPS function of this rangefinder can prove to be a lifesaver by allowing you to select your club in advance without having to make another trip to the cart. Knowing the distance to your target is one thing, but knowing the back and front distances to the green can make the difference between you and your competitor. With this rangefinder, you can set up to four custom points that you can use as references. This range finder is attachable to the cart and it is also tripod adaptable. The product also comes with a convenient carrying case. The rangefinder’s display is large and legible, even in the sunlight or at sunset.
The Bushnell White Hybrid GPS/Laser Rangefinder is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. It features a convenient USB plug that allows you to charge the device at home, but also in the car or from your laptop. The product is compatible with standard 110V outlets and comes with an AC adapter. A fully charged battery should last for 14-16 hours. When you charge the product for the first time, allow it to charge for at least 6 hours. As we said, the price is a little bit spicy, yet totally worth it. It is covered by a one year limited warranty.