Leupold GX-1 Review
Cumulative Review Score: 93(51)
The new Leupold GX-1 digital golf rangefinder is similar but not the same as the Leupold GX-I. The GX-1 (2010-2011) is actually an updated version of its predecessor the GX-I (2008-2009). Warning many websites seem to think they are the same and list them interchangeably. The easiest way to tell them apart when looking at them is that the GX-1 has little dimples in the top rubber grip (see photo). The main difference, besides the color change of the housing, is the addition of a fog mode, and prism lock feature. Other than that these two Leupold range finders are pretty much the same. So for the purpose of this review, user comments and ratings for both have been used to create a more useful overview of these units. These devices received praise for their light weight, compact size, and positive grip. The GX-1 and GX-I also received high marks for its ease of use, durability and value. Besides, a complaint of a battery cap issue, the only other major complaint of the Leupold GX1 series were that some users had a little difficult holding this rangefinder steady when trying to get a reading. However; this is a common issue with vertically held rangefinders and is generally considered to be the tradeoff of having a more compact and light weight rangefinder.
The Leupold GX-1 and GX-2 manuals are combined, but if you own the GX-1 it is a much shorter read as much of the manual applies only to the Leupold GX-2. That isn't to say that the GX-1 doesn't have its fair share of options. As mentioned above the GX-1 has a prism lock feature which is active when the unit is in scan mode. These units also have a fog mode which can be turned on if conditions require. Furthermore, this unit allows the operator to select one of seven reticle options, so you can pick the one that works best for you. Maximum range on trees is about 600 yards for trees and about 400 yards on the flag. Other things of note in the owner's manual were: units have a 1 yr warranty, are rated as "weatherproof", have a 6x magnification, and will measure in yards or meters.
The Leupold GX-1 is an entry level golf rangefinder, which gives the user more features and options than comparable entry level models from Nikon and Bushnell. With seven reticle options, a fog mode, and prism lock feature; this would make a good rangefinder for someone who wants a basic tournament legal rangefinder but still want to have lots of options to customize the unit how they want it.
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