OK, finally got my crazy â€œend of the year rapidly approachingâ€ work/travel schedule to cooperate with my â€œcan't wait to try this so I can write a reviewâ€ with â€œwinters coming soonâ€ urgency to harmonize, so here goesâ€¦ 1) Ergonomics - look and feel:
I liked the way this unit felt right out of the box. It fit my hand (men's large glove) perfectly. With the slightly knurled bottom recess in the crook between thumb and palm, my forefinger rests on the focus wheel and my middle finger rests on the red button used to activate the rangefinder. The dual display toggle for switching between bright red or sharp black characters and icons is easily accessed on the front directly below the eyepiece. My regular golf partner uses the Tour V3 and I have to say, we both prefer the Tour X slightly smaller size and weight. The included battery is easily loaded through a front access door. I cannot think of anything Bushnell could do to make this more comfortable although the focus adjustment wheel is a bit tight for one finger operation, so I slightly discount this score to 95/100
2) Ease of Use: The Tour X is quite intuitively easy to use and even without the included, clearly written, multilingual manual, a rangefinder novice such as myself can figure it out immediately. The 11 pages of English instruction include an introduction to salient features and technology, succinct instructions on operation, options, and product care, as well as specifications, warranty, troubleshooting, and the obligatory FCC and FDA notes. Right out of the box one simply inserts the battery and the unit is ready to go. The case is convenient and hangs on my bag. Perfect score on this one - 100/100 3) Performance: On the course this unit shines. The viewfinder is clear, the optics excellent, and the dual (either red or black) internal display informative and yet uncluttered. The indicators include pin seeker, aiming reticle, battery life indicator, active laser, and range in either yards or meters. The Tour X can be configured to provide USGA conforming distance only when using the black faceplate. By simply switching to the included red faceplate, slope and compensated range are also displayed. This swap is easy and the extra faceplate simply lives in the holster. Note the red lens utilizes a micro USB to activate the slope feature - a little care in attaching and removing is probably wise.
It does require a relatively steady hand, but distances are computed rapidly and usually a slight jolt indicates that the target is locked. I found that this feature, while handy, did not always activate. My course has a number of elevation changes and when the pin is partially obscured, this is much more likely to occur. The range is indicated to 1/10 of a yard (or meter) which is precise but, at least for me, unnecessarily accurate. When comparing to my friend's Tour V3 the yardage was similar but not always exact - which casts further doubt on the need for 1/10's of a yard. Occasionally the range would appear to be wildly off and a second or third sighting would be required. I'm guessing that on a flatter track these slight annoyances would be less noticeable but for whatever reason, that's not my norm - therefore 90/100
4) Total Score / Personal Evaluation: If you are looking for a rangefinder and have need for the ability to swap between USGA conforming distance only or optional slope and compensated range, this unit is ideal. As I am a bit of a techno-geek this appeals to me and together with the excellent ergonomics and ease of use I rate this a â€œhighly recommendedâ€ and award a â€œplusâ€ to the averaged evaluation, therefore 95+/100 5) Likelihood of Purchase: I travel quite a bit and try to take advantage of the opportunity to play new and different courses. I previously used a GPS app on my phone and while it is seemingly not nearly as precise, it has the advantage of providing information that is not line of sight (which is very handy playing over a hill on an unfamiliar track) for considerably less cash outlay. In the ideal world one might use both and now that I have been spoiled, I find myself reaching for the Tour X whenever possible. So I guess my final judgement is - with a little disposable income in the golf account, I would now want/need (it always hard to separate the two) to buy a rangefinder. They certainly start at considerably less, but if one wants the best or needs the features, I would highly recommend the Tour X.