If you’ve been hunting for the latest rangefinders to better improve your target-finding skills, then look no further. You’ve definitely come to the right place to get the nitty-gritty on the new-to-market Leupold RX rangefinders that can be the best asset in your recreational activities.
We are going to review 3 of Leupold’s best rangefinders, they are the:
From display-reading ease and clear target images to angle calculations, I’ve got all you need to know about what you want from a rangefinder.
So kick those dollar-store binoculars to the curb, because by the end of this article you’ll have your new sidekick riding shotgun in that right-hand pocket of your camo hunting jacket.
Who are Leupold?
If you’ve been serious about having the best optics then you’re probably already familiar with the Leupold brand. If you’re new to this, let me fill you in. For over 100 years now, Leupold & Stevens Inc has been in the business of making sure that those who want the best, innovative, and waterproof technology to improve their sport optics, get it.
And you’re here because you know the Leupold RX rangefinders are quality optics that’ll do all the work for you when you’re ready to pull out your hunting rifle.
You know you’re getting superb product when the engineers of this American and family-owned company has provided services for the U.S. Army and Navy. Even despite Leupold’s impressive history, this new line of RX rangefinders speak volumes for themselves.
Leupold Rangefinder Reviews
These rangefinders are superbly made to provide the best laser quality and accurate readings, especially for their prices.
Whether you want a top of the line product for top price or even just a quality product without breaking the bank, the Leupold RX rangefinder line has something to offer you that’ll not only tickle and satisfy your needs but your wants too.
- Leupold RX-650
- 650 Yard Range
- 6X Magnification
- Angle Compensation - NO
Line of Sight Distance
Scan Mode Function
Easy Press for Fast Readings
- Leupold RX-1200i with DNA
- 1200 Yard Range
- 6X Magnification
- Angle Compensation - NO
DNA for Improved Accuracy
Line of Sight Distance
Quick Set Menu
- Leupold RX-1200i TBR with DNA
- 1200 Yard Range
- 6X Magnification
- Angle Compensation - YES
TBR for Angle Compensation
Various Reticle Options
Scan Mode & Quick Set Menu
Leupold RX-650 Laser Rangefinder Review
This Leupold RX-650 rangefinder does it best with mastering simplicity when it comes to keeping features real and practical. It has fully multi-coated optics, 6X magnification, fast-focus eyepiece, and Scan Mode. The compact body is wrapped in rubber armor for full weatherproof qualities while you range out to 650 yard distances while out in the field.
The fact that the RX-650 has one button to easily press, it provides speedy and accurate readings, and it has crystal-clear images, it makes it a popular and highly-praised rangefinder that many consumers have reported they like the “no-fuss” approach to owning this model.
Because of this, it’s got a high rating online, albeit from a fairly small number of reviewers. A rating of this kind is not a stranger to the Leupold brand.
RX-650 Rangefinder Q&A:
Q. What is the maximum range of the RX-650 laser rangefinder?
A. The RX-650 is a great long distance rangefinder for the price that will keep you on target. Depending on your needs will depend on the range that’s right for you. But for some recreational hunting and shooting, you can expect to get accurate long distance readings up to 650 yards although some consumers have reported getting upwards of 700 yards.
Q. How is the rangefinder powered?
A. The nice thing about the RX-650 is it’s powered by a CR2 lithium battery that can be purchased at many stores. This makes this rangefinder both convenient and easy to use. You can carry around an extra battery in your pocket for the “just in case it dies” moment, and you can easily replace the battery from any convenience store.
Q. Will it be blurry the further I need to see my target?
A. Many optics lose quality the more magnification there is. But with the RX-650 being a Leupold product, you can expect nothing less than perfection. Although this rangefinder may be on the cheaper end on the RX line, it has the exact same capability of magnification as the RX-1200i rangefinders.
It can zoom in on its target with 6X magnification strength without compromising on its quality. So, the RX-650 rangefinder has precise and crystal-clear images to take the guesswork out of your shot before you even need to pull out your rifle.
Q. Is it comfortable to handle?
A. This rangefinder is very light-weight at less than half a pound, and it’s also compact and smaller than a few inches. It makes it a great size to easily hold in your hand and to carry around in the included cordura case or in your pocket.
Despite its convenient size, the rubber grip on the top of the rangefinder doesn’t provide a whole lot of traction to get that secure grip you’ll need to hold steady.
Q. Can I use the RX-650 for other sports such as golf?
A. The downside of this rangefinder is the lack of perks. It only offers a straight shooting line to the target. This means no angle calculations to take into account any adjustments needed for angled sports such as golf and bows.
Q. How will it stand up to low light shooting?
A. Unfortunately, this model does not have any twilight factor capabilities to adjust screen display for low light shooting. However, the other products of the RX line, the RX-1200i TBR w/DNA and MOBU and the RX-1200i black rangefinder w/DNA do offer the twilight factor perk.
Leupold RX-650 Features:
- Convenient CR2 lithium battery
- Line of Sight Distance to see straight line to your target
- Magnification strength of 6X
- Fast clicking for fast readings and image focus
- Scan Mode function for updated readings due to movement
RX-1200i with DNA Laser Rangefinder Review
This Leupold RX-1200i with DNA has the best of what Leupold has to offer such as DNA (Digitally eNhanced Accuracy), Quick Set Menu, and Advanced OLED Technology. Impressively, it also has three different reticles to choose from to really offer versatility and accuracy while in the hunt. As a standard for the Leupold rangefinder, it has 6X magnification, fully multi-coated optics, and a fast-focus eyepiece.
This rangefinder also features measurements in meters or yards, fold-down rubber eye cups, multi-coated optics, and all the same quality features expected of a Leupold rangefinder product. So far it has a fantastic rating, although there are few reviews on this new product.
If you do a little recon on the RX-1200i models, you’ll find that several reviewers have a lot of good things to say about them, especially with the high ratings they keep. You can assume that this model is just as good, or even better. You can usually see this kind of track record with the Leupold brand.
RX-1200i with DNA Rangefinder Q&A:
Q. With this rangefinder, what is the furthest distance I can get a reading?
A. This RX-1200i with DNA gives excellent images off non-reflective surfaces from 800+ yards. Off reflective surfaces, you’re looking at getting accurate readings from over 1200 yards. It was made with long distance shooting in mind.
Q. Can I use this for low light shooting too?
A. Due to the lighting conditions of the early morning hours and late evening, getting clear and pristine images from the naked eye is hard enough, let alone trying to look through lenses.
However, Leupold developed a new optic platform that the RX1200i with DNA Laser rangefinder has: the Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) that is able to improve the image 3X more than an LED platform by using the light transmission instead of removing it. What you get is a crystal clear and clean image even in low light conditions.
Q. How accurate can I expect the RX-1200i with DNA Laser rangefinder to be?
A. This specific model has the Digitally eNhanced Accuracy (DNA) capability that allows it find your target faster and more accurately than ever before. If it’s not right on target, it’s within 1/10th of a yard against any background and any texture. You can’t get better than that.
Q. Can I use my rangefinder in bad weather?
A. All the products of the RX-1200i line are engineered with the promise of being waterproof. It’s even protected against those sweaty paws you call hands when you’re dripping wet from either the rain or the pressure of making your shot.
Q. Will it break if I accidentally drop it?
A. This RX-1200i rangefinder has been constructed for the outdoors. It’s made with machined aluminum and rubber armor to ensure that it can stand the tough life that hunting and shooting guarantees. Just don’t make your rangefinder the next target if you’re not as good as you claim to be. It might not stand that test.
Q. How can my rangefinder be easier to use?
A. This particular model has a Quick Set Menu where you can save your settings. For example, you can save time by putting into default the reticle setting you want to use that’s offered with this model: the Plus Point, Duplex, and Duplex with Plus Point.
By using the easy-to-use, one-handed controls of the Quick Set Menu, you can conveniently have the rangefinder set up faster to do what it does best: take the guesswork out of making the perfect shot.
Leupold RX-1200i with DNA Features:
- 6X magnification strength
- Quick Set Menu
- DNA capabilities to provide improved accuracy
- OLED platform for enhancing low light conditions
- CR2 lithium battery
- Machined aluminum construction
- Fold-down eye cups (rubber)
- Scan Mode to track movement with updated readings
- Line of Sight Distance for a straight line shot
RX-1200i TBR with DNA Laser Rangefinder Review
The RX-1200i TBR with DNA goes a step further than its 1200i counterpart and offers True Ballistic Range (TBR) Technology with a built-in inclinometer. Along with three reticle options to choose from, it can also display four true ballistic range readouts in MOA, MIL, CM, and BAS. You’d be remiss to think it has anything less than the best when it comes to fully multi-coated optics, DNA (Digitally eNhanced Accuracy), and Advanced OLED Technology.
Although this rangefinder is the most expensive of the RX-1200i line, it has been reviewed and purchased more than its less expensive siblings. Even with more consumers having a say about this rangefinder, it holds a whopping good rating.
This product is the top of the line for the RX-1200i rangefinders. It’s got all the bells and whistles Leupold can offer.
RX-1200i TBR with DNA Rangefinder Q&A:
Q. What kind of angle calculations can this rangefinder provide?
A. The True Ballistic Range feature of this product provides four different read-outs for rifle shooters.
- HOLD: measurement for either above or under target point
- MOA: time measurement of angle of elevation to get a zero for for scope adjustments
- BAS: the equivalent horizontal range measurement
- MIL: milliradians of angle of elevation to get a zero for for scope adjustments
Whether you’re bow hunting or shooting, you’ll get the right angle calculations to compensate for any type of elevation to get the perfect shot.
Q. Is the display easy to read?
A. This rangefinder is also equipped with a Quick Set Menu that offers various setting options to make it very smooth to use with one hand in any setting. Not only does it have intuitive on-screen prompts to make navigating the rangefinder settings convenient, the OLED platform for the display also makes it extremely friendly to the eyes in low light conditions.
The readings also display in red which has a lot of popularity among its consumers since it can be seen during any time and any type of weather during the day or night.
Q. How does this rangefinder handle very long distances?
A. The RX-1200i TBR with DNA Digital Laser Rangefinder not only has the Digitally Enhanced Accuracy feature to provide the most accurate and precise readings within 1/10th of a yard, it also provides clear and concise images up to 1215 yards to set up your shot.
Although the image at that distance is of excellent quality, some consumers have reported with that far of a distance, the rangefinder can be difficult to handle to keep a steady image. Perhaps an adapter for the Leupold Compact Tripod can be a nifty gadget to have to help you with that issue.
Q. Can I use this rangefinder in any other position other than upright?
A. The RX-1200i TBR with DNA Digital Laser Rangefinder was made with avid shooters in mind and can even be used on its side.
Q. Is there more than just one color I can get with this product?
A. This specific model of the RX-1200 line comes in two different color schemes: Gray/Black, and the ever-popular Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity design. The MOBU color scheme can conveniently and aesthetically fit right into your wardrobe too, to pair with the matching hunting jacket and pants you pull out every hunting season.
Leupold RX-1200i TBR with DNA Features:
- DNA accuracy
- TBR technology
- MOBU design
- OLED platform technology
- Quick Set Menu
- Various reticle options
- Inclinometer is built in
- Fold-down rubber eye cups
- Scan Mode for movement
- 6X magnification
- CR2 lithium battery
Which is the Best Leupold Rangefinder for You?
If you’re a pretty avid hunter and accurate readings make the difference between dinner on the table or honing in on that perfect shot, then the RX-1200i with TBR and DNA Digital Laser Rangefinder is the one for you. You’ll get the guesswork done for you especially when you don’t have the luxury of a flat environment.
The RX-1200i with DNR Laser Rangefinder, like its former-mentioned counterpart, has an excellent long range distance that serious shooters and hunters would appreciate. But if you’re new to seeing what optics can do for upping your shooting game, the RX-650 is more than capable of getting the job done with no fuss.
RX Rangefinders Speak for Themselves
Although they’re still relatively new products, with any Leupold rangefinder reviews you’ll still see a track record of high overall satisfaction ratings by consumers for all Leupold hunting rangefinders of this calibre. I did say something earlier about the RX line speaking for themselves right? I love saying, “I told you so”.
Leupold is a reputable, American-owned, family-run business that has some of the best engineers that makes innovative, quality, and practical optics with cutting-edge technology. It’s all done to get you the best readings at the furthest distances for the best prices you’ll find that supersedes many other rangefinders out in the market in that price range – although Nikon hunting rangefinders are another great option to consider in a similar price range.
Although I’m confident that I told you all about their accuracy capabilities, range distances, and even angle calculations to set up the perfect shot, what I’m not sure about is how good of a shot you are. The only way to find out is to put on some mossy oak, grab your new RX rangefinder, get in stealth mode, and meet me at the range.