Leupold GX3i Rangefinder Review

Leupold GX3i Rangefinder Review

Leupold GX3i Rangefinder
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • 90%

Not everyone is born with the innate ability to excel in sports. As a matter of fact, very few do. But this still does not stop many from trying to be better at how they play. Well, if you play golf, you no longer have to struggle to try and be better at the game. Why? Well, technology is giving you a hand at being better with the Leupold GX3i Rangefinder. With its high performance, you will be able to take you gaming to another whole new level, no questions asked. This is especially so when it comes to its accuracy level that the new technology allows it to have. That said, should the Leupold GX3i Rangefinder be your next rangefinder? Let’s have a closer look at what it provides.

Ease of use

At a glance, you will appreciate the look and feel of the Leupold GX3i Rangefinder. It really does look great with the standard frame as many rangefinders having a textured top half to increase the grip and a smoother lower half enabling it to fit nicely in your hand. The device really oozes of top quality. It also comes inclusive of a carry case that has a strap or thread to make carrying the device easier.

It features two buttons at its top and left. The top button acts as a on and off power button for the device while the left button allows you to switch between the mode settings. Though after engaging the left mode switching button you will still have to use the power button to toggle between the settings to get your most preferred one.

It also features and OLED display that is easy to use in shadowy and dark backgrounds as well as bright ones. The distances from the objects are displayed below along with the life of the battery.

The Leupold GX3i Rangefinder features a panning mode which allows you to scan through the course to get distances while you press down on the laser/power button. It fast updates the varying distances as you pan across the different targets. The changes in the display of the different distances are relatively fast though they will depend with the distance between the targets. But all in all, the changes are fast.


The Leupold GX3i Rangefinder features PinHunter which makes it easier to determine the different specific distances to objects such as the flagsticks by filtering any reflective readings from larger object such as trees that may stand in the way.

The device makes use of the pin locating mode the whole time even when it is panning through objects. This gets rid of the need to keep toggling between the two modes when you are panning across the different targets and when you need to focus on a particular target. The range finder also has a fog mode which helps to increase accuracy and performance when it is raining or there is a lot of fog.

In addition, to make getting distances to the flagsticks that have prisms easier, the Leupold GX3i Rangefinder has a ‘Prism Lock’ that is always engaged when you are scanning for objects that are further than 30 yards. When the rangefinder detects a flagstick with a reflective prism, it will beep to alert you, have brackets around the cursor and then it will freeze the display on the distance measured. This is a handy feature. So handy, that you wonder why more and more manufacturers do not add it to their devices.

Obtaining readings of distant objects

Under optimal conditions, the Leupold GX3i Rangefinder can zero in on reflective and flagstick targets within the distances of 800/450 yards. The readings will be displayed on the OLED up to 8 seconds after the button has been released. Speaking of which, the device allows you to fire laser shots continuously for a little over 2 minutes. This is long enough for you to scan through the targets that you want.


The updates of the distances is pretty fast. However, the speed is not constant as it varies slightly depending on the target. The reading are accurate regardless of the time taken to display.

The Leupold GX3i Rangefinder runs on a single CR-2 Lithium battery.


The will provide you with very accurate reading of the varying distances to the frames. With this, you can increase your precision and accuracy as well.

When you are in the golf course it targets can be very far away for you to be able to see clearly and make a great shot. The Leupold GX3i Rangefinder however, with its 5x magnification makes things easier for you.

Moving around the golf course while you play with a heavy device can be pretty cumbersome. Luckily, this is not the case with the Leupold GX3i Rangefinder as it is small and compact fitting in the hand perfectly.


Unlike many of the other rangefinders available in the market, the Leupold GX3i Rangefinder comes with a pretty steep price tag than the rest.

The device can be pretty sensitive – too sensitive for your own good. This can be pretty annoying as it picks up on targets that you do not intend it to.

About the author

Gilbert M. Harvey

Hello! My name is Gilbert M. Harvey and I really love golf. I have been playing this game since my early teenage years. I have learnt the ropes over time and I can now play at a higher level. My golfing journey was not a bed of roses. Being an amateur was the hardest part because it always felt like I was never going to get a breakthrough. The game initially seemed to be evading me. I gave several tries and contemplated quitting but somehow I held on and I don’t regret.Read More

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