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Suunto D6/D6i Dive Computer Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Suunto D6/D6i Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

The D6 is Suunto’s middle dive computer entry, placed between the advanced trimix-oriented D9 and the functional D4, making it a sporty wristwatch computer with advanced recreational/basic technical diving capability. The computer is nitrox-capable and programmable for two mixtures of up to 99%, and can switch between gas profiles in mid-dive. The data crunching is based on the Reduced Gradient Bubble Model (RGBM) model, and the computer offers a choice of the basic RGBM and the more liberal RGBM50 algorithm. Past that, the computer has all the usual features one expects from a high-end dive computer: safety stops, deep stops, altitude adjustment, ascent alarm, temperature display, dive time and bottom time read-outs and a battery power indicator. Consumers and field testers report that the read-out, while small, is easy to read and the computer has back-lighting. The buttons are easy to manipulate, even in gloves. The D6 also comes with an electronic compass so easy to use that one owner described it as “idiot proof.”

Battery life for the D6 is supposed to be between 1.5 and 3 years. The computer is rated for a depth of 150 m (492 feet), and Suunto has introduced a D6i version with air-integration. The latter uses a wireless transmitter to send tank pressure data to the computer, replacing the tank gauge and adding a computer-predicted read-out of remaining air time.

The Suunto D6 got high marks from Scuba Diving and Divernet, with even a commercial diving school weighing in on the D6 as a back-up computer and predicting it would set the standard for recreational dive computers. Among consumers, the only complaints about the D6 have hinged around the elastomer watch strap, and those were far from common. It should be noted the D6 and D6i also come with a stainless steel strap. Overall, owners of the D6 or D6i have loved their dive computer

Average Price: $750 for the standard D6 and $900 for the D6i.