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Suunto Vyper Air Dive Computer Review

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

The Vyper Air is more or less the wristwatch-style counterpart to the Cobra 3. It comes with the same dot-matrix screen with big digits and the same handy two-color bar graphs for no-decompression limit, ascent rate and depth. It uses the same algorithm and even has a built-in electronic compass (a rarity for wristwatch dive computers) with an easy-to-read compass that can take a 45 degree tilt. The Vyper Air even features air integration, through a wireless transmitter mounted on the end of the high pressure hose where a console would usually go, although this makes it more expensive than the Cobra 3.

For those who are willing to do without the air integration, the standard Vyper includes all of the remaining features. Dive gave the basic Vyper (sans air integration) the same Performance rating as the Cobra 3 (a 9), but a higher Value rating of 8. Basically, if you are a sport diver who never ventures below 140 feet and either prefer a wristwatch computer or want all those features for less money, the Vyper is your computer. Leisure Pro users gave the Vyper Air a 4 1/2-flag rating, and the standard Vyper a 4-flag rating.

Average Price: $850
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