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Mares Puck Dive Computer Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Mares Puck Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

Mares makes three variations on the Puck. The first is the classic wristwatch-style Puck, followed by the latest version of their console-mounted computer, the Puck 3. Mares also came out with the Puck Air, the most advanced of the Puck computers due to its all-digital, air-integrated design (I.e. no separate gauge for tank pressure). All three versions of the Puck share a single button control interface, the use of which “is quite obvious once you have used the Puck for just a few minutes” according to Dive magazine. Scuba Diving praised its dot-matrix display as “crisp” and “easy to see.” The computer’s algorithms were rated as conservative, and the device can accommodate Nitrox mixes between 21 and 50%.

In terms of aesthetics, the wristwatch and console versions both have the clunky, practical look so common to dive computers of either type. The Puck Air, however, is sleek and has what reviewers called an “Italian” look to it.

Pucks in general are good dive computers, with Dive magazine rating the wristwatch version 9/10 and calling it a “credible alternative” to other dive computers in its class and “definitely worth consideration.” One thing to consider when choosing between Puck consoles, however, is that the Puck Air console does not have an electronic compass and the older Puck 3 console does. That is a serious oversight in an otherwise solid package, since adding the compass ruins the sleek design. Leisure Pro users gave the wristwatch version a strong 5-flag rating, but thought less of the consoles. The Puck 3 earned 4-flags, while the Puck Air merited only a 3-flag rating in the eyes of that website’s consumers. The main complaint for the latter was that the computer could not download log data directly into a computer.

Average Price: $550
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