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Mares Matrix Dive Computer Review

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

Updated September 24, 2012

The wristwatch number crunching Matrix is the latest dive computer from Mares. Loaded with new features and plenty of flexibility, the Matrix is a cut above the bulk of its class.

Data on the Matrix is very legible, thanks to its high resolution dot matrix display, complete with backlighting, and Scuba Gear Reports gave the computer high marks for clarity and information presentation. Mares put in all the usual wing dings one might expect from a high-end computer, such as timers, stopwatches, adjustable settings and alarms, but there are also a few extras that are not so common.

First off, the Matrix has a tilt-adjustable digital compass. Those are becoming more common on modern dive computers, but are very far from standard. Mares also made the Matrix with a rechargeable battery, which hooks up to computers, car sockets and whatnot. That feature is even less common than the digital compass. It easily switches back and forth between imperial and digital. Some computers have that capability, but not many, and few make it as simple to use. Finally, the Matrix has some mixed gas capability, making it a dive computer that can go technical.

The aforementioned rechargeable lithium-ion battery has a 10-hour duration, assuming no use of either the compass or backlighting. The Matrix is rated for depths of 150 m (492 feet).

Just about the only thing missing on this very high-end dive computer is air integration, so if you are interested in getting all the latest gadgets for your money or simply must have that feature, we recommend waiting a little while. Mares will probably introduce a Matrix Air next year. Otherwise, if you are looking for a wristwatch dive computer with loads of features and growth potential into tec diving, this is the one. Scuba Diving gave it their 2012 Tester’s Choice.

Average Price: $600