20 November 2020
This article looks to highlight the differences between a laser costing over £400 and a laser coming in just under £200. At more than double the price, is there really that much difference?
|Features||Bushnell PRO XE |
|Shot Scope PRO L1 |
|Slope Technology (On/Off)||Yes||Yes|
|Dual Optics (Red/Black)||Yes||Yes|
|Clear Optics Display||Yes||Yes|
|Magnetic Cart Mount||Yes||No|
|Accuracy||1 yard||0.1 yard|
|Range||1300 yards||875 yards|
|Yards or Metres||Yes||Yes|
|Conforms to Rules of Golf||Yes||Yes|
Straight away it is noticeable that there is not a huge difference between the two products. Both the PRO XE and PRO L1 have similar features which will now be discussed.
The PRO XE and PRO L1 both have the valuable slope technology feature. Slope gives the golfer a compensated distance to the flag based on the uphill/downhill of the shot. This feature is not tournament legal which is why both lasers have the option to turn slope ‘on/off’. The Bushnell also has what they call slope with ‘elements’ which takes into account the weather and air pressure when calculating the slope – perhaps a bit too technical for your everyday golfer, but ideal if you are a DeChambeau fan!
Similarly both lasers offer vibration feedback for hitting the pin or target alike and also both boast precision clear optical displays.
Unlike other products in the laser rangefinder market, both the PRO XE and PRO L1 have a RED display. In the Bushnell, a red ring flashes once you have hit the pin. Whereas in the Shot Scope, you have the option of using red or black optics for everything. This type of feature makes it easier to see the yardages in poor light or weather conditions. This is a very high quality feature to have in a laser, so you would expect to see it in the PRO XE at £475, but perhaps weren’t expecting it in the £200 PRO L1.
Other noticeable features from the comparison table would include the range, 1300y versus 875y in the PRO L1. The 425y difference may seem a lot, however when was the last time you played a golf hole over 800 yards? Or hit a shot that far? Range is a nice to have, but as long as it covers the length of the hole or as far as you can hit the ball, that is all that should matter.
One thing that is surprising is that the PRO L1 has a higher definition of accuracy than the more expensive competitor. The PRO L1 is accurate to 0.1 yard, which is only a few inches. Again this is something that is a nice to have, considering most of us will struggle to hit the shot within 5 yards of where we want, let alone 0.1 yard…. but a feature nonetheless that you would perhaps expect in the more costly laser.
Again both lasers offer the user the option to use in yards or metres option, making them suitable for all locations around the world.
Based on the information provided in the comparison table and the investigation into the features of both the PRO XE and PRO L1, it is evident that is little difference between the 2 functionality wise.
If you are looking for a laser with high end quality features, again the PRO L1 will meet your needs, with slope on/off, red or black display, target vibrations and the 0.1 yard accuracy. The only feature the PRO XE has that differs is the ‘slope with elements’, and if that is what you are looking for then it’ll cost you an additional £200 to have that feature.
The Shot Scope PRO L1 is a quick firing laser packed with features making it quick and easy to get your distance. Simple to use the PRO L1 rangefinder is the perfect combination of size, accuracy, and advanced technology.
Looking through the precision clear lens, simply press a button to switch between a Red or Black display. PRO L1 is designed so that you can see the course in all light and weather conditions. Adaptive Slope technology and target-lock vibration ensure you can swing in confidence with the PRO L1 laser on your bag.
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