Macwheel V1000 Laser Rangefinder Review

Can A Low Cost Laser Give Accurate Yardages?

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Ryan Heiman
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Macwheel V1000 Laser Rangefinder Review

I used the Macwheel V1000 Laser Rangefinder for 5 rounds of golf.  Macwheel sells one of the lowest costing laser rangefinders on the market.  It is also one of the smallest units too.  The question is how does it stack up against much bigger brands and higher priced units?

This is the definitive Macwheel V1000 Review for 2021.

Macwheel V1000 Laser Rangefinder Review

I’m as cheap as the most frugal of spenders.  I look for deals, I clip coupons, I do what I can to stretch my funds as far as I can.  But at the same time, I believe there are certain things worth investing in.  When it comes to golf gear, I’ve found the OEMs generally make a better product.  I can’t say I’ve ever really believed that getting generic golf gear from Sams Club, Costco or Amazon is the way to go, but for the cost conscious golfer, there are some pretty good deals to be had.  So how does the $65 Macwheel V1000 laser rangefinder compare to the much more expensive laser rangefinder?

The Macwheel V1000 laser rangefinder specs out fairly similar to your other brands in terms of features and details.  It offers 6x magnification, accuracy +/- 1 yard, distance up to 1000 yards, slope, pin vibration, yards/meteres, 5 measuring modes, and a case.  This is pretty much the same list of features you will find on any golf laser rangefinder.  So if you just take the details on paper, this one is a bargain.

The Macwheel V1000 laser rangefinder has a couple features that I think might make it better than the higher priced competitors.  The V1000 has a rechargeable lithion battery.  While the big benefit of a laser is that the battery life is a season rather than 36 holes.  The Macwheel can be recharged with a usb cable.  Since everyone carries a recharging cable around everywhere they go anyways, this is a pretty nice feature.  I used mine for numerous rounds and it has sat in my bag for weeks and shows no sign of losing battery power.  It potentially can live up to regular laser rangefinder battery life and then can be recharged with the USB cable.  That makes this feature outstanding.

The Macwheel V1000 laser rangefinder is smaller than most, actually might be the smallest and lightest unit I have ever used.  That is nice for walking I suppose and it fits into any size cup holder, but for big shaky hands it feels a little awkward.  I don’t even have that big of a hand and it feels like my fingers wrap all the way around the unit, or like I’m holding it like a tea cup since it is small.  The lightweight also means it isn’t going to balance out any shake.

The real issue with any laser rangefinder is accuracy.  It doesn’t matter how much or how little it costs if the yardage isn’t correct.  I was pleased to find that the Macwheel V1000 was within 1 yard of three other laser rangefinder brands on the course.  I never had a difference of more/less than 1 yard compared to the big name brands.  It is not quite as easy to hit the flag on the first try as the other brands.  I think that has to do with the small size and weight.  I have fairly calm hands, but still would miss the flag on the first try.  It took a couple shots to hit the flag.  While all of this takes only a second or 2 so it wasn’t like I was holding up play trying to shoot the flag, just be aware that one push of the button may not get the job done for accurate distance.  The slope calculations were about the same; very close to the high priced models numbers.

The Macwheel V1000 comes with a case which is a simple zipper shell.  I think this is probably the only disappointment with this unit.  The case comes with a loop strap, but no real way to attach it to the outside of a golf bag without another clip.  The zipper case also doesn’t have a quick access tab, magnet or bungee to close it without using the entire zipper.

Summary

So can you get accurate distances in a $65 laser rangefinder?  Yes, the Macwheel V1000 is way better than I expected.  It is small, lightweight, but it delivers distances well within respectable tolerances.  I’m guessing your ability to hit clubs that accurately isn’t +/-1 yard anyways.  I really like the rechargeable internal battery that appears to have a season long battery life anyways.  It is also really nice that the small size of this laser fits in any cup holder too.  If you want to invest more funds into green fees or clubs, or if you simply don’t play golf all that often and just want something, you can’t go wrong with this $65 laser rangefinder.  This thing is like the price of a dozen ProV1s and it might just help you keep a few golf balls in your possession with accurate distances.

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For more information: iMacWheel.com

Macwheel V1000 Laser Rangefinder – KEY POINTS
  • ℹ️  About: Macwheel sells the lowest price laser rangefinder yet packs it full of all the features of the big name brands.

  • ✅  Pros: Low price, Compact, Easy to use, Accurate, Quick, Measures slope.

  • ⛔  Cons: Very small for shaky hands, Misses the flag on the first try, Case doesn’t clip to bag easily.

  • ⛳  Verdict: If you want to save your funds for green fees, but still have accurate distances, the Macwheel V1000 is as cheap as it gets.

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Ryan Heiman – Founder and Head Author of Independent Golf Reviews
Ryan has over 10 years of experience testing and writing golf reviews of nearly every brand out there.
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