For an entry-level dive computer that is suitable for beginners and simple dives, Cressi Leonardo and Suunto Zoop are indeed viable options. Both are relatively affordable and budget-friendly, and they both come with all the features and capabilities needed by a beginner diver. Unlike the more expensive models, Cressi Leonardo and Suunto Zoop only come with the basic functionalities. They don’t have those advanced features that are needed by experienced divers, but of course these advanced features are not essential. So, what is the difference between Cressi Leonardo vs SuuntoZoop?
At first, the two models may seem quite similar. They each feature a circular unit with wrist bands. Note that their units are pretty thick. One may need some time to get used to the dimensions of a dive computer.
Cressi Leonardo, which we previously discussed in Mares Puck Pro vs Cressi Leonardo, has a very nice display. It is backlit, and it is quite readable in the depths. The bluish screen also looks cool and stylish. However, it is operated with just a single button. Of course, the advantage is that it is simple and straightforward to use. You can’t confuse the button even when diving with gloves. However, there are some disadvantages to such one-button design; it is a little tedious that you have to cycle through all the menu items to get what you need, and it is prone to accidental changes when someone plays with the device.
Well, Suunto Zoop does not look as stylish, but it is thinner and it has four well-spaced buttons for easy control. A multi-button design is much more convenient that you can access the settings and features more quickly, but there is the risk that you confuse the buttons especially when wearing thick gloves. However, the buttons of Suunto Zoop are spaced far apart from each other so that you won’t confuse them.
Features and Performance
Both Cressi Leonardo vs Suunto Zoop have Air, Nitrox, and Gauge modes. Both of the two models are able to handle Nitrox up to 50%. However, they both are not able to switch gases during the dive; such feature is only to be found on higher-end models.
Additionally, Cressi Leonardo comes with a reset function, which you can use to completely reset the dive computer’s settings and features. This is useful for dive schools and dive shops that need to have their units start fresh for every new diver.
Suunto Zoop, on the other hand, comes with two additional modes, which are free diving mode and off mode. These additional modes are useful when you want to hit the water but don’t want to measure the stats which may affect your next dive.
Both Cressi Leonardo and Suunto Zoop use RGBM-based models for the calculations. Cressi Leonardo utilizes the Cressi RGBM algorithm, which is generally more liberal. On the other hand, Suunto Zoop’s RGBM algorithm is more conservative and much quicker to penalize on safety stops.
|Name||Cressi Leonardo||Suunto Zoop|
|Key Features||- 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||- Suuntos incredible entry level computer
- Air and nitrox up to 50%
- Easy to use diver interface, easy to read screen
- User changeable battery, audible alarms, built in dive planner|
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If you prefer a more liberal algorithm, Cressi Leonardo is the way to go. Cressi Leonardo is also nice for a dive school or shop, thanks to the reset function. However, if you prefer a more conservative algorithm, you should choose Suunto Zoop. In general, Suunto Zoop is more convenient to use because of the multi-button design and additional free diving and off modes.