Well chalk it up to bad advertising, did you know Leupold had enhanced their already popular GX-3 & GX-4 golf laser rangefinders for 2012. Talking to a Leupold associate, he told me that they launched them in January 2012, beginning of the year. I looked and seen no media release for these two rangefinders.
I checked the golf stores around home and nothing; they did not seem to know anything about the new models at all.
That made me wanting more, so I took off to my favorite golf forums and checked them out. Sure enough first, one they were talking about the GX3i and most were wondering the differences between the two, so was I, after all how old are the GX3 models.
This is the scuttle butt I gathered in the forums they were reported to be more accurate, faster acquisition, accurate to 1/10 of a yard, besides that they are pretty much like their cousin GX3.
Talking to Chuck an associate from Leupold and he confirmed what I have been reading that the new GX 3i models are equipped with up to date circuitry that enhances the older models. I just had to ask about the web site and the media releases, he told me that they were behind in the website updates, so they are.
Well the next thing is what do these cos,t well I went to four or five outlets on the internet as no store in my area seem to carry them. The best price I seen was $385.00 compared to $399.00 at all the other sites I went to so the price range seems to be close from retailer to retailer.
In conclusion, is this new model with enhanced circuitry worth the extra money comparing to their counterparts GX3 and the GX4 models?
I do not think they are I really do not go in for new electronic gadgets every year so if I had a GX 3 already would I upgrade no. Would I buy a 3i over a GX3 looking at them side by side and knowing what I do about the Gx3, as I have used one. GX3 are around the $320.00-350.00 most places no I would go for the already proven to be top of the line golf rangefinder the Leupold GX3.
That’s me, maybe you will want the newest updated electronics and do not mind the extra cost, and hey, that’s ok too. I guess we will have to wait a bit longer for real reviews from golfers using the new GX3i and the GX 4i models, giving them a bit more time to get around and talked about.
Have you used one like it, not really sure, lets us know leave a comment, where did you get yours they are not everywhere just yet.