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Tusa IQ-650 Element Dive Computer Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Tusa IQ-650 Element Dive Computer Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Dive Computers

Introduced in 2009, the IQ-650 Element from Tusa is a cut-down dive computer. It comes with a single-button control system and a moderate diving algorithm, with no ability to adjust that algorithm for a greater or lesser safety margin. However, the IQ-650 retains a handful of features that place it a cut above the bargain basement, basic dive computer. First is the Deep Stop option, which extends the safety stop for dives that drop below 80 feet.  The dive computer’s screen is split into three sections, with color-coded bar graphs along the sides allowing a diver to track ascent rate and nitrogen and oxygen loads with a glance. However, some reviews regarded those graphs as being anti-intuitive, so some study of the instruction manual is required for proper use of the computer. The dot matrix statistical read-out of the IQ-650 is clean and easy to read, however. This dive computer comes in both wristwatch and console versions, and is compatible with Nitrox mixtures between 21% and 50% oxygen.

Average Price: $340