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Bushnell Wingman View Speaker Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 19, 2023 at 11:26 am
Latest change: Writing modified Sep 19, 2023 at 11:26 am
Bushnell Wingman View Picture
6.1
Music
5.7
Videos/Movies
7.0
Podcasts
2.6
Voice Assistant
7.1
Outdoors

The Bushnell Wingman View is a golf cart speaker that's a little larger than the Bushnell Wingman. Compared to the Wingman, this model has a monochrome LCD that lets you keep track of the song you're listening to or the distance to the next hole out on the course. It's small and portable enough to bring wherever you go, and it magnetically attaches to your golf cart. The included remote makes it easy to switch up its settings, too.

Our Verdict

6.1 Music

The Bushnell Wingman View is acceptable for music. Like most small and portable speakers, it can't bring the deep thump and rumble in the low-bass that's typical of genres like EDM and hip-hop. Still, the rest of the range is quite even and balanced, so voices and lead instruments are clear and accurate in the mix. You're rather limited when it comes to sound customization tools, though. Indoor and Outdoor Modes help switch up the sound based on whether you're out on the course or listening at home.

Pros
  • Indoor and Outdoor EQ presets.
  • Little compression at max volume.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Not loud enough for larger rooms.
5.7 Videos/Movies

The Bushnell Wingman View isn't meant for watching movies. However, you can use it to enjoy a video from a paired smartphone. Dialogue reproduces with clarity, and latency with iOS and Android devices is low enough that you don't have to worry about lip-synching issues. Of course, you don't get the deep thump and rumble in the bass as with dedicated home theater speakers.

Pros
  • Low latency with iOS and Android devices.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Not loud enough for larger rooms.
7.0 Podcasts

The Bushnell Wingman View is decent for podcasts. Its balanced mids ensure that voices reproduce with clarity, so it's easy to follow along with the conversation in your favorite shows. It's portable enough to bring with you from room to room during longer episodes, too. It's not quite loud enough to fill a larger room with sound, but you may not mind, especially since it helps avoid disrupting other golfers out on the course.

Pros
  • Portable design.
Cons
  • Not loud enough for larger rooms.
2.6 Voice Assistant

This speaker doesn't support voice assistants.

7.1 Outdoors

The Bushnell Wingman View is decent for outdoor use. This golf cart speaker has a solid and sturdy build designed to withstand the elements, with an IPX6 waterproof rating in case you run into rain. It's small and lightweight for easy transport, and the magnet on the back of the speaker makes it easy to stick on your golf cart. Plus, its companion app offers many golf-centric features, so you can keep track of the distances to the next hole out on the course. You can even switch to its Outdoor Mode when you're listening outside.

Pros
  • Portable design.
  • IPX6 rating for water resistance.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Not loud enough for larger rooms.
  • 6.1 Music
  • 5.7 Videos/Movies
  • 7.0 Podcasts
  • 2.6 Voice Assistant
  • 7.1 Outdoors
  1. Updated Sep 19, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 14, 2023: Early access published.
  3. Updated Sep 11, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated Sep 07, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated Aug 29, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Bushnell Wingman View GPS Speaker is available in a Black/Orange color variant. You can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you encounter another version of this speaker, let us know in the forums, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Speakers

The Bushnell Wingman View GPS Speaker is the manufacturer's more premium golf cart speaker. It's larger than both the Bushnell Wingman and the Bushnell Wingman Mini. While it offers the same selection of golf-centric features in its companion app, it adds some extra features like Indoor and Outdoor preset modes, an LCD, and a remote. That said, if you're just looking for a speaker for listening to music, there are similarly-priced options with better sound, like the Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 or the JBL Xtreme 2.

See also our recommendations for the best golf cart speakers, the best outdoor speakers, and the best portable Bluetooth speakers.

Bushnell Wingman

The Bushnell Wingman View is better than the Bushnell Wingman. The View is a slightly larger cousin of the original Wingman with an added LCD display to help keep track of its settings. Both speakers lack some low-bass, but the View does a better job of bringing the punch in the mid-bass.

JBL Xtreme 2

The JBL Xtreme 2 is a better choice for music when compared with the Bushnell Wingman View. The JBL can bring more bass, and it has a more even sound out-of-the-box, which some users may prefer. It supports voice assistants, too, unlike the Bushnell. However, it doesn't have golf-centric features like the Bushnell, which some may prefer.

Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3

The Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM 3 is a better choice for music than the Bushnell Wingman View. The Ultimate Ears brings more bass to the mix, which is great for music fans. Plus, its graphic EQ gives you more ability to customize its sound. Its 360-degree design also means you get a consistent sound from all angles. However, it doesn't have golf-centric features like the Bushnell, which may be preferable to some users.

Bushnell Wingman Mini

The Bushnell Wingman View is better than the Bushnell Wingman Mini. They're both golf cart speakers with lots of the same features to make the most of your next time out on the course. The View is larger with an added LCD display to keep track of its settings. It brings more bass, and it's a stereo speaker, unlike the Mini. However, some users may prefer the Mini's smaller design.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
RGB Lights No

The Bushnell Wingman View is slightly larger than the Bushnell Wingman with a more triangular shape. It comes with a remote that you can store on top of the speaker thanks to its magnet. There's another magnet on the back of the device to connect the speaker to your golf cart while you're out on the course. Unlike the Wingman, this speaker also has a monochrome LCD to keep track of your tunes. This display isn't backlit, though. It shows golf-related information.

9.1
Design
Portability
Volume
70 inยณ (1,152 cmยณ)
Weight
1.6 lbs (0.7 kg)
Power Source
Battery & USB
One-Hand Carry
Yes

The Bushnell Wingman View is a touch larger than the Bushnell Wingman. Still, it's lightweight and portable, making it easy to bring to the golf course. It's battery-powered, so you don't have to worry about plugging it into an outlet.

7.4
Design
Build Quality
Material Quality
Great
Water Resistance
Waterproof (IPx6)
Dust Resistance
Unspecified
Impact Resistance
Unspecified
Floats In Water
No

The speaker's materials are great, giving it a solid and sturdy feel. It's rated IPX6, so it's waterproof and can withstand some exposure to the rain while you're out on the course. A rubber flap covers the ports from water and dust, which is a nice touch, though the device leans forward a bit if the flap isn't securely in place. Similarly, the buttons are covered in rubber to protect them from the elements. There's also rubber padding on the top and bottom of the device, with strong and secure woven mesh covering the drivers. It's not designed to sit flat on your table. Since textured rubber covers the magnet on the back of the speaker, and it doesn't have much grip on smooth surfaces, the speaker moves around when you place it on a table and play louder music, as seen here. Still, it's not an issue if you magnetically attach it to your cart.

8.0
Design
Controls
Ease Of Use
Great
Feedback
Great
Music Play/Pause
Yes (Physical)
Call Answer/End
Yes (Physical)
Volume Up/Down
Yes (Physical)
Track Next/Previous
Yes (Physical)
Microphone On/Off
No
Additional Controls
Yes

The buttons on the speaker are highly visible and easy to press. There's a good amount of feedback, too, including audible chimes when you power on/off, pairing mode, max volume, and low battery. There's also an LCD for golf features that shows distances, time, and battery information. It also lets you know whether you're in Indoor or Outdoor sound modes thanks to house and golf pole icons, respectively. In Music Mode, the display shows the current song name, artist, and album. It's not backlit, making it harder to see in bright daylight. The display rotates to match the device's orientation, which is a nice touch.

  • Power button: Press to turn on/off. Press twice to enter True Wireless Stereo pairing mode.
  • Bluetooth button: Hold for three seconds to enter Bluetooth pairing mode.
  • Volume buttons: Press once to control volume. Press both buttons together to toggle between Indoor/Outdoor EQ modes.
  • Play button: Press to play/pause music or answer/end a call. Press twice to skip to the next track and three times to return to the previous track.

The functions of the controls change when you switch to Golf Mode, which you can only do through the app. In Golf Mode, you can press the Bluetooth button once to show the hazard screen and twice to put the screen into Hole Change Mode. Using the volume buttons, you can switch between the next and the previous hole.

This speaker also comes with a remote. You must use the Bushnell Golf app to connect it to the speaker. However, the remote disconnects from the app at times, and it unpairs with the speaker each time you turn off the device, so you have to return to the app to pair it up again the next time you turn on the speaker. Below are the functions for the remote, divided between the Music and Golf Modes:

Music Mode:

  • Bushnell button: Press once to play/pause. Press twice to skip to the next track and three times to return to the previous track. Click and hold to enter pairing mode.
  • Volume buttons: Press respective buttons to raise or lower volume. Press both buttons to enter pairing mode.

Golf Mode:

  • Bushnell button: Press once to hear the GPS yardage to the next hole. Press twice to get the first sound bite and three times to get the second sound bite. By default, the first is set to claps and the second to cheers. You can set custom sound bites to cheer you along in the app.
  • Volume buttons: Press respective buttons to raise or lower volume. Press both buttons to enter Music mode temporarily.

Design
In The Box

  • Quick Start Guide
  • USB-C charging cable (1.98 ft/ 60.5 cm)
  • Remote control: H: (1.8 in/ 4.6cm), L: (1.9 in/ 4.8cm), W: (.36 in/ .91 cm)
  • Bushnell Wingman View GPS Speaker

Sound
5.5
Sound
Frequency Response Accuracy
Slope
0.29
Std. Err.
3.43 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
113.1 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
16.0 kHz

The Bushnell Wingman View has a middling frequency response accuracy. It's a smaller speaker, so naturally, it lacks a lot of low-bass, and you don't get a deep thump and rumble in EDM and hip-hop tracks. However, the rest of the range is quite even and balanced, especially in the mids, where most voices and lead instruments reproduce.

We tested the speaker horizontally in Indoor Mode. As you can see from this graph, there isn't a huge difference in the frequency response when you set it to Outdoor Mode.

Similarly, you can switch the speaker from a horizontal to a vertical position without much difference in the sound, aside from some variations in the treble. We tested the speaker horizontally, and you can see a graph comparison here.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
Binaural Recording @ 1m
Binaural Recording @ 2m
6.8
Sound
Soundstage
Directivity Index
5.95 dB
Stereo
Yes

The Bushnell Wingman View plays stereo content, which is great since most music is mixed in stereo. It's more of a front-facing speaker, so you don't get consistent audio all around the speaker.

7.6
Sound
Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
88.8 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
0.87 dB

This speaker doesn't get as loud as other outdoor speakers we've tested, like the Bushnell Wingman. However, that may not be an issue while out on the golf course since it means you won't bother other golfers around you. There's not a lot of compression at max volume, either, so you enjoy clean and clear representation of your audio.

Due to the texturized rubber covering the magnet on the back of the speaker, it moves around when you play music at max volume and set it horizontally on a flat surface like a table. To ensure consistent measurements, we used double-sided tape to secure the speaker in place for our tests. If you don't secure the speaker magnetically, you may experience worse dynamics due to the speaker moving, as you can see in the results here.

Active Features
8.7
Active Features
Battery
Battery Life
12.0 hrs
Charge Time
3.4 hrs
Power Saving
Yes
Charging Port
USB-C
Battery Powered
Yes

The manufacturer advertises a battery life of 10 hours, and the speaker lasted 12 hours in our tests. Different settings, like the volume level, can impact battery life. However, the device powers off automatically after fifteen minutes in pairing mode if no devices are connected, which helps conserve battery life.

0
Active Features
Voice Assistant
Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Speakerphone
Yes
Siri
No
Voice Assistant
No
Voice Activation
No
Microphone Mute
No
Far-Field Performance
No Assistant
Ambient Noise Performance
No Assistant

The Bushnell Wingman View doesn't support voice assistants.

6.0
Active Features
App
App Name
Bushnell Golf
iOS
Yes
Android
Yes
EQ
Presets
Stereo Pair Mode
Yes
Party Mode
No
Multi-Room
No

You must download the Bushnell Golf app to pair the remote to the speaker. The app has many other features, including a Find Remote feature in case you lose track of it. You can set your speaker into Golf Mode by pressing on the Play Now button, which lets you choose the golf course you're on to access additional features, like the distance to the next hole. You can also set custom sound bites to cheer you on. You'll also find two sound modes in the app: Indoor and Outdoor Mode. Indoor Mode is designed for indoor use, providing a fuller and richer sound. Outdoor Mode carries sound further so it's heard at a distance, which is great for listening in larger, more open spaces. You can see a video of the app here.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Wired
Aux Input
No
USB Audio
No
Other Ports
Yes

There's a USB-A port that you can use to charge other devices like your smartphone.

8.2
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Version
Unspecified
Bluetooth iOS Latency
45 ms
Bluetooth Android Latency
95 ms
Bluetooth Range
331.4 ft (101.0 m)
Multi-Device Pairing
No

You can pair the speaker to your phone or other mobile devices via Bluetooth. It stays connected even if it's far from the audio source, which is great for moving around the golf course. Latency is low with iOS and Android devices, too, so you can watch videos without lip-synch delay. Some apps compensate for latency differently, though.

0
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Version
No Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Frequency Band
No Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi
No
Apple AirPlay
No
AirPlay Latency
N/A
Google Chromecast
No
Chromecast Latency
N/A

The Bushnell Wingman View doesn't support Wi-Fi connectivity.