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The Pinned Golf Prism rangefinder is a strong performer that has most of the high-end features that you want. Quick and accurate. Easy to use.
With new rangefinder brands popping up seemingly every week, it’s hard to know what to buy. Many have enticing prices and some have great lists of features, but are they well made? We tested the latest rangefinder from Pinned Golf, the Prism, to bring you those answers.
Set Up & Ease of Use
The Pinned Golf Prism rangefinder comes out of the box ready to use. Like most rangefinders, it has two buttons on the top. The power button turns it on and brings up your distance. The “Y/M” button switches the units between meters and yards. There is also a slide on the unit’s side which turns the slope adjustment on and off.
One thing that’s unusual about the Prism is that it’s powered by a rechargeable battery. The device comes with a USB-C charging cord that plugs into the port shown above. This is a feature I hope more rangefinders move to in the future as batteries are expensive and you never know when yours is going to die. Pinned states that their battery lasts for 60 rounds.
Accuracy & Performance
As always, we start with accuracy. I compared the Pinned Golf Prism rangefinder to several other premium rangefinders and found that they were all within a yard of each other, even at longer distances. No issues for the Prism there.
When it comes to speed, the Prism is just short of the fastest units like the Voice Caddie TL1 [review HERE]. You can barely blink in the time between pushing the button and seeing the yardage on the screen. As I’ve stated in previous reviews, there is a difference between the slowest and fastest units, but it’s not a meaningful one.
The display on the Prism has 7X magnification and changes from red to black in bright conditions. This is the first time I’ve seen a unit manage its own display color change, and I thought it worked well. The numbers and symbols inside the display are clear and laid out well.
Moving on to the secondary features, the Prism doesn’t miss much. It vibrates when it locks on the pin, has a magnet to attach to your cart, and is water resistant. It also comes with a two year warranty.
The Pinned Golf Prism Rangefinder carries a regular retail price of $330 (it’s on sale for $230 at the time of this writing). This places it in the middle of the rangefinder market. There are a handful of bargain lasers around $200 and bigger names with cutting edge features at $450 and up. The Prism sits at the crossroads with solid features and a two-year warranty. It’s also available in six colors – pink, white, black, red, green (seen here), and a vomit-inducing light blue.
Pinned Golf does deserve an extra nod for getting the little stuff right. The included case is very sturdy. They also load the box with some nice extras like a ball marker, sticker, cleaning cloth, and a printed user manual. If you want a more stylish case, Pinned Golf has some interesting cloth and leather options on their site for $40 to $50.
The Pinned Golf Prism rangefinder is everything that it claims to be. This laser is easy to use, loaded with strong features, and, most importantly, accurate. If you want a straightforward rangefinder at a fair price, you won’t go wrong with this one.