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Oceanic VT 4.0 Dive Computer Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic VT 4.0 Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

Building on the VT 3.0 and VT Pro, Oceanic’s VT 4.0 is a cutting edge wristwatch-style dive computer. The number cruncher gives the user a choice of two different algorithms, Pelagic Z+ and Pelagic DSAT, rather than the usual feature of one algorithm with the option to dial the conservatism up or down. DSAT is a fairly liberal recreational algorithm, while Z+ is a conservative recreational/liberal decompression model. In addition to the usual air, nitrox and gauge modes, the VT 4.0 also has a freediver mode, enhancing its flexibility. The system is air-integrated and can display data from up to four different transmitters, a winning feature for dive masters and instructors. The VT 4.0 also has a digital 3-axis compass with full tilt-compensation.

The data displays and settings are customizable, and a big plus for this computer is the read-out format. Instead of turning through page-like displays by pressing buttons, with the VT 4.0 the user basically scrolls up and down instead. Combined with the customization, you can set up your own style of display placing the data you want to see the most at the top, the least at the bottom and everything else in between. Mind you, setting the VT 4.0 to use the settings and displays of your choice instead of the computer’s defaults is a major chore, but it can be done. On the downside, however, Oceanic programmed much of the read-outs using uncommon abbreviations, and some owners complained about how cumbersome it was to learn how to read those abbreviations in the early days of using their new VT 4.0.

Scuba Diving gave the Oceanic VT 4.0 their 2011 Tester’s Choice Award, and overall this seems to be a computer that pushes the limits in terms of just how much functionality can be squeezed into a compact wristwatch design.

Average Price: $1100