TecTecTec VPRO500The VPRO500 from TecTecTec is a lightweight and durable rangefinder that offers plenty of value to golfers. It covers distances up to 540 yards with an accuracy to within plus-or-minus 1 meter. And it does it all at a bargain price. View Latest Deal
It is hardly unusual to see glowing praise for a product from the manufacturer. In fact, it would be downright unusual to not see it.
And so it is with the VPRO500, a rangefinder made by TecTecTec. The particular claim here is that the VPRO500 is the best budget friendly rangefinder on the market.
Since all companies hype their products, we need to show a bit of skepticism and put it to the test. And, after doing so, it appears that claim has plenty of merit.
This is one of the most popular rangefinders, ranking third in all rangefinders on Amazon, with a lower price tag than the two ahead of it.
The VPRO500 is far from perfect, and we will delve into that later, but TecTecTec doesn’t claim it to be perfect, only a good budget choice.
Time for a closer inspection of what this rangefinder has to offer.
The job of a rangefinder is to find accurate distances to a specified target. That target would be the flag on approach shots, but some other target, such as a tree or bunker, for drives and lay-up shots.
The VPR500 could not be easier to use. Just point at the target, then press the button on the top of the device. Once honed in on the flag, or whatever you are targeting, a yardage will then be displayed. Once honed in, the device returns the yardage almost immediately.
Of course, if the yardages it gives are not accurate, they are of little use. The VPRO500 claims to have an accuracy to within one meter. Does that hold up?
It likely comes close, if not actually within that range. And that is plenty close enough for the average golfer. All professionals, and some top amateurs, want to get yardages down to the precise meter (or yard; the VPRO500 gives measurements in both meters and yards).
But few amateurs are good enough to hit a shot with such precision. So, for an overwhelming number of players that plus-or-minus one meter is good enough.
As far as range is concerned, the VPRO500 is once again not nearly the best but likely good enough. It will detect targets as far away as 540 yards. You may have a desire or need to pinpoint a target’s distance at more than 540 yards, but it is unlikely to be for any reason pertaining to golf.
No one is hitting shots of 540 yards and few holes are longer than that. The ones that are will almost always take three shots to get home.
That 540 yards is in continuous scan mode, just one of three different modes available.
The VPRO500 comes in a durable and lightweight body made from a hard plastic that holds up well to the kind of use you see on the golf course. If you take care of the device, it should last you for many years of use.
There is a backup plan if you do buy the rare dud, as TecTecTec has a 30-day money-back guarantee as well as a two-year warranty. Even after the warranty expires, the company provides customer support for the life of the product.
TecTecTec is a small company, especially compared to its main competitors in the field. You may feel more comforted that a larger company will have greater staying power, but being small has its advantages. TecTecTec can be more nimble and make quicker decisions due to its small size. That can be a real boon in customer support.
Keeping the VPRO500 in tip-top shape is made easier with the carrying case, a rugged add-on that protects the device very well.
The VPRO500 is small enough to fit into your pocket, and lightweight enough for you to hardly notice. That makes it easy.
The display is very easy to read, and is one of the best things going for the device. The VPRO500 has a six times magnification, in line with most rangefinders.
The display also shows a meter for the long-lasting CR2 battery.
The VPRO500 does not have a slope function, meaning you will have to adjust for elevation. While this may be a bit lacking compared to devices that do take elevation into account, it does mean the VPRO500 is legal for tournament play.
The VPRO500 is hardy and powerful enough to get the job done adequately for a large percentage of the golfing public. It is not the fanciest nor the most powerful rangefinder you can find.
But we are big fans of value, and this device definitely provides that.
We do need to discuss a couple of areas where the VPRO500 is lacking.
First is that some users have trouble honing in on the target to get accurate distances. Before we chalk that up to user error, it’s important to understand some golfers have shaky hands. And that can definitely lead to inaccuracies, or even no reading at all.
Since shaking hands can be a greater problem for older golfers, it is something to keep in mind.
Another possible area of concern are reports that some users find that the display is fogging up. This can happen when moisture gets inside the display area. You may have experienced something similar with a watch, or perhaps with the headlights on your car.
Neither of these problems are widespread. There is an excellent chance you won’t encounter either one. If you do, TecTecTec prides itself on keeping its customers happy.
The positives are numerous and definitely outweigh the negatives. It is both plenty accurate and powerful enough to suit a large swath of players, and carries plenty of quality in a device made by a family-owned company.
If you want a good rangefinder at an affordable price, the VPRO500 is a great choice. The VPRO500 comes it at around $150.