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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 dive 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!

Suunto Vyper Novo vs. Zoop Novo

Comparing the Suunto Vyper Novo with the Suunto Zoop Novo

Suunto Vyper Novo Air Integrated Dive Computer White

The Vyper Novo and the Zoop Novo are the successors of the Vyper and Zoop. Each in their own category added a lot more features than the predecessor models. You can however still buy the Zoop and Vyper today in case you are looking for dive computers that cost less.

For detailed information on each of the models read the review of the Suuntu Vyper Novo and the Suunto Zoop Novo review. You will find in-depth information on both of these dive computers.​

In this comparison we wanted to have a look at the differences between the two models. They do target very different divers with regards to their experience.

The Zoop Novo is designed for the beginner diver. It has sufficient capabilities to work for most recreational divers. Once you want to start technical diving and need multiple gas mixes as well as air integration you want to have a closer look at the Vyper Novo.

Design Differences

At first glance you'd think these two dive computers are twins. They do look very similar yet the Vyper Novo is a little larger in diameter and height compared to the Zoop Novo.

Both dive computers are designed to be worn at the wrist. The Zoop Novo is also available as a console version if you prefer to use your dive computer in the console.

The size difference between the two dive computers is not as large as the comparison above suggests. The diameter of Vyper Novo is around 0.2 inches larger than the Zoop Novo. The Zoop Novo comes in three different colors (Blue, Lime, Black) while the Vyper Novo comes in Black and White.

​The displays on both devices are very similar in quality. They are large and provide the essential information on one screen. Both have backlights and also are phosphor-luminescent so they glow in the dark if you shine your dive light onto them. The Zoop Novo is lacking a number of features that the Vyper Novo has and that explains the different data being displayed.

Features and Functions

The list of features has been significantly expanded. The Vyper Novo is a true high-end dive computer now. The Vyper is barely above the entry-level in comparison.

The Vyper Novo provides a lot more features than the Zoop Novo. It's designed for a completely different type of diver. The features provided satisfy most technical and recreational divers. The Zoop is designed as an entry-level dive computer that targets beginner divers and divers that don't need the ability to dive with several gas mixes or have air integration.

While the Zoop Novo is capable of handling Nitrox up to 50%, the Vyper Novo can handle three different gas mixes up to 100% oxygen. Additionally, each of these three gas mixes (tanks) can be wirelessly integrated to track the dive time remaining. The Vyper Novo also has a digital compass integrated.

Both offer five modes - air, nitrox, gauge, free diving and off. The log capacity in both dive computers is the same at 140 hours at a sampling rate of 20 seconds. Sampling rates are adjustable.

The algorithm in both models can handle Deep Stops which the predecessors could not deal with. The Vyper Novo's version of the Suunto RGBM can deal with three different gas mixes compared to the one gas mix in the Zoop Novo. Both dive computers support two conservatism adjustment settings to the base algorithm to make it more conservative.

Suunto Vyper Novo Wrist Dive Computer with Transmitter White

Conclusion

The Vyper Novo and the Zoop Novo do not really compare. They have completely different feature sets and target different experience levels and types of divers. The Vyper Novo is  full-featured dive computer with all the bells and whistles you can ask for. Considering that you can add the air integration at a later time it is not that outrageously expensive. It's certainly a lot more in cost than the Zoop Novo.

If you are just starting with diving or don't dive very often the the Zoop Novo is a great device for you. The feature set will be enough for the next years to come and who knows what new kinds of dive computers we will have by then.

When you have a few years of diving experience and you do technical dives with multiple gas mixes then the Vyper Novo is a great companion for your dives. The optional air integration makes it easy to track your gas consumption during a dive.

If you are not that experienced yet but you are already thinking of dives using multiple gases then you might consider getting the Vyper Novo even though you might not use its advanced right at this moment. You will save money though as you're not buying an entry-level dive computer just to then having to trade up in a year or so.

Suunto Vyper Novo vs. Vyper

Comparing the Suunto Vyper Novo with the Suunto Vyper

Suunto Vyper Novo Air Integrated Dive Computer White

Suunto introduced the Vyper Novo as the successor of the Vyper. To confused matters more, they decided to still keep the Vyper in their product line. However, the Novo has seen a significant increase in functionality and features compared to the original dive computer.

You can read our review of the Suunto Vyper Novo as well as the Suunto Vyper to learn more about their features and capabilities.​

Below we'll look at the differences between the two models so you can make an educated choice which one of them matches your needs better.

Design Differences

Both these dive computers are worn on the wrist. They are oversized and pretty similar in size. The Novo version has four buttons for selecting the menu items and the Vyper features three. This is due to the additional features that the Vyper Novo offers and also to allow to use the design of the Suunto Zoop Novo that was introduced at the same time.

Suunto Vyper Novo Air Integrated Dive Computer Black

Suunto Vyper Novo in black

Suunty Vyper Wrist Computer

Suunto Vyper

The Novo is larger in size by nearly half an inch. The most significant increase is the weight though. It practically doubled to 134 grams up from 68 grams for the Vyper. A decent amount of weight is due to the larger size and packing more electronics into it. Otherwise, one would assume that the Vyper Novo might also be built somewhat sturdier.

​The display seems a little more refined on the Novo. The data is easy to read and all essential information is displayed on the main screen. The original Vyper has less functionality and as such it looks like the data on the display is somewhat more spread out with areas that are simply not filled.

The backlight on the display has been improved significantly. The screen on the Vyper Novo is additionally phosphor-luminescent so it glows in the dark when you shine a dive light at it. That can help you conserve battery as you won't need to switch on the backlight.

Features and Functions

The list of features has been significantly expanded. The Vyper Novo is a true high-end dive computer now. The Vyper is barely above the entry-level in comparison.

The Vyper Novo is based on its additional features in a completely different class that the Vyper. While the Vyper today is basically a dive computer that's one level above an entry-level device, the Novo is a dive computer with a complete set of features. You get air integration, handling of three gas mixes including switching them during a dive, a compass and a variety of dive modes. The Vyper can handle one gas mix and has none of the other features that the Novo offers.

Even the logbook capacity doesn't compare. The Vyper can handle around 36 hours of collected dive data while the Vyper Novo can handle up to 140 hours.  As the Novo has a freediving mode, Suunto also added a configurable sampling rate for that mode. You can adjust the rate to 1, 2 and 5 seconds.

The algorithm in the Novo can handle Deep Stops now in addition to dealing with three different gas mixes. The original version could handle one gas mix.

Suunto Vyper Novo Wrist Dive Computer with Transmitter White

Conclusion

Honestly, there's no comparison between the Vyper Novo and the Vyper. The Novo is in a completely different class. Yet, that's not only with regards to functionality but also when you look at the price. You will have to add a few hundred dollars on top of the price of the Vyper when you want to get a Novo. However, you do get that much more!

The increased log book on top of the new features is a bonus. But the big difference is that the Novo has all the features that a recreational diver might ever ask for. The Vyper simply does not even though it is a good dive computer which has the features that a medium experienced recreational diver would need.

If you are fairly new to diving then the Vyper is a great choice. It'll be sufficient for years to come. If you are an experienced diver and you want a dive computer that has a complete set of features and can grow through optional air integration then have a closer look at the Vyper Novo. Pricing for both is what you'd expect for the features you get. Click here to find the lowest price!

Suunto Vyper Dive Computer Review

The Suunto Vyper has been available on the market for quite a few years now. This does not mean that it's an old dive computer but it does provide less capabilities than for example the Suunto Vyper Novo. However, it still does offer a lot of functionality for the recreational diver at a much lower price than the Novo model!

You get an oversized wrist dive computer with a pretty complete set of features required for a medium-experienced recreational diver. The functions you miss compared to higher end devices are possibly nothing you'll need for years or maybe even ever.


Review Summary of the Suuntu Vyper Dive Computer

Experience Level

Targeting the recreational diver with some experience or even just the  beginner.

STYLE

Large dive computer for the wrist.

Ease of Use

Simple navigation with three buttons.

Price Level

Good price for a dive computer with this functionality.

We Like

  • Large display displaying all data in one view
  • Easy navigation with three buttons
  • Sufficient features for beginner and experienced divers

We Don't Like

  • Too large to wear as a watch
  • No compass
  • No air integration
  • Only able to handle one gas mix

Summary:

The Suunto Vyper is not the newest dive computer that you can buy. However, it does have pretty much everything you need during your first years of diving. Might you miss the ability to handle more than one gas mix and to have air integration? You eventually might miss it but that's usually a few years down the road. As such, you can save yourself some money today and get a reliable device like the Vyper. When it comes to upgrading to a more sophisticated model, new technology might already have brought out new dive computers that are more capable than today's.

Suunto Vyper Novo Wrist Dive Computer with Transmitter Black

The large display shows the important data at a glance. The information is showing clearly visible and in their separate sections.

The Vyper is a wrist dive computer. It does not come as a console mount. It is, as most wrist dive computers, too large to be used as a regular watch.





Capabilities

The Suunto Vyper has a large screen which allows to view all data required for a safe dive without having to navigate to get to it.

It offers three different dive modes:

  • Air
  • Nitrox
  • Gauge
Suunto Vyper Dive Computer

This is a no-nonsense dive computer that sports the most important features for recreational diving. It doesn't offer functionalities like air-integration or gas mixes and switching.

The visual alarms show on the main display without the need to navigate away from the main screen. The same is the case if the battery gets low. A low battery indicator will show on the screen reminding you to switch the battery. The battery is easily changed by you with no need to send the device off to a service center. This saves money and speeds up the replacement of the battery.

The navigation on this device is easy and consists in the usage of three buttons. They are spaced out on the top of the dive computer. This also ensures that you press the right button even if you wear gloves during the dive.

The Vyper has the most important alarms available. They alert you both visually and through sound when the limits for the following settings are violated:

  • Dive Time
  • Max. Depth
  • High PO2
  • Decompression ceiling violation
  • Too fast ascent

Technical Capabilities

​The Suunto Vyper can handle one gas mixture between 21% and 50%. It cannot handle different gas mixes during dive. You can set the pO2 limits between 1.2 and 1.6 bar.

The Vyper has a max. operational depth of 100 m (328 ft). If you intend to dive at higher altitudes then you can specify the height up to 3,000 meters (9,843 ft) in four steps. This will allow the algorithm to calculate all data correctly.

The calculations are all based on the Suunto RGBM algorithm. It's used in all Suunto dive computers and is known to be a reliable yet conservative algorithm. The Suunto Vyper is able to have you change the conservatism settings through two different settings to influence the calculations.

Dive Log and Connectivity

​The dive log is on the small side with being able to hold dive data for around 36 hours when the sampling rate is set to 20 seconds. The sampling rate can be adjusted and set to 10, 20, 30 or 60 seconds.

Th​e Suunto Vyper can be linked to your computer through a USB cable. You have to install Suunto's DM5 software on your computer to allow to download the dive data from your dive computer. The software enables you to analyze your log data from a dive or to plan future dives.

The log data can also be uploaded to the Suunto Movescount portal. There you can add information including videos and photographs and share the information with others.

Missing Functionality

The SUUNTO Vyper provides the most needed features and functions you need as a recreational diver. It is missing the ability to handle multiple gas mixes and it also has no air integration. Lastly, it also does not provide an integrated compass.

Features/Specifications

  • Easy navigation with three buttons
  • Most important alarms are visible and audible when limits get violated
  • Large display showing all necessary data at a glance
  • Three dive mode settings for Air, Nitrox and Gauge
  • One gas mix from 21% to 50%
  • Set pPO2 limits between 1.2 and 1.6 bars
  • Adjustable Suunto RGBM algorithm with 2 conservatism settings
  • Max. operating depth of 100 meters/328 feet
  • Altitude settings up to 3,000 m (9,843 ft) in four different settings
  • Can handle data in either imperial or metric data
  • Around 36 hours of dive data in the log at a sampling rate of 20 seconds
  • Sampling rate adjustable to be 10, 20, 30 or 60 seconds
  • User replaceable battery

Pros and Cons

You get a robust and reliable dive computer when you purchase the Suunto Vyper. It does not have high-end features and functions but it does provide the essentials you need as a recreational diver.

When it gets time to upgrade to more sophisticated features you will have to trade up. However, that would most likely be years out in the future if it ever happens at all.

Pros

  • Navigation through 3 easy to use buttons
  • Suunto RGBM algorithm with 2 adjustment settings
  • Three different dive modes (Air, Nitrox and Gauge)
  • Basic features that a recreational diver requires

Cons

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

As a recreational diver you might not require more features even in the long run. It could be a wise move to buy this dive computer and save some money compared to other higher-end models while still getting a solid and reliable device that can handle all your essential requirements.

Where to Buy?

You will usually find the best prices for the Suunto Vyper on Amazon. Clicking on the button below will show you the lowest price available.

Customer Feedback

The customer reviews of folks that bought this dive computer is overall very positive. A few people received a Suunto Vyper that wasn't working. In the case of buying it from Amazon this would require a simple return or exchange. Other online retailers might end up giving a customer a hard time. Keep that in mind when ordering.

Suunto Vyper Novo Air Integrated Dive Computer Black

Comparing the Suunto Vyper

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

Oceanic OCi

Suunto Vyper

Suunto Vyper Novo

Oceanic OCi Personal Wrist Dive Computer
Suunto Vyper Dive Computer
Suunto Vyper Novo Dive Computer Black

Max. Depth

150 m / 495 ft

100 m / 328 ft

80 m / 262 ft

Nitrox Capable

Free Dive Mode

Gas Mixes

4 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 100%)

  1 gas

(Oxygen 21 - 50%)

  3 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 99%)

Connectivity

USB

USB

USB

Compass

Bezel

Stainless steel

Composite

Composite

Case

Titanium

Composite

Composite

Log Size

~ 24 dives

~ 36 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.

Conclusion

​The Suunto Vyper is not the latest and greatest gadget you can get. It does not have all the bells and whistles you might need to show off your dive computer to your buddies.

However, it is a robust and reliable partner that will help you to dive safely. It offers the essential features you need as a recreational divers without the bells and whistles that you might or might not need when you do more sophisticated dives.

If you're looking for an even more basic entry-level dive computer then have a look at our review of the  Suunto Zoop Novo. It is cheaper and offers the basic features that you need when beginning with the scuba diving sport.

Whom is the SUUNTO Vyper not for?

The Vyper is a good and solid dive computer for a diver with some experience that doesn't need to spend the extra money on multiple gases and/or air integration. To say it differently, if you do have the need to dive with multiple mixes and/or to have wireless air integration then this is not the scuba computer for you.

You get a lot of dive computer for the money. You won't get the highest-end and most sophisticated features but you do get a solid scuba computer for years to come. If you need a dive computer with more features then you might want to look at the Suunto Vyper Novo.

Suunto Vyper Novo Dive Computer Review

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

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


Review Summary of the Suuntu Vyper Novo Dive Computer

Experience Level

Targeting the experienced recreational diver.

STYLE

Wrist dive computer with a large screen.

Ease of Use

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

Price Level

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

We Like

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

We Don't Like

  • Too large to wear as a watch

Summary:

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

Suunto Vyper Novo Wrist Dive Computer with Transmitter Black

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


The Vyper Novo is available in two different colors:

  • Black
  • White

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




Capabilities

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

It offers five different dive modes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Technical Capabilities

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

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

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

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

Dive Log and Connectivity

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

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

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

Missing Functionality

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

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

Features/Specifications

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

Pros and Cons

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

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

Pros

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

Cons

  • Not a wrist watch

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

Where to Buy?

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

Customer Feedback

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

Suunto Vyper Novo Air Integrated Dive Computer Black

Comparing the Suunto Vyper Novo

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

Oceanic OCi

Suunto Vyper Novo

Cressi Giotto

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

Max. Depth

150 m / 495 ft

80 m / 262 ft

120 m / 394 ft

Nitrox Capable

Free Dive Mode

Gas Mixes

4 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 100%)

  3 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 99%)

  2 gases

(Oxygen 21 - 99%)

Connectivity

USB

USB

USB

Compass

Bezel

Stainless steel

Composite

Composite

Case

Titanium

Composite

Composite

Log Size

~ 24 dives

~ 140 hrs

~ 70 hrs

Visual Alarms

Audible Alarms

Battery Life (Avg)

1.5 years avg

1.5 years avg

1.5 years avg

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

Conclusion

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

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

Whom is the SUUNTO Vyper Novo not for?

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

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

Hollis DG03 Dive Computer Review

Why was the Hollis DG03 recalled?

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

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


Review Summary of the Hollis DG03 Dive Computer

Experience Level

Recreational divers with experience

STYLE

Wrist style dive computer.

Ease of Use

Navigation based on three buttons.

Price Level

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

We Like

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

We Don't Like

  • Navigation is cumbersome
  • Safety concerns after recall

Summary:

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

Hollis DG03 Dive Computer

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

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

Oceanic and Aeris affected?

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

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

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

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





Capabilities

The DG03 supports the following dive modes:

  • Air
  • Nitrox
  • Gauge
  • Free Dive

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

Hollis DG03 Nitrox Dive Computer

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

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

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

Technical Capabilities

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

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

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

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

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

Dive Log and Connectivity

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

Missing Functionality

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

Features/Specifications

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

Pros and Cons

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

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

Pros

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

Cons

  • No compass
  • Safety concerns after recall

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

Where to Buy?

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

Customer Feedback

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

Hollis DG03 Display

Conclusion

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

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

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

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

Cressi Leonardo vs. Suunto Zoop Novo

Comparing the Suunto Zoop Novo with the Cressi Leonardo

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

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

Suunto Zoop Novo

Suunto Zoop Novo

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

Functionality Differences

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer

Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer

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

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

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

Nitrox Handling and Sophisticated Functions

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

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

Reset Capability

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

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

Missing Capabilities

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

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

Leonardo Console with Compass

Cressi Leonardo Console with Compass

Leonardo Console with Pressure Gauge

Cressi Leonardo Console with Pressure Gauge

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

Verdict

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

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

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

Liquivision Lynx Dive Computer Review

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

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

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


Review Summary of the Liquivision Lynx Dive Computer

Experience Level

Designed for experienced and professional divers and instructors.

STYLE

Large dive computer to be worn on the wrist.

Ease of Use

Easy navigation with tapping mechanism to switch menus.

Price Level

Expensive device that targets the serious and experienced diver.

We Like

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

We Don't Like

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

Summary:

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

LiquiVision Lynx

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





Capabilities

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

It offers three different dive modes:

  • Rec
  • Tec
  • Gauge
Liquivision Lynx air integration black

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

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

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

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

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

Technical Capabilities

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

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

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

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

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

Other Features and Computer Connectivity​

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

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

Missing Functionality

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

Features/Specifications

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

Pros and Cons

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

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

Pros

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

Cons

  • Occasional complaints about build quality
  • Not a wrist watch

Where to Buy?

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

Customer Feedback

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

Liquivision Lynx with Air Integration - Blue

Conclusion

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

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

Whom is the Liquivision Lynx not for?

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