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The Cobalt Q-6 Slope is a premium direct-to-consumer rangefinder. Top-of-the-line technology, fantastic ease of use, reliable performance.
The only thing worse than being the golfer constantly asking your playing partners for a yardage is being that golfer even though you have a rangefinder. For a time, that was me because I could only trust my existing laser about half of the time. The Cobalt Q-6 Slope rangefinder makes that problem a thing of the past. Now, I’m going to be the one my playing partners ask for distances.
Setup & Ease of Use
Open the packaging, remove the small plastic disc from the battery compartment, and the Cobalt Q-6 Slope is ready to go. From there, using it is incredibly simple. The eyepiece can be adjusted to the user’s comfort. Cobalt recommends that it be fully extended outwards for users not wearing glasses and turned in (as shown below) for those with glasses. A simple twist is all it takes to adjust. I found this to work well.
From there, look through the viewfinder and simply press the button on the top of the unit to acquire your target. If you need to turn off slope mode for competition, flip the switch on the side of the unit. Turn the blue ring to increase or decrease the brightness of the display. Press the button inside the blue ring to switch from yards to meters.
In terms of setup and features, that’s really it. The simplicity is absolutely a selling point here. Laser rangefinders are complex pieces of technology but they’re made to accomplish a simple task. For me, it’s nice to know there aren’t a bunch of superfluous features to potentially confuse me when I just want a solid number to the pin.
Accuracy & Performance
PinSense technology is one of the Q-6 Slope’s big selling points. When you lock onto your target, two brackets illuminate around it in the viewfinder. This visual cue is accompanied by Surge, a noticeable vibration through the hands. Hold down the button and feel it pulse rapidly to confirm your target. In situations where there are objects behind the flag, these features make it clear that you’ve locked on to the right object. And they do it very quickly, too.
The Scan feature is another highlight for me. By holding down the button you can move back and forth between various objects. This is helpful when trying to get a sense of the right club on a par 3 or the optimal target on a tee shot. The optics through the viewfinder are crystal clear. The Q-6 Slope features 7x magnification. The digital display can be brightened or dimmed to suit conditions and the user’s preference.
I’m convinced that, in terms of accuracy, the Cobalt Q-6 Slope is in the top tier of rangefinders available today. During testing, I repeatedly got consistent numbers. I also found results consistent with other premium rangefinders. I think it’s also worth mentioning that the Q-6 feels natural and comfortable in the hand. Removing it from its case is also very easy. Compared to a zipper, its bungee pull mechanism is quick and simple.
Cobalt has a direct to consumer business model. I think often that comes with a dubious reputation for quality. That is not the situation here. Cobalt is a joint venture between Laser Technology Inc. and Maven Optics with 25 years of experience making rangefinders. The Q-6 Slope costs $450 (non-slope version is available for $400). This is in line with what you would expect to pay for a unit of this quality from the big names.
I’m also impressed by the company’s Unconditional Lifetime Warranty. It offers full replacement against legitimate damage and defects – no receipt, warranty, or registration necessary.
The Cobalt Q-6 Slope is a premium direct-to-consumer rangefinder. There isn’t a huge savings compared to what you might pay for another top-tier rangefinder, but it delivers on performance and quality. Easy to use, accurate, reliable results, and an unbeatable warranty. If you’re in the market for a new premium rangefinder, it’s well worth a try.