TecTecTec VPRO500 Review

‘TecTecTec VPRO500’

TecTecTec VPRO500
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Our TecTecTec VPRO500 review is based on the feedback of over 100 users. We track the pros and cons mentioned to see if there are common threads to help determine the strengths and weaknesses of every product we review.

TecTecTec VPRO500 User Rating:
4.5 Stars 4.5 out of 5 (848 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources including Amazon, GolfSmith and TGW.

With a price point this low and hundreds of five-star reviews, you would be crazy not to consider buying the TecTecTec VPRO500 laser rangefinder. Below is our summary of the common themes we learned when considering user feedback.

TecTecTec VPRO500 Review Summary – PROS
  • Accuracy – This is by far the most frequently mentioned comment by users. That is typical in laser rangefinders because unless you have a defective model, they are all accurate to within two yards.
  • Price – It’s not a surprise that users love the price. It’s by far the least expensive, highly rated laser rangefinder on the market.
  • Ease of Use – Although this is the third most mentioned comment on the PROS list, it’s also worth mentioning that it’s the top complaint as well. There are twice as many who say it’s easy to use as there are those on the other side, but this is typically where we see negative comments in all laser rangefinders. Generally what users are describing is that it is difficult to hit the correct target and feel confident in the distance. It is our belief that if you have a reasonably steady hand and a little patience, you can probably learn to use any laser rangefinder. If you don’t, you probably want to step up to one of the rangefinders that we have rated at over 4.6. Those are the ones that have proven themselves easiest to use.
  • Another common thread was that the TecTecTec V500Pro measured up to the name brands very well.
  • The size, weight, and grip were also mentioned as a positive over and over again.
  • Here are a few other positive comments that we saw mentioned fairly frequently: improves your game; good customer service; well-built; scan mode; and clarity.
TecTecTec VPRO500 Review Summary – CONS
  • Ease of Use – As mentioned above, this is the observation that sets a top laser rangefinder apart from one that is really good. Although the TecTecTec VPRO500 gets many compliments on being easy to use, it also gets some negative comments. We still think that for the price, this is a great model for anyone with reasonable steady hands and a enough patience to get through the learning curve!
  • Other occasionally mentioned negative themes were: it didn’t measure up to the competition; quality; and customer service. One thing we noticed in reading reviews is that every negative review recieved a response with an email address encouraging the user to reach out to the company. We don’t know what follow-up was like after that point, but it seems worth mentioning that their customer service department is at least being proactive.

To be honest, the reviews impressed us enough that we’ve decided it’s worthy of a hands-on review comparison with Bushnell and Callaway. We’ll let you know the results!

Note: This device is also available with Slope.

Bushnell Tour Z6 Jolt Features and Specifications
Model TecTecTec VPRO500
Type Laser
Slope No
Vibration n
Height 2.8 in.
Width 1.6 in.
Depth 4.1 in.
Weight 6.6 oz.
Battery CR-2 Lithium 3V
Battery Life N/A
Display N/A
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 540
Minimum Range N/A
Notes Besides Pinseeker Mode, which gives the available distance between you and the closest object, this model also has Scan & Distant Target Priority Mode which displays the furthest object in the field.
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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Best Golf GPS

Our picks are separated into two categories, full-featured models and basic models. We didn’t include golf watches on this page unless they had a removable watch band. If you’re considering a watch, you’ll definitely want to check out our picks for Best Golf Watch.

Here are our picks for the Best Golf GPS 2016…


Best Golf GPS Rangefinder:
(Full-featured: Yardages + Hole View Graphics)
Garmin Approach G6
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This is our #1 recommendation for a legal full featured golf GPS. A responsive, bright touchscreen with lots of details and a fair price.

Review Score: 4.31        Slope: No

Garmin Approach G8
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If you’re not planning on using it in tournaments, the Garmin G8 is pretty much the ultimate golf GPS rangefinder. It has everything the Garmin G6 has, but with a sleeker design and several worthwhile new features. Until now, you could only find “slope” information on laser rangefinders. Garmin changes that with the G7 and G8, which both offer “plays like” distance that is adjusted for elevation, plus club recommendations based upon slope and your hitting distances. The G8 will also let you get notifications from your iPhone, which is a nice feature for some users, but we really love is that it has Wifi for updating golf courses.

Review Score: 4.02        Slope: Yes*

Garmin Approach G7
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The G7 is the same size and shape as the G6, but incorporates the “plays like” distance and club recommendations found on the G8. It doesn’t have wifi or connect with your iPhone, but if those things aren’t important to you, you’ll like the lower price on the G7.

Review Score: 4.46        Slope: Yes


Best Golf GPS Rangefinder:
(Basic: Yardages/No full hole views)
GolfBuddy VS4
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GolfBuddy isn’t messing with a good thing. The two predecessors to the VS4, the GolfBuddy Voice and Voice+ are on the top of our rankings charts for a reason… they are small, super easy to use and get great battery life. The VS4 builds on that by adding water resistance. Voice and/or digital display provide distances to the front, middle and back of the greens. Dynamic green view shows the shape of the green from your angle of approach and shot measuring gives you direct feedback about your game. Early user reviews are terrific and the price is nice! A watchband can be purchased separately.

Review Score: 4.41        Slope: No

Izzo Swami 4000
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The Izzo Swami 4000 is a great looking device that’s easy to read. Of course it’s also preloaded and has no fees and it’s very easy to use. It’s doesn’t have hazard and layup information, but for the price it’s an excellent choice.

Review Score: 4.12        Slope: No

Golf Buddy Voice
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The price of the GolfBuddy Voice still makes it worth considering. The ratings for this little device are fantastic, but you might like the features of the Voice+ or VS4 a little better, if you don’t mind pay a little bit more!

Review Score: 4.57        Slope: N/A

Izzo Swami Voice
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The Izzo Swami Voice golf GPS is a small basic unit that provides distances to the front, middle and back of every green via audio and a digital screen. It comes with a clip for a visor or a belt and a watchband if you want to wear it on your wrist. The voice quality isn’t quite as good as the GolfBuddy Voice, but we like the looks and color options better. It’s preloaded and has no fees.

Review Score: 4.19        Slope: N/A

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Review Score: 4.5        Slope: No

Nikon COOLSHOT 20 Review

‘Nikon Coolshot 20’

Nikon Coolshot 20
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In our Nikon Coolshot 20 Review, we determined this was currently the best value in a golf rangefinder. It’s simply a solid rangefinder with First Target Priority, which makes it easy to find distance to the pin rather than trees behind the green. If you are comfortable using a laser rangefinder and don’t need slope or other bells and whistles, this may be the right choice for you. Even if you are a newcomer to using a laser rangefinder, this is a good choice assuming you have fairly steady hands and a little patience as you learn to use it.

Nikon Coolshot 20 User Rating:
4.5 Stars 4.5 out of 5 (157 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources including Amazon, GolfSmith and TGW.

The reviews on the Coolshot 20 are excellent and the price is less than the competition. Learning to use it should be quick, but for those of us used to holding down or pumping the button, it takes a mental adjustment to realize that you just push and release the button and let the rangefinder scan for the pin. Most reviewers did not have problems getting the distance, but as is usually the case, a few felt it was difficult. So if you are buying your first laser golf rangefinder, you may want to spend the extra and get something like the Bushnell Pro X7 that works best with two hands.

Most Mentioned Pros
% indicates frequency mentioned

  • Accuracy (26.7%)
  • Easy to acquire distance (18.3%)
  • Price/Features (15.4%)
  • Size/Weight (14.1%)
  • Better than competion (2.8%)

Most Mentioned Cons
% indicates frequency mentioned

  • Difficult to acquire distance (8.4%)
Nikon COOLSHOT Specifications
Model Nikon Coolshot 20
Type laser
Slope No
Vibration n
Height 2.9 in.
Width 1.5 in.
Depth 3.6 in.
Weight 4.4 oz.
Battery CR2 Lithium
Battery Life N/A
Display N/A
Rainproof Yes
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 6
Minimum Range 550
Notes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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Callaway 300 Laser Rangefinder Review

‘Callaway 300’

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Callaway was missing from the laser and GPS golf rangefinder marketplace for awhile, but it’s nice to see them back with several new offerings.

First up, the Callaway 300 laser rangefinder. Our review will be available after we see some feedback from users, but we expect this one to be a contender in the mid-price golf rangefinder category.

Callaway 300 User Rating:
4.3 Stars 4.3 out of 5 (38 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources including Amazon, GolfSmith and TGW.

Features:

  • can pick up targets from 5-1000 yards
  • 6X magnification (+/- 1 yard accuracy)
  • Pin Acquisition Technology (P.A.T) locks onto flag quickly from up to 300 yards
  • Scan mode allows moving from target to target to acquire distances to multiple targets at once
  • Lightweight (7.5 oz.) and compact
  • Waterproof and Fog proof
  • Legal for tournament play
  • Measures in yards or meters
  • Sleek, ergonomic, soft casing design
  • Includes CR2 3V battery and carry case
Callaway 300 Specifications
Model Callaway 300
Type Laser
Slope No
Vibration n
Height 3 in.
Width 1.75 in.
Depth 4.25 in.
Weight 7.58 oz.
Battery CR-2 3-Volt Lithium
Battery Life N/A
Display LCD
Rainproof Yes IPX4
Magnification 6x
Maximum Range 1000
Minimum Range 5
Notes
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
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SkyCaddie LINX Review

‘SkyCaddie LINX’

SkyCaddie LINX
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We’re not going to do a full out SkyCaddie LINX Review. In our opinion, it’s just not worth our time or yours at this point. You are welcome to keep reading, but feel free to jump on over to our see what golf watches we do recommend.

SkyCaddie LINX User Rating:
3.22 Stars 3.22 out of 5 (27 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources including Amazon, GolfSmith and TGW.

The early user reviews are lousy and even though you will see many advertisements that say “No annual fees or membership required”, to get the features you want on this watch, you’ll need to purchase an annual membership. The only group of people we might recommend this watch for are those who have over two years remaining on a SkyCaddie membership and are looking to buy a golf watch. Even then, we would offer a warning based on the user feedback we’ve seen so far… “It’s not that easy to use!”

SkyCaddie is the only brand that charges fees for their golf GPS devices to work properly. For $49 a year over an above the price of the device, you would expect to be getting the finest golf GPS experience available, yet users consistently give SkyCaddie devices lower ratings than other brands. If you are a current SkyCaddie user, we suggest cutting your losses and switching to another brand with no fees. If you’ve never had a SkyCaddie, we can’t think of a good reason to buy one just yet.

Okay, now you can hop on over to our Best Golf Watch page and find the one that fits your style of play!

SkyCaddie LINX Golf Watch Specifications
Model SkyCaddie LINX
Type GPS
Course Download Fees No*
Pre-loaded with Courses Yes
Available Courses 35
Battery Life N/A
Battery rechargeable Li-ion Polymer
Height 2.8 in.
Width 2.0 in.
Depth .7 in.
Measure Shot Distance N/A
Screen Size 1.7
Resolution N/A
Display Type hi-res grayscale
Weight 1.6 oz.
Rainproof Yes
Touch Screen No
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning Y*
Stat Tracker Yes
Digital Scorecard Yes
Computer Analysis Tools Yes
Ground Verified Yes
Alternate Targets Yes
Aerial Hole View No
Green Rotates to your shot angle Yes
Add Courses Manually Yes
Compatibility Windows/Mac
USGA Compliant (local rule) Yes
Notes *Many features are not available unless you upgrade to a paid SkyCaddie membership plan.
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Garmin vívoactive Review

‘Garmin vivoactive’

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Our Garmin vívoactive Review will be available after we get some feedback from users and take it for a spin ourselves, but in the meantime… Wow! This watch is so much more than a GPS golf watch and yet the price is so much lower than the latest Garmin golf watches. From a golf watch perspective, there is a small trade-off, but we think many golfers as well as non-golfers, will have reason to put the Garmin vívoactive on their shortlist. It will be available in early 2015.

For Golfers: You get distance to the front, middle and back of every green, plus distances to layups and doglegs. It also has a shot measuring feature and a stroke-play scorecard for one player. That’s pretty much the same information that you would get with the Garmin Approach S2 golf watch, which has been around for a few years and is less expensive. If you just want a watch for golf, the vívoactive probably isn’t for you, but if you are also thinking about a smartwatch, a running watch, a swim watch, a bike watch OR a fitness tracker, then the Garmin vívoactive will probably be among the coolest and most economical choices out there. The Apple Watch will probably have all these features and more, but at a significantly higher price and with much less experience in the sports watch market.

Beyond Golf: The vívoactive is thin and lightweight with a very readable screen. Apps for golf, running, swimming, biking and walking are built right into the watch. Garmin has been a leader in all of these sports watch markets for years, so we’re expecting they will be able to deliver in each category. The vívoactive has an accelerometer, so it also serves as a fitness tracker to track your steps and daily activity. It will even remind you if you haven’t been moving for awhile. Like the latest Garmin golf watches, the vívoactive will have access to notifications from your smartphone. And like any good smartwatch, you’ll also be able to customize the look of your watch face!

Garmin is also allowing third-party developers to create apps for the vívoactive. That means many other apps will be available and already you can find a weather app, stock market app and more. We think it’s possible that a third-party golf app might even be able to make it a better golf watch in the future. In fact, the trade-off we mention above is that the vivoactive doesn’t have the green view or hole graphics offered in the newest Garmin golf watches. We’re hoping the vivoactive might someday have that option available as well. One concern we have is how the golf courses are downloaded. We’ve asked Garmin about this and hope to hear back soon, but it appears that connecting to Garmin Connect is required and we need to know more about how that works. We’ll get back to you very soon.

Garmin vivoactive User Rating:
4.0 Stars 4.0 out of 5 (1601 reviews)

Score compiled from multiple sources including Amazon, GolfSmith and TGW.

Garmin vivoactive Specifications
Model Garmin vivoactive
Type GPS
Course Download Fees No
Pre-loaded with Courses N/A
Available Courses 38,000+
Battery Life 10 hrs / 3 wks
Battery rechargeable lithium
Height 1.52 in.
Width 1.72 in.
Depth .32 in.
Measure Shot Distance Yes
Screen Size 1.13 x .8
Resolution 205 x 148
Display Type color touchscreen
Weight 1.34 oz.
Rainproof Yes
Touch Screen Yes
Touch Targeting No
Manual Pin Positioning No
Stat Tracker No
Digital Scorecard Yes
Computer Analysis Tools Yes
Ground Verified N/A
Alternate Targets Yes
Aerial Hole View No
Green Rotates to your shot angle N/A
Add Courses Manually N/A
Compatibility Windows/Mac
USGA Compliant (local rule) No
Notes Where to start… Smartwatch, fitness tracker, all sports watch.
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