skycaddie sg2.5 lite

Skycaddie SG2.5 Lite

If you are looking for a GPS rangefinder but do not want to shell out for a flashy device that costs the earth because of its bells and whistles, then the Skycaddie SG2.5 Lite is probably going to be your cup of tea.
Many manufacturers of various electronic gadgets and gizmos have taken to sticking the 'Lite' label on their cut-down products which offer baser functionalities and it is difficult not to react with a degree of snobbery when faced with a 'Lite' product. However, in this case the Skycaddie SG2.5 Lite should be seen to stand for no-nonsense functionality over more expensive alternatives which offer more frills but ultimately perform exactly the same as the SG2.5 Lite when it comes to their main functionality.

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Skycaddie SG2.5 Lite features

  • Patented skycaddie IntelliGreen® technology

  • Advanced GPS technology designed for golf

  • Easy to use, one-handed operation

  • Powered by a lithium rechargeable battery

  • Front, centre and back of green distances

  • Mark your ball to see how far you have hit a shot with one touch operation

  • Can be upgraded to SG2.5

The Skycaddie SG2.5 Lite is indeed an extremely light-weight device, beating out every other GPS rangefinder on the market in terms of portability. That is not to say that it will fall apart in five minutes; the Lite is designed to withstand the normal punishment received by gadgets during hundreds of rounds of golf. The build quality and durability are on a par with those to be found in the more expensive devices in the Skycaddie Range.

The Skycaddie SG2.5 Lite also features the Intelligreen technology that you will find in the more expensive devices in the range. This software integrates professionally designed mapping for tens of thousands of golf courses around the world and allows you to mark up to 40 points of approach for each hole. It will also give you detailed information about the depth and shape of the green, which you would expect from an actual caddie. It aims to provide better accuracy and more detailed information than a laser rangefinder, as well as trumping other handheld GPS rangefinders which rely on standard satellite maps rather than bespoke layouts.

The one area in which the Skycaddie SG2.5 Lite is able to save money is through the inclusion of a monochromatic screen rather than a colour screen that you would find on the SG3.5 and the SG5. This is not really an issue because the SG2.5 Lite's screen is easy to use in all lighting conditions and is capable of displaying all of the pertinent information exactly when you need it. The Lite also features exactly the same navigation buttons and hotkeys as the more expensive models, so it does not suffer from a stunted user interface.

What is slightly confusing about the pricing and functionality of the Lite is its relation to the full-priced SG2.5. It can usually be found online for around £20-£30 cheaper than the slightly more capable 2.5, but you can also choose to upgrade the Lite so that it is identical to the 2.5. As such, it may be difficult for the Skycaddie SG2.5 Lite to fit into the marketplace because of the marginal price difference between it and its brother device. However, if you are a great believer in keeping an eye on your pennies but you still want a rangefinder that will perform at the top of its class then the Skycaddie SG2.5 Lite is arguably the best choice on the market. It has also won awards from various golfing publications, becoming one of the hottest golfing gadgets of 2009. You will need to subscribe to the Skycaddie service in order to have access to the mapping for various courses.

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September 25, 2012
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