In light of the many poor user experiences, we are not going to do a Callaway uPro MX+ Review. Instead we’ll give you our recommendations for alternatives and explain some of the saga. For reasons that are hard to understand, Callaway has just really struggled in their attempts to produce a competitive GPS golf rangefinder. As you can see from the ratings, the uPro MX+ doesn’t appear to be worth your time or money.
Callaway uPro MX+ Review Score:
Score compiled from multiple sources including Amazon, GolfSmith and TGW.
3.28 out of 5 (35 reviews)
For now, we’ll give you a preview of the uPro MX+ and as soon as possible, we’ll post our Callaway uPro MX+ Review summary.
If you don’t remember, in June 2011, Callaway released the much anticipated uPro MX. The device itself might well have been a big hit, but Callaway was never able to get website problems resolved for many users, who were then unable to download Pro Mode courses. They ended up issuing a voluntary recall. It seemed a sad end to a potential superstar in the golf GPS game.
A year later, Callaway believes they have not only resolved the website problems, but improved the device and given it a new name… the Callaway uPro MX+. To be honest, we think it would have been better to change the name completely to avoid confusion as buyers are reading online reviews, but we’re hoping that’s the only mistake they have made this time.
- Preloaded with 25,000+ golf courses in Basic Mode and Go Mode
- Three operating modes:
- Basic Mode is large numbers only to front, middle, back and hazards. This could be useful if someone in the family has difficulty seeing yardages in other modes
- Go Mode looks great for people who don’t want to get bogged down in the details or who are familiar with the course they are playing. Aerial views are nice, but the meat of the GPS is right here. You can see the green shape and surrounding hazards. You can touch any point on the green to get distance to the place where you think the pin is. In our opinion, this may be the mode that users will love and use the most.
- Pro Mode shows actual aerial views of each hole and allows you tap any point on a hole to see how far it is to that point and how much further to the green. If you’re not familiar with a golf course, these aerial views can be invaluable. Other golf GPS devices have renderings, which may be equally useful, but they don’t give you the ability to play in the simpler “Go Mode”.
- In our opinion, there is conflicting information about Pro Mode on Callaway’s website. In one place, it states “No fees or subscriptions (unlimited course downloads in ProMode)”. In another, there is a mention of fees. We’ve contacted Callaway about the issue and hope to hear back soon.
- Pro Mode courses have to be downloaded from the Uexplore.com website.
We’re looking forward to seeing how well the Callaway uPro MX is received by users and will post our review soon. If you’re looking for Full-featured GPS that’s already been put to the test, take a look at our Comparison of Top-Rated GPS Models.