Leupold RX-650 Laser Rangefinder (Easy to Use)

leupold-rx-650Yard Range: 6-650 yards
Magnification: 6X 20mm objective lens
Display Type: LCD/Black
Dimensions: 3.6″ x 1.4″ x 2.9″
Waterproof/Fog-proof: Yes
Angle Compensation: No
Measuring System: Yards/Meters
Measuring Distance: Line of sight
Use: Bow Hunting, Rifle Shooting, Target Shooting

Our Rating: 4.5 Stars

 

 

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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, 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.

 

PROs:
  • Price
  • Easy to use
  • Compact
  • Fast target acquisition
  • Accurate
CONs:
  • No angle compensation

 

RX-650 Rangefinder Q&A:

What is the maximum range of the RX-650 laser rangefinder?

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.

 

How is the rangefinder powered?

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.

 

Will it be blurry the further I need to see my target?

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 rangefinder 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.

 

Is it comfortable to handle?

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.

 

Can I use the RX-650 for other sports such as golf?

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. Where this device does excel is on the range. In fact, we gave it a spot on our list of the best target shooting rangefinders for this very reason.

 

How will it stand up to low light shooting?

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 the RX-1200i rangefinder w/DNA do offer the twilight factor perk.

 

Noteworthy 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

 

Our Verdict

The aim of it is, the Leupold RX-650 rangefinder is a decent little unit for both the newbie and the pro. However, the lack of an angle compensation feature restricts maximum use for golf and bow hunting. But, within these distances, slope won’t mean much unless you’re in a tree blind or very steep terrain.

But, upgrading to the Leupold RX-1200i TBR with DNA rangefinder (featured here) will certainly put you in a whole new game park. It even comes with way more features for less than double the price of the RX-650 – yeah, yeah!

Nikon also hits it out of the ball park with the new Nikon Prostaff 3i (which you can read about here) that has ballistic info, angle compensation, and 650 yards of ranging distance. You can get all of that wrapped up into one low price bundle – thanks Nikon.

Leupold has been doing optics for over a century. Getting in with the old school brand means getting in with the latest technology. Since they stay up to date, you can expect the best of their time-honored experience with the best tech that today’s world can offer!

 

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