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Category Archives: Dive Computers

Reviews of dive computers.

17
December

Mares Smart Dive Computer Review

Written by 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 […]

14
October

Oceanic OCI Computer

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When a dive computer comes with a four digit price tag these days, it is a matter of course that it either has a color, not-dot-matrix display, an air hose transmitter, or both. With the Oceanic OCI, it’s option #2. It’s a wristwatch-style dive computer with a screw-in wireless transmitter for your hose, making it […]

19
October

Oceanic ProPlus 3 Dive Computer Review

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The next step in Oceanic’s ProPlus computer line, the company bills No. 3 as having an easy-to-read display that is ideal for older divers or those with poor eyesight in general (glasses-wearers, anyone?). That display is a dot-matrix, but the numbers are gigantic and the console’s screen is huge, so it is indeed among the […]

27
September

Sherwood Amphos Dive Computer Review

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The Amphos from Sherwood is a wristwatch-style dive computer, and builds on the company’s existing line of dot matrix display, wristwatch data crunchers. Basically it takes the proven and reasonably popular Sherwood platform of having a computer with two Nitrox settings (21-50% and 50-100%) with a range of bells and whistles, such as audible alarms, […]

06
August

Cressi Giotto Dive Computer Review

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The latest thing from Cressi, the Giotto is a wristwatch-style dive computer featuring their new RGBM algorithm. The new system was designed in collaboration with Bruce Wienke and based on the Haldane Model, emphasizing the needs of a diver on a multi-dive schedule and using mixed gas, both common elements for seasoned, vacationing divers. The […]

12
December

Sherwood Wisdom 3 Dive Computer Review

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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; […]

03
October

Dive Computer Algorithms

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Dive Computer Algorithms Posted in: Dive Computers, Dive Gear Tips, Scuba Product Guides

A dive computer’s algorithm is at the heart of what that particular gadget does, because when you get right down to it, everything else on the computer is an accessory. Yes, the depth gauge replaces or supplements the old analog depth gauge, but a dive computer is first and foremost about increasing your margin of […]

11
September

Aeris A300 ai Dive Computer Review

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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 […]

03
September

Liquidvision Kaon Dive Computer Review

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You might never have heard of Liquidvision, but the Canadian company has made quite a splash in dive computing, as its product line has never relied on old fashioned black and white dot matrix displays. Liquidvision has been in color from the start, and the wristwatch-style Kaon is the latest evolution in their product line. […]

21
June

Scubapro Meridian Dive Computer Review

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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 […]

01
May

Mares Matrix Dive Computer Review

Written by 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 […]

06
April

Subgear XP-H Dive Computer Review

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The Subgear XP-H is designed to serve as an extremely compact, air-integrated, console-style dive computer of the XP-10, and it meets all those expectations. By adding air integration, the console is now only slightly larger than the wristwatch, making it so small that it literally fits inside the palm of your hand. In terms of […]

Updated March 19, 2013 Most scuba divers acquire and replace equipment on a budget, and some budgets are more expansive than others. While most divers shop on either the basis of the best gear for the least cost, or even the lowest cost outright, some divers enjoy much more expansive budgets. Also, non-divers are often […]

12
March

Suunto D9tx Dive Computer Review

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The D9tx is the most recent evolution of Suunto’s top-end dive computer. Billed as the world’s first tri-mix wristwatch dive computer, the D9tx is everything one might expect from a premium Suunto data cruncher. Using Suunto’s fairly liberal Technical RGBM algorithim, the D9tx can handle up to eight gas mixtures, maxing out at 92% helium. […]

21
December

Oceanic B.U.D. Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic B.U.D. Dive Computer Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Dive Computers

The B.U.D. from Oceanic is sport diving’s first dedicated back-up dive computer. You clip the B.U.D. onto one of the rings on your BCD, where it collects data just like your primary dive computer and tracks your status. There the B.U.D. remains, hanging unobtrusively on your BCD, until you need it due to a primary […]

16
November

Scuba Capsule Dive Gear Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Scuba Capsule Dive Gear Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Dive Computers, Underwater Cameras

Scuba diving is a sport long on gear, but short on gadgets. Excepting dive computers, the sport is full of valves, hoses and nozzles rather than electronics. Even dive computers, with their dot matrix digital read-outs, are usually clunky and functional rather than sleek and laden with geeky features. The Scuba Capsule changes all of […]

11
November

Aeris XR1 NX Dive Computer Review

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The XR1 NX is the upgraded nitrox version of Aeris’s venerable, entry-level XR1 dive computer. The no-frills design is simple and ideal for beginners, although it does have some drawbacks. Aeris’s XR1 NX has only one button, so punching through the different displays is straight forward. The computer activates on contact with the water and […]

25
September

Aeris CompuMask HUD Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Aeris CompuMask HUD Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Dive Masks, Over $500

Some divers swear by wristwatch computers, while others prefer consoles. The Aeris CompuMask does away with both formats, and integrates dive computing into the dive mask through the use of a magnified LCD panel. The system turns a dive mask into a cutting edge Head-Up Display. If you’ve ever wanted to play the Terminator, with […]

02
September

Oceanic VT 4.0 Dive Computer Review

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Building on the VT 3.0 and VT Pro, Oceanic’s VT 4.0 is a cutting edge wristwatch-style dive computer. The number cruncher gives the user a choice of two different algorithms, Pelagic Z+ and Pelagic DSAT, rather than the usual feature of one algorithm with the option to dial the conservatism up or down. DSAT is […]

02
September

Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer Review

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Updated September 25, 2014 The Leonardo is the latest dive computer from Cressi. It’s a module design, so while it comes as a wristwatch and is usually marketed as such, the computer can be dismounted and put into a console. In terms of performance, the Leonardo is a balanced, solid design for recreational diving. It […]

02
September

IST GP-4000 Compass+ Dive Computer Review

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IST’s GP-4000 Compass+ is a big disc-style wristwatch computer that packs a lot of features for its price tag. Users can program in three gas mixtures (up to 99% oxygen), with mid-dive gas switching capability. The unit tracks both oxygen and nitrogen loading, and has timers for dive time, no-deco time, desaturation and surface interval, […]

02
September

Hollis DG-03 Dive Computer Review

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The DG-03 was a much anticipated release by fans of Hollis’s line of dive computers, since it took the general ethos of the company’s basic dive computers and added air integration, a feature usually only available with high-end, high-performance data crunchers. The system has air, nitrox, gauge and freedive modes (the latter is a big […]

02
September

Tusa IQ-850 DC Sapience II Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Tusa IQ-850 DC Sapience II Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

Tusa’s IQ-850 Sapience II is a wristwatch dive computer of the big, square console style, as opposed to the discrete wristwatch style. The dive computer also builds on the old IQ-800 model, so many of the design features are already well-proven. The first thing a diver should notice about the IQ-850 is that it is […]

30
August

Suunto D6/D6i Dive Computer Review

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The D6 is Suunto’s middle dive computer entry, placed between the advanced trimix-oriented D9 and the functional D4, making it a sporty wristwatch computer with advanced recreational/basic technical diving capability. The computer is nitrox-capable and programmable for two mixtures of up to 99%, and can switch between gas profiles in mid-dive. The data crunching is […]

15
June

Tusa IQ 950 Zen Air Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Tusa IQ 950 Zen Air Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

For some reason, reviewers call Tusa’s IQ 950 Zen Air a “sleek” wristwatch dive computer, but at Dive Gear Reviews, calling a dive computer “sleek” demands something more than a mere digital sports watch readout. On this point, we profoundly disagree with everyone and think only a serious gear nerd thinks this wristwatch would look […]