Leupold RX-650 Rangefinder Review

Company: Leupold

Rating: 4.8/5

Overview:¬†The Leopold RX-650 is a nice rangefinder and one that any outdoor enthusiast will love. It’s very simple to use, durable and most of all works at a high level.

With this product you get crystal clear views, a strong battery and comes with a carrying case. This is a rangefinder that every hunter should consider.

If you you’re looking for a rangefinder for golf, check these out or the Bushnell Pro X2.

Video Review

Here’s a video that goes over everything:

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What Does It Look Like 

One of the best attributes of the RX650 is the no fuss, no frills construction of the unit itself. Operated by just a single button on the top that shoots a laser at the intended target, the rest of the rangefinder is coated in rubber that makes it ideal for all weather conditions (or just sweaty palms).

The battery can be changed by a flipping a foldout tab just underneath the eyepiece and then unscrewing the compartment. This makes for a quick switch in the rare situation that you do find yourself needing to change out batteries on the fly.

The eyepiece on the rangefinder itself is adjustable, but other than that, there are no more moving pieces to speak of, which makes for a simple but effective operation.

It is also designed to be both weatherproof (but not waterproof, so no dropping it in a lake) as well as fog proof, thanks to the O-ring seals around the lenses and a nitrogen-purged optical chamber. Furthermore, The RX650’s compact size makes it perfect for simply sticking it in your pocket and heading off into the wilderness.

How Does It Work?

The only button that you need to know on the RX650 is the single button located on the top of the unit itself. After it is adjusted to your eyes, simply press the button once to fire the laser at the intended target, or hold it down and strafe across multiple targets to go into scan mode. This makes the RX650 perfect for tracking game that’s on the move.

With a 6x magnification that can record distances of up to 650-700 yards, fully multi-coated lenses, and a no-nonsense LCD display that gives you all the data you need (and none that you don’t), the RX650 is both easy-to-use and reliable.

How Is It Powered?

Unlike some rangefinders that use specialty batteries that you can only find at outdoor-oriented stores, the RX650 uses a CR-2 lithium battery that is available just about anywhere, including convenience stores.

Fortunately, the RX650 turns itself off after 30 seconds of inactivity, preserving your battery life and minimizing the amount of time it sits idle draining energy. Indeed, some users have reported using the unit for several years and never having to change the battery.

In addition, the tiny size of the battery means that you can throw one in your pocket before you head out, eliminating the need to carry bulky chargers or spare batteries that are the size of the unit itself.

What’s The Display Like?

The downside of many rangefinders is not that it underperforms in determining accurate range, but that it gives the user too many numbers, clouding the field of view and inhibiting proper operation.

The RX650 does the exact opposite: by only giving the user the distance, he/she is better able to make the snap decision that can make or break a shot.

When you look through the RX650, two sets of data are visible: the distance right above the reticle in the center of the display and the battery life in the bottom right corner. Distance is measured either in yards or meters, and the image appears clear but unfortunately it isn’t backlit, which can make it difficult to read when it’s dark out.

Furthermore, some reviewers have noted that the laser picks up the grass in between them and the target, so if you’re a hunter that doesn’t rely on tree blinds to stalk their prey, it can be tricky to pinpoint the distance for the right target.

Are There Any Downsides?

For a budget rangefinder, it’s hard to go wrong with the Leupold RX650, but there are a few areas that can cause concern.

First, as mentioned above, even though the display itself produces clear and bright images, it’s not backlit, which means using it in lowlight situations can pose a problem.

Second, and probably more important, the RX650 does not have compensation for angles and priority targeting, which can be trouble for those who plan to use it for bow hunting or golf. With no way to compensate for angles or variable trajectories, the RX650 is simply a point-and-shoot device – nothing more.

Should I Buy It?

That depends. Are you a tree-blind hunter that needs to scan either a single or multiple deer as they pass less than 700 yards in front of you? If so, unequivocally yes. Are you planning on using it for bow hunting or to help shore up your golf game? Probably not, unless you plan on staying out of the rough.

The RX650 is a simple-to-operate, no-frills and no-clutter device that is reliable both in its distance measurement and power conservation. And when you’re neck deep in a bush looking to take your shot on the big game you’ve been stalking for weeks now, what else do you need?

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