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Suunto Vyper Novo Dive Computer Review

When you look at the Suunto Vyper Novo and you think you actually might be looking at the Zoop Novo then you are correct. They look like twins. Yet, under the hood (so to speak) there are a lot of differences.

The Vyper Novo sports a large display and high-end functionality that is reflected in the price. The large screen allows to display all essential information at a glance.


Review Summary of the Suuntu Vyper Novo Dive Computer

Experience Level

Targeting the experienced recreational diver.

STYLE

Wrist dive computer with a large screen.

Ease of Use

Four buttons that are spaced far apart for easy and fast navigation.

Price Level

There's not much if anything you're missing in functionality. The price reflects that.

We Like

  • Large and clearly readable display
  • Intuitive navigation with four buttons
  • Features for experienced diver
  • Large log book with 140 hrs of dive time logging
  • Optional air integration

We Don't Like

  • Too large to wear as a watch

Summary:

Suunto scored a home-run with this dive computer. It really doesn't lack any functionality you might ever ask for as a recreational diver. The optional air integration makes it a device that will grow with your needs. You can use up to three transmitters for three tanks. Last but not least, you have a 3D digital compass in the watch computer to free you from another instrument to dive with. The device is at a reasonable price point considering all the functionality included.

Suunto Vyper Novo Wrist Dive Computer with Transmitter Black

The display is large and cleanly divided to show all data you need to have in one view. There switching between functions is easy and quick through the clear four button navigation.


The Vyper Novo is available in two different colors:

  • Black
  • White

​Even though the Suunto Vyper Novo is worn at the wrist, it's anything but a wrist watch. It's pretty large and not what you'd wear day-to-day. This large size makes it easy though to view all data on the display under water. Being a dive computer this is more important than being used as a wrist watch.




Capabilities

The Suunto Vyper Novo is a wrist dive computer. The size is large which provides a lot of real estate on the screen to display all important information.

It offers five different dive modes:

  • Air
  • Nitrox
  • Gauge
  • Free Diving
  • Off
Suunto Vyper Novo White

The Suunto Vyper Novo is a dive computer that is worn at the wrist. There is no console version of it. It has optional air integration which is working wireless.

The large size of the display allows to show all important information on the screen. You will be able to see everything you need to know including the air time remaining (if you use air integration) on the screen.

The only functionality that needs switching is to view the compass. A lower battery capacity will also show clearly on the display to remind you to change the battery before you take the dive computer under water.

The battery can be changed by you which is very convenient. Some other smaller dive computers have to be sent to service centers for a battery change which causes additional costs and time without the device.

Navigation to get to secondary functions like the log book can be easily accessed through the simple four button design. The buttons are spaced far apart so you won't run the risk of pressing a wrong button by accident when you wear thick gloves.

The Suunto Vyper Novo provides a range of visual and audible alarms for the following conditions:

  • Dive Time
  • Maximum Depth
  • Tank pressure
  • Gas time
  • High PO2
  • Decompression ceiling violation
  • Deepstop violation
  • CNS/OTU (OLF) 80% / 100%
  • Switch gas (better gas is available)

Technical Capabilities

​This dive computer is able to handle three different gasses with oxygen levels between 21% and 99%. The pO2 limits can be set between 1.2 and 1.6 bars.

The maximum operational dive depth is 80 m (262 ft). There are altitude adjustments available to specify the altitude in four different settings up to 3,000 meters (9,843 ft).

​The wrist computer uses Suunto's RGBM algorithm. It's in all their models and is developed in cooperation with Dr. Bruce Wienke. You can adjust the conservatism of the algorithm with two different settings. This way you can set a more conservative dive profile.

The off mode is a nice feature. Setting the dive computer into that mode prevents it from switching itself on when you take it into the water. This way you can conserve battery life.

Dive Log and Connectivity

​The dive log is rather large and can hold data for up to 140 hours at a sampling rate of 20 seconds. You can adjust the sampling rate to be either 10, 20, 30 or 60 seconds. For freediving you can set the sampling to 1, 2, or 5 seconds.

The data can be transferred to your computer through a USB cable. Suunto's software on the computer is the DM5 application. You can load your data into the software to analyze past dive data or plan future dives.

You can additionally upload your dive data to the Suunto Movescount portal. You can then share your data with friends and family and even add photos and video to it.

Missing Functionality

There's not much missing with the Vyper Novo. It's easy to use and has all the functionalities that a recreational diver could ask for.

You can start with getting the dive computer itself and later add the wireless transmitters as needed. This will save you money and you can expand the capabilities as you go and gain more experience.​

Features/Specifications

  • Simple 4 button navigation
  • Numerous audible and visual alarms
  • Large display showing all necessary data at a glance
  • Five dive mode settings for Air, Nitrox, Gauge, Freedive and Off Mode
  • Three gas mixes from 21% to 100%
  • pPO2 limits between 1.2 and 1.6 bars
  • Adjustable Suunto RGBM algorithm with 2 conservatism settings
  • Max. operating depth 80 meters/262 feet
  • Four altitude adjustment settings up to 3,000 m (9,843 ft)
  • Data can be displayed in either imperial or metric data
  • Dive log up to 140 hours at a sampling rate of 20 seconds
  • Adjustable sampling rate at 10, 20, 30 and 60 seconds
  • Freediving sampling rates adjustable at 1, 2 and 5 seconds
  • Built-in digital 3D compass
  • User replaceable battery
  • Available in two different colors
  • 2 year limited warranty

Pros and Cons

The Suunto Vyper Novo provides all high-end functionality that a recreational diver could ask for. Being able to grow the capabilities of the dive computer by adding wireless transmitters for air integration at a later point of time allows to start with the dive computer only.

The Suunto RGBM algorithm is a somewhat conservative algorithm. You can adjust the conservatism in two levels yourself.

Pros

  • Simple and easy 4 button navigation
  • Adjustable Suunto RGBM algorithm
  • Five different dive modes (Air, Nitrox, Gauge, Freedive and Off)
  • Three gas mixes
  • Switch gases during dive
  • Air integration (optional)
  • 3D compass
  • All capabilities that an experienced recreational diver would require

Cons

  • Not a wrist watch

This dive computer is a great choice for a recreational diver. It does offer a ton of functionality and might be a little too much for a beginner. As an experienced diver you'll pretty much get everything you can ask for.

Where to Buy?

Amazon usually has the best prices for the Suunto Vyper Novo. Check out the current price on this great dive computer by clicking the button below.

Customer Feedback

Looking at the customer reviews of people that bought the Suunto Vyper Novo show that most are very happy with their purchase. The major complaints are that some devices broke right at the first couple of dives. In case that you bought it at Amazon there should be no problem to return it and get a working dive computer.

Suunto Vyper Novo Air Integrated Dive Computer Black

Comparing the Suunto Vyper Novo

The comparison chart below shows the differences between the Suunto Vyper Novo, Cressi Giotto and the Oceanic OCi dive computers.

Oceanic OCi

Suunto Vyper Novo

Cressi Giotto

Oceanic OCi Personal Wrist Dive Computer
Suunto Vyper Novo White
Mares Smart Dive Computer - Black/Red

Max. Depth

150 m / 495 ft

80 m / 262 ft

120 m / 394 ft

Nitrox Capable

Free Dive Mode

Gas Mixes

4 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 100%)

  3 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 99%)

  2 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 99%)

Connectivity

USB

USB

USB

Compass

Bezel

Stainless steel

Composite

Composite

Case

Titanium

Composite

Composite

Log Size

~ 24 dives

~ 140 hrs

~ 70 hrs

Visual Alarms

Audible Alarms

Battery Life (Avg)

1.5 years avg

1.5 years avg

1.5 years avg

For more information you can check out our review of the Cressi Giotto.

Conclusion

The Suunto Vyper Novo has everything you can ask for as a recreational diver. It'll take a long time, should it ever happen, that you require to dive with three gas mixes. In that case you'd be prepared with this dive computer. If you overall like the Suunto design and capabilities but do not need all those high-end features then have a look at the Suunto Zoop Novo instead. It's similar in design yet offerns only the features that are sufficient for most recreational divers.

The large display allows to view all essential and important data in one view. With air integration you can also see the current pressure and dive time remaining for up to three gas mixes. The built-in compass rounds out the set of features in this dive computer. These provided functions should be enough for many years of diving to come.

Whom is the SUUNTO Vyper Novo not for?

The Vyper Novo might be overkill for a beginner or if you dive only a few times a year. As an experienced diver or one that is working to become one it's a great dive computer will all neessary features.

There's not much you could ask for in functionality if you're diving. If you prefer a similarly capable recreational dive computer that is also usable as a daily wrist watch then have a look at the Mares Smart.

Hollis DG03 Dive Computer Review

Why was the Hollis DG03 recalled?

When Hollis introduced the DG03 to the market, it was a remarkable dive computer. Packed with features and compact in size.

Then, on July 11, 2013 Hollis issued a recall due to drowning hazard. The issue wasn’t with the dive computer itself but instead with the wireless transmitter. More on that below!


Review Summary of the Hollis DG03 Dive Computer

Experience Level

Recreational divers with experience

STYLE

Wrist style dive computer.

Ease of Use

Navigation based on three buttons.

Price Level

Not many to be found anymore. Prices are on the low side.

We Like

  • Large and easy-to-read display
  • Good backlight
  • Full set of functionality
  • Three gas mixes

We Don't Like

  • Navigation is cumbersome
  • Safety concerns after recall

Summary:

The Hollis DG03 is a full-featured dive computer. When it was introduced it was top of the line. The issues with the transmitter have resulted in the dive computer no longer being produced. The ones that are still available for sale are safe and very affordable for what they offer.

Hollis DG03 Dive Computer

The transmitter was optional and was supposed to measure the air pressure in the tank and submit the remaining air to the dive computer. Unfortunately, the transmitter could report wrong data which could then have the diver deplete their air under water without realizing it. This could result in the diver drowning.

So, the dive computer itself was not the issue, it was the transmitter. Hollis stopped the DG03 dive computer but did bring out a new update of the software.

Oceanic and Aeris affected?

Many divers asked themselves whether the Aeris Elite T3 or Oceanic VT3 had the same or similar issues as they are basically the same dive computers. All three brands are owned by the same company and the dive computers were/are simply rebranded.

It was/is good to know though that both the Oceanic and the Aeris had different software which means they weren’t affected by the issue. Today Hollis has a very limited amount of product offerings in the dive computer segment. Aeris has been completely absorbed into the Oceanic line of dive computers.

However, you can still find a Hollis DG03 being sold. They are safe after the software update and they are overall a great dive computer to have.

It is a personal wrist dive computer with a range of features. When Hollis introduced it, they packed a lot of features into it to mark a step up from the more basic models they had until then.





Capabilities

The DG03 supports the following dive modes:

  • Air
  • Nitrox
  • Gauge
  • Free Dive

The DG03 features a reasonably large and clearly separated display. It has a backlight which allows to read the displayed data in darkness.

Hollis DG03 Nitrox Dive Computer

Navigation on the DG03 is handled with three buttons. They allow to get and use the different menus and choices that the software offers. A number of divers mentioned that they found the navigation cumbersome and not very intuitive. The reality is that it takes a while to get used to the navigation but it’s not like one couldn’t master it.

The DG03 comes with all the audible and visual alarms you would expect from a modern dive computer:

  • Max Depth
  • Elapsed Dive Time
  • Dive Time Remaining
  • Turn Pressure
  • End Pressure

Technical Capabilities

The Hollis DG03 can handle up to three different gas mixes. Each mix can range from 21% to 100% Oxygen. You can even adjust the Nitrox percentages during a dive if that was ever needed.

You can switch between gases during a dive. Overall, the computer has a lot of sophisticated features that you would typically expect of a more expensive device.

Lastly, as already mentioned in the recall section above, you also have the ability to use air integration with this dive computer. The transmitter is optional and since the software update on the dive computer makes it safe to use.

The computer allows to connect to up to 3 transmitters. One for each tank if you dive with three gas mixes.

The underlying RGBM algorithm is moderate to conservative. If you want it more conservative then you have the option to adjust the safety factors.

Dive Log and Connectivity

The dive log capacity is less than on most other dive computers. It can store the data for the last 24 dives. If you need to keep more data then you have to get the optional USB cable to connect the DG03 to your computer to off-load the data.

Missing Functionality

The DG03 has a rather complete set of functions. The only thing missing might be the lack of a digital compass. Otherwise, there's not much you might not have and certainly more than what you'd expect to get at this price.

Features/Specifications

  • Navigation managed with three buttons
  • Both audible and visual alarms
  • Large display with good display of data
  • Four dive mode settings for Air, Nitrox, Gauge and Free Dive
  • Three Gas mix settings between 21% and 100%
  • Adjustable RGBM algorithm
  • Max. operating depth 120 meters/393 feet
  • Seven altitude settings up to 14,000 ft (4,270 meters)
  • Display either imperial or metric data
  • Dive log up to 24 dives

Pros and Cons

The Hollis DG03 is a full-featured dive computer for the experienced recreational diver. It is no longer produced yet you can still purchase it.

The pricing is great on the units you can find for purchase.

Pros

  • Three button navigation
  • Adjustable RGBM algorithm
  • Four different dive modes (Air, Nitrox, Gauge and Free Dive)
  • Three Gas mixes
  • Gas switching while diving
  • Air integration with up to three transmitters

Cons

  • No compass
  • Safety concerns after recall

The DG03 is a great choice of dive computer if it's updated with the software that removes the issues that lead to the recall. You can get it at a great price for the functionality it provides. The downside is that Hollis won't produce anymore updates.

Where to Buy?

There's not many DG03's available anymore. The best prices can usually be gotten on Amazon. Click the button below to find the lowest price!

Customer Feedback

Customer reviews all over the internet speak positively with the exception of the navigation/software. It's not too intuitive and as such you need to get used to how it works. Once you master it, the dive computer is as easy to use as any other on the market.

Hollis DG03 Display

Conclusion

For the price you get one of the most capable dive computers around. You can add optional air integration to measure the levels of gas in up to three tanks.

The screen is setup nicely and can be read easily. The backlight is strong and makes it easy to read the display in the dark.

You can use up to three gas mixes. The gas mixes can be switched during a dive and you can also change the percentages of Oxygen in the gas mixes during a dive.

A recreational diver will not miss any functionality with the Hollis DC03. The only thing you might want for convenience is a compass. Otherwise, pretty much any functionality you could ask for is part of this scuba computer.

Cressi Leonardo vs. Suunto Zoop Novo

Comparing the Suunto Zoop Novo with the Cressi Leonardo

Both the Cressi Leonardo as well as the Suunto Zoop Novo are dive computers designed for the beginner diver. They are affordable and provide a set of capabilities that matches the entry-level diver.

When we talk about ‘limited’ functionality then please be aware that many divers will never need more capabilities as any of these two dive computers offer. Will there be things you might be missing if you have dived more than 100 dives? Yes, possibly but even then it won’t be essential to have those capabilities in most cases

Suunto Zoop Novo

Suunto Zoop Novo

At first glance both dive computers are not that different. They both come with large screens which makes either one too large to use and wear as a day-to-day watch.

Functionality Differences

The first difference you will see is that the navigation on the Cressi Leonardo is done with a single button. The Suunto Zoop Novo features four buttons to navigate through the functions.

Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages. The upside of a single button navigation is that it’s super-easy to use and that you can’t confuse any buttons when you dive with gloves. The downside is that you have to step through all menu items in order to get to where you want to get.

The multiple button approach allows you to navigate to certain menu selections faster as you don’t have to step through all of them. However, you have to memorize which button does what and if the buttons are too close together you can easily confuse them or not be able to touch the right one if you wear thicker gloves. The Suunto Zoop Novo features a good compromise in this area as the buttons are spaced very far apart so you won’t accidentally press the wrong button.

While the navigation does have differences by how many buttons you have to use, the overall functionality of both dive computers is not that different. Both offer the basic features you will need to dive safely.

They both are capable of handling Air, Nitrox and Gauge modes. The Suunto Zoop additionally can handle free diving and has an off mode. This can be quite helpful if you hit the water but don’t want it to measure any time or depth which would impact your next dive.

One feature that the Leonardo has which is helpful for dive shops is that you can completely reset the dive computer. This allows dive shops and dive schools to have the dive computer start fresh for every new diver.

Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer

Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer

The Suunto Zoop Novo only comes as a wrist dive computer. The Leonardo is available as a personal wrist dive computer as well as a console. It comes in two different console setups. One with a pressure gauge and the other with a compass.

The logbook on the Suunto Zoop is larger which means you can keep more dive data on the device itself. Both scuba computers are capable to be connected to a PC or Mac to transfer the data off of the device. The data can then be analyzed and stored on the PC. You can also plan future dives based on those historic records.

If you dive a lot and want to share your dive data with your friends and family then the Suunto offers the better features for that. You can upload the data from your dives to the Suunto Movescount portal where you can add pictures, video and geo-location. This allows you to create a multi-media scrapbook of your dives and share it with the world!

Nitrox Handling and Sophisticated Functions

Both dive computers can handle Nitrox up to 50%. They are, as is to be expected with an entry-level model, not capable to switch gases during a dive. These more sophisticated capabilities can be found on higher end devices.

Both dive computers use an RGBM model for their calculations. The Zoop Novo uses the Suunto own RGBM while the Leonardo is using the Cressi RGBM. Overall, the Cressi algorithm is a little more liberal while the Suunto is more on the conservative side. It’s hard to say what is better. The one thing you want to keep in mind is that if you for example use a Leonardo and your dive buddy uses a Zoop Novo then the Suunto algorithm might require a deco stop while the Leonardo does not (yet).

Reset Capability

As already mentioned, the Cressi Leonardo offers the ability to do a complete reset. This makes it a great device for dive schools and dive shops that rent out equipment. The reset will erase all data from previous dives and all calculations will start with no consideration of the past.

Other than being an advantage for this specific use case, there’s no advantage if you own the dive computer and use it as your personal scuba watch. In that case it actually can be problematic if you decide to reset the device in order to have it ignore previous dives. You can endanger yourself and your buddy/buddies if you do that!

Missing Capabilities

Neither of them has air integration capabilities or a digital compass built-in. That is usually not a problem for beginners and divers that don’t dive too often.

The lack of more sophisticated features doesn’t allow either of these devices to grow with your experience. This doesn’t mean though that you will need more features anytime soon if you just start diving. Typically, you should easily be able to dive for a few hundred hours before you reach the point that you would require more functionalities. Even then you can simply use either of these dive computers as a backup to a higher end model.

Leonardo Console with Compass

Cressi Leonardo Console with Compass

Leonardo Console with Pressure Gauge

Cressi Leonardo Console with Pressure Gauge

For more information check out the detailed review of the Cressi Leonardo and the Suunto Zoop Novo review!

Verdict

Either of these dive computers is a great choice for an entry-level diver or if you simply recreationally dive only a few times a year. There’s no need to think of a device with more features that costs more.

If you are beginning to dive and you think you might end up diving a lot then it still would make sense to start with an entry-level device such as the Suunto Zoop Novo or the Leonardo Cressi. Most divers that do not live close to the water will need quite a while before they gain the experience to outgrow the capabilities of either of these two devices.

At that time the next level of dive computers will possibly have additional features that today’s models don’t have. Get the latest model of these more sophisticated scuba computers when you need it and keep your entry-level device as a backup.

Liquivision Lynx Dive Computer Review

To start this review off with some sad news, the Lynx, or any other of the dive computers from the Liquivision Enlightened series are no longer being produced. You can read more about this here.

However, you can still find some devices on Amazon for sale. If you’re interested in a high-end dive computer with sophisticated features then you are able to get the Lynx at a really great price.

Before you buy though, make sure to read our review of this dive computer so you know what you might get. Even at a reduced price, you will have to pay quite a bit of money for this scuba computer.


Review Summary of the Liquivision Lynx Dive Computer

Experience Level

Designed for experienced and professional divers and instructors.

STYLE

Large dive computer to be worn on the wrist.

Ease of Use

Easy navigation with tapping mechanism to switch menus.

Price Level

Expensive device that targets the serious and experienced diver.

We Like

  • Display is large and clear.
  • Bright OLED display with crisp colors
  • Tapping navigation is easy to master
  • Complete set of functionality for experienced and professional divers.

We Don't Like

  • Pretty large size
  • Complaints about build quality of the case from other divers

Summary:

This is one of the most sophisticated dive computers available today. If you're a beginner diver or you dive a few times a year then don't bother to look at it. However, if you are experienced and you dive a lot or even dive as your occupation then this is a fantastic scuba computer for you. The only concern in this case is that there are a number of divers that have complained about the quality of the device.

LiquiVision Lynx

When the Lynx was introduced in 2013 it was one of the best dive computers you could get. It features a bright and colorful OLED screen. The screen is bright enough to easily read the data on it in low visibility environments. From the first impression this is the most outstanding feature of the Lynx.





Capabilities

The Lynx shape is rectangular and it is worn on the wrist.

It offers three different dive modes:

  • Rec
  • Tec
  • Gauge
Liquivision Lynx air integration black

While the brilliant screen is one thing, the navigation is something different. There are no buttons to be found on this scuba computer. Navigation is performed through tapping on the screen. After a short period this seems more intuitive than most other devices available on the market.

Under the hood, this model has to offer a lot more impressive technical features. First, it comes with wireless air integration that reliably works and displays the air pressure/remaining air on the display.

But that’s not all when it comes to integration for this dive computer. You can connect your dive computer with up to 9 transmitters to monitor the air as well as the location of those 9 other divers. This feature is great for dive schools where the instructor is able to monitor the air for all students without continuously having to poll them to get the status!

It also can be combined with a wireless transmitter that you can for example attach to a line underneath the boat. Your Lynx can then hone in on that location and guide you back. Kind of like a GPS for divers.

The technology used for this wireless integration is based on acoustic signals. This works extremely well under water. Not so much above water but that’s not what it is designed for. The range for the transmissions is specified to be 100 meters/330 feet.

Technical Capabilities

The modes in the Liquivision Lynx are there to adjust the dive computer to the diver the best possible way. In Rec Mode the Lynx is capable of handling a single gas mix between 21% and 40%. In this mode you can monitor the tank pressure for his/her own (single) tank and up to 9 other divers if they have transmitters. You can monitor the location of these 9 divers through their transmitters also.

In Tec mode you can monitor up to three tanks of your own. These can consist of three different mixes between 21% and 100% O2. You will need three different transmitters to monitor your three tanks! It does not allow to calculate remaining time though as it’s simply getting too complicated to do that. You can monitor the location of 7 other divers in this mode if they are equipped with the necessary transmitters.

The Gauge Mode includes a stop watch and measures the average depth which can be reset. In this mode you also can monitor the tanks of up to 9 other divers if they have transmitters on their tanks. In Gauge mode it is also possible to monitor the location of up to 9 divers.

In all modes you can also monitor the location of a landmark transmitter that for example is providing the location of your boat. This transmitter simply replaces one of the diver transmitters you can monitor.

The Liquivision Lynx also offers the Bühlmann Mode. In this mode you can set optional gradient factors to impact the underlying algorithm.

Other Features and Computer Connectivity​

As you can expect from such a high-end scuba computer, you can also find a digital compass integrated into the Lynx. Furthermore, there are additional features that allow you to plan and simulate dives as well as a dive log to store your information from actual dives. The Lynx can be connected to either a PC or Mac to transfer the log data. The interface to connect the Lynx to the computer is an optional module though.

Another nice feature is that the battery can be switched by you. There’s no need to bring it to a dive shop or service center.

Missing Functionality

There's really nothing you could miss with this dive computer. The screen is excellent and the functionality provided is comprehensive. There are practically no features that you would miss with this device.

Features/Specifications

  • Brilliant color OLED screen
  • Simple tapping navigation without buttons
  • Visual and audible alarms
  • Large display with bright colors
  • Dive mode settings for Rec, Tec and Gauge use
  • Three Gas mix settings between 21% and 100%
  • Bühlmann mode for setting optional gradient factors
  • Maximum operating depth 200 meters/656 feet
  • Operational on altitudes up to 8,840m/29,000ft
  • Data measured and displayed in imperial or metric units
  • User replaceable battery

Pros and Cons

The Liquivision Lynx offers all the functionality required by an experienced diver. Whether you're a recreational diver or a professional, you will not miss anything with this device.

The screen is brilliant. It's an OLED display that provides brilliant colors and unsurpassed brightness. The pricing is on the high end of what you can pay for a dive computer but in line with all the functionalities you get.

Pros

  • Brilliant color OLED screen
  • Wireless air monitoring
  • Tracking air levels of up to 9 other divers
  • Location tracking of up to 9 other divers
  • Switch gas during a dive
  • Three different dive modes

Cons

  • Occasional complaints about build quality
  • Not a wrist watch

Where to Buy?

​As mentioned above, the Liquivision Lynx is no longer produced. You can buy in stock items at Amazon where you will typically find the best price available.

Customer Feedback

There are not too many customer reviews to be found on Amazon. The main criticism is the quality of how the Lynx is built. Otherwise, the functionality is spot on and the device itself is innovative.

Liquivision Lynx with Air Integration - Blue

Conclusion

The Lynx offers all the functionalities you can imagine in a scuba computer. It's targeting the experienced diver and the professional diver. Functionality and price go in line with this.

The display is simply amazing. It is sharp and displays all information graphically and in color. The screen is also very bright and you can easily see the information even when it is dark.

Whom is the Liquivision Lynx not for?

​This is simple to answer. If you're not a very experienced diver or diving is your job then this dive computer is simply overkill. Is it a cool device and can you possibly gain the experience to really use all of its features? Yes, possibly but you might be better off looking at a cheaper scuba computer that is tailored specifically to the recreational diving market.

Cressi Leonardo vs. Giotto

Comparing the Cressi Leonardo and the Giotto

Cressi designed two dive computers themselves. The Leonardo and the Giotto. While the Leonardo squarely targets the entry-level market, the Giotto targets pretty much any experience level in the recreational diving market.

After giving them a first glance, you will see that they do have quite a few differences. And no, that’s not only the price point. The Leonardo is cheaper by around $100 and is one of the most affordable scuba computers you can find. The Giotto is priced higher but also offers more functionality.

Cressi Giotto Wrist Computer Black-Blue

Cressi Giotto Wrist Computer

Functionality Differences

The immediate difference you will see is that the Giotto has three navigation buttons vs. one on the Leonardo. This has advantages and disadvantages. It does make for a quicker and easier navigation through the menus as you can go back and forth with two of the buttons. The single-button navigation on the Leonardo forces you to step through each menu choice to get to the one you want to go.

However, having a single button also has a nice advantage. You won’t press the wrong button by accident. That is specifically true if you’re diving with thicker gloves. Having three buttons can make it a little hard to press the right one in that case. Assuming though that the Giotto is used by a more experienced diver also means that one would expect that the diver is calm enough to take the time to press the correct one.

Both dive computers are very similar in size. They both provide a large display with a sharp display. The data displayed on the screen is very clearly displayed. The Giotto in addition to showing the standard data like depth, dive time, etc. also has a graphic CNS oxygen toxicity indicator. This measures and displays the oxygen toxicity level for the Central Nervous System (CNS).

The Leonardo as well as the Giotto have user exchangeable batteries. They cannot be hot-switched, meaning the current data stays while you switch, but you don’t have to bring or send the dive watch to a service center or dive shop. This does make it easier to have a spare battery with you so you change it yourself if needed. The current battery level is displayed on the display of both models.

Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer

Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer

Nitrox Handling and Sophisticated Functions

The Leonardo provides the basic functionality that you’d expect from an entry-level scuba computer. It allows to use one gas mix up to a 50% oxygen level. Being designed for a beginner, it does not provide the capability to switch from air to Nitrox during a dive.

The Giotto can handle two Nitrox mixes up to 99% oxygen. To support more experienced and technical divers, you can switch between gases during a dive. It is also equipped with handling a Nitrox dive after a dive with air even if you’re desaturating.

Reset Capability

A feature that makes both models attractive for rental shops is that they can be completely reset after a dive. Many other dive computers don’t have this capability and at that moment they take data from previous dives into consideration when they calculate dive limits for the current dive. Both the Cressi Leonardo and the Cressi Giotto can be completely reset so they calculate the current dive without considering a previous dive.

Missing Capabilities

Both the Giotto and the Leonardo do not offer functionality that you can find in higher end computers. Specifically you won’t find any sort of air integration on these scuba computers. For most recreational divers this does not pose a problem.

The same is true for both device not having an integrated compass. Both dive computers do come in a console variant though instead of a wrist computer. The console is equipped with a second instrument which can either be a compass or a pressure gauge.

Both the Giotto and the Leonardo come as consoles. They combine the computer with either a compass or a pressure gauge. While this is a tempting proposition, it also has its disadvantages. You will have to grab for the console if you want to see the data which can be tricky if you have your hands full, e.g. in an emergency when you help your buddy. It’s easier to look at your wrist in those cases.

Giotto Console with Pressure Gauge

Cressi Giotto Console with Pressure Gauge

Giotto Console with Compass

Cressi Giotto Console with Compass

Leonardo Console with Pressure Gauge

Cressi Leonardo Console with Pressure Gauge

Leonardo Console with Compass

Cressi Leonardo Console with Compass

Check out our detailed review of the Cressi Giotto and the Cressi Leonardo Review for more information!

Verdict

If you’re a beginner and you know you will stick with the sport then you might be better off investing the additional money into the Giotto. The additional functions allow it to grow with your experience.

The Leonardo is a fantastic beginner and budget dive computer but it has its limitations when it comes to functionality offered. Does it have enough capability to get you through your first 100 or even 200 dives? Yes, it does. Will you hit the ceiling with what it offers afterward? Very likely you might.

Paying more for the Giotto now will push that ceiling farther out. You most likely will actually never run out of functionality on it if you’re recreational diving.

Before you buy any of the two models you might want to really think about how long you might need to reach 100 or 150 dives. If that’ll take you a few years then go with the Leonardo. By the time you will require more functionality, there’s a good chance that the technology has evolved and you get a newer model than what is available today.

If you think that you’ll be able to reach that number in a year or two then opt for the Giotto. It offers what you need for the next years to come. There’s a good chance that there won’t be any significant technology changes by the time you reach the need to take advantage of the more sophisticated functions.

Cressi Giotto Dive Computer Review

There is an abundance of dive computers on the market that cater to every type of diver. Whether you're a recreational or technical diver, you can and will find a match. The Cressi Giotto is targeting the recreational diver.

The device has a large display and functionality that allows it to grow with the experience of the diver. The display shows all necessary information on a high-resolution screen. A quick look is usually enough to get the information you need.


Review Summary of the Cressi Giotto Dive Computer

Experience Level

Designed for beginner to medium experienced recreational divers.

STYLE

A large dive computer. Not usable as a wristwatch.

Ease of Use

Simple navigation with three separate buttons.

Price Level

Good value for the price. Priced above the basic entry-level dive computer.

We Like

  • Display is large and sharp
  • Easy navigation with three buttons
  • Features for entry level and experienced divers.
  • Log book that is large enough to store data for 60 dives
  • Complete reset mode for rental shops

We Don't Like

  • Too large to wear as a watch
  • No air integration

Summary:

The Cressi Giotto is a great dive computer. Cressi added a few features to the functionality that make it a device that you can use for many years. It will grow with you and the only missing thing might be the air integration. Other than that it's a scuba computer that works for beginners as well as experienced divers. And all that comes at a great price point.

Cressi Giotto Dive Computer Black-Red

You will notice that the display is quite clean as it is not stuffed or bombarded with strange abbreviations that beginners might have a hard time understanding. There are lots of dive computers with advanced information displays that are better suited for professionals.


The Giotto is available in a large variety of colors:

  • Black/Red
  • Black/Blue
  • Black/Green
  • Black/Grey
  • Black/Black
  • Black/Yellow
  • Black/Pink
  • Black/White
  • White/Lilac

​While the shape is that of a traditional wrist watch, the size is not. It's size reminds more of a hockey puck. For a diver computer though, a small size is not the most important thing yet being able to quickly read the information on the screen is. And the Giotto does a fine job with that.




Capabilities

The Cressi Giotto has the basic shape of a wrist watch but due to its size it is too large to be used as one. The large size has advantages though as the screen allows to read all data at a glance.

It offers three different dive modes:

  • Air
  • Nitrox
  • Gauge
Cressi GIotto Black-Green Scuba Watch Computer

The Cressi Giotto is a wrist dive computer. It's also available in two console versions. One with a mini pressure gauge and the other with a compass. In all three variations the Giotto shines as a reliable and functionality-rich dive computer.

The large display size allows to see all important data in one view. The data is clearly separated and easy to read. It makes it easy for a diver of any experience level to get the vital information that is needed for a safe dive.

Navigation is managed through three easy to access buttons. They are accessible and usable even when wearing gloves. With thick gloves it can start to get a problem to hit the right button but that should not be a problem for most divers. The battery level is clearly visible on the display. The battery itself can be changed by yourself without a problem. No need to having to bring the computer to a dive shop or service center!

Navigation overall is very simple with the three buttons. Compared to a single button design you also don't have to switch through all menu choices in order to get back to where you want to be. The forward and backward buttons allow for quick switching to get to the menu you need.​

The Giotto has numerous audible and visual warnings for a wide range of conditions:

  • Dive Time
  • Max. Depth
  • CNS Toxicity Alarm
  • Ascent rate violation
  • High PO2
  • Decompression depth warning alarm
  • Decompression air and nitrox warnings
  • Deep stop warning

Technical Capabilities

The Cressi Giotto can handle oxygen levels between 21% and 99% in Nitrox mode. It is capable of handling two different gas mixes which can be switched during a dive. The pO2 limits for this device can be adjusted between 1.2 and 1.6 bars.

The maximum operational dive depth is 120 m (394 ft). For dives at higher altitudes it can be set to altitude levels of up to 3,700 meters (12,139 ft) in four different altitude settings.

The underlying algorithm is Cressi's RGBM. ​It is based on the Haldane model. The Haldane/Wienke model was modified by Cressi to adapt it to their needs.

The algorithm by itself is rather liberal. The Giotto allows to adjust the conservatism of the algorithm in case you prefer to use a model with higher safety margins. The computer supports three safety settings/factors. By default the computer will take the Cressi model without any safety factor added on top.

The Giotto has a specific display to show the oxygen toxicity level for the Central Nervous System (CNS). This CNS Toxicity display relates to the partial oxygen pressure taking into consideration the diver's exposure time. The resulting toxicity level of oxygen is continuously monitored and displayed in a graph on the screen.

Dive Log and Connectivity

​The log in the device can hold data for up to 70 hours of dive data. Assuming typical dive lengths this is enough for around 60 dives. The data is sampled every 20 seconds. The sampling rate cannot be changed. The data for past dives can be accessed on the scuba computer. Detailed analysis of past dives can be performed on a PC when the dive log has been transferred to it.

The connector to the PC or Mac is sold separately. You can then analyze the detailed dive information with the provided software. You can also adjust the data to run simulations of future dives.

Missing Functionality

The Cressi Giotto is considered to still be an entry-level dive computer. Being that, there is functionality missing that you will get from a more sophisticated and expensive device.

The two most obvious missing functions are the lack of a built-in compass (which you can get when you buy a console) and the missing air integration (also available through console). Both are not common in any dive computer in this price range so you will have to pay a lot more to get them in a higher end dive computer.​

Be aware though that these missing functions are not necessarily a problem for a recreational diver. Typically, the set of functions provided is sufficient for recreational diving and you won't need more.

Features/Specifications

  • Easy to use 3 button navigation
  • Alarms both audible and visual
  • Large high resolution display with clear sections to display data
  • Three dive mode settings for Air, Nitrox and Gauge
  • Two Nitrox settings between 21% and 99%
  • Limits for PO2 between 1.2 and 1.6 bars
  • Cressi RGBM algorithm
  • Maximum operating depth 120 meters/393 feet
  • Four altitude settings up to 3,700 m (12,139 ft)
  • Display either imperial or metric data
  • Dive log up to 70 hours equaling 60 dives
  • User replaceable Lithium battery
  • Available in a large variety of different color combinations
  • 2 year limited warranty

Pros and Cons

The Cressi Giotto is a great dive computer for medium experienced recreational divers. It's built and designed by one of the leading brands in the scuba realm and it provides all features that you could ask for. 

The display is sharp and provides an easy view onto the essential data. The pricing is right for the capabilities you get. It's a great wrist computer that has the ability to grow with your increased needs over the years.

Pros

  • Easy navigation with three buttons
  • Cressi RGBM algorithm
  • Three different dive modes (Air, Nitrox and Gauge)
  • Two Nitrox mixes
  • Gas switching during a dive
  • All capabilities included for a medium experienced recreational diver

Cons

  • No compass
  • No air integration
  • Not a wrist watch

The functionality provided by the Giotto makes it a solid choice for a diver that has some experience. It's easy enough to use so that a beginner diver can use it and grow with it. Being able to program two different Nitrox mixes and switch gases during a dive is a great feature that a diver could need after gaining some experience. It does not offer high end features like air integration or a compass but that is reflected in the price. Unfortunately, it cannot be extended with air integration at a later time. Most recreational divers will not miss this functionality though.

Where to Buy?

The best prices and the most color combinations for the Cressi Giotto can be found on Amazon. All optional equipment like the PC connector are also available. Amazon will also make sure that you will get the genuine product and not some knock-off that looks like it!

Customer Feedback

Having a look at the customer reviews on Amazon shows that divers who bought the Cressi Giotto are overwhelmingly happy. You'll be hard-pressed to find any negative reviews on this item except for some connectivity issues to specific MacOS versions as well as a dive computer that was dead on arrival. In that case Amazon will exchange the product without any problems so even in that case you're covered.

Cressi Giotto Wrist Computer Black-Blue

Comparing the Cressi Giotto

The comparison chart below shows the differences between the Cressi Giotto, the Suunto D4i and the Mares Smart dive computers.

Suunto D4i Novo

Cressi Giotto

Mares Smart

Suunto D4i Novo
Cressi Giotto Dive Computer black-yellow
Mares Smart Dive Computer - Black/Red

Max. Depth

100 m / 328 ft

120 m / 394 ft

150 m / 492 ft

Nitrox Capable

Free Dive Mode

Gas Mixes

1 gas

(Oxygen 21 - 50%)

  2 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 50%)

  2 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 50%)

Connectivity

USB

USB

USB

Compass

Bezel

Stainless steel

Composite

Composite

Case

Composite

Composite

Composite

Log Size

~ 140 hrs

~ 70 hrs

~ 36 hrs

Visual Alarms

Audible Alarms

Battery Life (Avg)

1.5 years avg

1.5 years avg

1.5 years avg

Conclusion

The Giotto is offering all the features you can ask for in a dive computer for the recreational diver. It's a step up from the Cressi Leonardo which is one of the best entry-level wrist computers available.

The screen is easy to read and provides all necessary information clearly separated in a single view. With up to two Nitrox mixes you'll be able to use this dive computer for many years to come as it is able to grow with your needs.

There should really not be any functionalities needed for a recreational diver besides what the Cressi Giotto offers. For technical divers a compass and/or air integration might be required which is not supported by this device.

Whom is the CRESSI Giotto not for?

​This is a really good question. We think that the Giotto fits the bill for pretty much any level of recreational diver. A technical or professional diver might ask for a few more functions but otherwise you'll be happy with this device.

The Cressi Giotto does offer all the features you can ask for as a recreational diver. Some might prefer to have a watch sized dive computer with similar capabilities. In that case you might want to consider the Mares Smart.

Mares Puck Pro vs. Mares Puck

Comparing the Mares Puck Pro with the Mares Puck

Mares Puck Pro - White

When Mares introduced the Puck dive computer, it rocked the boat. It was an affordable and delivered all the necessary functionalities that are expected from an entry level model.

The outstanding feature of the Puck was its single button navigation. It made it very simple to use even when diving in cold surroundings and wearing thick gloves.

The Puck Pro was the logical successor which had to follow one of the best dive computers on the market. Mares was able to keep all the great things of the Puck and added some elements to make it indeed even a better computer! Check out our detailed review on the Mares Puck Pro!

However, are these improvements worth the additional price? Does it make sense to upgrade?

Design Differences

At first glance both devices look rather similar. They both are roughly the size of a hockey puck (hence the name). The button on the Mares Puck Pro has been moved out of the display area to the bottom of the case. This allows for more display area without compromising the ease of use coming from having a single button to navigate the different functions.

The diameter of the Puck Pro is slightly larger. On the other hand it is less high than the Puck. This makes it overall more comfortable to wear and less clunky. The larger diameter combined with the different positioning of the navigation button provides a significantly larger display area on the Pro compared to the original model.

The display on the Puck Pro is also somewhat better to read without backlight in semi-darkness. This can at times be helpful but it is not a huge factor when deciding which dive computer to buy.

Features and Functions

There’s not a ton of functional differences between the Puck and the Puck Pro. The most talked about difference is that the Firmware of the Puck Pro can be upgraded.

This at first sounds like a great feature. Realistically it’s probably not that big of an issue. A firmware update will typically not include an upgrade to the decompression algorithm or any other necessary software in the computer. Having said that, the feature comes in handy if there was an programming issue with the firmware that would require updating.

The other big difference is that the Pro can handle two different gas mixes while the original Puck can only handle one gas mix. This is a great feature if you have different mixes you use during a dive to optimize bottom time.

The algorithm in the Puck Pro got a minor update and seems to be slightly more conservative. The changes do not seem to be significant though.

There are no significant differences in most of the other functions including the log book. The logbook is sufficiently large but seems rather small compared to other dive computers like the Suunto Zoop Novo.

Mares Puck Pro - Lime

Conclusion

The most visible improvement of the Puck Pro vs. the Puck is the larger display. The different placement of the navigation button increases the available display space significantly. The Pro also feels more comfortable as it is less thick.

Under the hood the most significant improvement is the ability to work with two different gas mixtures. This can become more important for more experienced divers which means that the Pro is a device that a diver can use for a longer period of time.

Do these two features mean that you should drop your Puck and run to get a Puck Pro? No, not at all. However, if you are looking for a new dive computer then spend the extra bucks and go for the Puck Pro instead of the Puck. Over time, the additional investment will be well worth it. Click here to find the lowest price on the Mares Puck Pro!

Suunto Zoop Novo vs. Suunto Zoop

Comparing the Suunto Zoop Novo with the Suunto Zoop

Suunto Zoop Novo - Yellow

Early in 2016 Suunto introduced the Zoop Novo as the successor of the very successful Zoop. The Zoop itself had been on the market since 2010. Since then it became one of the best-selling dive computers in the entry-level segment. The Zoop Novo has big shoes to fill if it wants to become as successful as its predecessor.

You can read our review of the Suunto Zoop Novo to learn more about its overall features and capabilities.​

Will the redesign to the Novo continue the success story? Is it worth upgrading?

Design Differences

The looks are overall very similar. The Zoop had three buttons while the Novo has four. This does help with cleaning up the overall navigation and actually making it easier to use the different functions.

Suunto Zoop Novo - Black

Suunto Zoop Novo in black

Suunto Zoop Dive Computer Black

Suunto Zoop in black

The Novo has a slightly larger diameter than the original model. On the other hand it also is a little slimmer. It actually nearly doubled in weight to 120 grams (4.23 oz). This overall indicates that the Novo is built more robust. Not that the Zoop had any problems in that area though.

Suunto did improve the display quite significantly. Not only does it offer two backlight options now but it also features a similar dot-matrix screen like the higher end models from Suunto do. This allows to display pretty much any sort of information without having to use abbreviations or other display mechanisms to get the data across.

The backlight options now include an active backlight that is activated by pressing the menu button down. The screen is also phosphor-luminescent which makes it glow in the dark when you shine a dive light at it. That’s a convenient method to be able to view the data while not having to burn through the battery using the built-in backlight!

The Zoop Novo also uses the cable port that is similar to the D-Series and allows an easier connection with the cable than the clamp style connector that the Zoop used.

Features and Functions

Suunto changed quite a few software related features with the introduction of the Zoop Novo. The overall software is similar to the one used in the D-Series. It splits the menu up into 4 easy to use sections.

The logbook functionality has been significantly improved. The original Zoop was capable of keeping a 50 hour logbook. The Novo nearly tripled that memory to a staggering 140 hours. Another new feature is that the sampling rate can be adjusted to 10, 20, 30 and 60 seconds and in freediving mode to 1, 2 and 5 seconds. The Zoop sampled at a fixed sampling rate of 30 seconds.

Overall, the algorithm in the Novo has slightly changed as it can handle Deep Stops now. The original Zoop was not capable of doing that.

The Zoop Novo also has more dive modes as it can handle gauge and free dive in addition to air and nitrox diving.

Suunto Zoop Novo - Blue

Conclusion

The most important improvements are clearly the better display and the simpler menu structure when you compare the Zoop Novo to the original model. The backlight has also improved a lot which helps when you dive in darker environments.

Having more memory is nice but not necessarily a big sales point. You can always offload your dive history to your computer and keep as much data on there as you want. The overall capabilities of the log book with adjustable sampling rates add more flexibility to the overall functionality.

Lastly, if you’re not only into air or nitrox diving but do some free diving then the upgrade is a significant improvement for you.

If you own a Zoop and are happy with it then don’t run out to upgrade to the Novo. If you’re looking for an entry-level dive computer and try to pick either the Zoop or the Zoop Novo then it’s worth the slightly higher cost to get the newer model. You will get a state-of-the-art entry-level dive computer at a great price! Click here to find the lowest price!

Mares Puck Pro Dive Computer Review

The Mares Puck Pro provides the basic features that are expected from an entry-level dive computer. This in combination of its cheap price tag make it a great choice for beginners as well as experienced divers that want a backup to their more sophisticated device.

Mares had introduce the Puck dive computer in 2008. It turned the market upside down with its simplicity. The concept of a single button to navigate all functions was new and specifically new divers loved it. The Puck Pro is the successor of this original device and it has some great improvements.


Review Summary of the Mares Puck Pro Dive Computer

Experience Level

Suited for the beginner or as a backup device for experienced divers.

STYLE

Oversized watch style. Cannot be worn as a regular wrist watch.

Ease of Use

Super-simple navigation with single button.

Price Level

One of the most affordable dive computers available.

We Like

  • Large and clean display
  • Simple to use
  • All features that an entry-level diver could need
  • Large log book to store dive information
  • Off Mode to take the computer out of dive mode completely
  • Personal dive profiles to adjust algorithm to be more conservative

We Don't Like

  • Too big to wear as a watch
  • Does not offer air integration

Summary:

The Mares Puck Pro is the successor of the very widely used Puck. It builds on the simplicity and easy of use of the original device yet improves where things could be improved. The simplicity is the outstanding feature of this entry-level dive computer. That, and the great price you can get it for. It doesn't have any advanced functionalities but none of those should be expected at this price point! Overall it's a great device for the beginner diver or if you're looking for a backup dive computer.

Mares Puck Pro - Black

The Mares Puck Pro is a quite large dive computer. Some compare it to the size of a hockey puck. This does have advantages under water as it's easy to read the information on the display. It does mean though that you can't use it as an everyday watch.


The Puck Pro is available in a variety of colors:

  • Black
  • White
  • Yellow
  • Lime
  • Red
  • Blue



Capabilities

The Mares Puck Pro might look like a wrist watch but it is a quite large device. It's over 2 inches in diameter and close to an inch thick.

The large size allows for a large screen that displays all important data without having to search for it. There are three different dive modes available:

  • Air
  • Nitrox
  • Gauge
Mares Puck Pro - Red

​The large size of the Puck Pro allows to display all necessary information on the screen while still providing a great fit on your wrist. The single button navigation works great even if you're wearing thick gloves. However, it can be a little tedious to having to scroll through all options as you only have a single button to move through the different functions.

The display comes with a sufficiently strong backlight. The backlight duration can be set from 1 to 10 seconds to preserve battery.

The Puck Pro features audible and visual alarms:

  • Ascending too fast
  • Exceed safety for ppO2/MOD
  • Nitrogen saturation equal to 100%
  • Decompression stop violation
  • Low Battery

Technical Capabilities

The Mares Puck Pro is capable of handling oxygen mixtures between 21% and 99% for Nitrox diving. You can adjust the pO2 levels between 1.2 bar and 1.6 bar. The max. depth is up to 150 meters (492 feet). Altitude adjustments can be made up to 3,700 meters (12,100 feet).

The underlying algorithm is based on the Mares-Wienke RGBM model. The conservatism of the algorithm can be adjusted through different settings. This increases the safety settings if you prefer to stay on more conservative and safer settings.

Dive Log and Connectivity

​The dive log has a capacity of up to 36 hours at a sampling rate of 5 seconds. This provides a reasonably sized log of your most recent dives. You have to wait until the data is overwritten as you can't delete from the dive log yourself. You need to transfer your dive log to a computer if you want to avoid data to be overwritten.

The USB connector is sold separately. It allows to transfer your dive data to a computer where you can analyze it further and use the data to plan future dives.

Missing Functionality

Any entry level dive computer like the Mares Puck Pro has features missing that are available in higher end devices. The Puck Pro is in line with pretty much all other basic devices and is missing capabilities like a built in compass and air integration.

Neither of these features will be missed by beginners and as this dive computer is designed for that group it's not an issue that the functionality is not there. Unfortunately, this also means that you can't expand the capabilities of this gadget and will then later on have to upgrade to a different device. You can always keep the Puck as your backup scuba watch though.

Features/Specifications

  • Simple single button navigation
  • Large display to show all important information on the screen
  • Three dive modes for Air, Nitrox and Gauge
  • Audible and visual alarms
  • Nitrox settings between 21% and 99% with PO2 settings ranging from 1.2 to 1.6 bars
  • Mares-Wienke RGBM algorithm
  • Maximum operating depth 150 meters/492 feet
  • Four altitude settings up to 3,700 m (12,100 ft)
  • Supports both imperial and metric data display
  • Dive log up to 35 hours with a pre-set 5 second sampling rate
  • User replaceable Lithium battery (CR2450)
  • Six different colors
  • 2 year limited warranty

Pros and Cons

The Mares Puck Pro is an excellent dive computer for a beginner or to use as a backup device for an experienced diver. It is built solid and will reliably work. Mares has done a great job improving on the already excellent Puck.

Pros

  • Great display to show all important data
  • Adjustable RGBM algorithm
  • Three different dive modes (Air, Nitrox and Gauge)
  • Easy connection to a computer
  • Simple navigation with single button interface
  • Easy to use even when wearing thick gloves

Cons

  • No built-in compass
  • Missing air integration
  • Too large to use as a wrist watch

​You get all functionality you would expect from an entry level dive computer. It's missing the bells and whistles that can be found in more expensive devices like compass or air integration. This missing functionality is reflected in the rather low price of this scuba computer.

The dive log can't be purged which makes the Puck Pro not usable for dive shops that rent out dive computers. This is not really a negative factor assuming that many beginner divers will probably want to purchase their own device in order to build up their dive logs, etc.

Where to Buy?

Lowest prices as well as fastest delivery in combination with the best service are usually found at Amazon.com. Ordering the Mares Puck Pro at Amazon is not exception to this rule. You can find all available colors and accessories at the lowest prices.

Customer Feedback

You can find many comments online from other divers that bought the Mares Puck Pro. Overwhelmingly, the feedback is positive. The only issue we found in the reviews is that you need to replace the o-rings when you need to change the batteries. You should be aware of that so you can order them separately beforehand.

One other review stated that the dust cap on the battery compartment was not correctly placed when they received the device. They didn't know that at the time and when they took the device under water the battery compartment flooded and rendered the gadget useless. They could return it but you might want to check that the battery compartment is correctly closed before using the Puck Pro!

Mares Puck Pro - Yellow

Comparing the Mares Puck Pro

The comparison chart below shows the differences between the Mares Puck Pro, its predecessor the Mares Puck and the Cressi Leonardo. Check out our detailed comparison between the Mares Puck Pro and the Mares Puck!

Mares Puck

Mares Puck Pro

Cressi Leonardo

Mares Puck Dive Computer
Mares Puck Pro - Black
Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer - Black/Blue

Max. Depth

150 m / 492 ft

  150 m / 492 ft

120 m / 394 ft

Nitrox Capable

Free Dive Mode

Gas Mixes

1 gas
(Oxygen 21 - 50%)

  2 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 99%)

  1 gas

(Oxygen 21 - 50%)

Connectivity

USB

USB

USB

Compass

Bezel

Composite

Composite

Stainless steel

Case

Composite

Composite

Composite

Log Size

~ 38 hrs

~ 36 hrs

~ 75 hrs

Visual Alarms

Audible Alarms

Battery Life (Avg)

1.5 years avg

1.5 years avg

  2 years avg

Conclusion

To conclude this review on the Mares Puck Pro Dive Computer, it is a cheap yet reliable and efficient dive computer. While being an ideal choice for entry level divers, it could serve the purpose of a decent backup dive computer for professionals.

With such a low price, it would be a mistake to expect advanced features that are only present in high end dive computers. So before you make a buying decision, it would be a good idea to actually think about your requirements and then compare it with the pros and cons highlighted in this review. This will definitely help you in the decision-making process.

If you decide that the Mares Puck Pro is a suitable dive computer for your needs then you will definitely be satisfied with your purchase. It provides all necessary functions and works reliably.​

Whom is the Mares Puck Pro not for?

​If you gained more experience as a diver and require features like a compass or air integration then this is not the right computer for you. You will have to look at higher end devices like the Suunto D4i Novo to provide such features.

The Mares Puck Pro does its name justice. It's puck sized and as such not usable as a watch you wear every day. On the bright side, this does allow for a large screen to display all important information. If you are looking for an entry level dive computer you can use as a watch then have a look at the Mares Smart.

Suunto Zoop Novo Dive Computer Review

The most important aspect that you should be looking for in a dive computer is whether it is built for amateurs or professionals. As far as the Suunto Zoop Novo Dive Computer is concerned, it is built for entry level scuba divers.

As per the requirements of a beginner scuba diver, this computer comes with a big display screen so that the diver does not have to experience any difficulties in reading the information being displayed. Basically, the information can easily be read at a glance due to the size of the display.


Review Summary of the Suunto Zoop Novo Dive Computer

Experience Level

Designed for the new and less experienced divers.

STYLE

A oversized dive computer that can't be used as a daily watch.

Ease of Use

Easy to use navigation with separate buttons.

Price Level

Good value for the price. Priced as an entry-level dive computer.

We Like

  • Large and clean display
  • Simple to use
  • All features that an entry-level diver could need
  • Large log book to store dive information
  • Off Mode to take the computer out of dive mode completely
  • Personal dive profiles to adjust algorithm to be more conservative

We Don't Like

  • Too large to wear as a watch
  • No air integration

Summary:

The Suunto Zoop Novo is a great dive computer for beginners. However, that does not mean that an experienced diver couldn't use this computer. It is easy to use and has a whole list of functions that benefit the entry to mid level diver. Features that you would expect in a higher end scuba computer are not offered and there's also no possible expansion like air integration, etc. Needless to say though, for the price it is a great device.

Suunto Zoop Novo - Blue

You will notice that the display is quite clean as it is not stuffed or bombarded with strange abbreviations that beginners might have a hard time understanding. There are lots of dive computers with advanced information displays that are better suited for professionals.


The Zoop Novo is available in three different colors:

  • Black
  • Lime
  • Blue

​It is shaped like a regular watch but it is too large to be worn as a wrist watch. The large size makes it easier to read under water so it's a trade off that a beginner might not be too concerned with.




Capabilities

The Zoop Novo looks like a wrist watch but it is way too big to be used as one. The benefit of this large size is that the screen is capable of cleanly displaying all necessary data at a glance. It can work with five different dive modes:

  • Air
  • Nitrox
  • Gauge
  • Freedive
  • Off Mode
Suunto Zoop Novo - Lime

​The Zoop Novo is designed in the form of a wrist watch but is way too big to be worn everyday. The large size does allow for a very clean layout of the display though which makes it specifically for beginners very easy to read the information.

All important and necessary information is visible on the screen and the four buttons allow for easy navigation and adjustment. The battery level is clearly visible to prevent you from running out of battery while diving.

The navigation on this device is made as simple as possible for beginner divers. The buttons are ergonomically placed and allow to navigate through the different options even when using thick gloves. Compared to models with one button the navigation can be faster if using more buttons as you won't have to step through every screen option with a single button.

This device has audible and visual warnings for a number of conditions:

  • Dive Time
  • Max. Depth
  • Ascent too fast
  • High pO2
  • Decompression ceiling violation
  • Deepstop violation

Technical Capabilities

The Zoop Novo can handle oxygen levels between 21% and 50% in Nitrox mode. The pO2 limits for this device can be adjusted between 1.2 and 1.6 bars.

The maximum operations dive depth is 80 m (262 ft). It also features altitude adjustment settings up to 3,000 meters (9,843 ft).

As one would expect the algorithm is Suunto's own. It's an RGBM (Reduced Gradient Bubble Model) algorithm. It has been developed together with Dr. Bruce Wienke.

A really interesting feature of the Zoop Novo is its ability to allow the diver to adjust the conservatism of the algorithm. This allows to increase the safety levels for a dive if you want that extra level of safety. You can set the adjustment and this way set a more conservative dive profile.

Another cool feature is the off mode. This allows to prevent the dive computer from automatically switching into dive mode when it's taken into water. This can help to safe battery life if you wear the device without needing it.​

Dive Log and Connectivity

​The log in the device can hold data for up to 140 hours. For typical usage this should be enough for around 100 dives. The sampling time can be set at either 10, 20, 30, or 60 seconds. This provides a comprehensive logbook of your past dives.

With the separately sold USB connector and the software (for Mac and PC) you can easily analyze and alter the dive information. You can then upload the dive data to the Suunto Movescount portal. There all exercise data from all Suunto exercise and dive computers can be stored and retrieved. The portal allows to even add photos and videos to your dive data.

Missing Functionality

There certainly is functionality missing in an entry level dive computer like the Suunto Zoop Novo. The most obvious functionality missing is the lack of a compass. Typically, this can be found on higher end models.

There is also no air integration capability. Recreational divers will not really miss this feature but more experienced divers will miss it. It does unfortunately mean that the scuba computer will not fit your future requirements. Assuming that it will take the average diver a few years before needing a feature like that it's in reality not that big of a concern.​

Features/Specifications

  • Easy to learn 4 button navigation
  • Alarms both audible and visual
  • Large and cleanly divided display that provides all important information at a glance
  • Five dive mode settings for Freedive, Off mode, Air, Nitrox and Gauge
  • Nitrox settings between 21% and 50%
  • Limits for PO2 between 1.2 and 1.6 bars
  • Suunto full continuous decompression RGBM algorithm
  • Maximum operating depth 80 meters/262 feet
  • Three adjustable altitude settings up to 3,000 m (9,843 ft)
  • Imperial and metric display options
  • Dive log up to 140 hours
  • User replaceable Lithium battery (CR2450)
  • Available in three different colors
  • 2 year limited warranty

Pros and Cons

The Zoop Novo is a solid dive computer for the beginner to mid level diver. It features a sturdy build and has a great display. Suunto is the market leader so you know you get a great dive computer for the money. You won't find some higher-end features that you might miss when you are a more experienced diver. However, the Suunto Zoop Novo is a solid choice for a beginner or even for a medium experienced diver at a very reasonable price.

Pros

  • Easy selection through 4 different buttons
  • Suunto's proven RGBM algorithm
  • Four different dive modes (Air, Nitrox, Freediving and Gauge)
  • Can connect to the PC/Mac through USB connection
  • Great entry level product that delivers all needed functionality

Cons

  • No compass
  • No air integration
  • Not a wrist watch

The functions offered by this computer are in line with what one would expect considering that it targets the entry level market. It covers the bases without adding features that higher end devices require, e.g. Compass, etc. Unfortunately, it also does not allow to later on be extended with air integration. At that time it simply can't grow with the diver's additional needs and would have to be replaced if air integration became a requirement. However, that is a big 'if' and as such we think that it's not that big of a deal that this capability can't be added later on.

Where to Buy?

You can find the best price and service when buying the Zoop Novo from Amazon. They have all the available colors and also have bundles with the USB connector if you're interested in that. You also can be certain that you do get the genuine product and not some knock-off from Asia!

Customer Feedback

Checking the customer reviews and star ratings of the Suunto Zoom Novo quickly shows that everybody who purchased it is very satisfied. There's not really any complaint to be found.

Suunto Zoop Novo Dive Computer - Black/Blue

Comparing the Suunto Zoop Novo

The comparison chart below shows the differences between the Suunto Zoop Novo, the Mares Puck Pro and the Suunto Zoop (predecessor of the Novo). Please also have a look at our detailed comparison of the Suunto Zoop Novo vs. Suunto Zoop!

Suunto Zoop

Suunto Zoop Novo

Mares Puck Pro

Suunto Zoop
Suunto Zoop Novo - Blue
Mares Puck Pro - Black

Max. Depth

80 m / 262 ft

80 m / 262 ft

150 m / 492 ft

Nitrox Capable

Free Dive Mode

Gas Mixes

1 gas

(Oxygen 21 - 50%)

1 gas

(Oxygen 21 - 50%)

  2 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 50%)

Connectivity

USB

USB

USB

Compass

Bezel

Composite

Composite

Composite

Case

Composite

Composite

Composite

Log Size

~ 50 hrs

~ 140 hrs

~ 35 hrs

Visual Alarms

Audible Alarms

Battery Life (Avg)

1.5 years avg

1.5 years avg

1 year avg

Conclusion

This device is equipped with all the features and capacities that are essential for making the diving experience easy and safe. The necessary data is very easy to read and is readily available with this diving computer. With a bright and easy to read interface, it displays all the key information in a very simple manner. More importantly, unlike other beginner level diving computers, it has five operating modes which is a huge improvement if we compare this product with other similar product offerings in the market.

It does not pack all the features one would expect from a high end scuba computer. If you need the bells and whistles then you want to look at other, more expensive devices that suit your need.

Whom is the SUUNTO Zoop Novo not for?

​A more experienced diver will need more features than the ones offered with this dive computer. It will make more sense in that case to look at dive computers like the Suunto D4i Novo. This dive computer is a mid-level devie that can grow with your requirements as you gain experience.

The Suunto Zoop Novo has all the features you want in an entry level dive computer. The only issue might be if you want a device that can be used as your day-to-day watch. In that case you might want to have a look at the Mares Smart.