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Oceanic ProPlus X Dive Computer

The Oceanic ProPlus X is a console style dive computer. It is a full-featured scuba computer that pretty much has any possible feature a diver with any experience level could ask for.

The screen is simply brilliant and navigation is easy with four buttons. The large display is very clean and shows all important information without confusing you. The display is one of the largest you can get on any scuba diving computer to date.

Oceanic ProPlus X Dive Computer

Air integration is through the high pressure hose. The Oceanic Pro Plus X can deal with up to 4 air and Nitrox mixes leaving no desires unfulfilled for an experienced diver.


Review Summary

Experience Level

Designed for intermediate and experienced divers. However, beginners should have no problems with it.

STYLE

Gauge style scuba computer with quick disconnect from hose.

Ease of Use

Four button design making it easy to use. No touchscreen.

Price Level

Pretty high in price. Offers all features needed for most divers and as such not overpriced!

We Like

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    4 gas mixes
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    Large color display
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    Air integration
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    Quick disconnect from hose
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    3-year warranty
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    Rechargeable battery

We Don't Like

  • 4 button navigation instead of touchscreen
  • No wireless air integration

Summary:

The Oceanic ProPlus X pretty much has everything you want and need. From a clear and colorful display to 4 gas mixes to automatic altitude adjustments and built-in compass. You get it all.


On top of that you also get Oceanic’s dual algorithm. The battery is rechargeable and as such it’s pretty easy to make sure you always have enough battery. The memory on board is enough for 99 dives. Last but not least, the connectivity to your computer, tablet or phone is through Bluetooth allowing you to download dive data even while you’re still on the boat going back to shore.


There’s really not much you wouldn’t like. The only improvement we would wish for is to have a touchscreen display. That would propel the ease of use to the next level. Having said that, the four button navigation is simple enough yet you will need to get used to the use of the buttons and pressing them short or long for different features!


Oceanic ProPlus X Dive Computer

The highlight of the Oceanic ProPlus X is clearly the display. It’s clear and shows all information with crisp fonts and graphics.

It’s also a plus to have a rechargeable battery so you won’t depend on having batteries available when you are on a dive boat and realize that your battery gets low.

The Pro Plus X supports three dive modes:

  • Air
  • Nitrox
  • Gauge
 Being a console device it wouldn’t make any sense to have or to expect a freediving mode.



Capabilities

The Oceanic ProPlus X offers nearly any feature you could ever want. The price reflects that but is overall reasonable considering that you get everything in one single device and won’t have to buy a cheaper scuba computer together with a pressure gauge and compass. The Pro Plus X combines all that into one device and in the end might even end up saving you money!

The display is nothing short of brilliant. While the VTX is using an OLED display, the ProPlus X uses the TFT technology. This reduces glare and makes it overall easier to read. The colors and contrast are a little lower but it’s in no way noticeable.
Oceanic Pro Plux X from back

Gas Mixes

The diving computer supports up to 4 gas mixes. These can range from 21% to 100% O2. Gas switching can be performed under water during a dive. 

Air Integration

Air integration on the Oceanic ProPlus X is handled through a high-pressure hose that connects to your regulator. While you do end up having a hose that can get in the way, there's no need for additional equipment like a pressure gauge. With wireless air integration a sensor can easily fail or run out of battery which is not a concern to have when you get the tank pressure through a hose.

Compass and Temperature

The device features a compass that is easy to use. It also measures the temperature and shows it on the screen. Other displayed information shows the remaining tank pressure and air time remaining, dive time remaining as well as elapsed dive time, depth, battery level and no decompression time remaining. Bar graphs represent the nitrogen tissue loading, air time remaining, oxygen loading and ascent rate.

The temperature is displayed on the screen and constantly updated.

Display

The display comes with a solid backlight. It is using the OceanicGlo technology that is activated through a button as well as the SmartGlo backlight which is sensor activated. This helps to produce a consistent intensity depending on your surroundings. You can adjust the time that the backlight is on to increase battery life.

All data can be viewed in imperial or metric units. You can easily switch between those through the settings. The time can also either be displayed in 12 or 24 hour format. Additionally, you have a built-in calendar and a 12/24 hour time to fly countdown. You also get a calculated desaturation countdown timer.

Battery Life

The ProPlus X uses a rechargeable battery. The air integration is handled through a high-pressure hose and as such doesn’t need a battery to measure the pressure in the tank. Battery life on the device is between 35 and 60 hours depending on the use and features used. For example using the backlight a lot will reduce battery life significantly.

Alarms

Alarms and warning are clearly displayed on the screen. They are also available in audible form and you have to acknowledge them through pressing a button.

You can set alarms and warning levels for

  • “Turn Around” pressure
  • “Ending” pressure
  • FO2 Alarm
  • Max. Depth
  • Elapsed Dive Time
  • Max. Nitrogen Tissue Loading
  • Dive Time Remaining
  • High O2
  • High PO2

Technical Capabilities

Similar to all other Oceanic dive computers, the ProPlus X also features the dual algorithm technology. This allows you to switch between a Pelagic Z+ (Buhlmann ZHL-16C basis) or the Pelagic DSAT (Spencer/Powell model). You can also add a conservatism factor to each of the algorithms.

The ProPlus X can handle up to four different gas mixes. Each mix can be set to have O2 levels between 21 and 100 percent. You can manually switch between the gas mixes through a menu selection. The O2 levels can be preset on land.

Another handy feature is that the Pro plus X automatically adjusts the altitude settings. The algorithm is based on NOAA. The altitude is automatically adjusted between 2,000  and 14,000 ft (610 to 4,200 m).

Dive Log and Connectivity

The on-board dive log has a capacity to hold data for up to 99 dives. You can then connect through Bluetooth with your computer, tablet or even phone to offload the data. You won’t need any more cables to connect which in the end will save you money as you usually have to pay for the optional connectivity cabling.

Missing Functionality

There are really no main features and functions that are missing. For technical diving it would be great to have a Trimix capability but for 95% or more of the divers this is not needed anyway.

Features/Specifications

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    Three Dive Operating Modes (Air, Nitrox, Gauge)
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    Four Pushbuttons for navigation
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    Activation through push button or water
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    Dual Algorithm
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    NOAA Altitude and O2 Limit Basis
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    Automatic Altitude Adjustments
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    Dive log for 99 dives
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    Bluetooth connectivity with computer, tablet, phone
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    4 Gas Mixes
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    Visual and Audio alarms
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    Adjustable Backlight
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    Temperature Display
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    Built-in Compass
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    Three year limited warranty

Pros and Cons

There’s seriously not much you wouldn’t like about this dive computer. It feels like splitting hair trying to find negatives about it.

The pros clearly outweigh the negatives in this case. Using four buttons for navigation instead of a touchscreen is somewhat personal preference and after going through the manual once and playing with the Pro Plus X for a little while you will not feel like you’re missing anything compared to other devices.

Pros

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    Brilliant display
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    Multiple alarms and warnings
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    Oceanic’s Dual Algorithms
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    Automatic or push button activation
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    Rechargeable battery

Cons

  • Push button navigation instead of touchscreen

Where to Buy?

As with most gear you will typically find the best selection and lowest prices on Amazon. Check the current pricing by clicking on the button below!

Customer Feedback

This device has been introduced not too long ago. There’s not much customer feedback available but the feedback that can be found it overwhelmingly positive!

Oceanic ProPlux X quickconnect

Comparisons

Please check out the following comparison table where we show key features and differences between this scuba computer, the Suunto EON Steel and the Oceanic VTX.

Suunto EON Steel

Oceanic ProPlus X

Oceanic VTX 

Suunto EON Steel Front View
Oceanic ProPlus X Dive Computer
Oceanic VTX

Max. Depth

150 m / 492 ft

100 m / 328 ft

120 m / 394 ft

Nitrox Capable

Free Dive Mode

Gas Mixes

Nitrox and Trimix

  4 gases

(21 - 100% O2)

4 gases

(21 - 100% O2)

Connectivity

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Compass

Bezel

Steel

Composite

Composite

Case

Composite

Composite

Composite

Log Size

~1,000 hours

99 dives

24 dives

Visual Alarms

Audible Alarms

Battery Life (Avg)

30 - 40 hours

35 - 60 hours

30 - 40 hours

You can also check out our in-depth review of the Suunto EON Steel for further information on this great scuba diving computer!

Conclusion

The Oceanic ProPlus X is a full-featured dive computer that will satisfy the needs of nearly ever diver. Nearly any feature you can imagine is available with the exception of dealing with Trimix.

Pricing is on the higher side. However, you save a bunch of cash by not having to purchase additional wireless air transmitters or optional connectivity kits and cables. You also won’t need an additional pressure gauge and compass as it’s all built-in.

The Pro Plus X is easy to use and as such even beginners won’t have problems using it. Overall, it’s designed for intermediate to experienced divers that love to dig through the data and display all pertinent information on the screen.

 The screen is large and allows to display a lot of data. It even features a number of bar graphs that are easy to read.

Who wouldn't like it?

If you prefer to have a wrist dive computer and not a console mounted device then this is clearly not the right gadget for you. Also, if you insist on having a touchscreen display then this will not be the right scuba computer for you. Navigation is performed through four buttons and is easily mastered.

Data oriented divers will be happy with the Pro Plus X. It offers a large number of data points and you have a strong dive planning capability. The on-board log is large and allows to store and review the last 99 dives.

Overall, this is one of the most capable scuba diving computer you can get. It’s pricy but the features justify the price. The display is simply gorgeous and easy to read. The navigation is easy enough to even allow beginner divers not to be overwhelmed!

Suunto Cobra 3 Diving Computer Console Review

​The Suunto Cobra 3 is designed for new recreational divers who would like to combine their pressure gauge and their dive computer into one piece of equipment. This is not a typical wrist mounted computer and can be great for those looking for a gauge design dive computer.

Suunto Cobra 3 from the side

This diving computer is not designed for professional divers and does not have many of the technical features that would be needed on more advanced dives. This basic diving computer is ideal for new divers who want something that is simple to use but still offers some room to grow.

The Suunto Cobra 3 does offer room to grow with things like nitrox and dual gas mixtures. So, even if it is the first dive computer you purchase, you should have it for quite some time.

Review Summary

Experience Level

​The Suunto Cobra 3 is an easy to use dive computer with two navigation buttons.​

STYLE

​For divers looking for a gauge style dive computer, the Suunto Cobra 3 is going to be a great purchase. ​

Ease of Use

​The two-button navigation for the Suunto Cobra 3 is fairly simple once you get used to the short and long press navigation. ​

Price Level

​The Suunto Cobra 3 gets a lower price point score simply because it is a gauge style computer.

We Like

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    Air Integration
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    Audible Alarm
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    Visual Alarm
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    Adjustable Backlight
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    3 line Display

We Don't Like

  • Two Button Navigation
  • Poor Compass Bearing Display
  • No Automatic Altitude Adjustment

Summary:

The Suunto Cobra 3 is a great beginner dive computer because of the integrated features. The audio and visual alarms allow new divers to be aware of vital diving data without overwhelming them with too much technical data. Air integration means that you do not need an additional air gauge to monitor your air pressure, leaving you with fewer hoses to get tangled in or drag across the coral.


The two-button navigation is good in theory, but the long and short hold design of navigation leaves a little to be desired. It is easy to get frustrated when navigating to the screen or programming features that you want for the computer.


The compass design on the computer isn’t the best. You do not get a full compass mode and are only able to see your locked bearing through a series of small graphics on the computer. It can be easy to forget what the graphics mean, making it even easier to lose your bearing.


Finally, while there are adjustable gas mixes and great altitude adjustments available in the Suunto Cobra 3, there is no automatic altitude adjustment. This could be dangerous for newer divers who may not fully understand the impact altitude has on their diving capabilities.
Suunto Cobra 3 viewed from the front

The Suunto Cobra 3 is an easy to use scuba computer console with two navigation buttons. The three line display makes for easy reading, even though it may be a little bit crowded.

It attaches through hoses and is not worn on your wrist. You can have air integration through a high-pressure hose on your regulator.

The navigation happens through two buttons. Each button has two functions that are accessed through either a short press or a long press. This can be a little frustrating if you’re not used to this style of navigation on the computer.

The price for a wrist computer and a pressure gauge together would be equal to or even less than this computer. There are other options at this price point that have better design features.




Capabilities

The Suunto Cobra 3 targets the beginner and intermediate diver. If you are an experienced or technical diver and you want all the bells and whistles then this is not the best choice for you!

It offers three different dive modes:

  • Gauge
  • Air
  • Nitrox
Suunto Cobra 3 from the side

Gas Mixes

There are two gas mixes allowed with the Suunto Cobra 3, and the oxygen rates can be from 21%-99%. Nitrox works well with the Cobra 3 and divers with their nitrox certification will not be disappointed when they have this computer to dive with.

Air Integration

The Suunto Cobra 3 has a slightly different air integration than other dive computers. It integrates through a high-pressure hose connection onto your regulator. Many other diving computers will use a wireless node to send data to the computer to integrate air pressure data. This unique feature allows divers to avoid having redundant equipment like a pressure gauge in case the sensor node fails.

Compass and Temperature

The water temperature is displayed in either centigrade or Fahrenheit on the Suunto Cobra 3. There is also a temperature compensated pressure sensor that is calibrated complying with EN 13319.

It also offers an integrated 3D tiltable compass. Unfortunately, you do not get a full compass view but instead you'll only see your locked bearing.It needs some time to remember what the graphic represents and it can easily be confused. It might be best to have a scuba diving compass in addition to what is offered through the console.

Display

The display is divided into three lines. That's similar to the setup known from the Vyper Novo and Zoop Novo. It's easy to read yet can become a little cluttered with all the data being displayed.

The backlight has several timeout options. This is a great feature on the Suunto Cobra 3 because it allows you to preserve the life of your dive battery. The timeout of the backlight ranges from 2 seconds through 60 seconds, giving you plenty of options to suit your needs.

Battery Life

The Suunto Cobra 3 has a battery life of 1.5 years. Suunto does not recommend that users replace the battery themselves because of the risk of water leaking into the battery compartment. Keep in mind that the data is not retained when the battery is swapped out because this is not a hot swap featured dive computer.

Alarms

The alarm system consists of both audio and visual alarms. Many low-level alarms are only audio and may consist of short beeps, or interval beeps to alert you to an issue that needs attention. More serious alerts combine audible beeps with activation of the backlight. For life-threatening alerts, you will hear continuous beeps, and the backlight will be activated. These life-threatening alerts can be when the maximum ascent rate of 10 m per second is violated or if the decompression ceiling depth is exceeded.

Maximum depth or dive time exceeded, an alarm time reached all get both audio and visual alarms. Nitrox has its own set of alarms to alert you of your maximum safe partial pressure of oxygen levels.

Technical Capabilities

The algorithms used on the Suunto Cobra 3 is based on a reduced gradient bubble model. The RGBM predicts gas build-up in the blood and tissues of divers. It is an advancement on the how they used to model gases which did not predict free gas. To optimize the safety in the RGBM algorithm, you must adjust your altitude settings.

Dive Log and Connectivity

The Cobra 3 connects to your PC through a USB dongle and is compatible with Movescount, Suunto’s mobile application that functions as a dive log. Movescount functions with the DM4 software allowing you to download your dive data to the mobile app anywhere you are.

Missing Functionality

The biggest missing feature from this dive computer is the functionality of the compass. The very basic waypoint setting and minimal graphic display of 90° or 180° off of your waypoint can be difficult to navigate. Using the compass settings in this dive computer may not be useful for new divers or inexperienced navigators.

It would also be nice if there were an option to use this computer as a wrist mount. While having it look like a traditional pressure gauge and function similarly allows you to eliminate an additional piece of equipment; not having your data on your wrist can be a hindrance when diving.

Features/Specifications

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    Audio and Visual Alarms
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    Mobile Dive Log
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    Free Diving Mode
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    Two Gas Mixtures
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    Nitrox Compatible
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    Air Integration
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    Altitude Adjustment
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    Backlight Adjustment
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    Temperature Display
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    Ascent Rate and Safety Stop Alarms

Pros and Cons

There’s a lot to like about the Suunto Cobra 3. The battery is user replaceable. Although the manufacturer recommends you take it to a service station. You still can replace the battery yourself. There are instructions for how to do this in the owners manual.

The multiple setting backlight display is one of the best features. Many people like to have a long backlight for looking at their diving computer while others prefer a short backlight for quick glimpses of information. Whether you’re trying to preserve your battery life or take a long look at dive information, the Suunto Cobra 3 will have a setting right for you.

The three line display makes it easy to read all of the relevant dive information. Some of the information is attempted to be crammed into a fourth line, but it is not that often. The big block view letters are easy to read even for people with slight visual impairments.

Unfortunately, the navigation buttons on the Suunto Cobra 3 itself leave a little to be desired. The long and short press navigation options can leave users frustrated when attempting to get to the right screen especially if they're underwater.

The lack of an actual compass display is annoying. You do have the ability to set a waypoint marker. The tiny graphics to represent where you need to go are frustrating to read and could leave inexperienced navigators lost.

Finally, some people may find that only having a three line display leaves it cluttered. Especially when you’re at your safety stop, and the additional line of information is popped onto that display. Having a fourth line crammed in between your second and third rows is ugly. It can be hard to look at and harder to read.

Pros

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    User Replaceable Battery
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    Multi-setting Backlight
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    3-line display

Cons

  • Long and Short Press Button Navigation
  • No Actual Compass Display
  • Cluttered display

Where to Buy?

You will usually get the best and lowest price and the best available service through Amazon. Click the button below to find the current pricing and check further customer reviews.

Customer Feedback

The Suunto Cobra 3 has some fantastic reviews on Amazon. Some have called it the best diving computer that they have ever owned. You can read the reviews for yourself by clicking here.

Suunto Cobra 3 from the side

Comparisons

Have a look at the following comparison table where we show key features and differences between this scuba computer, the Oceanic Datamax Pro and the Sherwood Vision.

Oceanic Datamax Pro

Suunto Cobra 3

Sherwood Vision

Suunto Cobra 3 viewed from the front

Max. Depth

120 m / 394 ft

100 m / 328 ft

120 m / 394 ft

Nitrox Capable

Free Dive Mode

Gas Mixes

  3 gases

(21 - 100% O2)

  2 gases

(21 - 99% O2)

4 gases

(21 - 100% O2)

Connectivity

USB

USB

USB

Compass

Bezel

Composite

Steel

Composite

Case

Composite

Composite

Composite

Log Size

~9 dives

~ 42 hrs

24 dives

Visual Alarms

Audible Alarms

Battery Life (Avg)

~ 2.5 years

~ 1.5 years

~ 1.5 years

Conclusion

Altogether this is a great dive computer. While you pay a little bit more for the design of the Suunto Cobra 3, it is designed like a gauge instead of a wristwatch. It does have all of the features you’ve come to expect from an introductory dive computer.

There are plenty of features on this dive computer that will leave everyone satisfied. It looks sleek, and the backlight brightly illuminates all of the data that you need to see. The vital alarms are easily noticed when the backlight begins to flash because of the bright display.

Who wouldn't like it?

Divers who have been diving for a long time may find that this dive computer is a bit rudimentary. Suunto, the Cobra 3 manufacturer, even says that this computer is for a recreational beginner diver and should not be used by professionals or technical divers.

It simply does not have enough information to be useful in a technical or professional diving situation. This is especially true considering that the maximum depth is 100 m and the operating temperature is fairly limited.

Divers who don’t like having a lot of wires hanging from their BC or their tank are not going to enjoy this computer. Because it is connected to a high-pressure hose on the regulator, you will have additional wires to manage during your dive. Having lots of hoses can lead to an exhausting dive if you’re not used to managing that type of equipment.

Suunto EON Steel Dive Computer Review

The technical diving computer by Suunto is a well-priced diving computer. EON Steel offers divers many safety features, alarms, and customized settings; while allowing you to keep your display clean and simple. The unique ability to recharge the battery on the Suunto EON Steel dive computer makes this computer stand out from others available in its class.

Suunto EON Steel Side View

Review Summary

Experience Level

EON Steel by Suunto is not something a beginner diver is going to enjoy.

STYLE

The sleek style of the Suunto EON Steel dive computer is attractive and provides easy visibility to all information on a brilliant screen.

Ease of Use

The touchscreen and navigation of the Suunto dive computer are fairly easy to use.

Price Level

As far as high-end dive computers go this one is right where you want to be for the price.

We Like

  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Audio and Visual Alarms
  • Lockout If Safety Stop Is Violated
  • Automatic Start
  • Extra Large Onboard Dive Log
  • Bluetooth Connectivity

We Don't Like

  • Very Technical Computer
  • Alarms Can Be Dismissed Easily
  • No Compass
  • Three Different Levels of Alarm Can Be Complicated

Summary:

The Suunto EON Steel dive computer has a rechargeable battery setting it apart from the competition. There are plenty of audio and visual alarms, but the three levels of alarm can make it a little complicated to tell what’s important and what’s not. This is a technical diving computer and may be overwhelming for new divers. The automatic start and large onboard dive log can make this a great dive computer for beginners because they will not have to remember to dump their dive log repeatedly.

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The Suunto EON Steel is an amazing technical scuba computer. This high-end diving computer has more features than a beginner will ever need or use. A beginning diver may find that this dive computer is intimidating and that they have a hard time finding the information they need.

The display is condensed in a way that gives you all of the information you need without overwhelming you. All of the alarms and alerts flash brightly on the screen giving it a unique look.​

The navigation is performed through three buttons in addition to the touch display. It may take some practice before you are fully confident in your ability to navigate this technical diving computer.​

There are many add-ons that you can get including air integration and attachments. The device itself is rechargeable which is a rare feature in dive computers making it worth its weight in gold.




Capabilities

There is no doubt that the EON Steel targets the technical and very experienced diver.

It offers five different dive modes:

  • Gauge
  • Air
  • Nitrox
  • Trimix
  • CCR
Suunto EON Steel Bottom View

There are many different functions housed inside the Suunto EON Steel dive computer. On the main display screen, you can see your present depth, active gas, dive time, tank pressure, safety stop, and battery time. Additional displays include:

  • No-Fly Time​
  • Surface Interval Time
  • Battery Status
  • Battery Level
  • Tank Gas Pressure Information
  • Tank Pod Information
  • Decompression Ceiling and Safety Stop Time
  • Ascent Rate
  • Partial Pressure of Oxygen

​Gas Mixes

The Suunto EON Steel dive computer allows divers to choose from air, Nitrox or Trimix. The three options will have their own displays on the screen allowing divers to see their ppO2 maxes. In nitrox, only the oxygen percentage is displayed, and in Trimix; oxygen and helium percentage are displayed.

Air Integration

There is an option for air integration when using the Suunto EON steel dive computer. Air integration is available through a separate attachment. This attachment is available for purchase at an additional cost.

Compass and Temperature

​Both temperature and compass features are integrated on the Suunto EON Steel dive computer. To have the temperature displayed on the main screen, you have to customize your display. The compass includes tilt compensation. The compass does need to be calibrated and a calibration icon will appear when you enter compass mode. There are YouTube videos available to show you how to calibrate your compass properly.

Display

​There is no backlight option because this is a digital display. You can adjust the brightness of the display which will affect the overall battery life of the Suunto EON Steel dive computer. Because the battery is rechargeable having a bright display should not be a huge worry. You can recharge your batteries in between dives without worrying about having to send it off to a dive store or the manufacturer.

Alarms

​Suunto has three levels of alarm built-in to the EON Steel dive computer. Having so many alarms can make it difficult for the user to understand whether or not the audible or visual alarm is something that is life-threatening. According to Suunto the different levels alarm, warning, and notifications; are designed to be scrollable pop-up messages that will display on the screen until conditions return to normal.

Alarms are considered a critical event and will always require immediate action. When an alarm situation is resolved (for instance, you ascend back to your safety stop depth after violating your safety stop), the alarm will stop automatically. Here are the following alarms found on the Suunto dive computer:

  • Ascent Speed Exceeded
  • Decompression Ceiling Broken
  • Partial Pressure of Oxygen Exceed Safe Level
  • Partial Pressure of Oxygen Below Safe Level

Warnings are events that can impact your health and safety if you do not take action but do not require immediate attention. Acknowledging a warning can be done on the Suunto EON steel dive computer by pressing any button. The following are warnings available on the Suunto dive computer:

  • ​Central Nervous System Toxicity 100% Limit
  • Recommended Daily Limit for Oxygen Tolerance Reached
  • Depth Exceeds Your Depth Alarm Limit
  • Dive Times Exceeds Your Dive Time Alarm Limit
  • Diluent Partial Pressure of Oxygen Exceeds Safe Level
  • Diluent Partial Pressure of Oxygen Below Safe Level
  • Gas Time Exceeds Your Time Alarm Limit
  • Safety Stop Ceiling Broken by More Than 2 Feet
  • Tank Pressure Below Take Pressure Alarm Limit

Notifications are events that require preventative action. These will display in audio and visual alarms under Suunto EON Steel dive computer and can be acknowledged by pressing any button. The following are the notifications available on the EON Steel dive computer:

  • ​Central Nervous System Toxicity Level at 80%
  • 80% of Recommended Daily Limit for out
  • Change Gas: When Ascending on Multi-Gas Dives Indicates When It’s Safe to Change Gas
  • Low Battery: Approximately Three Hours of Dive Time Left
  • Recharge Needed: Approximately Two Hours of Battery Time Left
  • Setpoint Switched Automatically on the Rebreather Dive
  • Tank Pod Battery Life Low

With all the alarms and notifications available on the Suunto EON Steel dive computer it’s easy to see how this could be overwhelming for a new diver. All this information is great for the technical diver who may be diving repeatedly or using Trimix. However, for a new diver, this information is going to make them feel overwhelmed and unsafe. These alarms can be configured, but there are only four configurable alarms: depth, dive time, tank pressure, and gas time alarm. Each of those has their own limit and can be turned on or off.

Technical Capabilities

Suunto EON Steel uses the Suunto Fused RGBM algorithm. This algorithm does lock if you fail to complete a decompression stop longer than three minutes. This safety feature locks the algorithm if you ascend above the decompression ceiling by more than 2 ft. There are both an audible alarm and a visual alarm that will alert you to go back down below the decompression ceiling for you to complete your decompression stop.

Two different gas mixtures Nitrox and Trimix are compatible with the Suunto EON Steel dive computer. The compatible gases can be displayed in the following percentages: Helium %: 0–95 and Oxygen %: 5–99. When in Nitrox mode only the Oxygen percentage will be displayed.

Dive Log and Connectivity

Suunto has created their own mobile application that is available on both iOS and Android devices. The Movescount mobile app allows you to easily transfer your dives to the online log without the need for wires. The Bluetooth integration on the EON Steel is a great feature and one you would come to expect from a high-end dive computer like this.

Missing Functionality

There is no freediving mode on the Suunto EON Steel. The lack of a freediving feature is surprising considering how in depth Suunto’s programming is on this dive computer. The ability to turn off notifications would also be nice. The sheer abundance of alarms on this dive computer is a little cumbersome. Turning some of them off would be a great feature.

Features/Specifications

  • Multiple Gas Mixes
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Three Bar Crush Depth
  • Mobile App Dive Log
  • 1000 Hour Onboard Dive Log
  • Multiple Audio and Visual Alarms
  • 150 m Maximum Depth
  • Built-In Thermometer
  • On Board Compass
  • Bright Display
  • Switching between gases

Pros and Cons

There’s a lot to like about the Suunto EON Steel dive computer. To begin with, the rechargeable battery is as good as gold. Having a rechargeable battery on a dive computer is pretty rare, so this feature stands out as one of the best. In addition to the awesome rechargeable battery, Bluetooth connectivity of the dive log makes syncing your dives to your mobile device easy and convenient. Finally, the large onboard dive log means that if you forget your mobile device or are on a long dive trip with no technology other than your dive computer you will not have to worry about losing dives.

Though there are a few things that aren’t that great about the EON Steel dive computer. It really is a very technical dive computer. This could be confusing for beginner divers and may be overwhelming. There are far too many alarms alerts and warnings that you cannot shut off. Not being able to customize all the different alarms alerts is really a low point for this dive computer. Finally, the Suunto EON Steel lacks a free diving mode. For all the bells and whistles that this computer has, you would think they would have included a free dive mode. Overlooking the simple feature that many low-end dive computers have seems to be a mistake on Suunto’s part.

Pros

  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Large Onboard Dive Log

Cons

  • May Be Too Technical for Beginners
  • Too Many Alarms
  • No Free Dive Mode

Where to Buy?

Usually the best (meaning lowest) price and selection are found on Amazon.com. Click the button below to look at the current price and read through some of the custumer reviews.

Customer Feedback

The reviews on Amazon have been overwhelmingly positive. Any negative reviews were due to sizing options but not the functioning of the dive computer. You can find and read the reviews for yourself by clicking here.

Suunto EON Steel bottom side view

Comparisons

Please take a look at the following comparison table. It highlights some key features and their differences between this scuba computer, the Oceanic VTX and the Shearwater Research Petrel 2.

Oceanic VTX

Suunto EON Steel

Shearwater Research Petrel 2

Oceanic VTX
Suunto EON Steel Front View
Shearwater Research Petrel 2

Max. Depth

120 m / 394 ft

150 m / 492 ft

Crush depth 30 bar

Nitrox Capable

Free Dive Mode

Gas Mixes

  4 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 100%)

  Nitrox and Trimix

Air, Nitrox and Trimix

Connectivity

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Bluetooth

Compass

Bezel

Composite

Steel

Composite

Case

Composite

Composite

Composite

Log Size

~24 dives

~ 1000 hrs

200 hours

Visual Alarms

Audible Alarms

Battery Life (Avg)

20 hours

30 - 40 hours

35 Hours

Conclusion

Overall the Suunto EON Steel is an excellent dive computer. For the price that you can find this dive computer for, it really does have a lot of great features. If you can get past the fact that this dive computer is going to alert you to everything that you might ever want or need to know about your dive, then this computer has a ton of great features.

All of the display items conveniently fit on one screen meaning that you don’t have to flip through screens to get all of your information. For those who want easy access to all their information, this dive computer is going to give you that and so much more. Suunto really packs a whole lot of information on to one screen with the EON Steel.

Who wouldn't like it?

People who prefer basic dive computers are not going to enjoy the Suunto EON Steel dive computer. Those who only want to be alerted to very vital information are going to dislike the mandatory alarms built-in to the Suunto EON Steel dive computer. The mandatory alarms that you can’t turn off along with the alerts and notifications can really be overwhelming to those who just want basic information.

Divers who are not very technical and don’t need tons of technical information are not going to enjoy this computer. It is designed for people who enjoy having all of the technical information at their fingertips during their dive. New divers especially are going to find that this dive computer by Suunto is voluminous and has entirely too much information for them to use.

Mares Puck Pro Plus Review

Review of the Mares Puck Pro Plus

This review is not a complete review as we have done it for the Mares Puck Pro. We opted instead to highlight the new features and commonalities between the Puck Pro and its successor, the Plus model

With most of the technical capabilities having stayed the same, we invite you to check out the in-depth review of the Mares Puck Pro to get detailed information on both diving computers.

Mares Puck Pro Plus Scuba in black

Mares Puck Pro Plus in black

Mares Puck Pro vs Puck Pro Plus

Mares introduced the Puck Pro Plus at the end of June. It slowly made its way into the online stores and can be ordered through Amazon and other online retailers by now.

Many divers asked what the differences between the Puck Pro and the Puck Pro Plus are. There are not enough (or many at all) that would make you dump your Puck Pro for the Plus model.

The first difference that is obvious is the slightly redesigned device itself. The bezel looks a little different. The bars for the N2 meter look different and the display segments have a clear labeling on the frame around the glass. Other than that, most of the colors are gone (for now) and you can get the Plus in black or black and white.

Mares Puck Pro - Black

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Navigation on the Puck Pro Plus and the Pro are handled through an intuitive single button. There’s no difference in the handling of both models besides the color change on the button itself. Both scuba diving computers are ready to have their firmware/software updated whenever Mares provides such an update.

The few optical changes mentioned above would not have justified Mares to change the naming and to introduce the Pro Plus as an evolution of the Pro. Let’s dive a little deeper to see what else has changed.

The technical specifications stayed the same. And that is a good thing. The Puck Pro offered the features you would want from an entry-level dive computer. The same is certainly to be said for the Puck Pro +.

The major news for the Pro Plus are that it can manage to connect to your smart phone or computer through a Bluetooth clip connector. There’s no more cables needed to download dive data to your phone, tablet or computer.

The Plus has seen more upgrades with regards to the connectivity and adaptability. The firmware can easily be updated, data exchange even with your smart phone is easy and straightforward.

Mares Puck Pro Plus Scuba Diving Computer with white bezel

Even the maintenance aspect has seen a positive change. The battery can easily be changed by you which saves a ton of money and time compared to having to send it in to an authorized dealer or service center.

Capabilities

The Mares Puck Pro Plus offers a sectioned, super-clear display. It’s segmented into three lines to display all require information on the oversized watch.

It can handle three dive modes:

  • Air
  • Nitrox
  • Gauge

It is capable to dealing with different gas mixes that you can switch between as needed. The Plus model can handle the switching of gas mixes during a dive with oxygen levels up to 99%.

Alarms can be set for the usual safety violations:

  • Ascent rate too high
  • Decompression stop ignored/missed
  • Battery low
  • High pPO2
  • High CNS (over 100%)​

Technical Specifications

There have been really no changes between the Pro+ and the Pro. The specifications stayed the same and are shown below:

  • Max. Depth of 150 m (492ft)
  • Onboard logbook size of 36 hours
  • Sampling rate is 5 seconds
  • Navigation through a single button
  • Crystal clear mineral glass (scratch and break resistant)
  • Various audio and visual alarms
  • Nitrox setting up to 99% oxygen
  • Switch between imperial and metric display
  • Easy to replace battery
  • Bluetooth connectivity through BLUELINK system

Where to Buy?

The Mares Puck Pro Plus is not that easy to be found online. Many online retailers specifically mention that it cannot be shipped outside the EU. If you’re in the US then your best bet on price and availability is Amazon. Click the button below to find the lowest price for the Mares Puck Pro Plus!

Conclusion

Mares will most likely slowly fade out the Puck Pro and replace it with the Puck Pro +. It’s nice to see this dive computer make its way into the modern era of ultimate connectivity.

Being able to transfer your dive data wirelessly to your smart phone is a big deal if you are on a dive vacation. There’s no need any longer to drag your computer along so that you can download the dive log before it gets overwritten. You can do that now through the Bluetooth interface and send the data to your phone.

That alone in our opinion justifies buying the Plus model. However, if you have the Pro now then there’s no reason to list it on eBay as long as you can live without the Bluetooth connectivity. If you purchase a new scuba computer and have your eye on the Puck Pro then go for the Puck Pro Plus instead if you can.

The updated design makes the diving computer overall look a little more grown up. The lack of colors will most likely be remedies by Mares over time but should also not be a reason why not to go for the Puck Pro Plus!

Mares Smart Dive Computer Review

Mares has designed and ideal introductory dive computer with their Smart dive watch. This dive computer has a lot of safety features built into it that are aimed at new divers which makes it a fun introductory dive watch. One of the best safety features that the Mares Smart dive watch has is the ascent rate lock out. This feature locks the dive computer for 24 hours if excessive Ascent rate has been maintained for more than two-thirds of the depth of the dive. This is set up to reduce the risk of expansion and nitrogen injuries.

Mares Smart in Black and Red

There are also alarms designed to keep you at your decompression stop as well as to make sure you don’t exceed your safe oxygen saturation. In addition to safety features, the Mares Smart dive computer has plenty of other features that will have divers easily navigating the waters. With a maximum depth of 492 feet or 150 m, this introductory dive computer is going to be good for a long time. You probably won’t outgrow this computer for many dives to come.


Review Summary

Experience Level

Has everything a beginner needs and doesn’t over complicate the diving computer system.

STYLE

It's sleek and has a slim profile compared to other wrist mounted dive computers. This could actually pass as a sports watch because of its slim profile.

Ease of Use

It can take a while to get where you want to go on the menus with only two buttons. What it lacks in navigation, it makes up for in display.

Price Level

It is a very low price point and perfect for beginners who aren’t sure whether or not they are going to keep this style of dive computer.

We Like

  • Lots of Safety Features
  • Audio and Visual Alarms That
  • Three Distinct Display Windows
  • Low Price Point
  • 150 M Maximum Depth

We Don't Like

  • Small Onboard Dive Log
  • No Air Integration
  • No Compass
  • Small Display

Summary:

Being an ideal beginners watch with plenty of safety features and a good maximum depth the Mares Smart wrist mounted dive computer has plenty of good points. The lack of air integration and compass can be overlooked when considering the small price point of the Mares Smart dive computer. You can easily get additional equipment that is more customized to the job because you didn’t spend it on a high-priced dive computer. This really is the perfect beginners diving computer

Mares Smart in Black and Grey

The Mares Smart features some sleek looks and has a slim profile compared to many other wrist mounted scuba diving computers. This could actually pass as a sports watch because of its slim profile. It’s available in multiple color options and has a nice design.

While the navigation with two buttons can be a little cumbersome at times, the display totally makes up for it. There are three distinct display windows dedicated to depth, safety stop, and miscellaneous information.

The Smart comes in a variety of color combinations:

  • Black
  • Black/White
  • Black/Red
  • Black/Grey
  • White/Lime
  • White/Lilac



Capabilities

The Smart is cleary designed as a beginner model. It's handling all the immediate needs of a beginner and mid-level diver and is useful as a daily watch.

It offers four different dive modes:

  • Watch
  • Air and Nitrox
  • Gauge
  • Free Diving
Mares Smart in White and Lime

The Mares Smart scuba computer has a lot of capabilities for a basic dive computer. To begin with, the maximum depth is 150 m or 492 feet making it ideal for those who would like to extend their diving knowledge to deeper dives. The Mares Smart is capable of nitrox mixes between 21% and 99% oxygen. You can have up to two gas mixes when using this dive computer.

If you are traveling a lot when you dive, altitude and decompression will be nothing that you need to worry about because the Mares has automatic altitude correction and decompression timing. Operating altitude with decompression is sea level to approximately 3700m/12100ft. The Operating Altitude without Decompression (gauge mode) is at any altitude.

One of the key features in the Mares Smart is the ascent rate exceeded lockout. There is an alarm that will go off that says to slow your ascent if you exceed the 10 m/minute ascent rate. However, if you reach 12 m/minute your Mares Smart will tell you both audio and visual to stop your ascent. Then if you exceeded the ascent rate of 12 m/m for over one-third the depth of your dive the computer locks for 24 hours to prevent dive injuries. It’s a pretty neat feature that not many others have.

In addition to the ascent rate alarm there are other audio and visual alarms available on the Mares safe dive computer including:

  • exceeding a safe ppO2
  • CNS =75%
  • missed decompression stop
  • low battery during the dive.

​All of these alarms help you stay safe when diving and are perfect for beginner divers.

Unfortunately, there is no air integration on the Mares Smart dive computer, so you will need an additional air gauge when diving with this computer. However, the low price point of this introductory dive computer makes buying an air gauge less of an inconvenience.

There is a wide temperature measurement range available on the Mares Smart dive computer. The temperature ranges from -10°C to 50°C (14°F to 122°F.) Anything outside of that range will compromise other readings given by the dive computer about depth and pressure. But considering that you will probably never dive in waters outside of that temperature range, you are safe to use the Mares Smart dive computer in any water.

The backlight is bright and easily seen on the Mares Smart dive computer, and it is also user adjustable. Adjusting the timing on the backlight allows you to save the battery life on the dive computer. The battery life has a range of 2 to 3 years. One of the major contributing factors in the battery life of the computer is the backlight. Limiting the time that the backlight displays is a great way to change how long your battery lasts. Once the battery does run out, you do have the ability to change the battery yourself without sending it in for pressure testing at the manufacturer or at a dive shop. This is a very useful feature, and many other dive computers do not feature at home battery changes.

Technical Capabilities

Mares doesn’t say which algorithms they use to calculate their altitude or decompression. Well, besides it being the Mares RGBM algorithm which is with regards to conservatism middle-of-the-road.

They have three settings they identify as the standard setting, intermediate setting, and conservative setting. These settings apply to both decompression and altitude.

Dive Log and Connectivity

Conflicting information is given by Mares on the on-board dive log for the Mares Smart dive computer. The User Manual states that the watch has 35 hours of dive profile at the 5-second sampling rate.

The Mares website says that the Smart’s on-board log is 20 hours, and a promotional video on the website says it is 25 dives. You should probably play it safe and download on to your computer log at 20-25 dives.

Missing Functionality

There are few features that we really wish were available on the Mares Smart diving  computer. The number one missing feature is air integration. Air integration would be a big selling point for this dive computer.

In addition to air integration, a compass would allow for easier navigation and one last piece of equipment to take on a dive. Integrating these two features would make this dive computer one of the best available on the market. Even without these two features, it is still a wonderful beginning level dive computer.

Features/Specifications

  • Free Diving
  • Nitrox Capable
  • Two Gases
  • Upgradable Firmware
  • User Replaceable Battery
  • 25 Hour Dive Log
  • Audio and Visual Alarms
  • 150 m Maximum Depth
  • Battery Power Indicator
  • Dive Plan Mode
  • Gas Switching
  • Altitude Adjustments
  • Daily Alarm
  • Segmented Display
  • Bottom Timer
  • Automatic Safety Stop

Pros and Cons

The best part about this watch is the price point. You can’t get a better-priced diving watch that has the same amount of features as the Mares Smart scuba computer. Also, it is easily used and navigated by beginners and not overly complicated. The segmented display allows you to easily see the information you need without having to navigate through menus to find what you’re looking for.

Not having air integration or a compass can be a big drawback for some divers. More experienced divers may find that this watch lacks simple things that they’re used to having like bar graph displays. The display is rather small so if you need large prints or have visual impairments this dive computer by Mares may not be the best option for you.

Pros

  • Price
  • Segmented Display
  • Maximum Depth
  • Easy to Use
  • Audiovisual Alarms

Cons

  • No Air Integration
  • No Compass
  • Only two gas mixes
  • Limited Display information
  • Small Display

Where to Buy?

The lowest price and the largest selection on colors can usually be found on Amazon. You can check the current pricing as well as reviews of customers that bought the Mares Smart when you click on the button below!

Customer Feedback

This is one of the higher rated introductory dive computers for beginners. The Mares Smart diving computer has wonderful reviews that you can see here.

Mares Smart in Black

Comparisons

Have a look at the comparison table below. It highlights some key features between this scuba computer, the Cressi Giotto and the Aqua Lung i300.

Cressi Giotto

Mares Smart

Aqua Lung i300

Cressi Giotto Dive Computer Black-Red
Mares Smart in Black and White
Aqua Lung i300 Scuba Diving Computer

Max. Depth

120 m / 394 ft

150 m / 492 ft

Unpublished

Nitrox Capable

Free Dive Mode

Gas Mixes

  2 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 50%)

  2 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 99%)

  1 gas

(Oxygen 21 - 50%)

Connectivity

USB

USB

USB

Compass

Bezel

Composite

Steel and Glass

Composite

Case

Composite

Titanium

Composite

Log Size

~ 70 hrs

~ 25 hrs

24 dives

Visual Alarms

Audible Alarms

Battery Life (Avg)

1.5 years avg

2 - 3 years

150 Dive Hours

Please also have a look at our detailed review of the Cressi Giotto to get more information on this device.

Conclusion

While the Mares Smart computer is not going to please everyone, it is definitely the perfect introductory dive computer. Beginning divers are not going to be overwhelmed by tons of information that they don’t need or don’t know how to use. The three-segmented display on the computer as well as the two buttons allow new divers to get a good sense of the information that they need to have each dive.

The dive plan mode is simple to use, and the automatic sensor for dives and timers will automatically track dives even if you forget to start or plan a dive. The audio and visual alarms will allow new divers to easily track and see their bottom time ascent rate and safety stop information. It is a wonderful computer for getting all the essential diving information to the diver without cluttering up the screen with non-essential graphs and displays.

Who wouldn't like it?

If you’ve been diving for a long time and our technical diver you probably want more information from a dive computer than this has the ability to offer. Things like air integration GPS and compass navigation are all unavailable in the Mares Smart basic diving computer, so you probably will be unsatisfied purchasing this basic dive computer.

In addition to technical divers, people with visual problems who need larger displays or color displays may have a problem seeing the small screen on the Mares Smart diving computer. This is not recommended for people who are used to larger displays on the computer style or touch screen style dive computers.

If you’re a data junkie and just want to know everything about what’s going on with every piece of equipment and you want it all to filter through your computer, don’t get a Mares Smart. This device is designed to give basic diving information that is necessary for you to know your bottom time, your ascent rate, and your overall diving stats. It’s a great dive watch and computer but not for someone looking for something with a lot of bells and whistles.

Oceanic OCi Dive Computer Review

This wrist watch style dive computer by Oceanic is great for new and experienced divers alike. The Oceanic OCi dive computer is a wristwatch style computer. It features 4 buttons that allow you convenient on-screen navigation. The display is large enough to be seen under water, and the backlight works well at depth to illuminate the display. Some may find the display is a little too small compared to the larger touch-screen style dive computers.

Oceanic OCi Wrist Scuba computer in Blackout color (all black)

The optional wireless air integration makes this an excellent moderately priced dive computer. The wireless air integration limits the hoses that you will have surrounding you making your dive seem less cumbersome. With 4 air mixes and nitrox optional, this dive computer allows even those who prefer deeper dives or higher percentages of oxygen to utilize a moderately priced dive computer.


Review Summary

Experience Level

Has everything a new diver needs and everything an experienced diver wants.

STYLE

Watch sized to be worn all the time yet a little bulky if you have a small wrist.

Ease of Use

Navigation through four buttons.

Price Level

Moderately priced. Optional wireless integration adds to price if required.

We Like

  • Can be worn as an everyday watch
  • Hot battery swap, retains data
  • Air integration optional
  • Dual algorithm
  • 4 air mixes

We Don't Like

  • Battery replacement needs pressure testing by dealer or factory
  • Small digital display
  • Small log book contains only 24 dives

Summary:

The Oceanic OCi scuba diving computer is a fantastic midpoint dive watch. It comes with almost everything that you would need including air integration and battery hot-swap. Though the watch may be a little bit bulky for small framed people, it can be worn everyday for those who prefer to wear only one watch for all purposes. This makes it very convenient when tracking altitude and flight times.

If you’re looking for a watch with a large memory, the OCi is not going to be the watch for you. It only stores 24 dives at a time before you need to upload your dives into your dive log. A long diving trip may require that you download your dives while still on the boat.

Altogether this device is perfect for the average diver. New divers are going to find that this has more features than they will probably use. More experienced divers are going to see that this watch by Oceanic has everything that they need. If you require an LCD screen or larger display you may want to look at a higher pricepoint watch.

Oceanic OCi in titanium color

While we overall like that a dive computer can be worn as a wrist watch, in this case we're not certain about it. The device offers so much functionality that it feels like a large screen would be beneficial.

However, the display is easy to read and clearly setup. The navigation is performed through four buttons and it's easy and intuitive to step through the menu choices to get where you want to be.

The OCi comes in a variety of color choices:

  • Black
  • White
  • Black/Red
  • Black/Yellow
  • Black/Titanium
  • Black/Blue



Capabilities

When looking at the Oceanic OCi, you’re going to find it has many features. Oceanic claims that the “I” stands for incredible. That’s not far from the truth considering the pricepoint for the watch and the features that are available.

It offers four different dive modes:

  • Watch
  • Norm (Air and Nitrox)
  • Gauge
  • Free Diving
  • Tech Free Dive
Oceanic OCi in black and blue

​You can activate the watch with the push of a button or use the water activation system included on the watch.

The maximum depth for the Oceanic OCi dive computer is 180 m or 495 ft when working in the gauge or free dive mode. When working in the normal operating mode, the maximum depth is 330 ft or 100 m. There is a deep stop with countdown timer allowing you to see your multiple safety stop times without difficulty. The optional two countdown timer for deep dives is half maximum depth for dives 80 feet or greater.

There is both temperature display as well as compass included on the Oceanic OCi dive computer. The other displays include air time remaining, nitrogen tissue loading bar graph, oxygen loading bar graph, no decompression time remaining, air time remaining, and O2 times. This allows you to customize your display to your personal preference.

The backlight on the Oceanic OCi is automatic and uses the OceanicGlo backlight technology. The time that the backlight is on is adjustable by the user. This allows you to maximize the life of the battery by limiting the backlight time.

The OCi dive computer uses the CR2450 battery, and the transmitter uses a 3.6V CR2 battery. The battery life for the dive computer is 300 hours, and the transmitter has a battery life of 1500 hrs. Hot-swap is available on the Oceanic OCi dive computer allowing you to retain all dives when changing the battery. There is a low battery indicator, which is a graphic display on the dive watch. The only downside to the battery options on the Oceanic OCi dive computer is that the manufacturer recommends pressure testing by either the dealer or the factory when replacing the battery.

There are several alarms available on the Oceanic OCi dive computer. You can set:

  • dive time remaining
  • maximum PO2
  • free dive elapsed dive time
  • free dive countdown timer

There are also high O2 and high PO2 alarms as well as your normal alarm clock and safety stop alarms.

The Oceanic OCi dive computer allows you to display time in either 12 or 24-hour format. There is a calendar available on board as well as the 24-hour time to fly countdown. This easily allows you to track dates and times, especially when tracking flight information.

Technical Capabilities

Oceanic uses exclusive dual algorithm technology to power the OCi dive watch. You can choose between the Pelagic DSAT (Spencer/Powell data basis) or Pelagic Z+ (Buhlmann ZHL-16C data basis) algorithms to get the most out of your dive.

The OCi dive computer has the capability to switch between four nitrox mixes. The mixes can go from 21 to 100% O2. The wireless transmitter has the capability to switch between four independent transmitters for the difference O2 mixes allowing you to easily swap tanks and dive without changing the settings on your transmitter or computer.

There is automatic altitude adjustments featured on the Oceanic OCi dive computer. The altitude algorithm basis is NOAA, as well as the O2 limit basis. The automatic altitude adjustment is 610 to 4200 m allowing you to rely on your Oceanic to safely prompt you for flight countdown and altitude adjustments.

Dive Log and Connectivity

The on-unit dive log of the Oceanic OCi dive computer has the capacity to hold 24 dives. Included with the dive computer is the Oceanic log computer PC or Mac download and upload settings.

The Oceanic download memory capacity is 1 MB total. You can connect your Oceanic dive computer to your Mac or PC with a USB cable.

Missing Functionality

The biggest feature that is missing from the Oceanic OCi dive computer is the lack of an ascent rate exceeded alarm. In addition to that, we also wish that the battery was user replaceable on this dive computer. Having to take the computer to a dive shop to be pressure tested to change the computer can be a hassle.

Features/Specifications

  • Four Operating Modes
  • Four Pushbuttons for Navigation
  • Watch sized display showing all data required in one view
  • Wrist Mounted
  • Water or Pushbutton Activation
  • Dual Algorithm
  • NOAA Altitude and O2 Basis
  • Automatic Altitude Adjustment
  • Multiple Deep Stop
  • Automatic Safety Stop Prompt
  • Wireless Air Integration
  • Audible Alarms
  • Backlight
  • Temperature Display
  • Compass
  • Countdown to Flight Timer
  • 24 Dive Onboard Log
  • Three Optional Display Settings
  • Free Dive Options
  • Limited warranty of 2 years

Pros and Cons

There is a lot to like about the Oceanic OCi dive computer because it has a ton of features in a small package. For those who don’t like a lot of bulk on their diving gear but want a lot of features in their dive computer, this is going to be the ideal moderately priced dive computer. While it is missing a user replaced battery, that can be easily overlooked when you consider all the other features that are included in this dive computer.

Pros

  • Multiple Display Options
  • Multiple Alarm Options
  • Sleek Style
  • Automatic Activation
  • Dual Algorithms
  • Four gas mixes
  • Altitude Adjustments fully automatic

Cons

  • Small Display
  • Battery requires pressure testing when swapped
  • Small onboard dive log
  • Bulky when worn as a regular watch

Where to Buy?

Most times you will find the best price at Amazon. Check the current pricing and customer reviews by clicking on the button below.

Customer Feedback

The reviews for the Oceanic OCi dive computer are positive. If you would like to take a look at all of the things users of this dive computer, have to say about the watch take a look here.

Red version of the Oceanic OCi wrist computer

Comparisons

The comparison below highlights a few of the differences between this diving computer and the Suunto Vyper Novo and the Oceanic VTX.

Suunto Vyper Novo

Oceanic OCi

Oceanic VTX

Suunto Vyper Novo Air Integrated Dive Computer Black
Oceanic OCi in titanium color
Oceanic VTX

Max. Depth

80 m / 262 ft

180 m / 495 ft

120 m / 394 ft

Nitrox Capable

Free Dive Mode

Gas Mixes

  3 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 100%)

  4 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 100%)

  4 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 100%)

Connectivity

USB

USB

Bluetooth 4.0

Compass

Bezel

Composite

Stainless Steel

Composite

Case

Composite

Titanium

Composite

Log Size

~ 140 hrs

24 dives

24 dives

Visual Alarms

Audible Alarms

Battery Life (Avg)

1.5 years avg

1.5 years avg

30 - 40 Hours

Check out our detailed review of the Suunto Vyper Novo for more information.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a moderately priced dive computer that has everything you need to plan a dive, then the Oceanic OCi dive computer is going to be exactly what you need. It has all of the features you would expect from a more expensive watch like wireless air integration and battery hot-swap. But it doesn’t take up too much room because it still maintains the watch style wrist mount.

For being such a small dive computer, it has plenty of features. New divers are going to have everything they need and more. Experienced divers will probably find that this dive watch has everything they want. The multiple settings and display options allow you to program different dive settings for various dive environments. Making it easy for you to dive multiple locations without reprogramming your watch.

People who do not want to spend a ton of money for wireless air integration are going to really enjoy the Oceanic OCi dive computer because you can get a lot of features without spending a lot of money. The computer doesn’t take up a ton of space on your wrists, so it minimizes the bulk you carry around with you at depth. For the minimalist diver, this dive computer is going to be perfect.

Who wouldn't like it?

If you like to be able to view bar graphs and displays while underwater this watch is not for you. Those people who need larger LCD or OLED displays to be able to view their time at depth will dislike the small display on the screen. The four-button system can be frustrating for those who are used to touchscreen interfaces.

More technical divers may find that this computer lacks the appropriate displays they need or want. Without being able to display everything at the same time, like you would be able to do on a larger dive computer, technical divers may find that they just want a little bit more from the Oceanic OCi scuba computer. But for the pricepoint, it is exactly where it needs to be both in functionality and design.

Oceanic Geo 2.0 Dive Computer Review

The Oceanic Geo 2.0 dive computer is a neatly designed device that you can wear as a watch every day. It’s made with the beginner to mid-range recreational diver in mind and has the dual-algorithm that Oceanic is known for.

The price reflects the market it targets and so do the features. You won’t find any features you’d expect from a high-end scuba diving computer like air integration, etc. For the range and market it targets, it is a great device and fulfills the requirements you have.

Oceanic Geo 2.0 in Titanium with slate blue ring

Review Summary

Experience Level

Targeting the beginner to mid-level recreational diver.

STYLE

Wrist dive computer sized as a watch.

Ease of Use

Four buttons along the outside making it easy to use even with gloves.

Price Level

Fairly priced for the features offered.

We Like

  • Clear display making it easy to read
  • Straightforward navigation with four buttons
  • Good set of features
  • Dual algorithm

We Don't Like

  • No air integration
  • Graphs on screen are too small
  • Small logbook for only 24 dives

Summary:

The Oceanic Geo 2.0 is a great scuba computer for beginners and medium experiences/mid-level recreational divers. It offers a lot of features you expect from a device in that range. One of the best certainly being that it supports two different algorithms. Yet, it also has some downsides as the log book is rather small and there’s no ability for air integration. The logbook issue is easily overcome by offloading the data to a computer and the missing air integration is really not surprising considering the price point.

Oceanic Geo2.0 in white and slate blue

The display is somewhat cramped yet easy to read and understand. The four buttons to navigate through the menus are nicely spaced and intuitively allow to go from menu item to menu item.

The Geo 2.0 is available in four different color combinations:

  • Titanium/Slate Blue
  • Titanium/White
  • White/Slate Blue
  • White/Sea Blue

It is worn at the wrist and it is sized so you can use it as an everyday watch. This makes it a great investment as you get more out of the device. However, it also reduces the screen size and that can in dark and murky waters cause a little trouble to read the information. It’s overall a question of personal style.




Capabilities

The limited real estate on the screen results in the important data being somewhat smaller compared to large sized devices. This is compensated through the fact that you can wear the Geo all day long and every day. The important information is showing on the screen so there’s not much navigating through different screens needed when you’re under water.

Geo 2.0 by Oceanic in Titanium and White

It offers four different dive modes:

  • Watch
  • Norm (Air and Nitrox)
  • Gauge
  • Free Diving

The Geo only comes as a wrist scuba computer. Oceanic offers no console variant of it. If you want a low cost console computer from Oceanic then you have to look at the VEO 2.0. It offers less capabilities but is designed as a console device.

The screen shows all important data like depth, time, temperature without having to scroll through any menus. All data is available at a glance yet due to the smaller screen size it can at times take a second to be able to clearly read it when you’re in somewhat darker environments.

It is designed as a entry-level to mid-range scuba computer and does not offer high-end capabilities like air integration, compass, etc. The display offers a low battery indicator reminding you to replace the battery before going down on a dive.

One of the really nice advantages is that you can change the battery yourself. This otherwise can be a real hassle when you have to send it in to a service center. Being able to replace the battery yourself saves you money and time.

It’s easy to master the navigation on this device. Two buttons are used to step forward/back in the menu tree and to select a specific setting. One button is used to save a setting while the fourth button is there to switch on the backlight. It’ll only take you a few minutes to get used to the navigation. The buttons are spaced out far enough to ensure that you press the right button even with gloves.

The Oceanic Geo 2.0 has the necessary audible and visual alarms that you’d expect and which differ based on the operational modes. For air or nitrox diving the alarms you can set are:

  • Dive Time exceeded
  • Too fast ascent
  • Max. Depth violation
  • PO2 limit violation
  • Decompression violation
  • Gas switch would expose diver to PO2 > 1.6
  • Violation of deep stop

Technical Capabilities

The Geo 2.0 can handle two gas mixes with up to 100% oxygen levels. You can set the pO2 limits to be between 1.2 and 1.6 bar.

The maximum operational depth for Air/Nitrox diving is 100 m (328 ft) and for Gauge it is 120 m (393 ft). It also has altitude adjustments that it selects automatically based on your altitude before a dive. The maximum altitude that can be handled is 4,270 m (14,000 ft).

The algorithm is where all Oceanic personal scuba computers shine. They offer dual algorithms allowing to switch between them at will. This is a great feature if you dive with a buddy that has his own computer which calculates based on a specific model. You at least will be able to somewhat get the calculations in sync!

The algorithm you can select is either the Buhlmann ZHL-16c based PZ+ or a DSAT based model. The DSAT variant is better suited when you want to pick a liberal recreational dive algorithm. The Buhlmann algorithm is more conservative. You also can adjust the conservatism of either of the calculation models by yourself to achieve a more conservative dive profile.

When used as a daily watch you can set the Time mode. All background calculations and measurements will be stopped and you can use the Geo 2.0 like a standard wrist watch.

Dive Log and Connectivity

The dive log is somewhat limited. You can save dive data for up to 24 dives. Data sampling can be set to either happen at 2, 15, 30 or 60 second intervals.

You can transfer the data from your dives to your computer. There is an optional connector required and you can then analyze your dive data on your computer to review dives and/or plan future dives. The Geo 2.0 also has a quick select of the last dive so you get a fast view on the data without having to search through the menu.

Missing Functionality

Being an entry-level to mid-range diver computer, the Oceanic Geo 2.0 is certainly missing some features. You don’t get air integration and no built-in compass. This are features you can get and expect from higher-end devices which then also cost you a lot more money.

Features/Specifications

  • Easy to navigate with 4 buttons
  • A range of audible and visual alarms
  • Watch sized display showing all data required in one view
  • Four operational modes for Watch, Air/Nitrox, Gauge and Free Diving
  • Two gas mixes between 21% and 100%
  • PO2 limits adjustable from 1.2 to 1.6 bars
  • Two different algorithms with additional conservatism settings
  • Max. operating depth 100 meters/328 feet for Air/Nitrox and 120 meters/393 feet for Gauge
  • Automatic altitude adjustments up to 4,270 m (14,000 ft)
  • Selection of imperial or metric mode
  • Dive log with capacity for 24 dives
  • Log sampling rates selectable at 2, 15, 30 and 60 seconds
  • User switchable battery
  • Four different color combinations
  • Limited warranty of 2 years

Pros and Cons

There’s not much you’ll be missing with regards to features when you compare the Oceanic Geo 2.0 with other scuba computers in the same category. You won’t be able to grow the capabilities of this device over time as you can’t add for example air integration. However, you do get a solid diving computer with a complete set of features that satisfy the needs of beginner and recreational divers.

The highlight of the Geo 2.0, as for all Oceanic dive computers, is that they offer two different algorithms. This allows you to pick a more liberal or conservative calculation model while you additionally can adjust the conservatism settings for the algorithm that you picked.

Pros

  • Easy to learn and use navigation with 4 buttons
  • Dual algorithms with additional conservatism settings
  • Four different operation modes (Watch, Air/Nitrox, Gauge and Freedive)
  • Two gas mixes
  • Ability to switch gases during dive
  • Automatic altitude adjustments
  • The capabilities you need as a beginner or mid-level recreational diver

Cons

  • Limited screen real-estate as it is sized as a wrist watch
  • Logbook on the smaller side
  • No possibility for air-integration

If you are a beginner of mid-level diver then this is without a doubt a great dive computer. It offers the right set of features you will need and some more. If you require more sophisticated features like air integration then this is not the right device for you.

Where to Buy?

You will usually get the best price and service through Amazon. Click the button below to find the current pricing and check further reviews.

Customer Feedback

Overwhelmingly, you only find great reviews online. Divers that bought this device are happy. Most anyone is impressed with the features offered and specifically being able to select between two different algorithms. This helps tremendously if your dive buddy uses a different brand as you can pick an algorithm that nearly matches your buddy’s. This way you don’t have to constantly wonder whether his or your alarms going off are the right ones!

Geo 2.0 from Oceanic in White and Seablue

Comparisons

The comparison below highlights a few of the differences between this diving computer and the Cressi Giotto and the Suunto Zoop Novo.

Suunto Zoop Novo

Oceanic Geo 2.0

Cressi Giotto

Suunto Zoop Novo Lime
Oceanic Geo 2.0 in Titanium with slate blue ring
Mares Smart Dive Computer - Black/Red

Max. Depth

80 m / 262 ft

80 m / 262 ft

120 m / 394 ft

Nitrox Capable

Free Dive Mode

Gas Mixes

  1gas

(Oxygen 21 - 50%)

  2 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 10%)

  2 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 99%)

Connectivity

USB

USB

USB

Compass

Bezel

Composite

Composite

Composite

Case

Composite

Composite

Composite

Log Size

~ 140 hrs

~ 24 dives

~ 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 as well as the review of the Suunto Zoop Novo.

Conclusion

The Oceanic Geo 2.0 is a great scuba dive computer for a recreational diver that wants to also use it as a daily watch. It’s fully featured to satisfy the needs of a beginner to mid-level diver and is priced right.

Being sized as a wrist watch reduces the available screen size. It’s still capable to display all important information in one screen but the data is not displayed as large as it is on an oversized version. Displaying any data as a bar graph definitely shows the limits of the small screen.

It is amazing that Oceanic packed their dual algorithm technology into such a convenient and small device. There was and is no compromising on this end and on safety features due to the size.

Whom is it not for?

You’ll have to look upwards when looking for additional features. These will cost a bunch more and you will have to ask yourself whether you truly need those features. For most divers it’s perfectly fine to have a console with a pressure gauge and a compass in addition to a wrist scuba diving computer.

If you do require those higher end features then have a look at the Oceanic OCi that offers everything you need. Alternatively, you can then also check the Suunto Vyper Novo which also offers a complete set of features at a reasonable price.

Cressi Goa Dive Computer Review

Cressi introduced the new Goa dive computer earlier this year. It’s a wrist watch sized device that comes packed with functionality.

It’s not available yet in the US so we evaluated the technical specs as they are available at this time. Based on that information it seems like you’re looking at similar features as in a Cressi Leonardo that is sized as a watch that you can wear every day.


Review Summary of the Cressi Goa Dive Computer

Experience Level

For the beginner and recreational diver.

STYLE

Wrist watch sized to be worn every day.

Ease of Use

Simple two button navigation allowing quick menu access.

Price Level

Reasonably priced for the features it offers.

We Like

  • Can be worn as a day-to-day watch
  • Large numbers on display for quick reading
  • Large number of dive modes
  • Can be completely reset

We Don't Like

  • No air integration capability
  • No built-in digital compass

Summary:

Based on what is known at this time as well as assuming that most of the features match the Leonardo, you’ll be looking at a great dive computer for beginners and recreational divers. Many divers never require the missing features like air integration or a compass and as such this might just end up being the only one you ever get.

Cressi Goa Dive Computer Black and Blue

The Cressi Goa is available in a number of color combinations: black, black/grey, black/blue, white/pink and white/grey. You'll be able to find a stylish color combo that you can wear every day.




Capabilities

The Cressi Goa supports the following dive modes:

  • Air
  • Nitrox
  • Gauge
  • Free Dive
  • Off Mode
Cressi Goa Scuba Computer White and Pink

The Cressi Goa has a diameter of only 48 mm making it a great size to use and wear as an everyday watch. It features a high contrast display with large numbers to make it easy to read under any circumstance.

As you would expect, the display is backlit for dark environments. The time can display in 12/24 time format and it has a calendar function.

Navigation on the Goa is managed through two buttons on the side. The navigation is easy and straightforward.

The Goa offers a number of alarms that are both visual as also audible:

  • ​Breach of ascent speed
  • Decompression ceiling violation
  • pO2 limit violation
  • Low battery

A great feature included in the Goa, similar to the Leonardo, is that the computer can be completely reset. This makes it a perfect device for dive shops as they are able to perform the reset between different divers. At that moment no dive history is in the memory anymore and the calculations for decompression, etc. start from zero.

Technical Capabilities

The Cressi Goa can handle Air and Nitrox diving. You can switch between nitrox and air during desaturation.

The operational max. depth is 120 meters/393 feet. Additionally, the Goa provides altitude adjustments. It also includes no fly time calculations as well as a surf time and a desaturation calculator.

The algorithm used is Cressi’s RGBM. It can be adjusted for different conservatism settings. Cressi’s algorithm has a long history and is proven to be safe and sound.

Dive Log and Connectivity

The dive log is reasonably large. You can keep dive data for the last 50 dives for each category. So, you can save 50 air dives, 50 nitrox dives, etc. That’s plenty of capacity to store data on the dive computer itself.

Missing Functionality

If you are a beginner or a recreational diver without the need for multiple gases then this could very well be the dive computer for you. If you are already considering switching to technical diving then this will not be the right device for you.

It’s not to be expected to have air integration for a dive computer in this category. It is also not necessary to have it. It’s pushing the price point up a lot to have wireless air integration and it quickly becomes uneconomical for most divers.

A built-in compass is also a nice-to-have feature that is missing. However, assuming you have a console with a compass and a pressure gauge does already take care of both of the missing features for the Cressi Goa.

Features/Specifications

  • Two button navigation
  • Air/Nitrox capable
  • Five different dive modes (air, nitrox, gauge, free diving, off)
  • Cressi RGBM algorithm with adjustments for additional conservatism settings
  • Maximum operational depth of 120 meters/393 feet
  • Cressi RGBM algorithm based on a modified Haldne and Wienke model
  • Maximum depth display to 120 meters/393 feet
  • Data displayed in either metric or imperial units
  • Dive log of up to 50 dives for each mode
  • You can change the battery yourself
Cessi Goa Dive Computer Black

Pros and Cons

The Goa does have the features you’d expect from a recreational dive computer. Judging the features based on the Leonardo, you’ll be able to get a great dive computer for the money. In the case of the Goa you even get more features in a smaller package for some more money.

Pros

  • Simple dual button navigation
  • Small size, can be worn as a daily watch
  • Cressi RGBM algorithm with conservatism settings
  • Different Dive Modes(air, nitrox, gauge, freediving and off)
  • Complete reset capability

Cons

  • No air integration
  • No compass

Assuming that the features match at least the functionality that the Leonardo provides, then you can take it that this is a great dive computer. The couple of missing features are nothing you'll be missing in a scuba computer in that price range.

Where to Buy?

The Goa is not yet available. As with any purchases you will usually get the lowest price on Amazon. In addition to the best pricing you also typically have the widest selection of different colors on there.

Another advantage of Amazon is that you can get free two-day shipping if you are a Prime member. It’s also easy to return or exchange products if they’re not what you expected or if they’re not working.

Cressi Goa Dive Computer White and Grey

Comparing the Cressi Goa

The comparison chart below shows the differences between the Cressi Goa, the Cressi Giotto and the Suunto Zoop Novo.

Suunto Zoop Novo

Cressi Goa

Cressi Giotto

Suunto Zoop Novo
Cressi Goa Wrist Computer Black and Grey
Cressi Giotto Dive Computer black-yellow

Max. Depth

80 m / 262 ft

120 m / 394 ft

120 m / 394 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

Special Adapter

USB

Compass

Bezel

Composite

Stainless steel

Composite

Case

Composite

Composite

Composite

Log Size

~ 140 hrs

~ 50 dives

~ 70 hrs

Visual Alarms

Audible Alarms

Battery Life (Avg)

1.5 years avg

2 years avg

1.5 years avg

Conclusion

Expecting the Cressi Goa to be a dive computer with more features than the Leonardo yet all packed into a smaller package makes us believe that it’ll be a great device to have. Based on the technical data you can expect a lot of functionality in a small device for a great price. We’ll be updating this review with further details once they get available and we’re able to verify the claims.

Whom is the CRESSI Goa not for?

​If you are into technical diving then you will need features that the Goa doesn't offer. You might want to consider looking at the Suunto Vyper Novo in that case as a great choice.

Best Dive Computer under $500

Finding the best dive computer under $500 should not be a challenge. That is if you are looking for a DC for recreational diving. Don’t expect to get a device that has features that you’ll need for technical diving.

We cover what you can expect from a device at that price point and what you won’t get. Lastly, we showcase three dive computers that stay under the $500 mark.

Mares Smart Wrist Dive Computer

What Features can you expect?

At this price point you’ll get the basics. You can expect a reliable device that will keep you safe during a dive.

Regarding specific features you can expect the following:

RGBM with Adjustments

A safe RGBM algorithm that continuously calculates your dive data to keep your dive within healthy limits. Pretty much each dive computer manufacturer has their own variation of a RGBM algorithm.

Some are more conservative than others. If you dive with a buddy that has a DC from a different brand then you have to expect your dive limit calculations to be different!

Most algorithms also offer the ability to change the conservatism of the calculations. The settings allow to change the limits within the algorithm to be more conservative which ultimately means they end up providing you a larger safety margin.

One or Multiple Gas Mixes

Most dive computers in this price range will provide the ability to have one nitrox mix. Usually they support oxygen levels up to 50%.

For most beginners and recreational divers being able to manage one gas mix is good enough. If you’re relatively new to the sport then diving with a single gas mix will cover you for usually the first few years if not even for a lifetime.

You find more and more dive computers that can handle up to two gas mixes. Most newer models are capable to do that. Depending on your dive needs this might or might not be an important feature for you. For recreational diving it often is of less importance to have this feature.

Audible and Visual Alarms

All dive computers in this price range offer various audible and visual alarms. Typically, you can expect the following types of alarms to be setup for a dive:

  • Dive Time​
  • High pO2
  • Violation of decompression ceiling
  • Maximum depth violation
  • Ascent too fast

These are the alarms that are most important for a recreational diver and they are usually all covered by a DC at this price point.

Dive Log

You should expect the DC to have a solid dive log with enough memory to store dive data for at least 20 dives. Some models even provide enough capacity for over 100 hours of dive data to be collected.

Usually, the dive data will be collected at a fixed rate. Some models will allow to adjust the collection rate.

Connectivity to Computer (optional)

Dive computers offering a dive log will also offer the (optional) ability to connect the DC to your computer. All brands have their own software to install on your PC and in most cases you can get the software for Windows or for the Mac.

What will you be missing?

Dive Planner

Usually you will not find a built-in dive planner in this price category. However, you should be able to offload the data to your computer and perform dive plans on the PC.

Air integration

Air integration is nothing you will find in this price category. You might get lucky and find a DC on sale that is capable of air integration but you most certainly will not get a device that has an air transmitter included.

Digital Compass

Integrated digital compasses are something you will have to look at the next price level. Usually, these devices will be more in the $800 to $1,000 range where you can see digital compasses being part of the feature set of the DC.

The 5 Best Dive Computers under $500

Let’s have a quick look at the 5 best dive computers under $500 below. These are not ranked in a specific order but do show our picks for the best wrist scuba computers in that price category.

Mares Smart Wrist Dive Computer

The Mares Smart is a wrist watch sized dive computer that packs a lot of features. It’s one of the few dive computers in this category that actually can handle two gas mixes.

Mares Smart Dive Computer - Black/Grey

Click here to find the lowest price for the Mares Smart

It checks off all the required features you’d expect in this class. The dive log on the Smart can hold around 36 hours of dive data that you can then transfer to your PC or Mac for further analysis or to plan future dives.

Oceanic Geo 2.0 Air/Nitrox Scuba Computer Watch

The Oceanic Geo 2.0 is a feature rich dive computer in this price category. It offers Oceanic’s unique dual algorithm. This allows you to switch between two different algorithms allowing you to pick the one you feel more comfortable with.

Oceanic Geo 2.0 Air-Nitrox Dive Computer Watch

Click here to find the lowest price for the Oceanic Geo 2.0

This feature also is great if you dive with a buddy that has a different dive computer. Chances are that one of your algorithms will match that of your buddies DC and as such you won’t get conflicting data and alarms.

The Geo 2.0 is also capable of handling two gas mixes. It can even go up to 100% oxygen on the mixes which is quite unique at this price point. The dive log is capable of keeping the data of up to 24 dives.

Suunto Zoop Novo Dive Computer

The Zoop Novo is the updated model of the very successful Zoop. It is a huge upgrade in capabilities and it definitely is one of the best entry-level dive computers you can find.

Suunto Zoop Novo - Black

Click here to find the lowest price for the Suunto Zoop Novo

It can handle one gas mix up to 50% oxygen. The dive log can keep an astonishing 140 hours of dive data. Connected to your PC you can also upload the data to Suunto’s Movescount portal where you can enrich the dive data with pictures and video and share it with friends and family.

Click here to find our detailed review of the Suunto Zoop Novo.​

Aqua Lung i200 Scuba Dive Computer

The i200 is the entry level dive computer from Aqua Lung. It offers all the features you expect and quite a little more. Similar as the Mares Smart, it’s roughly the size of a wrist watch.

Aqua Lung i200 Scuba Dive Computer

Click here to find the lowest price for the Aqua Lung i200

It handles up to two gas mixes with up to 100% oxygen. The dive log is capable of handling the data for up to 24 dives. The optional connection to your computer enables you to download the dive data from the device to your computer.

Cressi Giotto Watch Scuba Computer

The Cressi Giotto is one of the entry-level dive computers by Cressi. The level underneath it is the Giotto which is probably the most complete beginner and entry-level dive computer available.

Cressi Giotto Dive Computer Black-Red

Click here to find the lowest price for the Cressi Giotto

The Giotto is capable of handling two gas mixes with oxygen levels up to 99%. That’s more than sufficient for recreational diving. The dive log is generously sized at up to 70 hours of data to be stored. Connecting the Giotto to your computer allows you to download the dive data for further analysis and to plan future dives.

Click here to find our detailed review of the Cressi Giotto!

Conclusion

There’s a good selection of highly capable dive computers in the category under $500. Looking at any of the five devices shown above as well as the many other scuba computers in this price range will provide you with a solid dive computer that’ll last you for years to come.

Which device you eventually pick depends somewhat on your personal preferences. Ask yourself whether you want an oversized device like the Suunto Zoop Novo or the Cressi Giotto. Or do you prefer a watch sized model like any of the other three? Larger displays often allow for better reading of the information on the screen under water. It also often means that it’s easy for you to switch the battery. Watch sized dive computers often have to be sent to a service center or to a dive shop to have the battery changed.

Let us know what dive computer you like best under $500 in the comments below. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Suunto Vyper Air Dive Computer Review

The Suunto Vyper Air is the third member of the Vyper Dive Computer Family. It's not as capable as the Vyper Novo yet has air integration and a compass built in which separates it from the Suunto Vyper.

While it is an oversized dive watch, it does have a lot more resemblance to a watch than the other two models in the Vyper family. Yet, it is pretty large and roughly the same size as the Vyper model is.

Suunto Vyper Air Black

Review Summary of the Suuntu Vyper Air Dive Computer

Experience Level

For the recreational diver with medium dive experience.

STYLE

Oversized dive watch.

Ease of Use

Optimized and simplified navigation with four buttons.

Price Level

Overall pretty good price for the functionality you get.

We Like

  • Display shows all important data simultaneously
  • Simplified four button navigation
  • Sufficient features for beginner and experienced divers
  • Optional Air Integration
  • Integrated compass
  • Handles two gas mixes

We Don't Like

  • Too large to wear as a watch

Summary:

The Suunto Vyper Air is squarely placed between the Vyper and the Vyper Novo with regards to capabilities. However, looking at the price, this dive computer is much closer to the Vyper. If you skip the air transmitter (which you can buy later) then you get a very capable device for a very good price!

Suunto Vyper Air Dive Computer

The Vyper Air is only available as a wrist diving computer. It does not come mounted in a console.





Capabilities

The Suunto Vyper Air offers all important data on a large dot-matrix screen.

 This dive computer offers three different dive modes:

  • Air
  • Nitrox
  • Gauge
Suunto Vyper Air Black

The Suunto Vyper Air offers all features you would need as a recreational diver. Even if you start diving with different gas mixes, this is a dive computer that will work for you.

All visual alarms including a low battery indicator display on the main screen. There's no need to navigate to other menus to get alarm information. The battery can be changed by yourself which avoids having to take the scuba computer to a service center or dive shop.

Navigation on the Vyper Air is simple and streamlined. You have four buttons available to go to the different menus or to switch on the backlight. Even with thick dive gloves you will not have a problem to make sure that you hit the right button.

The Vyper Air has a full list of important alarms available. They are both visual and audible alarms. Here's the list of alerts that will warn you when limits are exceeded:

  • Dive Time
  • Maximum Depth
  • Tank pressure (with wireless transmitter)
  • High pO2
  • Decompression ceiling violation
  • Too fast ascent
  • CNS/OTU (OLF) 80% / 100%
  • Switch gas (better gas is available)

Technical Capabilities

​The Suunto Vyper Air is capable of handling two gas mixes between 21% and 99% oxygen. The pO2 limits can be set in the range from 1.2 to 1.6 bar.

The max. operational depth is 100 m (328 ft). The Vyper Air has adjustments for diving at high altitudes up to 3,000 meters (9,843 feet). The altitude can be set in four different steps. Setting the altitude correctly allows the algorithm to perform its calculations correctly.

The algorithm is Suunto's own RGBM. All Suunto dive computers use a variant of this algorithm. You can adjust the conservatism of the algorithm with two different settings. This provides higher safety margins during your dives if you prefer them.

Dive Log and Connectivity

​The dive log could be a little bigger. You can hold dive data up to 42 hours. That's if you use the standard sampling rate of 20 seconds. You can also adjust the rate to 1, 10, 20, 30 or 60 seconds.

You can link the Suunto Vyper Air to your computer by using a USB connection. The Suunto DM5 software which has to be installed on the computer can download the dive data. You can then analyze the data from past drives as well as plan out future dives.

Through the DM5 software you also have the ability to upload the data to the Movescount portal from Suunto. The data can be enriched with information like photos and videos and you can share it with others on the portal.

Missing Functionality

The SUUNTO Vyper Air has all features that you would need as a recreational diver. It can handle up to two gas mixes with for most dive situations is enough. In addition you do get air integration and a compass.

Features/Specifications

  • Streamlined navigation with four buttons
  • Visible and audible alarms when limits get exceeded
  • All important data displayed at a glance
  • Air, Nitrox and Gauge modes supported
  • Two gas mixes from 21% to 99%
  • pPO2 limits adjustable between 1.2 and 1.6 bars
  • Suunto RGBM algorithm
  • 2 settings to adjust conservatism of algorithm
  • 100 meters/328 feet operational depth
  • Set Altitude up to 3,000 m (9,843 ft) in four different steps
  • Data in either imperial or metric units
  • Up to 42 hours of dive log data at a sampling rate of 20 seconds
  • Sampling rate configurable to be 10, 20, 30 or 60 seconds
  • Battery can be replaced by user

Pros and Cons

The Vyper Air is a pretty complete dive computer. You get every functionality you need as a recreational diver.

You can save money now by getting the dive computer without the wireless transmitters. You can buy them at a later point in time (if at all) when you're ready to use air integration.

Pros

  • Easy navigation with a four button setups
  • Adjustable Suunto RGBM algorithm with two steps
  • Three dive modes (Air, Nitrox and Gauge)
  • Complete features set for recreational diver
  • Optional air integration
  • Integrated compass
  • Two gas mixes

Cons

  • Not a wrist watch

Recreational divers should not require more features than what the Vyper Air has to offer. The functionalities provided cover everything you could ask for.

Where to Buy?

The best prices and selection is usually found on Amazon. You can click the button below to find the lowest prices for the Suunto Vyper Air.

Customer Feedback

Looking at the customer reviews of people that bought this scuba computer shows that this is a great device. The feedback is very positive. Most complaints are about the device not working when they unpack it. With Amazon it's easy to simply return the dive computer and get a new one that works. You might run into issues with returns/exchanges with some other smaller online retailers.

Suunto Vyper Air with Air Integration

Comparing the Suunto Vyper Air

The chart below provides a quick comparison of the Suunto Vyper Air, Suunto Vyper and the Suunto Vyper Novo dive computers.

Suunto Vyper

Suunto Vyper Air

Suunto Vyper Novo

Suunto Vyper Dive Computer
Suunto Vyper Air Dive Computer
Suunto Vyper Novo Dive Computer Black

Max. Depth

100 m / 328 ft

100 m / 328 ft

80 m / 262 ft

Nitrox Capable

Free Dive Mode

Gas Mixes

  1gas

(Oxygen 21 - 50%)

  2 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 99%)

  3 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 99%)

Connectivity

USB

USB

USB

Compass

Bezel

Composite

Composite

Composite

Case

Composite

Composite

Composite

Log Size

~ 36 hrs

~ 42 hrs

~ 140 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 Suunto Vyper Novo and of the Suunto Vyper Dive Computer.

Conclusion

​The Suunto Vyper Air provides all the features a recreational diver would need. Ant it all comes at a very reasonable price.

You get a full-featured dive computer that works reliably. The optional air integration allows to expand the capabilities at a later time when you require them.​

If you want most of the features offered by the Vyper Air but don't need a compass, air integration and to use two gas mixes then have a look at the review of the Suunto Vyper or even of the Suunto Zoop Novo. The Vyper is around the same price as the Vyper Air while the Zoop Novo is quite a bit cheaper.

Whom is the SUUNTO Vyper Air not for?

The Vyper Air satisfies the requirements that any recreational diver has. Technical divers might require more than two gas mixes but otherwise you get all functions you can think of.

It's a dive computer that has enough features for any experience level. Even a beginner could invest in it and then add air integration at a later time.

Having all functions that are required results in a dive computer that will support you during your dives for years to come. The Suunto Vyper Air offers what you need and all that at a really great price!

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