We weren’t surprised to see Laser Link release another vertically-held rangefinder with similar form factor to most other manufacturers. What we were surprised to see from the company was the release of a rangefinder that provides slope-adjusted yardage displays, and the ability to toggle off the slope mode for competitive rounds (though the company does not call out whether the device is USGA-compliant). The device keeps the specs of its closest relation, the XL1000, with 6x magnification, +/- 0.5 yard accuracy, and the ability to scan across multiple targets for distances (reflective prism not required on flagsticks).
Downsides are the relatively low maximum 300 yard maximum to the flagstick, and 650 yard range to targets, less than the XL1000‘s 1000 yard maximum.
The Laser Link SLOPE (and why, why, why with the ALL CAPS) has a body slightly larger than the Laser Link XL1000, with a size of 4.6 x 3.0 x 1.5″, and 8.6 ounces with battery. The device is water resistant and takes a CR2 3-volt battery.
Perhaps the biggest surprise, however, is that the company was willing to get so aggressive with the price point. At $199 retail, they undercut the Red Hot 2, and put the rangefinder just $10 more than the classic QuickShot 2.0. Unexpected indeed.
Retail price: $199.00
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The Laser Link Switch Tour replaces the aging Laser Link Swith, but…well, offers no noticeable changes. Laser Link continues to be the only company offering the “pistol” form factor, where the player holds the rangefinder away from their eye. And while Laser Link is best known for pairing the flagsticks that have reflective prisms, the Switch Tour allows the player to swap between modes of targeting any point (as with the Red Hot 2), and focusing on reflective prisms (as with the QuickShot). And yes, this is the only device that requires the user to actually take action when moving between targeting different objects. Oof.
How the Switch Tour survives in the marketplace, we simply aren’t sure. There must be a population that prefers holding a rangefinder away from their face. One of the few explanations is those incredibly concerned about sun damage (from Laser Link copy: “There is no need to remove sunglasses, and no need to adjust your hat to measure your yardage. Sun damage is the #1 health concern for golfers, and almost all players now wear sunglasses and/or hats to help protect themselves from harmful UV rays.”). So for them, this is the device. For everyone else, not so much.
The Switch Tour provides distances from 25-900 yards (less than most competitors) to +/- 1 yard, and offers audio, silent and vibration modes (almost a necessity for a device where you don’t look through a viewfinder). The device is 5.4 x 2 x 3.1″, and weighs 8 ounces with 9-volt battery. Oh, and a carrying case in included. Just like a real pistol.
The $299 price tag doesn’t offer a screaming deal compared to other rangefinders that additionally offer magnification and the ability to scan across all objects to receive distance readings, with no need to toggle switches.
The good news? At $299, the Laser Link Switch Tour is priced $100 less than the original Laser Link Switch.
Retail price: $299.00
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The original…the QuickShot.
Laser Link retains most all of the features of their classic QuickShot, including the pistol form factor (of course), and a red dot in the viewfinder to help align with the flagstick to obtain yardages. Just remember, this laser rangefinder will work only if the flagstick is equipped with a reflective prism. If they aren’t, and you like this shape of rangefinder, you’ll want to look at either the Laser Link Switch Tour, or the Laser Link Red Hot 2.
Stacking up to the original QuickShot, you’ll see a slightly thinner body (5.4 x 2 x 3.1″), new grip, and lighter weight (at 6.4 ounces), and measurements up to 400 yards (less than most all other rangefinders). The LCD, confirmation settings (audio, silent and vibrate), red-dot aiming all remain the same.
We’ve said it once and will say it again:
The QuickShot 2.0 laser rangefinder REQUIRES flagstick reflectors in order to use. So if you are about to throw down some cash for this rangefinder, make sure it is usable at the courses you play!
The last note we should add is that the QuickShot 2.0 has a retail price of $189, which is $100 less than the QuickShot. The previous price level was out-of-line with what the device could deliver, so good to see the company has finally taken notice and dropped the price accordingly.
Retail price: $189
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