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Scubapro Meridian Dive Computer Review

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

The Meridian is the latest and much-hyped dive computer from Scubapro. An advanced, high-end number cruncher in the wristwatch design, the Meridian has a brushed housing made from 316-L stainless steel, giving it a somewhat classier look than the typical wristwatch dive computer.

Scubapro bills it as a computer that looks like a sports watch on land, but Dive Gear Reviews thinks such claims are always overblown. Real sports watches are pieces of pseudo-jewelery, and next to them almost all dive computers look nerdy and somewhat cheap. The stainless steel look of the Meridian does better than most, but keep an image of the Meridian tucked away for the next time you are at the mall and compare it to the watches on display – what we mean should be obvious. Divernet agrees with us, describing the Meridian as something they might “issue to a tank commander.” The bottom line here is never buy a dive computer because you want to wear it around on a daily basis, not even this one.

As a computer, though, the Meridian is a real winner. The algorithm is the same as that used on the Scubapro Galileo or the Aladin Tec 2G, and reviewers and owners say that if you are already familiar with those previous designs, programming the Meridian should be a snap. The computer offers all the features one might expect from a multiple, mixed gas data cruncher of this type, with three display modes: Scuba, Apnea and Gauge. Data comes up in easy to read digital text, with attractive reverse backlighting (the screen goes black and the digits light up) for night dives and dark places. The unit can double as a heart monitor, and can download data to your PC or laptop.

The one critique for this computer that stands above the level of ordinary nitpicking is a complaint from Divernet. Their tester reported that gas switching problematic because the display makes no distinctions between gas profiles. He said he had to switch back and forth to make sure he had the right profile running for his deco mix, an obviously annoying chore. However, increased familiarity with the computer might mitigate that problem.

Average Price: $600