Summary: I've been using the Nikon 500G for several months. As far as I can tell it is perfectly accurate. Several of my friends have Sky Caddies. The pluses and minuses were obvious from the beginning. The GPS device is more convenient since it hangs on the bag and always displays the distance number while the laser device must be aimed and triggered.
Summary: I've used it several times now and it works very well. It takes some practice to be able to hold it steady and scan the pin while reading the numbers. One problem that is inherant to all laser rangefinders is when you are trying to read distance to a pin that has bushes or trees or any other object fairly close to the back of the green. I found it was easier to hold steady while leaning my elbows on the steering wheel of the golf cart.
Summary: I have used it for 3 weeks and find it a good device for getting accurate ranges to the flag out as far as needed for club selection and matching swing. Works good at close ranges like 40 yards. It is a little hard to hold steady for a reading at greater than 200 yards but I don't need it for long ranges. Other rangers in this price range that I have used are very difficult to get flag readings. Highly recommended by me.
Summary: I did a side-by-side comparison of the Nikon 500G and the Bushnell PinSeeker 1500 and found the Nikon superior for my liking. Its smaller size and price were reason enough to buy it. I found the Bushnell heavy and difficult to scope and its various modes were not useful for a golfer. With the push of one button the Nikon finds the range. Holding the same button allows you to scan, which is handy for measuring different targets in one view.
Summary: I'm an avid golfer who post's upwards of 30-35 rounds per season. Purchased the Nikon 500G Laser Caddy after reviewing many models including Bushnell. Selected the Nikon based on price, reputation for quality optics and most importantly size, the 500G easily fits in a back pant pocket. After using it during several rounds I'm very pleased with the performance of the unit.
Summary: I love the small size of the range finder. The optics are great. Within 100 yards I can easily find the pin. Outside of 100 I have to have some sense of my distance to the pin (based on a 150 or 100 yard marker for example) so that as I aim at the pin and hold the button down to do continuous measurements, I can reject the obvious errors based on it "seeing" a tree behind the green and select the correct distance when it finds the pin.
Summary: This rangefinder has worked quite well for me so far, but it helps to brace your hand on a cart or golf bag on distances over 150 yards. It would be nice if they could add some kind of stabilization software. When pins have reflectors, finding a pin distance is quite easy but I will check 3-4 times and go with the most consistent number, sometimes it will pick up something behind or in front of green but by checking several times I get a confident measurement withing...
Summary: I find the laser caddy basically easy to use; but it requires a steady hand. If you have a serious hangover you're going to have some problems getting a good reading. I would look for a good bracing device or a bit more of the hair of the dog that bit ya to steady up those shakes.
Pros: Accurate, Fast Performance, Strong Construction
Summary: I very much enjoyed the ease of use of this product. The size of it fit perfectly in my boyfriend's pockets. Found the readings to be quite accurate. My only reservation, that has already been addressed by others, is its inability to read due to hand movement. Wish it had a image stabilizer component to make targeting and reading quicker and easier. Otherwise, this gadget came in very handy and made a terrific gift. The overall quality of the components were excellent.
Summary: My brother purchased a Bushnell pinseeker for $500.00 and flashed it around as "sate-of-the-art". I paid $[...] for my Nikon and it works just as well for half the price. It's small, lightweight and easy to use.