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Mares Smart Dive Computer Review

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

New dive computers these days come laden with so many features that the dot-matrix display sometimes seems passe. It’s not, because it is still the display of choice for almost all computers, including new computers, but that doesn’t eliminate the problem of using the old system to efficiently and conveniently work with all those data options and widgets.

That is what Mares was clearly keeping in mind with the Smart. The number cruncher side of the device works as a multi-gas scuba computer and as a freediving computer, with all the now-expected capabilities, such as switching between imperial and metric, altitude adjustment, ascent monitor and alarm, and battery indicator. The computer operates on a simple two-button system, and has a depth limit of 150 m.

So far, so good, but plenty of dive computers have that stuff. What the Smart also has is a very crisp dot matrix display, and a display organization that is tight and effective. Consumers found it sleek, easy to use and easy to read, and Scuba Diving gave the Smart a Best Buy award for 2014.

Average Price: $400