TecTecTec is considered the brand that beginners choose but this model helps the manufacturer break away from that sentiment. I’ve seen many professional golfers, who don’t just use a rangefinder for friendly or practice games, use TecTecTec rangefinders and the VPRO500 is one of the most common lasers that you’ll find on golf courses. And it has a legit right to be a competing rangefinder to the best in the class.
It is tournament-legal too while being angle-compensated and that’s a huge plus.
You get what you pay for. But still, TecTecTec has a lower price traditionally because they don’t spend a lot on advertising. That’s my hunch, at least. And it’s also a well-selling Amazon brand.
The good things:
- It has angle compensation, making sure you get accurate measurements even when your target is uphill or downhill. With true yardage backing you up, you will be able to make more informed decisions about how to play the ball or which club to go for.
- The one thing that they get right about making a durable body is water resistance. In most conditions, you will have no gripes with the grip or the functioning in light showers or wet conditions.
- The TecTecTec VPRO500 comes with a pin sensor technology that helps you pinpoint the pins with efficient accuracy and speed. Whether you’re up ahead against a sand trap or a flagstick with overlapping obstacles like trees, you will face no hassles as long as the range is 450 yards or less.
- It comes with a continuous measurement feature which, I’ll be honest, a lot of lasers in this price range lack. It’s a good add-on and one which compensates the relatively low range of the product. For example, if you’re facing troubles in getting a measurement of a distant target, just go for continuous measurement and you’ll have a better experience.
- The TecTecTec VPRO500 is incredibly eye-safe. I didn’t expect a less than 0.5mW pulse energy with a low-end TecTecTec product. Still, there’s no way I’m recommending looking directly into the laser.
- You get a CR 2 battery, a strap, and a cleaning cloth along with the rangefinder and it’s a good thing. Make good use of these add-ons and keep your device up to the mark.
- Clear images with a 6x magnification will ensure you never have any kind of trouble even when the light conditions are changing or when the target is under the shadow.
- It’s tournament-legal.
The poor things:
- You can pay just a little more and get a rangefinder that has an easy time measuring distances beyond 550-650 yards. In that scenario, it sort of makes the VPRO500 insufficient with its 540 yards effective range (which, in practical situations, is about 50-100 yards more than what you’d be getting).
- The build quality is marketed as “premium” and “durable”. When those are the selling points of a rangefinder that golfers are going to use constantly under differing weather conditions, then the manufacturing company better make sure that the product is actually up to the challenge. Doesn’t seem to be the case with the VPRO500. It falls short of providing a heavy-duty performance and there’s nothing “premium” about its build.
- TecTecTec VPRO500 claims to provide 1-yard accuracy but once you hit upwards of 450 yards, it will look like an overstatement of planetary proportions. Just make sure your hands are steady or fix it on something tight – you’ll be good to go.
USABILITY INSIGHT FROM FIELD PERFORMANCE
This is one of the very few TecTecTec laser rangefinders I’ve had the chance to test out. The performance was reliable, especially with approach shots. Beyond 300-400 yards, I had to work extra hard in keeping my hands steady so that the focus could be just right. Still, when comparing the distance reading with higher-end rangefinders, I could see something was off.
Essentially, it all boils down to the fact that beyond 500 yards, you won’t have much accuracy. The official specs read +/- 1-yard accuracy beyond 300 yards but that’s just a rough sketch in most cases. And if you happen to measure targets beyond 450 or 500 yards, you can expect a difference closer to 5 yards.
So, if absolute precision around 500 yards is your bread and butter, I’d recommend going for a higher-end model.
It’s affordable and quite popular among beginning and intermediate-level golfers. The TecTecTec VPRO500 is fast, accurate, and reliable with full waterproofing. It’s one of the most budget-friendly laser rangefinders out there.
It comes with pin-sensing and slope measurement technologies that make your golfing day better.
You might face troubles with measurement readings beyond 450 yards but that’s sort of a given thing. Even the official spec comes down to +/- 1-yard accuracy at just 300 yards.
But in many cases, you’ll find that the VPRO500 matches up pretty well with others that cost more. It’s a brand that relies on its Amazon customership more and less on advertising. Their support isn’t perfect but neither is it full of complaints all over the internet, which I consider to be absolutely amazing, especially if you have the time to write and respond to long emails.
With the supplied guarantee, I think the VPRO500 is a good choice for you if you’re looking for a simple yet effective rangefinder for your golfing needs. It tries to compete with higher-end models and succeeds to some degree, but comes with its own set of flaws, which is pretty natural according to me.