A quick heads up for golf players: If the golf course you golf at does not have flagstick laser reflectors, it can be a little more difficult to get an accurate reading as it could easily pick up objects in the background. If that’s the case you need to find a target that is near the green for measuring distances.
Apart from that this one is still a great little helper. I hope you will be able to decide if it is for you or not after reading this short review. See you at the end!
One downside to this model is that all it comes with is one CR2 battery and a wrist strap. It does not come with a case, lanyard or any other features that more expensive models typically come with. Fortunately, if you need these items, they can be purchased separately for a low price, so this one is still a bargain.
Features of the Halo XL450-7 Laser Rangefinder
The XL450-7 can cover up to 450 yards to a reflective target. Please keep in mind that if your target isn’t reflective, the range is slightly less. If your target isn’t reflective, you can usually get the range out to around 300 yards. The range is also typically off by a yard or two. It has scan mode as well.
This device is capable of reading slopes! This adds convenience to bowhunters and hunters, as many cheaper models can not compensate for angles, which sucks if you are standing in a tree blind or if you are shooting down from a hill.
This unit has a fixed 6x magnification. One downside with this one is that it does not have good eye relief. This makes usage difficult for those wearing glasses. To really be able to use this unit, you have to remove your glasses first. If you can’t see at all without your eye glasses, I would not recommend this product for you and suggest you try one with better eye relief, such as the Laser Works LW 1000 Pro. Otherwise, the lens is very clear and has a focus adjustment.
The display on the XL450-7 has no illumination. That means it is not possible to use this product at nighttime, in the evenings, or early in the morning. For best results, only use this product in bright sunlight. In the daytime, the black display is clear to read.
The Halo XL450-7 is a pretty compact model. Weighing only 5 ounces it is lightweight and easy to carry around. While it is a little bulkier than some other rangefinders available, it is still lightweight enough for golfers, hunters, and bowhunters.
This product turns itself off after 20 seconds of inactivity. This is great for users as it prevents unnecessary battery drainage while allowing enough time to get a clear reading.
Another benefit of the Halo is that it is water resistant. While this product won’t likely survive a bath in a lake, it can withstand getting wet enough to be used on rainy or foggy days. It could be harder to read the display with such weather conditions, though.
The Halo XL450-7 is easy to use due to it being operated with only one button. It doesn’t have all those complicated different modes that some rangefinders have. Simply press the button to turn the device on and you are good to go. This rangefinder only measures in yards and meters, there is no option for feet.
Operating the Halo rangefinder is simple. There are four modes: Yards, yards with slope, meters, and meters with slope. Pushing down on the button will give you the range of what you’re aiming at and holding the button allows you to move from item to item and get a reading.
Uses of the Halo XL450-7 Laser Rangefinder
This unit is an accurate, fast way to measure distances. This is something all hunters will appreciate, because to get the shot right, every piece of information might be helpful. Especially at larger distances.
This model is great for the hunting crowd as it is compact, easy to use, and accurate. You can quickly get an accurate reading for distance making getting that perfect shot easy. This unit works especially well for bowhunting, however other hunters could use this as well.
It is important to remember that no product is perfect. This device simply can not be used when it’s late night or early morning, as the display is unreadable at those times. It is important to note that most rangefinders in this price range have this problem, so unless you’re willing to shell out $300 or more, this is something you have to deal with anyways.
Also, it may be also difficult to measure targets over 200-250 yards away, so be sure to consider your hunting needs when purchasing this rangefinder. On the other hand, I wouldn’t go over 200 yards for a deer anyways.
Golfers can definitely use the Halo XL450-7 as a cheap alternative to more expensive models. However, there are a few factors that golf players should consider before purchasing this product. To get the most out of this one, be sure that you have a steady hand to quickly measure distances. If your hand isn’t so steady and it takes longer to find your target, this might not be the best product choice for you.
Another thing for golfers to consider is that this product can easily pick up objects in the background, such as trees. The only time you wouldn’t have this problem is if the flagpoles at your golf course have reflectors on them. This product will have more problems reading a target over 200 yards away. You will probably have to play around a bit and get some false readings before locking onto your target.
If there are targets behind your flagpole, an easy work around is finding another object close to your flagpole and base your reading off of that. If this is something you aren’t interested in dealing with, you would likely be better off considering purchasing a different unit.
The Halo XL450-7 Laser finder is available under 90 bucks, which is a complete steal. This one isn’t the most technologically advanced model on the market, but it is a good deal for it’s price. If you have more money to spend I would consider another model, but this works just fine for those on a budget. And it won’t break your bank completely.
I think that the Halo XL450-7 Laser Rangefinder is a good balance of price and value. It is certainly not as advanced as many other models, but the price is unbeatable. If you don’t have too many needs, this product is a great value for your buck.
Especially for bowhunters this might be a good deal. I mean it has angle compensation and if you don’t need any of all the other gimmicks available, this one will serve you well. It’s functional and reliable. If you need more, there are plenty options out there – but those will cost some extra money.
For golfers there might be better options out there. But if you are on a budget and if you do the workarounds I have mentioned above, it would work too for you.
Thanks for reading and shoot straight.
What model was the Halo range finder you reviewed?
great description, does it come with a lock on target feature
Thanks it was very helpful.