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Subgear XP-H Dive Computer Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Subgear XP-H Dive Computer Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Dive Computers

The Subgear XP-H is designed to serve as an extremely compact, air-integrated, console-style dive computer of the XP-10, and it meets all those expectations. By adding air integration, the console is now only slightly larger than the wristwatch, making it so small that it literally fits inside the palm of your hand. In terms of size and compactness, think not of the big, clunkier scuba consoles so often seen, nor even of the more modest, but still middling consoles of such computers as the Puck Air. Instead, think of something only just a bit bigger than those micronic air gauges sometimes favored by Eurodivers. The XP-H is, like an unobtrusive sports watch-style computer, only as big as it needs to be to keep the readout legible.

In terms of function, keep in mind what was written about the Subgear computer upon which the XP-H is based, namely the XP-10. Sport Diver made it a 2010 Editor’s Pick, while Scuba Diving described it as ““a complete dive computer for all levels of adventure.” It’s a solid recreational dive computer with plenty of growth potential within that category. It is nitrox-capable, with settings of up to 100% oxygen (an improvement on the XP-10’s limit of 50% oxygen), visual and audible alarms and programmable stop timers. The computer is also backlit for extra visibility. The algorithim adjusts its number crunching to factor in variables like water temperature, giving that extra little bit of safety.

Finally, the XP-H is priced very reasonably for an air-integrated dive computer. For those of you in the know, Subgear is a subsidiary of Scubapro, sort of playing the role of Mercury to Scubapro’s Ford (or Skoda to its Volkswagen for European divers), so the whole point is to deliver reliable, quality equipment at lower prices, albeit at the cost of eliminating a few frills.

Average Price: $475