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Aeris CompuMask HUD Dive Computer Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Aeris CompuMask HUD Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Dive Masks, Over $500

Some divers swear by wristwatch computers, while others prefer consoles. The Aeris CompuMask does away with both formats, and integrates dive computing into the dive mask through the use of a magnified LCD panel. The system turns a dive mask into a cutting edge Head-Up Display. If you’ve ever wanted to play the Terminator, with data flowing across your field of view, the CompuMask combines that idea with scuba diving.

All the hardware of the CompuMask is concentrated on the left side, although owners report that this does not make the mask uncomfortable or distort the mask’s fit. The LCD display is in the lower corner, does not obstruct the range of view, and has backlighting. The controls were designed by Aeris with simplicity in mind, and in many ways are even easier to use than the buttons of many conventional dive computers. A button mounted on the side of the CompuMask controls the “Select” function, while the button on the top of the mask module controls the “Advance” function. The only real complication is memorizing the location of those buttons, so they can be found readily in mid-dive.

The Aeris CompuMask doesn’t skimp on the features either. The mask is air-integrated, has audio alarms, can download data to your laptop, and comes with air, free dive, gauge, and  nitrox modes. On the mask side, the CompuMask is a robust, well-made dive mask. One might expect that, however, given that a lot of expensive electronics are built into it.

One negative comment from an Aeris CompuMask owner indicated that using the CompuMask for post-dive record-keeping was a bit of a hassle, since peering into a small display inside a dive mask that you aren’t wearing is a minor hassle compared with doing the same with a console or wristwatch. Basically, the console and wristwatch are as easy to read on land as in the water, but the CompuMask is a little more awkward. This is a very minor point, however, a fact that the diver making it acknowledged. There have also been some criticisms about build quality, but most of the owner feedback has been positive.

Overall, the Aeris CompuMask is a futuristic piece of dive gear, but it went largely overlooked at the time of its release and it has yet to catch on. Dive Gear Reviews thinks the blame for that rests squarely on the mask’s initial high price and the natural conservatism within the dive community. However, prices have fallen by half since the CompuMask first came out, so if you are looking for a new dive computer with middling features, add the one that looks like it came straight from the set of Star Trek to your considerations.

Average Price: $1,000, but when on sale the Aeris CompuMask is available for $800.