Suunto Zoop Novo vs. Zoop

Comparing the Suunto Zoop with the Novo

Yellow Variant of the Novo Model

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

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

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

Design Differences

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

Zoop Novo by Suunto in Black

Zoop Novo by Suunto in black

Zoop Scuba Diving Computer from Suunto in Black

Zoop by Suunto in black

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

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

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

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

Features and Functions

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

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

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

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

Blue Zoop Novo Scuba Computer

Conclusion

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

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

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

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

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