Golf Monthly's Nikon Coolshot 40 review, a sleek laser rangefinder with multiple functions that help get accurate distances to the flag quickly

Product Overview

Overall rating:

Nikon Coolshot 40


  • A clear display with battery meter will be well recieved, as will the speed at which the accurate distances are displayed.


  • Such long distances displayed to the nearest half a yard seems unnecessary. The carry case is a little basic.


Nikon Coolshot 40


Price as reviewed:


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Key technology
The Coolshot 40, with a maximum range of 650 yards, is legal for use in competitions when an appropriate Local Rule is in place. It has a higher quality finder than previous models, which Nikon says will produce bright, clear images. The First Target Priority Mode picks out a flag on a green from the trees behind it. New Hyper Read technology delivers a very quick yardage display (approximately 0.5 seconds).

GM Review
The Coolshot 40 is compact, looks smart and up-to-date and feels solid and well built. The fact that the closest distance will always be displayed during the automatic eight-second scan means you’ve got no issue with picking out the wrong target, as long as you don’t accidentally catch the lip of a bunker.

It fits perfectly in your hand, and has everything you need to receive quick, accurate distances during a competitive round. The built-in battery meter is a welcome addition.

The Coolshot 40 is a worthy rival to the Bushnell Tour V3, and is perfectly suited to both practice and competitive rounds. If you’re looking for a less expensive alternative, the Nikon Coolshot 20 is a superb option for just £179.99.


Good value for money here when you consider the range and level of detail. There’s little need to adjust the eyepiece to focus on shots of different lengths and the speed at which distances are displayed via the Hyper Read technology means there are no pace of play issues.