GolfBuddy aim Quantum Rangefinder: "Compact, light and impressive magnification"

GolfMagic tests out the GolfBuddy aim Quantum Rangefinder. 

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Andy Roberts
Fri, 21 Apr 2023
GolfBuddy aim Quantum Rangefinder: "Compact, light and impressive magnification"

Need To Know

Easy to use and operate; 3 modes to help dial-in yardages; 7x magnification is as good as it gets; very compact and lightweight; very neat case for protection
No tackiness at the side makes it tougher to keep steady; we much prefer a curved rangefinder design
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PRICE: £299.99 YEAR: from 2023

GolfBuddy aim Quantum Rangfinder - Key Features

  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery (5000 uses per charge)
  • Faster measurement speed with ZST technology
  • 7x magnification with high transmittance LCD
  • Sleek, compact design
  • Accurate measurement with vibration alert (vibrate function)
  • Luxurious magnetic case included
  • Slope On/Off Mode with Green/Red LED light on the rangefinder
  • The slope on/off functionality provides slope-adjusted distances for elevation
  • IPX4 water-resistant
  • USGA / R&A legal for handicap & tournament play

The GolfBuddy aim Quantum Rangefinder was an easy inductee into our Best Golf Rangefinder buyer guide for 2023. 

While we do have some reservations about its overall design, its performance is as good as it gets for a golf laser rangefinder. 

It does sit at the top end of the rangefinder market at £300, but when you consider all of its key features to help you dial-in your yardages, this is very much a investment in your game. 

The GolfBuddy aim Quantum rangefinder is quick and easy to use and has three simple modes to help improve your golf course management.

It's without doubt the most compact laser rangefinder you will find on the market this season, and it also comes with a cool little case for maximum protection. 

Right, let's check it out in more detail... 

GolfBuddy aim Quantum Rangfinder - What's in the Box?

The GolfBuddy aim Quantum Rangefinder comes with a number of useful components, of which the main one is a sleek case. 

You can fit this case to your belt so you have instant access to your rangefinder as you walk round the golf course, but we found this to be a bit off-putting during the swing so we were more than happy to just have the Quantum in our pocket or in the golf bag.

The aim Quantum weighs in at just 143g so it's incredibly light, and it's also the size of a credit card.

It's easily one of the most compact laser rangefinders we have ever tested, so if you want a small, sleek premium rangefinder then this could be the one for you. 

In terms of its overall design though, we much prefer a tackier and curved rangefinder such as the GolfBuddy Laser Lite or CaddyTalk minimi.

We just found its straight rectangular design just made it a lot harder to keep the hand steady when locating the flag, but we'll come onto that in the below section. 

The GolfBuddy aim Quantum also comes with a rechargeable Li-on battery for a whopping 5,000 uses per charge, so you don't need to faff around charging it up very often. The product comes with a USB cable for when you do need to charge it up.

GolfBuddy aim Quantum Rangfinder - Performance

As you can see from the top of the page, the GolfBuddy aim Quantum Rangefinder has a number of impressive key features. 

There are three main modes with this rangefinder.

The first one is a Scan Mode that gives you 10 seconds of continuous measurement while you pan what's in front of you.

The second one is Pin Mode, which helps you pick out the flag. The product will vibrate once you're locked in, which is a nice touch just to ensure you haven't located the tree 30 yards behind the green!

The third mode is Slope Functionality. The aim Quantum logo on the side of the product will light up in green when it's on. It will then light up in red when it's disabled.

This mode is great when it's on because it allows you to see slope-adjusted distance based on elevation. It's essentially like having a caddie on the course with you to give you such information that you might not necessarily have been able to work out without the aim Quantum rangefinder. 

Looking for a golf GPS watch? GolfBuddy recently launched the aim W12 and it's absolutely superb! 

The main thing to remember with slope functionality is that you must have it turned off in tournament play. It's against the rules of golf to have it switched on. This is why there is a red/green light system in place to make it obvious to your playing partners as to what is going on. 

Other things to note with the aim Quantum rangefinder is that it possesses a very impressive 7x maginification, which is as good as it gets for clarity in the rangefinder market. 

The only niggle we have when it comes to performance lies in its design. While we appreciate its compact appearance and light feel, we do miss the tackiness at the sides like we see on some of the other rangefinders out there on the market this season.

Such tackiness just helps you keep the handy steadier with more of a locked-in feel. You do get a vibration when you locate the flag though, which is great.

We must also admit we prefer a rangefinder with curved edges rather than straight ones like you get with the aim Quantum. A curved design just allow the product to rest a lot easier in the palm of your hand. That is very much personal preference, though. 

Should you buy the GolfBuddy aim Quantum Rangefinder?

The GolfBuddy aim Quantum is definitely a strong contender for one of the best golf rangefinders on the market this season, certainly in terms of its performance. 

Its three modes will help dial in your yardages on the course.

The product is quick and easy to use, and its maginification is fantastic.

We just have question marks of its overall design as we much prefer rangefinders with tackier sides and a curved appearance. 

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