Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer
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- Single Button Interface: Modes: Air, Nitrox and Gauge
- Large Numerical Displays, Back Light Feature for Low Light Conditions
- Depth, Dive Times, Decompression Status, Ascent Rate & Surface Interval Times
- Imperial (feet) or Metric (meters) System Selections
- User Replaceable CR2430 3-Volt Battery, Replaceable Lens Cover
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An elegant expression of simple, functional design, the Leonardo is a must-have for divers entering the sport and those who “just want to dive”.
Leonardo is the first computer designed and produced 100% in Italy by subsidiary Cressi Elettronica. It is a completely modular, rugged computer with a wide UFDS display, which provides the proverbial ease of navigation and Cressi computer menus. It has complete Nitrox management, depth gauge mode, and a reset option. The algorithm incorporates RGBM and Deep Stop. Menus and navigation system identical to the rest of the Cressi diving computers, with ease of reading, access to information and model parameter modification.
A single button interface makes it effortless to program Air, Nitrox and Gauge modes the first time a diver picks the computer up, and an edge-to-edge, high-definition screen gives large numerical displays in a computer that is still compact and travel-friendly.
Features a “User-Friendly Display System”: the information display, screen contrast, proportions and digit size have been carefully chosen for ease of use. All of the information presented is separated by light lines to facilitate reading even in stressful or emergency situations. Back-lit display activated by button or when alarm sounds. Extended battery life through a combination of systems: battery saver mode when the computer is not used with automatic power-on. Power-saving processor and CR2430 battery replaceable by user without tools.
The clearly visible battery life indicator and distinct audible alarms deliver critical information as well as peace-of mind during the dive.
The interface (not included) uses IR to connect to the diving computer and a USB cable for PC connection. Software compatible with all versions of Windows and with Mac. Gauge calibrated in salt water for maximum precision during typical use.
The Leonardo can also be fully reset after each use, making it an excellent choice for rental departments.
Color: Black / Gray | Size: None
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This computer is pretty easy to use, with its single button interface. I set it up very fast, I could choose between metters or feet, celsius or farenheit, air or nitrox, safety factor (I used the default since I am a 'healthy' person) and other parameters that I never used. Since it has 1 single button, the way to use it is short press and long press, where short press is to change the menu and long press is to edit something.
Once I got into de water, it was pretty easy to read (I have 1 point astigmatism in both eyes), with long press I turned the light on for a couple of seconds. Also the best features imho, are the heads up when I go up faster than I should do... it beeps and complains, in the safety stop it indicates easily the amount of remaining minutes. I feel much more confortable diving with it.
I have just come from a dive into the Blue Hole in Belize where we dove at 40m depth (131ft) and it was my first dive so deep and using this computer made me feel more secure.
The standard view into the water is the water temperature, max depth, current depth and current dive time. If you want to take a look you could check my fedepia84 youtube account videos in Belize (the name is "Scuba Diving in Esmeralda spot, Ambergris Caye, Belize"). Or you can check this video at the minute 5:30 where I test going up quickly to test the alarm heads up:
(Note: if you above this note the "[...]" text is because Amazon removed the link, so you will need to search the name above or check my comment below on this review)
The only little thing I think it might be a cons, is that the watchband is sort of long and is little annoying (check the screenshot and video) and in one moment I didn't notice that the watchband grabber got released... nothing happens but I could have lost it. Next time I'll make sure to grab it tightly.
My budget meant that my choice basically came down to the Cressi Leonardo or the Suunto Zoop. I was initially skeptical of the Leonardo, as I really hadn't heard much about Cressi in general, and certainly had never seen one of their computers, but after reading reviews and watching video demonstrations of both products, I opted for the Leonardo.
After my initial dive trip with the new computer, I'm happy that I made the right decision. A key requirement for me is that my gear has to excel at its primary purpose, and for a computer, that means displaying the key information that I need at any given time, without having to dive through secondary screens (pun intended). The Leonardo passes that test with flying colors - before, during, between, and after dives, the key information I need is displayed right there on the main display, and secondary information is mostly but a single button press away.
Speaking of single button presses, of course a single button is all you get on the Leonardo. Some reviewers have taken issue with this, but I found it to be just fine. Yes, there is no way to go back if you overshoot your FO2 setting, meaning you have to press the button another couple of dozen times to "go around again", and you cannot hold down the button to rapidly advance (as I was used to with the Veo) because "press and hold" means something different to the Leonardo, but the operation is very straightforward and quite logical once you get used to it. I spent a few minutes per day playing with the Leonardo before heading off on my trip, and never even needed to refer to the "cheat sheet" once I was there.
Another plus was that the alarm of the Leonardo is louder and clearer than the weedy little "meep" of the Veo. My hearing ain't what it used to be, and I have never once heard the Veo underwater, but I could hear the Leonardo just fine while submerged.
Would I recommend the Cressi Leonardo? Absolutely, without reservation. It's a great basic computer for the recreational air or Nitrox diver. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the more expensive computers, but it does what it needs to do, and it does it very well.
Oh, and it turns out that my Veo does still work after all, but after using the Leonardo as my primary computer all week, the Veo will remain relegated to the backup role.
- Easy to use - only one button
- Does air/nitrox
- Shows water temperature while diving and in the dive log
- Retains Nitrox settings
- Starts a new dive when you descend
- Poor visibility - The backlight is horrible. In low-light or dark situations, you will need a flashlight to see your computer
- No air integration
In my opinion, you should get this computer as a starter then go up to the $1000+ computer when you're ready to upgrade. Then use this guy as your backup computer. :)