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Garmin Z80 GPS/Laser Ranger Finder Hybrid - The official thread


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#91 BrendanH

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 01:47 PM

View PostCarolina Golfer 2, on 09 August 2018 - 09:21 PM, said:


Anyone else have issues with it not waking up ?


Yes - mine did that too. I was able to restart by holding the power button for around 10 seconds. The restart was pretty fast.


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 05:35 PM

View PostBrendanH, on 10 August 2018 - 01:47 PM, said:

View PostCarolina Golfer 2, on 09 August 2018 - 09:21 PM, said:


Anyone else have issues with it not waking up ?


Yes - mine did that too. I was able to restart by holding the power button for around 10 seconds. The restart was pretty fast.

Seems like it happens to me about once a round.  Very annoying.

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 07:30 PM

Ok i looked today and it wouldnt come on by holding rbd button down.

I connected the charger let it charge from my lAptop for two hours.  

Took the charger off and it shut down immediately.

Im going to charge overnight from an AC outlet.  If i dont get s display tomorrow.  It may be going back.  Or at the very least a CS call.

Is there anyway to see thd current battery level while its charging.  

All i get is the battery showing battery charging icon.
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Posted 10 August 2018 - 08:18 PM

View PostCarolina Golfer 2, on 10 August 2018 - 07:30 PM, said:

Ok i looked today and it wouldnt come on by holding rbd button down.

I connected the charger let it charge from my lAptop for two hours.  

Took the charger off and it shut down immediately.

Im going to charge overnight from an AC outlet.  If i dont get s display tomorrow.  It may be going back.  Or at the very least a CS call.

Is there anyway to see thd current battery level while its charging.  

All i get is the battery showing battery charging icon.

Hold down the middle of 3 buttons until it powers up.

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 06:42 PM

Well it was fully charged this morning and worked like a charm during the entire round.   Woke up every time within 10 seconds or so.  

One funny ancedote.

One hole from about 168 out in the fairway with a green that had water, sand and OB all in play.    I was looking through the finder taking it all in.

My buddy said "is it having trouble picking up the flag".

I laughed and said no.  I was just looking at all the other hazards and taking in all the info.   Guess I I got sidetracked just amazed at how much info it was giving me.

I became cognizant after that not to spend any more time than I needed to get the number I needed.

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 08:01 PM

Really like the concept but I’m thinking I want to wait till the next version com s out. Sort of like buying a new release car really want it but you know there will be some issues.

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 09:54 PM

I agree about the first release but I hope software updates can address some issues.

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 10:40 AM

Hi everyone

Any news for the past few weeks? New adopters? New updatew? People changing their mind on the device?

The geek inside me likes the concept but because I cannot test it, all inputs are valuable.

Thanks

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 03:36 PM

View PostProfessorX, on 25 August 2018 - 10:40 AM, said:

Hi everyone

Any news for the past few weeks? New adopters? New updatew? People changing their mind on the device?

The geek inside me likes the concept but because I cannot test it, all inputs are valuable.

Thanks

After talking with Garmin CS a couple weeks a go, the retailer swapped mine out for a new one.  I've played about 4 rounds with the new one and it's performance has been flawless.  Wakes up quickly, and yardages are accurate when compared with a Laser or a Garmin Fenix with the Golf GPS app.  I think there have now been 2 software updates since the product was released
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Posted 25 August 2018 - 04:21 PM

I bought a Z80 near the end of July, and it wqs flawless until it got hot and wouldnt turn on.  It was HOT to the touch.

The blue light was blinking on the outside...but no screen.  

My guess is that it hit the 124 degree F threshold per the user manual and until I cooled it down, it would stay off.  I couldnt get it to cool down.

It happened to me twice during Sunny rounds in the 80s temps.

I swapped it out for a new one and have had no problems since, however, I am yet to play in the kinds of heated conditions I played in when it failed on me twice.

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Posted 28 August 2018 - 09:25 AM

Ordering mine today through Amazon, adding the 3-year electronics warranty for $23. Playing it safe since it's the first version of a new product and can always get it replaced if needed. I'll be playing this weekend and will report back with feedback.
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Posted 28 August 2018 - 08:27 PM

I'm not in the market for a new rangefinder but I would love to have a Z80 in my bag.

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Posted 31 August 2018 - 07:44 PM

Just played my first round with it, couldn't be happier. My favorite things about it after 1 round:
  • image stabilization made it incredibly easy to lock onto the flag with shaky hands
  • it's very good about know what's a tree and what's a flag
  • because it's a digital screen and not just a lens, it adjusts perfectly to changes in light. I played until 8pm and it adjusted beautifully to darker conditions
  • the "plays like" distance for slope is very accurate
  • Battery life at the end of the round was 78%
Can't think of anything else specific, but I'm super pleased. KEEP IN MIND i did the software updates last night (2 total I believe), and I think it got rid of a lot of issues people were mentioning early on.
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Posted 31 August 2018 - 08:04 PM

After those initial issues I had the first round.  Mine has worked perfectly for the last 5 or 6 rounds.  Battery life is great.  Getting about 3 rounds per charge.  


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Posted 16 September 2018 - 03:01 PM

System requirements state windows pc is required.  Is there any way to update software without windows?  I’m a Mac user and don’t have access to a windows machine.


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Posted 16 September 2018 - 03:15 PM

View Postkrb, on 16 September 2018 - 03:01 PM, said:

System requirements state windows pc is required.  Is there any way to update software without windows?  I’m a Mac user and don’t have access to a windows machine.

OK, manual states that the device uses Garmin Express software for updates, and Garmin does provide a Mac version. Perhaps the system requirements are incomplete. Can any Mac users here confirm?

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Posted 16 September 2018 - 03:48 PM

View Postkrb, on 16 September 2018 - 03:15 PM, said:

View Postkrb, on 16 September 2018 - 03:01 PM, said:

System requirements state windows pc is required.  Is there any way to update software without windows?  I’m a Mac user and don’t have access to a windows machine.

OK, manual states that the device uses Garmin Express software for updates, and Garmin does provide a Mac version. Perhaps the system requirements are incomplete. Can any Mac users here confirm?

I'm a long time Mac user and have never had any issues upgrading my Garmin devices using the Mac version of Garmin Express. That being said, I do not own the Garmin Z80 so like you I don't have a definitive answer.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 07:31 PM

I took mine out for the first time since the last software update.  My previous round it shut off and would not power back on without rebooting it 3 different times.  However this time when it did not automatically turn on I was able to just press the target button once and it immediately came on (which is similar to how my previous range finders worked).  So we will see how well it works during my next round.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 09:29 PM

Is it fair to call this a bust or no?

work in progress maybe?

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Posted 20 September 2018 - 11:25 PM

View PostMorry, on 18 September 2018 - 09:29 PM, said:

Is it fair to call this a bust or no?

work in progress maybe?

I would say a good first generation product.  They are releasing software updates fairly regular so they are actively working on issues as they arise.  Probably needs a bit more time before calling it a bust (or success) just yet.  I will say overall I have enjoyed mine so far.


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Posted 21 September 2018 - 07:55 AM

I use it daily and think it's a very good first generation product.  I'd like to see a higher resolution view finder in the next version but overall, it's the best hybrid rangefinder out there and has delegated the X2 Pro to my away bag.
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