Over the last 10 years I have owned a Nikon and then a Bushnell laser rangefinder. Both were a vital part of my golf game particularly when playing in to the green. As these were respectively about ten and four years old comparison with them may not be entirely valid as the latest versions may have been improved When I recently lost my Bushnell I was upset that it had not been handed in and was reluctant to spend another £200 plus on a replacement so I went online and found a range of similar sounding ones from £65 to £115. I was drawn towards the Proforce X-2000 as it specifically claimed to be comparable to the makes that I had owned and I ordered it for £96 which included extra for express delivery. The offer also included 48 almost as new Callaway lake balls. The rangefinder felt noticeably lighter and slightly smaller than the missing Bushnell, perhaps indicating less robust construction,but otherwise looked similar. There are two buttons on top, the mode button enables one to switch between yards and metres and also between a flag seeker mode and a general rangefinder mode. The other button activates the laser in the chosen mode. The flag seeker locks on instantly to first object it strikes and the distance is displayed, you press the button again to get another measurement The general rangefinder displays the range to every object the laser sees as you sweep it backwards and forwards holding the button down and then locks on to the object in view when the finger is lifted. Using it for golf I am not sure which I prefer. When using the flag seeker I found it quite tricky to hold it steady while pressing the button and lining up the sight so the figure displayed was not necessarily to the flag. Using the general mode and gently sweeping a range of figures is shown and the shortest one is generally the one you need. The magnification is six times which with my poor eyesight is very helpful. How does it compare to my previous rangefinders? Extraordinarily well. The figures are displayed instantly rather than with a short pause as with my four year old Bushnell. The figures are just above the centre of the screen and are larger. With my Bushnell having found the target I had to look to the bottom of the viewfinder to read the distance at which point I might move it slightly getting a different reading. The questions that can only be answered over time is it's durability The manufacturer claims it to be water and dust resistant. My Bushnell had given no problems over its life, my Nikon broke and the suppliers blamed me. When I asked them to repair or replace the laser they had no facilities and it transpired they were only a sales organisation. Because of this I bought the Bushnell which did claim to have repair facilities in Europe. The Nikon was very light on batteries each one lasting over a year the Bushnell was quite heavy on them only going for two to three months at £6 each this was a bit irritating. If any of these issues becomes a problem I will post a further review but for the moment this appears to be quite outstanding value a better instrument for less money and if you take the value the free golf balls into consideration less than 25% of the cost. I have now used the instrument for eight weeks can find no fault with it.
July 16, 2015 | Chris Bradley
Works very well for less than half the price of others
Purchased the x2000 recently and found it works very well, clear sight and easy to pick up the flag. Great value when you compare it to the cost of other well known brands. Don't waste your money on the expensive ones.
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