I returned my unit for refund. I purchased it from CameraLand in NY and returned it to them for a refund.
If I could get a unit that performed like yours, the one Jeff tested, or the one that was tested in this thread Buying Insurance with ..........in Timber ACCURATE RANGE!!
then I'd prefer to have the CRF 1600 over the Swaro. CameraLand said they would test my returned unit out to see if it was defective or not, but if they test it only for operational function, it will pass. Everything seemed to work that I tested. It just didn't range as far as many others are reporting their CRF 1600s capable of.
If you returned yours directly to Leica, then I have no doubt that Leica technicians are aware that some of their CRF 1600s substantially outrange others that they sell. They could certainly test some units and return a top notch performer, in replacement. I can't know if it's a quality control problem, or if Leica makes more money by selling the less capable units along with the more capable units. I think they need to start performance testing their units side by side, if they want to perform some true Quality Control / Quality Assurance on their products prior to shipping them for retail sale to the public. Perhaps if I had returned mine to Leica, they would have sent me a unit which they knew ranged another 300 yards farther than the unit I received.
Dunno. If I could get one of the good ones, I'd be happier than with my Swarovski in all ways other than the Swaro does have the notably superior optical quality. But the CRF 1600 is smaller, lighter, easier to see the readings, etc... as I mentioned in my prior post. If I get the opportunity to test a couple CRF 1600s side by side at a retail store, then maybe I'll purchase one sometime in the future. But where I live in Alaska, that type of outside-the-store testing may be difficult to find.
Thanks for sharing the information on your replacement CRF 1600. It just helps reaffirm what has already been reported multiple times. The ranging capabilities of laser rangefinders - units of the same brand and model - are quite variable. Some take your breath away, while others simply disappoint and take your money away. In these situations, one of the best ways to get informed is through a Forum like this one, with Members that are willing to share their own experiences - or even test a unit and report back like Broz did. Very helpful.