Bushnell Neo XS golf GPS watch is a slick gizmo. It has limited features tied up into a user-friendly package. It looks vastly different from its predecessor the Neo X. Neo XS substantiates its distance-telling capability with hazard distances, a feature that is woefully missing in the more expensive Garmin S2. Neo XS does not have a scorecard.
However, it arranges all the data on screen more meaningfully. It also has good battery life and course coverage. If you are in the market for a budget-oriented golf GPS watch, this one gives the Garmin S2 a run for its money.
- Tells up to 4 hazard distances per hole
- Pre-program tee-off time for automatic course recognition
- Shot distance measurement
- Highly accurate and 12 hour battery life
- Comes with negative display
- Can be pre-programmed to power off between 1.5 to 9 hours
- Odometer, Round time tracker, stopwatch, alarm
- No scorecard
- Can’t see distances while shot is being measured
Yardages for greens:
Distances to the center, front and back of the greens take most of the space on the mains screen. The center distance is in the largest font and easy to read. Front and back distances are placed under it.
Harzad of Distances:
The Neo XS tells you up to 4 hazards per hole. The Neo X could only go up to 2 hazards at a time. The hazards have a dedicated screen in Neo XS where they are identified by acronyms like LFB for Left fairway Bunker. Each screen lists two hazards max. So you have to navigate to the second screen in Hazard View to cover all four hazards
Bushnell Neo XS is one of the most accurate golf GPS watches. It tells you the distance within 2-3 yards of the actual measurement. The distance values might be little less consistent when measured multiple times. For a good golfer, these figures are pretty spot-on. And you have the additional advantage of not having to point with a laser.
Tee time Start:
This feature is carried forward from the Neo XS. With Tee Time Start you can program this golf GPS watch for a future tee time. It will run a location search seven minutes before the decided time and be ready to tee off with you. There would be no last minute scrambling to switch your GPS on and wait for it to recognize the course.
Shot distance can be measured using the Neo XS watch. There is no way to store this data though.
Auto hole advance:
Bushnell Neo XS has one of the most accurate automatic hole advance feature. It changes the hole only when you get near the next teebox. It does not reposition when you play from another fairway, a usual mistake for other golf GPS devices.
Bushnell Neo XS is a highly intuitive device. You only need to charge it before you get it going. It comes with a USB –charging-clip cable. Once you dig out a wall charger from your electronic waste, you can connect it for charge. With Auto Course Recognition, it automatically picks up your golf course. It boasts of a battery life of 12 hours. And Bushnell claims a whopping 2-year battery life when used in Watch Mode.
Updating the golf courses is a relatively easy process too. You need to register yourself on the Bushnell website and download their plugin to get the courses updated. Bushnell has been notoriously slow with updating with some courses in their master database. But it does have one of the largest course databases. Neo XS comes preloaded with more than 33,000 course maps.
There are four views that cover all the functionality of this Bushnell golf watch. The Hole View gives yardages along with hole number and par on the top. Hazard View screens give you the hazard distances next to acronyms indicating their nature. Shot Tracking View lets you measure the shot distance. But this stops as soon as you navigate to another screen. Round View gives you the time and pedometer information. Pedometer tells you distance walked and how long it has been since the round started.
- Negative display:
Those of you who find black letters difficult to read on white screen can rejoice. Bushnell Neo XS has negative display models also where the background is black and the numbers and letters are white.
- Automatic power off:
There’s an automatic power-off feature in the Neo XS. This shuts off the watch after a specified timeframe. If you keep forgetting to switch off your golf GPS watch, this feature will help you save charge.
- Other functions:
Neo XS can also serve as a timer, stop watch and alarm
Bushnell Neo XS golf GPS watch is a high-functioning device. It integrates a number of minute features into a useful gadget. The choice of distances displayed and their accuracy has gained many a fan. The ease of using Neo XS can turn any skeptic into a patron of golf GPS devices. We only missed the scorecard feature because we had to carry a pen and paper around. This is present in the Garmin Approach S6. If you can forego it, Bushnell Neo XS is THE device to have in its price range.
Last updated on May 18th, 2018 at 03:08 am