- Three ranging modes
- 600 yard ranging
- Compact body
- Accurate up to 1 yard
- Quality across pieces is inconsistent
TecTecTec VPRODLX Golf Laser Rangefinder Review
The TecTecTec VPRODLX laser rangefinder plays on all the strengths of its popular predecessor VPRO500. But it comes in a sleeker, more portable package with much easier level of operation. The VPRODLX is a handy device. Its robust make means it will easily live out its price. The shockproof, waterproof body can take the strain of continuous use. The multiple ranging modes allow you to measure distances in various scenarios from shaky hands to horizon scans. The accuracy is similar to the Nixon Coolshot 20 which is pretty decent at this price. The wrist strap to the rangefinder is a highly optimistic but nice touch.
The VPRODLX laser rangefinder also comes in a slope version called the VPRODLXS, just like the VPRO500S. The slope versions have an incline/decline function which adjusts the distances for slopes. They may not be tournament-legal even with the slope function is switched off. The Precision Pro Nexus has only Scanning and Pinseeker modes while the VPRODLX has an extra First Target Priority mode. And it’s easier to hold steady than the Nikon Coolshot 20. It’s only optimally larger than the Coolshot 20. All three offer the same magnification and have similar optics circuits which give them even focus and resolution.
The TecTecTec VPRODLX laser rangefinder has a simple but highly effective feature set. The design and spec have a number of quirks that we investigated to see if it deserves the asking price.
Size and Weight:
The TecTecTec VPRODLX laser rangefinder walks a tight balance between portability and a stable position in your grip. It weighs 6.56 ounces and measures 4.1” x 2.8” x 1.6”. It comes with a wrist strap. The idea is to hoist it on a wrist strap to carry it around. But we think it’s a little bulky for that. But it’s definitely easier to hold steady than the Nikon Coolshot 20 which might be too lightweight for some.
In spite of the low price, the TecTecTec VPRODLX has a hard body with a grippy cover. The gripping area is covered in smooth but patterned rubber. It is comfortable to hold with and stays steady without slipping and shaking.
This laser rangefinder has two buttons on the top surface. This can toggle through the three ranging modes and other functions. The eyepiece has a focus ring on the eye piece which allows you to zoom closer on the view for maximum resolution.
The TecTecTec VPRODLX laser rangefinder is waterproof. We still wouldn’t recommend dunking it in the water but it won’t get damaged if it catches a bit of rain.
The TecTecTec VPRODLX rangefinder offers a Pinseeker mode that automatically tries to lock in on the flag even if it’s situated between various other objects. While this is very helpful, it is not as effective as the Pinseeker functions of Bushnell models. You still need a very steady hold to get the VPRODLX to deliver correctly in this mode.
First Target Priority Mode:
This is not the default mode but it ought to be. In this mode, the VPRODLX rangefinder finds distance to the closest object in the field of vision and ignores all the objects behind it. This way, if the flag is positioned in front of the bushes or trees, this rangefinder will find distances specifically to the flag and disregard everything behind it.
This mode is extremely useful when you are trying to plan your next few swings. It allows you to range the distances to multiple hazards or milestones on a hole in one go. You can pan across the horizon and find the distances as the rangefinder locks on to each one of them.
The TecTecTec VPRODLX offers distance ranging up to 600 yards. The most effective range is within 200 yards where it maintains good accuracy. Beyond that, the accuracy depends on the steady hold of the golfer and the clarity of the target. Still, the range is higher than both Nikon Coolshot 20 and Precision Pro Nexus.
The multilayer lens offer good clarity of the field. The viewing field is bright but has low resolution compared to the higher-end laser rangefinders.
Within a 200-yard distance, the VPRODLX offers an accuracy of 1 yard. Some of the pieces have been known to less accurate. This inconsistency in the quality of pieces is the one drawback that reflects on the low price of the unit.
Auto power down:
The TecTecTec VPRODLX laser rangefinder has an automatic power down feature which shuts it down after a few seconds of idling. The battery, consequently, lasts through a few months without any decline in functionality.
The TecTecTec VPRO500 was hailed highly as the next big thing. While the VPRODLX laser rangefinder is not a huge improvement, it does have many takers, especially the ones who waited for a better version of the VPRO500. It has created a lot of excitement in this price range although the golfers trust the Nexus more in terms of accuracy and ease of operation. VPRODLX ranks better in physical handling as opposed to the smaller Nikon Coolshot 20. It was rated more portable than the Nexus too. If your budget is modest, we recommend checking out this laser rangefinder. It borrows heavily from a winning design.
The TecTecTec VPRODLX laser rangefinder wins brownie points because it’s quite similar to its predecessor, the impressive VPR500. The cosmetic changes made in VPRODLX version are appreciated. They pitch it as a strong contender in this price range, although it’s not the best. It is highly portable device with a wide and relevant feature set for the price. If you have a steady hand and can take advantage of the features, this unit is worth a shot. Check out more details about it.