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
Designed for experienced and professional divers and instructors.
Large dive computer to be worn on the wrist.
Ease of Use
Easy navigation with tapping mechanism to switch menus.
Expensive device that targets the serious and experienced diver.
- 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
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.
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.
The Lynx shape is rectangular and it is worn on the wrist.
It offers three different dive modes:
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.
Who is it 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.