Today, we'll compare two Pulsar models - the Pulsar Axion XQ38 LRF and the new Axion 2 XQ35 LRF. Both devices feature a laser rangefinder.
What are the main differences and similarities between the Axion XQ38 LRF and Axion 2 XQ35 LRF?
The housings on XQ38 LRF and XQ35 LRF are completely identical; just the fit and finish changed a little bit. So, the touch and feel are a little bit different on the new model. Still, I believe the Axion XQ35 LRF is the best in its class, made of magnesium, and completely waterproof. It's also shockproof due to its magnesium housing. Both devices are quite easy to use with glasses.
The button on the laser range finding compartment is an improvement and worth mentioning. You can access it quickly and get a reading almost instantaneously, as opposed to the Axion XQ38 LRF where it was a little more complicated.
Watch Pulsar Axion XQ38 LRF vs Axion 2 XQ35 LRF video below
Both devices have the same interchangeable APS5 batteries. The only difference is that, because of the new software and hardware in the new Axion XQ35, the battery life is now extended to 11 hours. So, in this field, Pulsar is in a class of its own. The same is with the fit and finish.
Are you looking for more information on how long the Axion 2 XQ35 LRF battery will last?
Photos and recording
I must mention the biggest difference because the disappointment with the older model was that it couldn't take photos or record videos. With the new XQ35, you can also take pictures and record videos. That's a huge step forward.
Stream Vision App
The new Axion XQ35 is now compatible with Stream Vision 2. This differentiates it from the older model which was not compatible with it.
Field of view
Another thing I'd like to mention is the field of view. The original XQ38 had a 3.5x magnification, but the new XQ35 has a 2x magnification, which results in a much wider field of view.
What's also different in both models is the lens. The lens has a much faster aperture on the new XQ35. The previous model's aperture was F/1.2 while the new one is F/1.0.
With this improvement, you get much better details. The image quality is noticeably better in terms of details and field of view.
Our blog post on start-up time can help give you a better idea of how long it takes for the Axion 2 XQ35 LRF to turn on
What are the disadvantages of Axion XQ35 LRF?
All things considered, the Axion XQ35 LRF is a great purchase. The only downside is that it's tricky to use with your left hand; it's more comfortable for right-handed people to use.
What is the difference in price between the XQ35 LRF and XQ38 LRF?
The new Pulsar Axion XQ35 LRF model is now available for just below 2000 €. The old XQ38 LRF model used to cost 2.290 €; by improving the device and lowering the price tag by almost 300 €, Pulsar has taken a huge step forward.
Overall, the Axion XQ35 LRF is a much better device than its predecessor, the Axion XQ38 LRF. Furthermore, they’ve made it more affordable – a move you don't see often in this market.
Here are individual reviews for you to read if you're interested in the Axion 2 XQ35 LRF or the Axion XQ38 LRF
Below, you'll find the Battery life for the Axion XQ38 LRF device
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