Why spend $500 on a rangefinder, when you can spend a third of that on a rangefinder?
That’s the position Lofthouse have subtly adopted in this competitive market, and many will find it hard to argue with them – provided that the gadget does the bare minimum of what’s expected in an efficient and accurate manner.
Yet with the standard of technology in the realm of rangefinders increasing almost by the day, that bare minimum itself becomes a moving target with an evolving set of sub minima.
The question is, is the Lofthouse Proscope 400X up to the task?
We reviewed the Lofthouse Proscope 400X as part of our Best Golf Rangefinders 2017 Review. You can see how it faired against it’s competitors in the side-side comparison table below.
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Lofthouse have been very crafty here in presenting a product that offers really good value. Really good! It all comes down to what you’re looking for in a rangefinder. If it’s great features and gimmicks like slope adjustments and jolts you’re after, then this one comes up slightly bare. We’re also not entirely sold on the quality of the build. But you know what, for a model retailing at just 170 bucks, it’s hard to argue with the value you’re getting here. Its simplicity reflects in its ease of use with both modes (Golf Rangefinder and Common Rangefinder), it delivers reasonably accurate readings, has a range which is good enough and is very well streamlined in its design. In short, it does its job perfectly well, and we’re convinced it’s going to attract a fair amount of attention compared with its comrades in the low-end price section of the shelf.
Pros and Cons
- It’s a snip! Smashing the stereotype that rangefinders are only for the rich
- The Pinseeker technology and Flag-Lock Display deliver fast, efficient measurements
- Compact, ergonomic design which will fit into hand and pocket with ease
- There’s no setup process at all – just fire up, and go
- When we took multiple readings, we found there to be a few yards variance
- We’re slightly sceptical about the build of the body. Also, it’s only rain resistant
Build Quality & Features
It’s not exactly fragile or cheap-looking, but you can definitely feel the difference in quality of the body when you pick up the Proscope 400X compared with some of the other upmarket brands out there. We’re also a bit puzzled to see that it’s been marketed as waterproof, when in fact a reliable source told us that it is probably better described as ‘water resistant’.
But we don’t want to be too harsh here, because it has a lot going for it in this regard too. We tested this thing extensively, and were really impressed with how quickly the Pinseeker technology delivered its readings, and how easy it was to pick up the flagstick. Of course, locking it in is what’s most important, and that’s where the Flag-Lock Display does its job superbly.
We’d estimate that, on average, it’s accurate to within roughly 2-3 yards, which still isn’t bad, while a range of 250 yards to the pin should be enough for you.
Size and Weight
It isn’t the smallest rangefinder around. But it’s not far off! But even with my big bucket hands, I found there wasn’t too much dexterity required to handle this device. It actually fits into your palm and fingers really nicely, and sits perfectly when you hold it up against your face. It’s wonderfully lightweight too.
The challenge with any rangefinder that’s on the light side of average is to marry this with speed, so that those with less of a steady hand aren’t left messing about, trying to hold it still for too long. But thanks to the Pinseeker technology, you shouldn’t really encounter any problems here.
Ease of Use
Simple and straightforward is what this device is all about, and that really reflects in its user-friendliness. There’s no setup process at all – you just fire the power button and scan for your target (there is a comprehensive manual if you do get stuck). As mentioned above, it has two modes for getting readings, which you can flick between using the mode button. The Golf Rangefinder Mode, where the flag is displayed on the LCD, is the one which incorporates the Pinseeker Technology and Flag-Lock. It’s just a case of keeping your finger pressed down on the power button until you’ve locked in the pin – and it’s really easy to see when you have done so.
The Common Rangefinder mode is what you use to lock in any non-flag targets. Simply get the target you have in mind within the rectangular box when you’re aiming, hit the power button when you’ve done so, and voila… the measurement will pop up on the LCD. You can also use this mode to scan various targets by simply keeping your finger down on the power button and scanning the golf course.
Other than that, all you need to know is that it will shut itself off automatically after 30 seconds (only if you haven’t used it) to preserve battery. There’s nothing else to it – easy stuff!
Value for Money
Here lies the ticket. There are numerous cheap rangefinders out there. However, there aren’t many cheap rangefinders which boast a decent set of features and high-quality performance, and that’s where the Proscope 400X stands out from the pack. For as little at $170, you’re looking at something that is going to deliver you efficient, accurate results without requiring any real effort.
For the high-end player or hardened enthusiast, this may not be enough. But for those who are simply keen to have a reliable idea of how far away the target is so that they can focus on their next shot, they’re going to get a lot of bang for their buck here.
Here is our side-by-side comparison of all the golf rangefinders we reviewed in our assessment. You can see our detailed overview of the best golf rangefinders here.
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|Product Details||Lofthouse Proscope 400X Rangefinder Review|
|Launch RRP||From $169.00|
|Distance Range||Up to 400 yards (250 yards for Flagstick)|
|Size||4.0 x 3.0 x 3.0 inches|
|Manufacturers Website||Lofthouse Golf|