Leupold RX-1000i TBR DNA Rangefinder Review

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If you have followed BGH for awhile, you will remember our previous reviews of the evolving line up of Leupold's rangefinders. In the past we have taken a look at the RX-II and the RX-1000. For 2011, Leupold has again updated the RX-1000 to the new RX-1000i series which is enhanced with what Leupold is calling Digitally Enhanced Accuracy or "DNA" for short.

We decided to take a look at the RX-1000i with TBR (True Ballistic Range) in black. The TBR version is also available in Mossy Oak Break-Up and both models retail at $399. There is a less expensive version of the RX-1000i that does not include TBR and retails for $50 less at $349.

Externally its difficult to tell the difference between the older model and the new model. However the grip has been improved some over the original RX-1000 by changing the molding on the top which overall improves the already good ergonomics of the original model. Like the original model, the RX-1000i retains the bright crisp OLED red display that we liked in our previous review.

At first glance the only way to tell the difference between the older model and the new model is the DNA badge on the side of the range-finder. It appears that this is a software and possibly hardware update to the internals of the device. The new model has half yard accuracy and has a precision of a tenth of yard out to 125 yards which is an improvement over the original RX-1000.

The RX-1000i TBR Rangefinder uses the same case design as the original RX-1000.
However it has different grip pattern that is a little easier to grab than the original.

Leupold states that the enhanced processing improves accuracy. We really couldn't tell any improvement in accuracy in our testing because the old model seemed to be quite accurate as well. However it did appear that the ranging time (time between pressing the button and getting a read out) was very fast, fractions of a second.

The RX-1000i comes standard with a six power magnification ocular. The optics are crisp and bright in a variety of lighting conditions. While few want to scan mountain sides for days with a six power monocular, in a pinch the optics are good enough to stand in for a modest set of binoculars for at least a while.

The nice thing about this new model is that you get the improved "DNA" technology at no additional cost over the original RX-1000 which also sold at around $400 as well. The only downside is that the device still does not have a tripod adapter that will allow it to be screwed into a solid base. However given that this model does not improve on the 600 yard limitation for deer sized targets, its basically a wash over the previous RX-1000.

Like the older model, those that will benefit most from the RX-1000i are those that want a multi-mode rangefinder (Bow, Muzzleloader, and Rifle) with angle compensation. Also like the older model, the bright OLED display make it easy to read the display in a variety of light conditions.

The RX-1000i is powered by a single CR2 battery.

A case is included with the rangefinder which opens and closes via a magnetic strap.

For more information visit Leupold.


arrowflipper's picture

tend to agree

I tend to agree with Hunter25 on this one.  I love Leupold and have several of their optics, but this one for some reason just doesn't measure up to their usual offering.  I chose a high end Leupold scope over the higher priced models because I thought it offered as much or more for the money.  And I am more than pleased with the performance.  I would recommend a Leupold scope over just about any other for the money.

I have looked through a lot of Leupold binoculars and have owned a pair or two, but again, I think the Leica has them beat on this one.  Not to mention Swarovski. 

Now to the rangefinder.  I started out years ago with split image rangefinders and then moved up to some of the first Bushnell units.  BIG!  They were huge compared to today's standard.  I moved on up with the better Bushnell units and then started looking at the higher end units.  Finally settled on the Leica as my first choice. 

Like Hunter25, I agree that you can't beat the warranty behind a Leupold but some of the other companies have stepped up to offer a great warranty as well.  I believe the RX-1000i is a great unit and I'd be proud to own one, but I'll stick with what I have.  I do appreciate the write-up on this unit that this site has done.  Thanks again for a job well done.


hunter25's picture

While it looks like Leupold

While it looks like Leupold has continued to improve on thier line of rangefinders I would really like to see them step all the way up to the level of the Zeiss or Leica. I would much rather be able to purchase the Leupold name and get the better results. Nothing against Leupold now but I have tried all of the above and for the price to features they have the Zeiss was the clear winner for me. Although it cost more than the Leupold and was bigger it ranges far faster and farther.

I love Leupold products and own many as they always stand behind what they sell as far as any needed repair or warranty work go. But again I would like to see them offer a rangefinder in the premium category instead of just holding at the mid range like most of the others.