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My Personal Dive Computer Review

April 15, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 123

I felt compelled to write a brief review on the dive computer that I chose to buy last week. Heading down to the scuba shop, with the wife's permission of course, I felt like a kid at Christmas. I had been researching and studying up on the various companies that manufacture and supply dive computers. I was not, however, prepared for the large variety and various options available once I got to the store.

My main focus was on the Aeris, Suunto, and Oceanic models. I soon found out that the options varied as did the pricing. I was mainly focusing on a wrist watch style dive computer as I had used hose attachments in the past, but did not particularly like this style.

I really liked what I read about the Suunto computer and I actually went with their product. I particularly like the computations with regard to the dive modes. The D9 model is about the best you can get for the price. I had it set up in no time and found that the controls, graphics, and displays are easy to read. The D9 has NDT remaining on display, a solid backlight, is wireless, and is good to 100 meters. The ascent rate bar graph is top-of-the-line, and the D9 also provides you with a tank pressure bar graph.

I actually wear it even when I am not diving as it is sleek and quite stylish. The only downfall with this model is that there is no replacement battery option to the user.

The other model that I was looking at in comparison to the Suunto D9 was the Aeris F10. I found that it had more negatives than positives with regards to set up. Previous buyers have also complained about internal software issues. It is also quite pricey. The Aeris is not as stylish as the D9 but it would likely serve its purpose for a beginner or a recreational diver.

I looked at the Oceanic Atom 3 as well; it was a little more advanced than what I was looking for. You almost needed to be an engineer to figure out the paperwork. The PC software that I viewed in the store was also not up to my own standards. There were also some negative reviews with regard to the wireless aspect for this model.

Like any technological purchase it is always a good idea to do your homework before you head out and make a final purchase. Hopefully, you will find this little comparative review helpful. I wish you well and may your dives be as full of pleasurable memories as mine.

As a diving enthusiast, dive computers have become an intricate part in this hobby of mine. After trying out various brands of these fantastic gadgets, I finally found the perfect dive computer for me. This site will hopefully be a great help to all you divers (and diving enthusiasts) out there who have yet to find the dive computer that is just right for you.


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