A hybrid was bound to hit the market at some point, and it’s Bushnell to take the lead. We all know how laser rangefinders and GPS units work, but how does it work together? Does Bushnell get both technologies right, or are both features just “okay?” Let’s find out if one out-performs the other, or if Bushnell Golf really did perfect the hybrid design for those of us who just can’t choose.
As the world’s first golf rangefinder and GPS in one, it’s not as expensive as we assumed it could be. It’s about as expensive as a premium laser rangefinder or a top-notch, smart handheld GPS device. Since you really can’t choose between which one you would rather own, why not get both? That’s the concept behind the Hybrid.
Bushnell Hybrid Golf Laser Rangefinder + GPS Review
The Bushnell Hybrid Laser-GPS Rangefinder is a device that is commonly used in golf field. If you’re a photographer, firearms user or a golf player; you’ve probably come across a rangefinder as you try to focus on your target by knowing the distance between you two. A good rangefinder has a certain combination of features that makes this exercise easy and effective.
Being one of the best in the market, any golf player would want to use the rangefinder. One of the most outstanding features of this rangefinder is its GPS capability. In as much as the magnification of the device is lower than other competitors, it does well in picking up distances at different distances.
- Range to a flag: 400 yards
- Accurate to 1 yard
- Preloaded with 36,000+ courses in 30 countries
- First ever integrated Laser/GPS display
- Dual battery source (CR2 for Laser and USB for GPS)
- PinSeeker with JOLT Technology
- Exterior GPS readout includes front/center/back distances
- Range to a Flag: 400 Yards
- 5× Magnification
- PinSeeker with JOLT Technology
- Accurate to 1 Yard
- Fast Focus System
- Preloaded with 36,000+ Courses in 30 Countries
- Exterior GPS Readout Includes Front/Center/Back
- Up to 4 Hazard Distances Per Hole
- Bluetooth for Auto Course Updates
- Auto Course Recognition & Auto Hole Advance
Bushnell Hybrid laser rangefinder Features Overview:
- There is a row of six rubber buttons on the bottom of the GPS portion of the Bushnell Hybrid: power/backlight, screen view, up, down, OK/mark shot and escape/menu. The buttons are a bit small but still reasonably easy to press with the tip of a finger.
- Like the Bushnell neo+, the Hybrid has the smallest screen in our tests. The font size of the yardages was sufficient, but the font size for the menu options is a bit small. Brightness was never a problem, as the screen was clearly visible in all lighting conditions (there is the option to turn the backlight on/off as desired).
- Form Factor.The Hybrid is, shall we say, “husky.” It essentially looks like a Bushnell Tour V2 with a neo+ fused to the side, so suffice it to say that you won’t be slipping it in and out of your front pocket. At 8.2 ounces (11.6 ounces including the case), it was by far the heaviest GPS device tested.
- Starting a Round.Getting started on a round just requires turning the device on, waiting until the satellites are acquired (bars will appear in the top right of the screen – this can take up to 5 minutes), and then selecting “Play Golf” from the menu. Users can then select from a list of 10 courses ordered by proximity to their location, or choose to manually search for a course. If you select to “Play Golf” before satellites are acquired, you will only have the option to manually search. The device won’t prompt the user for a starting hole, but rather defaults to the 1st hole. Given how quickly you can advance between holes, this doesn’t cause any issues if you happen to be playing the back 9 or participating in a shotgun tournament.
- Ease of Use of Rangefinder.The laser rangefinder function of the Hybrid is straightforward – just look through the viewfinder, point the aiming circle at the desired target and push the button at the top of the device. An LCD display at the bottom of the screen will show the yardage. The eyepiece can be rotated focus the viewfinder. On the down side, magnification is limited to 5x.
- Battery Life.In our experience with the Hybrid, battery life was exceptional. Bushnell claims up to 14-16 hours of battery life, so you can expect to squeeze out multiple rounds in between charges.
- Simple and easy to use
- Gives accurate readings
- 25000 pre-loaded courses
- Long battery life
- Good display
- No annual fees
- A bit expensive for a GPS device
- Larger than other rangefinders
What you can do with BUSHNELL HYBRID GPS LASER RANGEFINDER?
With the Bushnell Hybrid GPS Laser Rangefinder, you get the familiar functionality of a standard rangefinder with the advanced technology of a GPS. Not only does the device provide distance to the pin; it also gives yardage for the front, back, and center of the green. It even comes with access to the Bushnell app, which includes hole layouts and 3D flyover graphics for every golf course.
There could be nothing that is perfect but if it’s close enough, then I believe it’s worth every dime. A Bushnell hybrid laser-GPS rangefinder is by far the most efficient rangefinder or GPS device that you’ll come across.
The fact that it is two in one makes it even more convenient and a must have if you’re a serious golf player. The price could be a bit high but when you think of it as buying two devices separately then you’ll find it reasonable.
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