Leupold GX-1i Digital Rangefinder Review
- Marvelous optics
- Ergonomic design
- User-friendly UI
- Non-flags targeting
- Long battery life
- Small enough to not weigh yourself down
- Handy Scan mode
- Long-range accuracy is not as good as other pricier one. But really competitive compared to others in the price range.
- No extra battery included.
- Magnification is no high enough for detecting small targets inlong distance.
EASE OF USE
The GX-1i features an ergonomic design that will easily fit into the palm of your hand. It has a smooth black plastic base and a rubber grip for your fingers to stay on regardless of weathers. The ultra-light and small design also makes this device easier to handle.
Like almost all other good rangefinders, the Leupold GX-1i comes with a carrying pouch and a lanyard. You can use the hook that is built into the pouch to clip on your golf bag and golf cart or the loop behind the pouch to attach it to your bell. There is one slot for cleaning clothes (included one) and one for an extra CR-2 battery (not included). But to my experience, you can just leave the pouch at home and put the GX-1i in your pocket. It is small and light enough to fit in your pocket.
The GX-1i has two buttons. One of the top where your index finger will likely lay, the bottom one is placed on the side, which reduces the chance of it being accidentally pushed. You can also fold the eyecup down if you use glasses to see more clearly.
The UI (user interface) of the GX-1i is very simple. You push the top button to power on the device, push another time to fire the laser and start measuring. The side one is used to toggle between modes. You can use this button to choose whether you want the reading to be in yards or meters. You can also choose between seven different targeting reticules to fit your styles. One more cool thing, the “Fog-mode” is an always-on feature that helps to locate target regardless of weather conditions.
LEUPOLD GX-1i SPECS
- Magnification- 6x
- Objective Aperture- 23mm
- Line of Sight Distance
- DNA (Digitally Enhanced Accuracy)
- Prism Lock
- Fog Mode
- Quick Set Menu
- USGA Legal (under section 14-3)
- Weight- 6.2oz
- Dimensions 4×2.75×1.5in
- Display- LCD (black)
- Body Material- Advanced Polymer
- Selectable Aiming Reticles: 7
- Reflective Target/Prism- 800yrd/731m
- Pin- 400yrd/366m
- Battery Life (CR-2 Lithium battery included) : >6000 Actuations
- Warranty- 1 Year
- Part Number 117330
Leupold says that the GX-1i can range 400 yards to a pin, 800 yards to a reflective prism under good conditions. The device performs nicely up to 200 yards, from 200 to 300 yards it somewhat continues to perform well. Further than 300 yards and it is no longer accurate. But to be honest, my golf skill cannot outshine the GX-1i’s capability of measuring in reality.
The unit’s accuracy is improved with many cool features, including:
- DNA: provides faster and more precise ranging.
- Prism Lock: beeps when acquiring the target and freezes the distance on the display.
- Pinhunter: makes sure the device will lock onto the target instead of objects behind it.
- Fog Mode: increases accuracy in foggy or rainy conditions.
- Optics: This is one of the things that stand out when using this rangefinder. It is ultra clear and the image it gives has amazing sharpness.
- Non-flags Targeting: The GX-1i can give you the measuring to non-flags targets such as big rocks, trees, etc…
All of these, especially Pinhunter, impressed me when I test them when I wrote the Leupold GX-1i review.
Apart from all of the specs listed above, in my Leupold GX-1i review, I find that the scan mode is also a handy feature to have on courses. This mode gives you the ability to take multiple readings in a matter of a button. Everything you need to do is to hold the power button a few seconds, and voila, you have all the measurements you want accurately.
If you’re looking for simple rangefinder without a lot of distracting features, then the GX-1i is a no-brainer. You should know the fact that having the exact distance from you to the flag is much more crucial than spending time messing around with GPS, slope, etc.
It is also essential to point out that there is a battery indicator at the bottom part of the viewfinder. And more important, the unit’s battery will last for about 6000 actuation, that is quite a while from the next battery replacement.
With less than $300 including worldwide shipping, you can have this wonderful piece of technology. For that price, a rangefinder that features Prism Lock, PinHunter, scanning, weatherproof housing and a lot of other features is a no-brainer.
In this Leupold review, the unit met and outshone every challenge I had given it. Not only it is legal in competition, but it’s also simplicity is something that veteran respect on courses. Hope that my review will help you to make up your mind to buy this wonderful piece of accessory for your game.