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Sherwood Wisdom 3 Dive Computer Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Sherwood Wisdom 3 Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

The Wisdom 3 is Sherwood’s high-end console computer, and successor to the Wisdom 2. As a number cruncher, it has a huge memory, able to store up to 110 dives. The Wisdom 3 also has the usual features of a computer of this type: glow screen; deep stop reminder; decompression warning;  audio and read-out alarms; automatic altitude adjustment, air, Nitrox and gauge modes; air integration; and the ability to switch between imperial and metric measurement units. With a separate kit, the computer can be plugged into your desktop or laptop, and data transferred over for permanent records. One of the odder electronic features is a dive simulator, allowing you to predict what will happen by going to certain depths before you get in the water.

In terms of user interface, the field testers at Scuba Diving thought that the  big dot matrix console display was very easy to read, and described the two-button navigation system as “intuitive.” The Wisdom 3 also comes in a number of different formats. The basic computer is a console on a hose, so no surprises there. However, a version with a quick-release from the hose is available, allowing you to detach the console from your regulator without the onerous necessity of unscrewing the hose and putting the port plug back in. A classy, old school analog compass version is also available, and the computer comes in two colors: black and white.

Scuba Diving liked it enough to name the Sherwood Wisdom 3 as “Gear of the Year” for 2012, and overall the unit is a flexible and innovative example of a high-end, console-only dive computer.

Average Price: $800