Bushnell Pro XE Laser Rangefinder Review - Technical Editor Joel Tadman puts the new rangefinder through its paces.

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Bushnell Pro XE Laser Rangefinder

Pros:

  • Crystal clear display, rapid detection of the flag and useful compensating features produce most accurate distances regardless of slope, temperature and altitude

Cons:

  • Many of the new unique features that justify the higher price aren't legal for competition use

Product:

Bushnell Pro XE Laser Rangefinder

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£449.95

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Bushnell Pro XE Laser Rangefinder Review

The laser is for competent players that play in varied weather conditions.

Key Technology

  • New ‘Slope with Elements’ also factors in temperature and altitude.
  • The ‘Jolt’ feature, which offers a vibrating burst when the flag has been detected from the background, now features a flashing red ring for even greater reassurance.
  • A ‘Bite’ magnetic mount is designed to allow the Pro XE to be secured to a buggy frame without the need for the carry case
  • The Pro XE has a 500+ yard range and an enhanced ultra-bright backlight display

 

Features
Factoring in temperature is useful for early mornings when you’re less likely to be playing official competitions. Allowing for altitude and slope helps on hilly, elevated courses.

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Ease of Use
They don’t come much easier. Simply point and shoot and the flag is almost immediately picked out from the background. The extra weight helps keep it steady in the wind.

Performance
Ideal for golfers who want fast distances to specific points, the Pro XE ticks all the requisite boxes. Taking into account new factors that influence the distance the ball will travel should give you a greater chance of hitting your iron shots closer.

However, these features aren’t legal for competition use, so if you play a lot of medals and Stablefords they may often go unused.

That said, they’re easy to disable and you can still benefit from how quickly the distance is displayed and the excellent clarity through the viewfinder.

The magnetic ‘Bite’ feature won’t stick to most trolley frames but in a buggy it provides a faff-free solution. Those who carry will enjoy using the premium case that is included.

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Verdict

Factor in the impressive range and waterproof protection along with the extra level of compensations, and you’re getting a lot of tech for your money.