Review: Bushnell Hybrid laser rangefinder with built-in GPSAugust 1, 2018 Golf Equipment
How does the new Bushnell Hybrid laser perform out on the course? Equipment editor James Savage spends some quality time with the latest bit of tech
You wait five years for a new hybrid laser then two come along at once.
We’ve just reviewed the new Garmin Z80 laser which also has built-in GPS so were keen to see how Bushnell’s latest effort compares.
Bushnell Hybrid laser review: First impressions
Bushnell brought one of these out about five years ago and we have been desperate for an upgrade ever since.
If, like me, you want the ability to zap an exact distance to the pin but also want front, middle and back numbers at a glance then this product should be right up your street.
It was nice to see this came with one of Bushnell’s fantastic silver cases which to me are the best in the business.
There’s actual a dual battery system here so to get started you need to pop a battery in (supplied) for the laser function then charge up the GPS using a USB cable.
This is great because the laser will still function even if you forget to charge the GPS.
Nice to play a few @MoorAllertonGC – first round since the heatwave so even nicer to hit a 250-yard 4-iron off the 1st as measured by the @BushnellGolf Hybrid. The numbers are displayed through the viewfinder too. It’s one of the must-have products of 2018… pic.twitter.com/Ll7pcTOdA1
— James Savage (@JamesSavageNCG) July 24, 2018
But still a slight annoyance for the fact you have to remember to charge it.
The Bushnell Hybrid is surprisingly compact. You’d expect something loaded with all this technology would be much bigger.
The original hybrid was quite ‘blocky’ but this fits in the hand very nicely and weighs next to nothing.
Bushnell Hybrid laser review: The technology
What’s really cool about this new and improved Hybrid laser is the fact both the laser yardage and the GPS yardage are displayed on the viewfinder.
The old hybrid just had the GPS numbers on the side.
This new model has the numbers on the side and in the viewfinder so it really does give you the best of both worlds.
There’s also a battery level indicator.
Other features of the laser include Bushnell’s fantastic ‘Jolt’ technology where it vibrates when you’ve locked the pin.
The GPS includes hazard information, automatic course recognition and hole advance.
So how did the Bushnell Hybrid laser perform? Review continues on the next page…