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The Bushnell Pro XE laser rangefinder is the smartest distance measuring device yet. Uses temperature and elevation to calculate more precise yardages.
After Bushnell released the Pro X2 rangefinder (review HERE), I wondered where they could go next. The Pro XE answers that question in ways I never could have expected. This rangefinder knows the elevation and the temperature and uses that information to give you incredibly precise yardages. Is this the latest must have for competitive players? I tested it to find out.
Set Up & Ease of Use
As with any modern rangefinder, using the Bushnell Pro XE is very simple. Push the power button to bring up the Aiming Circle, push it again to get a distance.
Turning Slope mode on and off is as easy as sliding the Slope Switch left or right. You can turn on Elements Mode with a single touch of the Mode button. Holding Mode brings up the menu for adjusting brightness and toggling between yards and meters.
Overall, the Bushnell Pro XE is intuitive and easy to use.
Accuracy & Performance
The first thing I noticed when I unboxed the Pro XE is that it’s slightly larger than my trusty Pro X2. The difference isn’t huge, but those with smaller hands may not be thrilled with the change. My hands are slightly larger than average, so the difference was a non-issue.
Another change from the Pro X2 that’s noticeable but not game changing is the magnification. The Pro XE bumps the magnification from 6X to 7X. That upgrade is welcome on long par 3s and when you’re feeling bold on a par 5.
The major upgrade that Bushnell made with the Pro XE is Elements Mode. This rangefinder knows the elevation and the temperature – without user input. How much difference does that make? According to Bushnell’s website, temperature and elevation differences can each be worth ten yards or more. Combine Elements Mode with Bushnell’s Slope Technology and you have no excuse not to land every shot pin high.
You may be wondering if Elements Mode slows down the Pro XE. It does not. The Pro XE is every bit as fast as my Pro X2, which is to say, it’s the industry leader in speed.
Finally, the Bushnell Pro XE includes a BITE Magnetic Mount. As you can see above, this allows you to attach the laser to your cart rather than trying to wedge it into a cup holder or toss it into the glove compartment. It’s a seemingly minor upgrade, but it can contribute to a better pace of play and remove the aggravation of searching for your rangefinder between shots.
The Bushnell Pro XE laser rangefinder has a suggested retail price of $550, but it can be found for about $530 (support PIG, buy it HERE). The price includes the rangefinder, carrying case, and a battery.
While there are many rangefinders at lower prices, the Pro XE commands a premium because it has technology that no other laser does. The Pro XE comes with a two year warranty through Bushnell.
Just when it seemed that the rangefinder market was getting stale, Bushnell pulled a rabbit out of their hat. The Pro XE rangefinder’s Elements Mode is impressive both for its ease of use and impact on accurate yardages. If you want a rangefinder with the very latest in technology, this is it.