When I was asked to test the Wosports W600 Rangefinder, my first question may have been the same as yours.
Maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but I had no who they were or what they made.
Turns out, Wosports makes all kinds of “outdoorsy” type of equipment, from different hunting and golf rangefinders to trail cameras to fish finders.
But since I don’t hunt or fish, the only thing that really matters to me is if the W600 golf rangefinder is any good.
As I mentioned before, I had never heard of Wosports until I was asked to review their product. Which meant, going into the review, I had no idea what the quality, performance, and, most importantly (to some), the cost was of the W600. Which is actually how I prefer to test these types of products. Because, let’s be honest, sometimes the price of something can have an influence on expectations.
In fact, if I had my way, I’d also have logos stripped from products prior to testing. But I digress…
At any rate, to the golf course!
First, the W600 comes packaged as most rangefinders do these days. Carry case with a latch-hook, a battery, cleaning cloth, lanyard, and a quick-start users guide.
After popping the battery in and hitting the power button, it also looks and feels like most rangefinders. It has a power button and mode button, a rubberized grip, a comfortable viewfinder that allows you to adjust the focus, and the ability to toggle between meters or yards.
Then it starts to separate itself a bit from some of the others.
The rangefinder comes with four modes, three golf-related modes, and a fourth that I can’t quite figure out how, where, or why it’s there.
The first three, in order, are “range”, in which you can basically hit random targets and get distances from each as you move the rangefinder, mode two is “pin-seeker”, which is meant to be used to “lock on” the flag stick and provide the distance, and “pin-seeker with slope”, which acts just as mode two, but the adjusts the distance based on elevation between you and the flag.
Modes two and three have the additional feature of what is technically called “haptic feedback”. In other words, the rangefinder vibrates when it locks onto the target.
For what it’s worth, my last two rangefinders have had this feature and I don’t know how I ever lived without it. Knowing you’ve locked in the distance to a pin with a quick vibration provides me with an odd level of satisfaction and confidence.
Now, the fourth mode. The fourth mode measures movement in kilometers per hour.
I know. Weird.
I have no idea why it’s included in a golf rangefinder, but it is. I guess you could measure the speed of your golf cart if you wanted. But it’s in kilometers per hour so you’d have to convert it to miles per hour and just forget it.
Although, at some point, I will bet you my friends and I will be re-creating the scene from The Office where they were measuring their speed using one of those side-of-the-road radar signs.
At any rate, I have no idea why the mode exists, but it does. It also doesn’t really come into play since I’m always in slope mode and you never have to cycle through modes.
Which leads me to the next feature of the W600, the automatic shut-off. It’s a little thing, but it’s so nice to not have to think about as you begin preparing for the shot. Basically, you can pull the rangefinder out, get your distance, and put it back. Done. There’s no “oh man I forgot to turn it off” situations.
Overall, this is a nice rangefinder. It’s feature-rich, allows you to turn slope on and off, which I know is important for you tournament players, and feels durable and sturdy.
But there’s one more major feature of the Wosports W600. It’s a steal. Like, you can get it for about $110.
As I mentioned at the start, I had no idea what this particular rangefinder was going for. After testing, I honestly would have put it in the $200 to $250 range. It’s not a Nikon or a Bushnell, obviously. But that isn’t to say it isn’t a quality product.
And for just over $100, and other models actually below that, the W600 is definitely worth a look.
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