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Re:What is the difference?
« on: April 15, 2006, 10:13AM »
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Bryan,

the Renaissance is also the only board which is able to host the Sparc module, the strongest modules from the Spracklens.

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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2006, 04:27AM »
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Mike
Many thanks for the info
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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2006, 01:33AM »
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Am I the only one who never tires of seeing those three Renaissance boards together????

Why oh why wasn't I born earlier so I could of particpated in the golden era of chess computers properly?!?!?!? 
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« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2006, 01:13AM »
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Hi Bryan

I do not have a Leonardo or Galileo so I not in a position to compare them. However I know that the Leonardo and Galileo are the same basic tournament sized board as the Renaissance but with only 16 edge leds. The Renaissance has 81 leds, four in the corners of each square. The Renaissance also has the beautiful and useful LCD chessboard, which the others do not.

A chap called Daniel made this post here which explains better than I can the differences:-
Hi Mike,

Now Saitek I DO know about !

Previously the top of the range board by Saitek was the  Leonardo. It was a large full size board but had only 16 board lights and no LCD display . An LCD display could be added by inserting a module with incorporated LCD. The modules with LCD's were called "Analyst". Later Saitek decided to add an even more luxurious board to their range and created the Renaissance. They kept the Leonardo in the range but changed the key layout slightly and renamed it "Galileo".The Renaissance is the same size as the Leonard but has a very elegant slide out full board LCD, and has 81 (!) board lights, one on each corner of each square. So a move is indicated by four lights around the square. All modules work in the Renaissance and in Galileo.The Sparc and Brute Force, which were the last two modules, will probably not work in the Leonardo. All other modules will work in the Leonardo. The Sparc, which was the most powerful module, came with a small EMI PCB that apparently needed to be added into the board . And some later Renaissance came out with a sticker on the bottom that said Sparc ready .  I suspect that the PCB is only some sort of attenuator used to keep the board within country appliance regulations for magnetic interference . I've never heard of a Sparc module not working in a board because the PCB was not added .

I almost forgot , one more difference that was introduced with the Renaissance and also incorporated into the Galileo, was the "Blitz Board" system . Anyone with a Leonardo will tell you that sometimes if you captured in one motion, the board would not understand what piece you captured . Because as you lifted the captured piece you were already moving the capturing piece in its place , and thus the magnetic pull on the reed switch under the piece was never interrupted . The computer would sense the missing capturing piece , but did not sense the removal of the captured piece . So, to avoid this problem, you had to lift the captured piece well off the board before replacing it with the attacking piece . The Blitz Board system eliminated this problem (don't ask me how), and hence the name.

Mike, thanks for your help to my last question (and thanks everyone else !)

"Hope this helps for now." 

Daniel




The Renaissance boards were the most attractive boards that were built in my opinion.

Below is a Leonardo for comparison :-




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Mike
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What is the difference?
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2006, 10:06AM »
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Could someone please advise what the main differences are between the Saitek Renaissance, Leonardo and the Galileo.
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