Bushnell Hybrid Laser-GPS (Two Technologies in One Rangefinder)

bushnell-white-hybrid-gps-laser-rangefinderYard Range: 5-1000/350 to flag
Magnification: 5X21 mm objective diameter
Display Type: LCD/Black
Dimensions: 2.1 x 2.6 x 4.3 inches, 8 oz
Tournament Legal: Yes
Waterproof: No
Measuring System: Yards/Meters
Measuring Distance: Distance only

Our Rating: 4.6 Stars

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Bushnell Hybrid Laser-GPS Rangefinder Review

This Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder is nothing to be afraid of, and instead is everything you want to embrace.

Armed with both GPS and laser rangefinding technology, it has PinSeeker Technology for honing in all the way out to 1000 yards and 350 to the flag. It also has the best of GPS technology with being uploaded with 30,000 plus courses, auto features, and distances to the front, center, and back of the green.

The concept of combining both technologies in one unit is brilliant, but admittedly, there needs to be better integration of the systems for it to truly be the perfect unit.

Although it does neither one of the systems outstandingly well, it’s somewhat cheaper than buying a GPS golf device and a laser rangefinder separately. It still scores on the higher end of the scale online with a solid rating.

PROs:
  • PinSeeker
  • Laser rangefinder
  • GPS rangefinder
  • 30,000+ courses
  • Tournament legal
CONs:
  • Some reported quality control issues

 

Bushnell Hybrid GPS-Laser Rangefinder Q&A:

What makes this rangefinder a hybrid?

This is currently the only rangefinder that you’ll be able to find that combines GPS golf technology and laser rangefinder science. While you have the extremely helpful convenience of GPS aided distances, you also have the ability to range any target out to 1000 yards. Even though it’s been the first of its kind, it’s also been the last of its kind introduced by Bushnell.

Despite that they have discontinued this line, there are plenty of them still available if you like the convenience of two units in one. Otherwise, the Bushnell Neo line and the Bushnell Tour V3 Jolt have replaced the hybrid to date.

How are the two technologies displayed on the hybrid rangefinder?

The two systems are pretty much independent of each other. Through the viewfinder you’ll be able to see laser acquired distances. On the side LCD screen you can see the GPS distances and view GPS menu settings.

It keeps things pretty simple by not integrating the two systems, but it would be nice to have the option to view GPS info through the viewfinder or laser info on the LCD screen. Just a thought.

What kind of battery does the Hybrid take and how long does it last?

The Hybrid uses an internal, rechargeable lithium ion battery. With the combination of laser and GPS technology, it’s supposed that one charge will last about 14 to 16 hours since the GPS aspect sucks a lot of power.

Even so, many Bushnell reviews assert to the impressive long-lasting life of a charge. There is also a battery life indicator which will let you know when it’s running low.

You can also take advantage of the auto settings where you can have the GPS function switch off after a period of time so as not to burn out your battery, you know, in case you forget.

How do you recharge the Hybrid?

Bushnell’s golf GPS rangefinders are recharged through USB cables that connect to a computer. This laser-GPS rangefinder combo also has a USB mini cable that you can use to recharge the unit as well as sync courses through a computer.

The awesome thing about this hybrid rangefinder which you don’t often see, is that it comes with a wall charger too! This is extremely convenient for when you’re not nearby a computer, you can just plug the USB cord into the wall charger wherever you are and you’re good to go!

Are there additional fees and memberships required for the GPS aspect?

A known and popular benefit of Bushnell is the fact that there are zero fees and no memberships required when buying, updating, and using any of their GPS devices including the Hybrid.

You have instant access to over 30,000 courses all over the world and they can all be updated and synced through iGolf.

What are all the buttons for?

The one button on top of the device is the firing button for the laser. There are also six additional buttons on the bottom left of the unit that’s dedicated to the GPS system.

These buttons are the on/off and backlight button, screen view, scroll up, scroll down, enter/mark shot, and the escape/menu button. Although it might seem a little overwhelming that there’s quite the button assembly, they’re quite intuitive and easy to use.

With two systems to tout, how accurate is the device?

This rangefinder should be pretty spot on with all this high-tech science stuff right? Well, I’d say it’s okay for the level of technology it’s supposed to be jam packed with.

Using it as a laser rangefinder, it was found to be accurate within a yard. As a GPS device, it was found to be accurate within four yards. Sounds pretty vast? It’s actually what you would call acceptable yardage for GPS unit.

Is there a clock on the rangefinder?

Unlike the Bushnell Neo GPS family where the time can be displayed, this hybrid doesn’t have a built-in clock. With GPS technology, it should be a standard feature.

Does the Hybrid have JOLT Technology?

Unfortunately it doesn’t have the JOLT confirmation settings. The lack of the JOLT technology in the Hybrid may be a design fail since all of the Bushnell Golf laser rangefinders (save for the basic Medalist) have the vibrating mode.

 

Noteworthy Features:

  • PinSeeker Technology for closest target acquisition
  • Multi-coated lens for enhanced brightness and contrast
  • Auto course recognition for quick course selection
  • Auto hole advance for fast and easy game play
  • Over 30,000 pre-loaded courses in over 30 countries
  • Can acquire distances to front, center, and back of green
  • No fees and downloads to pay for ever
  • Wall charger with USB mini cable and carry case included
  • 14 to 16 hours of game play in one charge
  • Auto GPS shut off feature to preserve battery life
  • Built-in Shot Distance calculator
  • Built-in accessory mount
  • 2 Year Bushnell Warranty

Our Verdict

To ping up the strokes, the Bushnell Hybrid GPS/Laser rangefinder is a beloved breed of its own. There was a report that someone received a defective device – twice! But, as far as performance, it’s an excellent rangefinder in every capacity.

For the price, the Bushnell Tour Z6 is a great comparison. Both devices are tournament legal, and if you prefer the laser rangefinder design, the Z6 will out-perform the Hybrid.

However, the GPS technology has a rather well-done setup. You could also compare it to – well, there’s no comparing it, it’s one of a kind! But, the GolfBuddy CT2 Golf GPS is half the price, is fully waterproof, and has 17 hours of battery life – neato!

If someone is going to create a hybrid golfing device, leave it to Bushnell – they know what they’re doing!

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