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Aeris A300 ai Dive Computer Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Aeris A300 ai Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

The Aeris A300 ai is a highly functional, feature-packed console dive computer that puts an emphasis on simplicity of use. The result is a computer that is so simple to use that any novice diver could take it out of the box, screw it into your first stage, and put it straight to work, but also packs so many features that it has almost unlimited growth potential.

The computer has a user-adjustable automatic safety stop, audible alarm with push-button shutdown, ascent rate control, and backlighting. The number crunching uses Aeris’ Dual Algorithms with user-adjustable safety margins, and options for up to four gas mixes and automatic altitude adjustment. The gas controls also have tec-friendly features like high O2 alarms. The computer has a low battery indicator, the battery is user-replaceable, and a fresh, high-quality battery is rated as good for 300 hours. Maximum depth is 330 feet (100 m).

As the name implies, the A300 ai is air integrated. It also sports forgiving, 3-tilt digital compass. The displays are in conventional-but-clear dot matrix characters, and device is run through three push-buttons.

This is a very functional, high-end dive computer, so much so that it won a 2012 Tester’s Choice from Scuba Diving, and the few consumers who have gone on the record about it thus far love it.

The question mark on this computer hovers around its price tag. The Aeris A300 ai is listed at $1,050, although it is routinely marked down to just under $1,000. Even so, it’s fair to say that if a diver wants to spend about a thousand dollars on a dive computer, why not go all the way and get a starship of a number cruncher like the Atomic Aquatics Cobalt ($1,200) or an older Mares ICON ($1,080)? The answer is that you shouldn’t, not unless the A300 ai is steeply discounted on sale, which often happens. This computer isn’t worth it if you have to pay the full, recommended retail price, but thankfully you probably won’t have to.

Average Price: Although it is listed at $1,050, the Aeris A300 ai rarely goes for more than $1,000, and discounts down to $900 are common. Sometimes this computer is available on sale for as little as $650, and that’s a serious bargain.