REVIEW: Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder

Is This The Perfect Rangefinder?

The laser vs. GPS rangefinders debate continue to be a hot topic among golfers.  There are some that swear by one and others that rely on the other.  Each has its pros and cons.  If only there was a way to combine the two technologies?  Bushnell might have finally cracked the code and blended a GPS into a laser rangefinder.  They aren’t the first, but the previous attempts fell well short of blending the two technologies together well.  The new Bushnell Hybrid however might just be the perfect rangefinder with both GPS and laser.

The Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder is about the same size as the Tour V4 model, just slightly thicker.   This size fits in the hand nicely, looks normal, and has a good weight.  I really like how the GPS is pretty much seamless in the shell.  It extends a tiny amount, but not awkwardly or causing any off balance in the unit.  The black body with some red highlights looks nice and feels like any other rangefinder.
The Bushnell Hybrid laser side of the rangefinder is everything you’d expect from a Bushnell laser.  It is quick, accurate and easy to lock onto the pin.  The Pinseeker technology with Jolt continues to be one of the best in the business.  The 5x magnification works well for hitting pins even from par 4 distances.  One of the best features of the laser is that battery life is an entire golf season.  You put a battery in at the beginning of the year and it should last til the end of the year, even in AZ. 
The Buhsnell Hybrid GPS side of the rangefinder is what you need kind of GPS.  It offers front, middle and back for yardages on the side display.  Once you turn the GPS on it finds the course rather quickly and then do just about everything from there with auto-advance hole to hole.  With 36,000 preloaded courses and the ability to update, you will most likely be able to find the course you are playing. It has a bunch of set-up options, one of which is backlit display which works nicely on most days.  One of the best features of this GPS is how it integrates into the laser display.  If you shoot the distance to the pin, you see displayed the front and back yardages of the green.  This is the best of both worlds for determining which club to hit.  You know what you need to fly and what yardage max you don’t want to fly.  The GPS is powered by it’s own USB rechargeable battery. 
The Bushnell Hybrid rangefinder also has Bluetooth for connecting to your phone and using the Bushnell app.  I didn’t dig into this feature very much since it kind of seemed like overkill to me.  I have a dedicated golf rangefinder so I don’t need to use my phone on the golf course.  There is more information on the app if you want to view a blind hole or understand how the hazards and bunkers are situated, but for the most part, all of those things can be figured out with the rangefinder or by sight.
The Bushnell Hybrid range finder is as good as it gets.  It is the ultimate rangefinder by today’s standards.  The only improvement left is to have a GPS battery that lasts as long as the laser battery.  I’m glad they separated the two so that even if you forget to recharge the GPS (which happened to me) you still have laser, but how awesome would it be to have a GPS battery that lasted all season too?  The new Bushnell Hybrid Rangefinder is as good as it gets:  the laser is accurate and easy, the GPS is simple and self-explanatory.  If you can’t decide between GPS or Laser, just pick both with the Bushnell Hybrid Laser.

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Quick Hits:
+Accurate laser
+Long battery life of laser
+GPS auto-find and auto-advance
+GPS displayed in eye piece
+Preloaded courses

–Still only 36 hole GPS battery life

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