Bushnell has been the market-leader for a number of years in the laser rangefinder market, and their latest release seeks to again confirm that position by adding a number of innovations, including to their Slope system first introduced in 2015.
The Pro XE now factors in temperature and altitude to the Slope technology in order to give what Bushnell are calling their 'most precise compensated distances ever'.
Andrew Grose, Managing Director of Bushnell Golf, said:
The Pro XE sets a new standard in laser rangefinders. From improved optics and longer ranging, to convenience features like Visual Jolt and BITE, Pro XE offers features that golfers at all skill levels can appreciate.
Updating our proprietary slope algorithm and adding 'elements' brings unmatched precision to the rangefinder industry, making it the clear choice for Tour and elite amateur players.
The new Slope algorithm in the Pro XE reflects latest developments in ball flight measurements, specifically regarding angles of descent, in order to create much more accurate numbers. Bushnell claim that they are the only brand to use actual ball flight laws for their compensated 'Play As' measurement, again reflecting their confidence in the Pro XE's precision.
Bushnell's Jolt feature has been improved with a new PinSeeker with Visual Jolt Technology. You now see a flashing red ring on the screen along with the vibration, so you can be extra confident that you've locked onto the flag and not another object by accident.
Also new to the Pro XE is the introduction of Bite technology, where a magnetic mount allows the laser rangefinder to be safely secured to a buggy or trolley without the need for an additional accessory, providing an even easier user experience.
With a range of over 500 yards (accurate to within 1 yard) with 7X magnification, golfers are able to get a clear view of their target regardless of the distance, and plan their method of attack on even the longest of holes and approaches. A newly improved ultra-bright backlight gives a crisp and easy look in the LCD in a number of different weather conditions and lights.
There is now a positive click Slope Switch, whereby the Slope feature can be disabled during tournament play so as to conform with standard golfing rules.
Protected by a rubber armored metal housing, the Pro XE is fully waterproof and comes with a new premium Carry Case including a clip for a golf bag, belt loop attachment and velcro strap for a bag, ensuring that it is accessible at all times.
The laser is available from February at an RRP of £449.99. This premium price clearly reflects both Bushnell's place as market leaders in the rangefinder department, and their confidence in the quality of the product they have created. Whether you think that it is worth the price tag is for you to decide, but there is no doubt that using a proper piece of kit like this would improve many golfer's scores.
Course management is one of the easier aspects of the game for amateurs to improve upon and if the Bushnell Pro XE can help you to make better decisions and save you shots out on the course, then it may be well worth your well-earned cash.