Stoked that it’s regularly $199, on special for $175 at the time I got my range finder. It feels a bit plasticy, but I actually didn’t expect much, considering the price. I was however pretty stoked that this unit is rechargeable via USB! I charged it up and then had a fiddle with it around my place and noticed a few things, both good and “could be better”.
The figures are black and not illuminated. This was pretty obvious at home around the paddocks and confirmed while out in the bush. When I am hunting, it is low light usually when I need to range animals and deer are usually pretty dark in colour, making the display pretty hard to read. I guess the redeeming factor is that the displayed figures stay on the screen for quite some time (about 15 seconds) so if it really is far too dark to read, you can point at something of a lighter colour in order to see the numbers.
TBR (True Ballistic Range)
This unit has TBR! Albeit the lowest figure on the display, but it has it! It also displays elevation which is pretty redundant for my own shooting (at the distances I shoot, pressure does not significantly affect my point of impact). Actual distance is the biggest on the display.
This unit is acceptably accurate to around 600 yards. Honestly, I think if you are shooting deer further than that (you aren’t, and if you are then you are a Tui a drinker) you would be cashed up enough to purchase the appropriately priced and accurate alternative. Things started to get a little out of whack with my Leupold after about 590 yards but not by toooooo much if you were estimating distance for you to travel for example. I was actually really surprised that on a few occasions when near low sun, the SNDWAY unit ranged when the Leupy wouldn’t read.
Seriously impressed. I think this is an excellent purchase for this price. I was very surprised that accurate TBR was being achieved out to 600m and the size and weight is very comparable to units that are six times the price. Downsides only being that the display is black and the display is not changeable to show TBR as the main value. The SNDWAY also offers a speedo function, which you can use when you’re sitting glassing, a bit bored – ever seen Super Troopers? Never mind. Note that I haven’t tested this function as it doesn’t serve much purpose for me. Overall 8/10.