Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder Review
Bushnell have come up with world's first rangefinder and GPS hybrid
The Bushnell Hybrid rangefinder breaks new ground as the world’s first-ever integrated Laser/GPS display combination – offering a solution to the debate over which is best.
Bushnell have come up with the perfect answer for golfers who like the benefits of using both a rangefinder and a GPS measuring device by combining the two in the aptly-named Hybrid Rangefinder.
The device looks like a rangefinder and performs like a rangefinder too. But the big difference comes in the fact Bushnell have managed to add a GPS display, normally seen on watches, onto the side of the device to create the Hybrid.
What Bushnell say about the Hybrid Laser Rangefinder + GPS:
“The Hybrid provides golfers with more information than ever before,” said John DeCastro, Bushnell Golf Product Lane Director. “The two technologies ‘talk’ so that the golfer sees the front and back distances of the green in relation to the pin that is targeted with unmatched accuracy by the laser.
“The introduction of the Hybrid demonstrates Bushnell Golf’s commitment to providing the best, most accurate information so those who golf with Bushnell can play their best.”
Bushnell marketing adds: “Introducing the world’s first Laser Rangefinder and GPS combo unit with a fully integrated display featuring both laser and GPS yardages. The Hybrid is the world’s first Golf Laser Rangefinder and GPS combo device with a fully integrated display featuring both laser and GPS distances.”
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Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder Design & Features
Some golfers like the accuracy of using a rangefinder to see exact distances to the flag or a target, others prefer the simplicity of a GPS and a quick glance at a watch or hand held device to get yardages. Bushnell have always done both exceptionally well.
But never wanting to rest on their laurels, Bushnell have come up with the Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder which offers the best of both world’s.
The Hybrid uses the laser technology of the rangefinder and the GPS positioning of a measuring device to provide comprehensive data at the fingertips of any golfer, combining the two sets of data in one.
The Hybrid Rangefinder offers dual capability, for example now offering the chance for golfers to read the distance for blind shots to a green that the rangefinder itself could not provide before.
While the rangefinder can provide the accuracy of an exact distance to the flag (Bushnell promise it is accurate to within one yard), it is now accompanied by distances to the front, middle or back of the green via the GPS – giving golfers more data and in one handy device.
The Hybrid Rangefinder looks very similar to most other rangefinders, but it has the GPS display placed onto the side of the device.
It comes with Bushnell’s PinSeeker with Jolt Technology which works by giving you a short vibration when the laser has locked in on the flag up to 400 yards away, and Bushnell’s Dual Power Technology, which features CR2 batteries for the rangefinder and a rechargable lithium ion battery for the GPS feature.
Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder + GPS Verdict
The combination of rangefinder and GPS is one that has been a long time coming, and the Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder will prove extremely popular among golfers who like the combination of the two technologies.
It isn’t cheap, and if your budget is tight you a likely going to have to stick with a GPS watch. But if you are in the market for a device that provides the accuracy of a rangefinder with the simplicity of a GPS device, this is it.
The dual power option allows for the rangefinder to used if the GPS has run out of battery or vice versa, and that is arguably one of the biggest assets that the Bushnell Hybrid has over other rangefinders. It is an impressive product for so many reasons, innovation topping the list.
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