GolfBuddy Laser Lite 2 Rangefinder Review
The original Laser Lite was arguably the leading choice among the best budget golf rangefinders given the features and accuracy on offer. Its replacement, the Laser Lite 2, claims to offer an even better experience for golfers seeking the performance of a premium rangefinder without the punchy price tag.
That said, the Laser Lite 2 (£169.99) is a little more expensive than the Laser Lite (£129.99), so what’s changed? For starters, it’s three grams lighter, which means it
accentuates that lightweight feel many golfers like, although for me it did hinder stability when shooting flags in the wind. You get a longer range too – up from 800 yards to 880 yards, although I’ve never had to shoot anything close to this distance, so this ‘upgrade’ seems somewhat redundant.
The Laser Lite 2 is also thinner and a little more compact, which I definitely noticed and appreciated because the Laser Lite was quite wide and boxy in shape. There’s now a textured area on the bottom as well as the top, which should help you keep a firm grasp of the device when in use. It’s also a little faster when shooting the flag, only marginally but these fractions of a second count when going up against the best golf rangefinders. In fact, I tested it head to head against the new Bushnell Tour V6 Shift rangefinder, admittedly a premium model but the Laser Lite 2 stacked up well. The display on the GolfBuddy isn’t quite as bright or vivid, but it shot the pin just as easily and produces a reassuring vibration when it has been picked out.
In terms of accuracy, the Laser Lite 2 produced similar numbers to the Bushnell. The non slope numbers were pretty much identical and when going uphill the numbers compared closely, it was only on shots that played downhill where the differences got bigger – the Laser Lite 2 saying shots played much longer downhill than the Bushnell. In terms of activating the Slope, you continue to have to hold down the mode button for 5 seconds, which is a slower process than on most of the best golf rangefinders with slope, but it ensure the design of the Laser Lite 2 is clean and simple.
Other features include a Scan mode, where you hold down the main button and scan the surroundings – the distance changing as you do so, which is very useful when assessing what lies ahead off the tee. There’s also a new Pin Finder mode, which is automatically employed when you press…
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