The key feature of the Nikon Coolshot 20 Laser rangefinder is its size, or rather its lack of it.
At just 9cm by 7cm this is one of the smallest lasers on the market and is 2cm shorter and 55 grams lighter than the original Nikon Coolshot.
This gives it a big advantage over most of the other lasers on the market as it is thin enough to be easily slipped into a trouser or jacket pocket between shots so you don't have to keep reaching into your bag.
The Coolshot 20 features a 6x magnification lens that is accurate up to 500m or 550yds, so not quite as far as the Coolshot, but I doubt anyone hits it that far anyway.
The Coolshot 20 is very easy to use. You just point it at your target and then push the rear button that then turns the device on so you can get the target in the crosshairs. After around 8 seconds it automatically turns it off to save battery power and there is a battery charge meter on the screen to keep an eye on this.
The front Mode button is for changing from yards to metres, making the device simple and intuitive to use.
The lens uses Nikon's First Target Priority system so that it will always pick out the flag from the background and the distances are shown in 1 yard/metre increments clearly on the screen in good sized numbers
It was very easy to pick up flags or other objects up to 200 yards, but like the Coolshot before, it sometimes requires a little more time to recognise the flag over 200 yards, especially in windy conditions.
For those who are visually challenged the Coolshot 20 is easy enough to use with glasses, or you can adjust the focus on the eyepiece if you want to use with the naked eye to accommodate any long or short sightedness, which is a good feature.
Below it is the battery compartment that takes the standard CR-2 battery and you can usually get several months’ use with average levels of play, so no re-charging or downloading is required.
If you have already experienced the Coolshot then I think the Coolshot 20 is a worthy upgrade, principally for the size as it does the same job to the same high standard, but in a design that can be carried on your person rather than in your bag.
It is also one of the cheapest laser rangefinders on the market and I like the rain proof white cover that fits easily in your hand and provides an element of protection should it accidentally get dropped.
Overall the Nikon Coolshot 20 is a great value for money laser from one of the leading names in the business so set your sights on getting one.