The Leica Disto E7100i is a new particularly handy laser rangefinder. The E7100i belongs to the entry level of Leica’s laser distance measurers.
- Leica DISTO ™ E7100i laser distance meter
- pocket clip
The operation is very simple, because there are only four buttons: On / measuring, switching between distance and area measurement, Bluetooth button and clear / off.
The automatically illuminated display is rotated by 90 degrees in comparison to other rangefinders, so the shape of the E7100i remains lean.
The audio signal when measuring can be switched off and help to extend the lifetime of the batteries.
The Disto E7100i covers only the most important measuring tasks with its built-in features:
- distance measurement or distance measurement
- area measurement
Distances can be measured permanently. If the display is in view you can approximately make minimum or maximum measurements.
The measuring range is between 0.6 and 200 ft. The units can also be converted to meter or inches.
The decisive advantage of the Leica Disto E7100i is sketch in the Bluetooth interface and app Leica DISTO ™. The technology involved in the Disto devices called “Bluetooth Smart”, and Bluetooth Low Energy. The E7100I by Leica is compatible with devices with Bluetooth 4.0. So iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad mini, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPod touch (5th generation), as well as to smartphones and tablets with Android 4.3 or newer versions of Android and tablets with Windows 8 or newer operating systems. On these devices, the app works Leica DISTO ™ sketch, which can be downloaded free of charge. The app is ideal to capture floor plans or entire rooms. The distances measured can be sketched and dimensioned directly on photos taken previously. As quickly and efficiently incurred photo documentation included massification. All distances can be transferred via Bluetooth Smart. The document can be saved as an image file or PDF and eg mail to the office.
This app is dimensionings to register in photos, draw sketches and then also surveyed. Using a Grid can be outlined very intuitive plans. The mass is then transferred to the individual measurements from the E7100I via Bluetooth and drawn on a Vermassungslinie in the photo or in the sketch. We really liked that not only a sketch created with the masses, but the lengths are adjusted so that a quasi to scale plan is created that represents the aspect ratios correct.
The measurement accuracy is typically ± 1.5 mm and the ISO 16331-1 standard is met. Thus, the Disto E7100I is proven more accurate than most other laser distance meter for beginners. The Disto E7100I comes with a calibration certificate that certifies the accuracy achieved in the calibration process for each device separately.
The E7100i is smaller and easier to handle compared to other rangefinders. It measures only 4.72 * 1.46 * 0.91 in. It resembles a pen and has a pocket clip. The battery compartment is located on the bottom of the laser distance meter. To replace the battery, the clip is removed with a handle.
Also important for the daily use: The Disto E7100i reaches IP 54, it is protected against splash water and dust. The rubber coating on the housing makes the rangefinder fit to your hand.
Value for money
At first glance, the Leica DISTO E7100i offers a few features for the asking price. However, he brings with compliance with the ISO standard 16331-1 and particular app “DISTO ™ sketch” a functionality, which pays for professional use quickly. You can buy the E7100i online with a significant discount to the suggested retail price recommendation.
Conclusion of the review
The E7100i is smaller and easier to handle than other laser rangefinder. With the distance measurement and the measurement area, he brings the most needed functions. He ingeniously simple measures distances and surfaces indoors. The Leica Disto sketch app makes to create a powerful tool to plan and Scale drawings the Disto E7100i. With this app, the E7100I is ideal for carpenters, floor layers, plasterers, painters, drywall installers, engineers and architects in the construction sector. In addition, window fitters, electricians and others in the real estate field workers appreciate the handy and innovative distance meter.
Screenshots of the app Disto Sketch