Laser Rangefinder Ease of Obtaining Readings

Some of the ways in which laser rangefinders differ include:

All of these factors can impact how easy it is for the user to obtain a reading. We tested each device at different distances, and with different color flags, to determine if certain units stood out (both good and bad).

More advanced laser rangefinder users go far beyond determining the distance to a single point, and will scan across multiple targets in preparation for their next shot. For these users, the speed at which a user can take several reading is critical. Thus we designed a speed test:

Some devices have only one mode, such as the Leupold, Callaway and Laser Link devices. We categorized these as “panning” mode, as it is the more versatile setting and allows for faster readings. The Laser Link QuickShot does not have times in the table below as it is unable to read any targets other than flagsticks equipped with the Laser Link reflector system.

Table 1. Speed Test – Average Total Time from 125 Yards (seconds)

Laser Rangefinder Panning mode Pin-seeking mode Switching modes
Bushnell Hybrid Laser GPS NA 68 NA
Bushnell Tour Z6 JOLT (1) N/A 65 N/A
Bushnell Pro 1M (2) N/A 65 N/A
Bushnell Pro 1M Slope N/A 101 N/A
Callaway iQ 67 N/A N/A
Callaway RAZR 66 TBD TBD
Opti-Logic GL (3) 66 85 161
Opti-Logic GT (3) 66 85 118
Laser Link QuickShot N/A N/A N/A
Laser Link Red Hot 71 N/A N/A
Leica Pinmaster II 77 NA NA
Leupold PinCaddie TBD N/A N/A
Leupold GX-3i 67 N/A N/A
Leupold GX-4i 69 N/A N/A

Notes:
(1) Bushnell Tour Z6 JOLT times estimated based on the predecessor Bushnell Tour Z6.
(2) For the Bushnell devices in “pin-locating” mode, if the device did not display that it had locked into an object (which is reasonable for certain readings as PinSeeker mode is intended to only be used in certain situations), we moved on after we received what we believed was the correct reading.
(3) For the Opti-Logic devices, we used Mode 1 (Line-of-Sight) time for “panning” mode, although the user must fire the laser separately for each target as opposed to holding the power/fire button down continuously to receive updated readings.