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Aeris XR1 NX Dive Computer Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Aeris XR1 NX Dive Computer Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Dive Computers

The XR1 NX is the upgraded nitrox version of Aeris’s venerable, entry-level XR1 dive computer. The no-frills design is simple and ideal for beginners, although it does have some drawbacks.

Aeris’s XR1 NX has only one button, so punching through the different displays is straight forward. The computer activates on contact with the water and manually. The display has big, easily read digits and bar graphs using color-coded indicators around the periphery of the display, and the XR1 NX provides all basic data a diver might want, such as dive time remaining, current depth, maximum depth and water temperature. As you scroll through the display options by pressing the button, current depth and elapsed dive time usually remain fixed, while the other data displays change. The dive computer has an automatic three-minute safety stop timer. It can log up to 12 dives in its internal memory, and can switch back and forth between imperial and metric measurements.

The main drawback of the XR-1 NX is the battery compartment. A special key is used to open the compartment, as opposed to the much more common coin slot system. While using the key is simple, it is one more tool that must be brought on trips, and if you lose it you must either order a replacement or struggle with a pair of calipers to open the computer up. The placement of the battery cap must be done just right, or the o-ring won’t seal properly and the battery compartment will leak. Finally, the contacts for the battery are fragile and easily damaged. XR1 and XR1 NX owners complained about these issues repeatedly, and the bottom line is that replacing the battery must be done very carefully.

At the time of publication the basic XR1 had been phased out by Aeris in favor of the XR1 NX, although the original XR1 remains widely available in dive shops and through online retailers. As a result, the XR1 is cheaply available due to clearance sales, but scuba shoppers should think twice about choosing the XR1 over its nitrox-capable cousin. The price of the XR1 NX has fallen as well, and for just a little extra money you can get a beginner’s dive computer with some growth capacity, making it a better bargain in the long run.

The Aeris XR1 NX is available in wristwatch, console and console with compass formats.

Average Price: $320 for the wristwatch model, $380 for the console version, and $420 for the console with compass version.