GolfLogix GPS-8

Editor’s note: GolfLogix has stopped manufacturing the GPS-8 as the company turns its focus to their new GolfLogix iPhone golf GPS app (also available on other smartphones). The GolfLogix GPS-8 is still available from Amazon.com as they sell through their remaining inventory.

It doesn’t get much more basic and easy to use than the GolfLogix GPS-8. There are adequate hazards marked per hole, solid accuracy, and automatic advancement between screens. The GolfLogix web site promotes that there are no buttons to push during the round – and that is the one key item to remember about this GPS device.

If you don’t care about bells and whistles and are looking for a device to turn on at the start of the round, off at the end, and never touch a button in-between, this could be the GPS unit for you. If you are more comfortable with technology, you will probably be happier looking elsewhere. No frills means no hole views, no ability to record additional targets, and no recording of scores or shot statistics.

Even though the GolfLogix GPS-8 has one of the lowest costs of ownership over a three-year period, buyers still seem to be paying a premium for the Garmin brand name, along with the celebrity endorsements from Peter Kostis and Gary McCord’s moustache. Consumers would be remiss to not consider other competitive units that have price points slightly above and below that of the GolfLogix GPS-8.

SCORE
74
GRADE
C
Setup
74
Course Availability
100
Ease of Use
89
Course Details
77
Features
74
Accuracy
92
Cost/Value
79

Pros:

Cons:

Retail price: $199.95
Availability: Discontinued. Replaced by the GolfLogix iPhone app


74 / C

Setup
The Good: Straightforward desktop software makes it easy to manage the transfer of golf courses to the device. The ability to load up to 20 courses on the device is useful for anyone going on an extended golf trip. The GolfLogix GPS-8 uses 2 AA batteries (included), so there is no charging necessary prior to use. Our reviewers liked this feature, since there is never that panic-stricken moment at the airport on a golf trip when you remember you left the charger for your golf GPS device at home. Just remember to toss a couple of extra batteries into your bag …just in case.
The Bad: Took the longest of all devices tested to set up, mostly as a result of the required software download and an update to that software.
Details:

What’s in the Box: The GolfLogix GPS-8 comes with:

Required Download:

Optional Download:


100 / A+

Course Availability
Critical Golf Test: The GolfLogix course database flexed its muscle in our course coverage test, with best-in-class coverage of 100% of the courses we sampled and strength across all types of courses and in all regions of the country. The GolfLogix GPS-8 scored big points with our reviewers on this front – after all, what good is a fancy device if the course that you are playing isn’t available?
Manufacturer’s Claims: GolfLogix claims to have over 25,300 courses available worldwide in its course database, the second largest number among GPS devices tested. As detailed in “Talladega Nights”: (Ricky Bobby) “You can’t have two number ones.” (Cal Naughton, Jr.) “Yeah, ’cause that would be eleven.”


89 / B+

Ease of Use
The Good: The GolfLogix GPS-8 is designed for ease of use. In terms of features, the device is one of the most basic and stripped-down devices we tested – the positive spin is that it could not be any more simple and straightforward to use.
The Bad: To paraphrase Dean Wormer in Animal House, thick, long and heavy is no way for a golf GPS device to go through life. Also, would it kill GolfLogix to show us what hole we’re on in the primary “target” view?
Details:

Suggestion Box: One glaring omission for the GolfLogix GPS-8 is that is does not display the hole number on the target view screens (the hole number is displayed on the green view). Maybe we are just paranoid, but when we were off of the fairway, we would worry that the device would think we were on the hole coming back the other direction, and show us hazards for the wrong hole. This resulted in a lot of fumbling back and forth between screens to assuage our paranoia.
For more details, check out the Critical Golf chart comparing ease of use across the different golf GPS devices tested.


77 / C+

Course Detail and Mapping
The Good: The distances displayed on the green view for “front” and “back” of the green are for the nearest and farthest points on the green from the user’s position. In other words, the “front and back” distances are measured relative to where the user stands, as opposed to being the front and back of the green as seen from the tee box.
The Bad: Because the GolfLogix GPS-8 does not display a picture or map of the hole, it can be difficult to tell which hazard is being referenced. For example, we saw distances listed “To Bunkers” when there were bunkers on the left and right sides of the hole, and “To Lt Bunker” when there were multiple bunkers on the left. Also, the device shows a maximum of 6 targets per hole, which sometimes isn’t enough information. This problem is only compounded by the fact that there is no ability to supplement maps with additional targets.
Details:


74 / C

Features
The Good: Easy to use the shot-distance measuring function. Oh, and the device is waterproof!
The Bad: Shot-distance measuring is about the only nifty feature that the GolfLogix provides. The trade-off for its simplicity is that device provides an extremely limited set of features – if you are looking for shiny bells or whistles, you will have to look elsewhere.
Details:

Check out the Critical Golf comparison chart of golf GPS features across all devices tested.


92 / A-

Accuracy
Device Accuracy: We did not observe any noticeable device accuracy issues during our test of the GolfLogix GPS-8, with distances to known targets coming well within the acceptable margin of error of three to four yards.
Mapping Accuracy: Our on-course testing also found the device to be generally reliable with respect to mapping accuracy. We do note that because the GolfLogix GPS-8 stops providing distance readings once a user is within 30 yards of a marked point or the green, we were only able to test accuracy at distances outside of that range.


79 / C+

Cost/Value

Retail Price: The retail price of the GolfLogix GPS-8 is $199.95, one of the lowest unit prices for devices tested.
Fees for Access to Course Database: GolfLogix requires payment of an annual membership fee of $29.95 to access their course database. We were somewhat displeased to see that GolfLogix buries this cost in tiny print on its web site.
Three-Year Total Cost of Ownership: Even with an annual membership fee, the GolfLogix GPS-8 comes in with a three-year total costs of ownership of only $289.80, one of the lowest costs for devices tested.
Value: Value, of course, is more than just the raw cost of the device – it factors in the features and functionality that the device provides. In the case of the GolfLogix GPS-8, unfortunately you only get what you pay for.


5 comments

  1. Customer service is horrible, refuse to solve problems, tell not their problem. They refused to take item back and to get the full refund. Never return calls and hang up on you.

  2. Customer service is horrible, refuse to solve problems, tell not their problem. They refused to take item back and to get the full refund. Never return calls and hang up on you.

  3. Be aware, eats up batteries like they are going out of bussiness. You would need to change batteries every two or three rounds played.

  4. Never never buy this company’s products.  When you buy their service, and it doesn’t work, they cancel the subscription you paid for and will not refund money.  Horrible customer service.

    1. I agree no support system in place. No help for them. Unhappy with the product.

      Johan Els South Africa.

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