Simmons LRF 600 Laser Rangefinder
ACCURACY - 7
MAGNIFICATION - 7.8
DURABILITY - 8
FEATURES - 6.9
EASE OF USE - 7.8
The LRF 600 rangefinder can give you bang for your buck and it won’t cost as much either. If you cannot afford a more accurate model, then this one is the next best thing.
What if you could get a golf laser rangefinder that is cheaper than regular ones? Introducing the Simmons LRF 600 Laser Rangefinder unit which is as practical as it is cost effective. Selling currently for around $130 in Amazon, this baby is also popularly used by hunters due to its long range capabilities. It may not offer better accuracy than your run of the mill golf rangefinders, but it’s great for those who depend on distance shots and wish to remain within budget as well. All in all the LRF 600 can prove to be a handy buddy on the golf course and ensure bragging rights at the end of a competitive game.
Using the LRF 600 Laser Rangefinder
Like most golf rangefinders, the Simmons LRF 600 offers accurate range to +/- a yard at most and can be operated via a single button that is based on the top. Looks wise it is akin to a small camcorder and the size is similar to one as well. In fact, it can fit into a large enough pocket without bulging out unattractively and allows users to measure distance with confidence as well.
The unit emits a safe and invisible beam of infrared light or energy pulses that bounce off it and return to the lens. The rangefinder than calculates the distance by the time it took for said pulses to return. Each pulse is accounted for by the state of the art digital technology that is integrated in the unit, but the maximum range it can get depends on the distance from the target. The max you can get is 400 yards or 366 meters for most objects but for reflective ones you can get 600 yards or 549 meters at most.
In other words you will get longer and shorter ranges according to reflective properties of the object you are targeting. The numbers you get may also vary according to the weather conditions you are playing in along with the color, size, finish and shape of your target. So, the brighter the color, the more range you will get and the smaller the target the more difficult the ranging.
The angle of the target will also have an effect on the range you can get. For instance if you are shooting at a 90 degree angle (i.e. the target is perpendicular to the emitting pulsing laser rays) then you can get better range while a steeper angle will offer limited ranging at best. Additionally, lighting conditions will also have an effect on those numbers. The less the light, the more range you can get, which is understandable if you think about it. A sunny day will make the objects on the green more reflective thus compromising the measurements you get.
Working the rangefinder is simple. Just depress the button on the top and keep it pressed down until the LCD display lights up. Then aim the unit at a target that is at least 10 yards away and keep the button pressed until the range readings appear on the screen. Release the power button and memorize the readings because they will disappear in 30 seconds. If the readings disappear, you can always depress the button again but I wouldn’t recommend doing this for long though; prolonged exposure to lasers via a magnifying lens can lead to eye damage.
Features and Specs
The LCD screen – As mentioned before, when the LCD screen lights up, you will be able to see indicators such as the units of measure, how much charge is left in the battery and when you acquire a target.
The Battery – This indicator will depict when the battery is full, when 2/3 charge is left, when 1/3 charge is left and it will also start to blink when the battery is about to run out of juice. If it is not charged before it is too late, then the unit will power down.
To insert a new battery, remove the cap of the battery by spinning the screw in a counter clockwise direction. This will open the door of the battery. Insert a 9 volt alkaline battery into the compartment and then attach the connectors of the battery. This should be done at least after every 12 months.
Units of Measurement – Simmons LRF 600 can measure in both meters and yards and you can see the units at the bottom of the LCD screen. Selecting between them is easy. All you have to do is press down on the power button for 5 seconds while looking through the eye piece. The display will switch between the 2 units and you can choose one by releasing the button when the one you need lights up. The rangefinder will return to the last unit it was set on when it is turned on.
Optical Design – This laser rangefinder boasts a monocular optical system which is focused to view a distant target. The LCD display that is mounted within it displays a reticle when the unit is turned on and you can see small black dots. Those are actually glitches that could not be removed during the manufacturing process so you have my permission to ignore them. These will not have an effect on the performance of the unit anyway.
The LRF 600 comes with a 1 year warranty and comes free of any defects in workmanship and in the materials used in its construction. In case you receive one that is damaged or has defects, the manufacturer will replace or repair it for you free of charge. However, this will not cover damages incurred during unboxing, installation or any DIY maintenance. If that is not the case and the unit was damaged before you touched it then send it back with:
- Your name and address or the name and address of the owner
- A small blurb describing the defect you saw
- The receipt of the date of the purchase.
Make sure that the product is packed carefully so as not to incur any other damage.
So, there you have it. The LRF 600 rangefinder can give you bang for your buck and it won’t cost as much either. If you cannot afford a more accurate model, then this one is the next best thing.