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Dive computer reviews are perfectly organized and consist of fully researched information and ratings of Aeris, Cressi, Mares, Oceanic, Sherwood, Suunto, Tusa, and UWATEC/ScubaPro brands.  In Catalogue Section you may compare any models side-by-side and select dive computer according to your needs! Join thousands of happy customers!

Quest For The Best Dive Computers

 


 

When we think about the best dive computers - there is always point of confusion! How to describe and point out to one or two particular scuba computers and say - yes, they are the best in the market. And we may be wrong, because there is not exact answer to this question. But we always can do something to correct it and make clearer and following research indeed makes it clearer!

We decided to take a quest to find out: what were the best dive computers in 2012.


For one person - the best dive computers are those that have all possible dive modes, advanced functions, hoseless air integration and digital compass, like we have in Suunto D9, Oceanic OC1, and UWATEC Galileo SOL.

Other guy may select scuba dive computers without air integration and just with  just 2 dive modes - and those instruments will be the perfect solution for him/her. Someone may choose computer to dive with trimix, like Suunto HelO2 and Suunto D9tx...
Options are endless, like opportunities!

 

We compared several dive instruments from 3 pricing categories: low - medium - high with top prices up to USD450, around USD450-900, and more than USD1000 respectively to find the best dive computers, in accordance with easiness of use, price and specs.

Scuba dive computers from each category have corresponding set of features and functions to price that we are ready to pay, and also we compared them not only from specs and price point of view, but from easiness of usability and divers' reviews as well.

 

Best Dive Computers: Pricing Category up to USD450

 

Oceanic GEO 2 Dive Computer

  • standalone digital wrist watch;
  • 4 dive modes: Air, Nitrox, Gauge, FREEdive;
  • Algorithm: Dual: Pelagic DSAT & Z+;
  • 2 Nitrox mixes: FO2 - Air, 21 - 100%;
  • Maximum Operational Depth - 120 meters (GAUGE mode);
  • user replaceable battery;
  • data retention
 Oceanic GEO 2 dive computer buy-button
 Oceanic GEO 2 Review

 

It is really multifunctional dive computer with all the functions we need to dive comfortable in variety of conditions. GEO 2 is still considered among the most popular scuba computers in recreational diving of Oceanic made.
It has big digits and good contrast display - very easy to read and understand dive data. We may wear it onshore, as it is full-featured digital watch.

Few other convenient features are - setting of Personal Conservative Factor and Safety Stop Depth and Time adjustment, data retention, PC interface.

Oceanic GEO 2 has specific alarms for freediving - no need to buy separate dive computer if you want to become a freediver! Oceanic GEO 2 may be recommended dive computer for serious beginners and recreational divers with experience who want to have multifunctional dive computer and standalone digital wrist watch in one pack!

 


 

Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer

  • 3 dive modes: Air, Nitrox, Gauge;
  • Algorithm: Cressi-RGBM;
  • 1 Nitrox mix: FO2 - 21% - 50%;
  • Maximum Operational Depth - 120 meters;
  • user replaceable battery;
  • NO 'hot swap' or data retention
 Cressi Leonardo dive computer buy-button
 Cressi Leonardo Review

 

Cressi Leonaro - dive computer that may easy satisfy needs any beginner and recreational diver who has Nitrox certification.
It comes with big and easy to read display, one control button, Air, Nitrox and Gauge dive modes and with diver adjustable Altitude.
It allows us to set Deep Stop to ON/OFF and Personal Conservative Factor for additional safety, CNS oxygen toxicity bar graph, it has RESET function, user replaceable battery, PC interface option, and large memory capacity for 60 dives...
Plenty of functions in the size of wrist watch, very reliable and easy to use dive instrument.
Cressi Leonardo is one of the most streamlined and best dive computers in our market these days!

 


 

Mares Nemo Wide Dive Computer

  • 3 dive modes: Air, Nitrox, Gauge;
  • Algorithm: Mares-Wienke RGBM
  • 3 Nitrox mixes: FO2 - Mix 1: 21 - 50%; Mix 2 & 3: 21 - 99%;
  • Maximum Operational Depth - 150 meters;
  • user replaceable battery;
  • NO 'hot swap' or data retention
 Mares Nemo Wide dive computer buy-button
 Mares Nemo Wide Review

 

Nemo Wide is multifunctional and multigas scuba computer from Mares.
It has very large display and it is easy to see and interpret all dive data. Nemo Wide has 4 control buttons, which are conveniently located and easy to press even in thick gloves.

We may set manually altitude and Personal Conservative Factor. Other handy functions - Safety and Deep Stops reminders, memory capacity - up to 40 dive hours, user replaceable battery, RESET function, and optional PC interface cable.

After Mares made it compatible with 3 gas mixes - Nemo Wide became good starting platform into the technical diving.



 

Suunto Vyper Dive Computer

  • 3 dive modes: Air, Nitrox, Gauge;
  • Algorithm: Suunto - RGBM;
  • 1 Nitrox mix: FO2 - Air, 21% - 50%;
  • On-Unit Dive Simulator;
  • user battery replacement;
  • NO battery ‘hot swap'

 

Suunto Vyper dive computer buy-button
Suunto Vyper Review

 

Suunto Vyper is a very user-friendly dive instrument and it has large display with easy to read data. It may be used by beginners, recreational divers as a main instrument, or as a backup.

Vyper has few features that may be quite handy, like manually setting altitude and Personal Conservative Factor, On-Unit Dive Simulator (this function allows us to get to know this dive computer when we learn it by doing simulations of dives and observing data on display) and possibility to replace battery by diver. Vyper is one of the best dive computers made by Suunto for the beginners and pure recreational divers.

 


 

 

  1. From the specs, features and price point of view: in this pricing category the winners are Cressi Leonardo and Suunto Vyper.
  2. From the easiness of use, functionality, and price point of view: in this pricing category we've chosen Cressi Leonardo and Mares Nemo Wide.

 

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Best Dive Computers: Pricing Category around USD450-900

 

Oceanic Pro Plus 2.1 Dive Computer

  • 3 dive modes: Air, Nitrox, Gauge;
  • Algorithm: modified Haldanean;
  • 1 Nitrox mix: FO2 - Air, 21 - 50%;
  • hose air integration;
  • Dive Simulator;
  • Maximum Operational Depth: 100 m;
  • Safety Stop - automatic;
  • altitude adjustment - automatic; 
  • user replaceable battery;
  • data retention
Oceanic Pro Plus 2.1 dive computer buy-button
Oceanic Pro Plus 2.1 Review

 

Oceanic Pro Plus 2.1 is well-known and hose air-integrated instrument, so you will see tank pressure and Air Time Remaining (ATR) displayed and won't miss anything important, like Turn Pressure and End Pressure alarms, for example.

Dive computer operates with only 1 Nitrox mix. It doesn't have an integrated digital compass, so you will need to buy it as an extra accessory. Pro Plus has an automatic Safety Stop prompt and user replaceable battery with data retention feature.

Oceanic Pro Plus 2.1 is one of the best dive computers that have hose air integration these days with biggest display among them!

 


 

Tusa ZEN Air IQ-950 Dive Computer

  • 4 dive modes: Air, Nitrox, Gauge, FREEdive;
  • standalone digital watch;
  • wireless air integration;
  • Algorithm: Buhlmann ZHL – 16C;
  • 3 Nitrox mixes: FO2 - Air, 21 - 99%;
  • Maximum Operational Depth: 100 meters;
  • user replaceable battery;
  • data retention;
  • PC interface cable: included

 

Tusa ZEN Air dive computer buy-button
 Tusa ZEN Air IQ-950 Review

 

Tusa ZEN Air was designed for serious beginners, advanced recreational, and technical divers, because it may be set for up to 3 Nitrox mixes (FO2 - up to 99% ). It has 4 dive modes, including FREEdiving.

Few other usefull functions - possibility to set Deep, Safety Stops, and Personal Conservative Factor for additional safety, and user replaceable battery and data retention options.

Display has big digits with good contrast and bar graphs that show nitrogen and oxygen loading and ascent speed. Display is easy to read, it is pretty intuitive. For technical divers - switching between gases is very easy procedure.


 

Suunto D6i Dive Computer

  • 4 dive modes: Air, Nitrox, Gauge, FREEdive;
  • standalone digital wrist watch;
  • integrated digital compass;
  • Algorithm: Suunto – RGBM;
  • 2 Nitrox mixes:  FO2 - Air, 21%-99%;
  • wireless air integration;
  • Maximum Operational Depth - 100 meters;
  • NO user replaceable battery;
  • NO battery ‘hot swap' or data retention

 

Suunto D6i dive computer buy-button
 Suunto D6i Review

 

Suunto D6i is made as a dive watch computer, so we may wear it onshore to make our mates become green with envy! It is considered one of the most advanced instruments and surely one of the best dive computers made by Suunto.
D6i is an air-integrated instrument, so we will, obviously, have displays and alarms in regards to the air consumption with optional wireless transmitter.

It is equipped with possibilities of setting Conservative Factor and Altitude for safer diving.

 


 

 

  1. From the specs, features and price point of view: in this pricing category Aeris A300 Ai and Oceanic OCS are the winners.
  2. From the easiness of use, functionality, and price point of view: Oceanic OCS and Suunto D6i are dive computers that definitely deserved to be mentioned!

 

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Best Dive Computers: Pricing Category more than USD1000

 

Mares Icon HD Dive Computer

  • integrated digital compass;
  • 3 dive modes: Air, Nitrox, Gauge;
  • wireless air integration;
  • Algorithm: Mares–Wienke RGBM;
  • 3 Nitrox mixes: FO2 - Gas 1: 21% - 50%; Gas 2 & 3: 21% - 99%;
  • Maximum Operational Depth - 150 meters;
  • PC interface included;
  • rechargeable battery;
  • upload full coloured maps and photos

 

Mares Icon HD dive computer buy-button
 Mares Icon HD Review

 

Icon HD - is a miracle of modern technilogy from Mares! It is definitely one of the best dive computers around!
It is built as a wrist unit and has full color display, it may show you diving places’ maps and photos,and has full functional integrated digital compass, that is operational both underwater and on-shore!

Computer has Safety and Deep stops prompts, you may manually adjust altitude and Personal Conservative Factor. Firmware is upgradeable by user, perfect user manuals, simplicity of use and reliability!

 


 

Suunto D9tx Dive Computer

  • 3 dive modes: Air, Mixed, Gauge;
  • Algorithm: Suunto Technical RGBM;
  • standalone digital watch;
  • integrated digital compass;
  • 1-8 gas mixes: O2 - 8-99%; He - 0-92%;
  • wireless air integration;
  • Maximum Operational Depth - 120 meters;
  • NO user replaceable battery;
  • NO 'hot swap' or data retention

 

Suunto D9tx dive computer buy-button
 Suunto D9tx Review

 

Suunto D9tx was designed as a trimix dive computer. This air-integrated instrument inherited all the best functions of its predecessors - Suunto D9 and HelO2. It is considered to be the most sophisticated instrument for pure technical diving in wrist watch style, because of possibility to set Helium component in gas mixes.

One of the best dive computers from Suunto is equipped with integrated digital compass, Safety and Deep Stops, manual setting of altitude programs and Personal Safety Factor.

 


 

UWATEC Galileo SOL Dive Computer

  • 3 dive modes: Air, Nitrox, Gauge;
  • integrated digital compass;
  • Algorithm: ZHL – 8 ADT MB PMG;
  • 3 Nitrox mixes: FO2 – Air, 21% - 100%;
  • Heart rate Monitor – included in package;
  • Workload Estimation settings;
  • wireless air integration;
  • user replaceable battery;
  • data retention

 

UWATEC Galileo SOL dive computer buy-button
 UWATEC Galileo SOL Review

 

UWATEC Galileo SOL has 3 dive modes (plus 4th - FREEdiving after firmware upgrade) and supports up to 3 different Nitrox mixes with FO2 100%.
Galileo SOL is the first scuba dive computer that has integrated system for monitoring diver’s pulse to estimate workload.

It supports 3 wireless transmitters and you may check your buddy's tank pressure as well. Galileo SOL may be programmed to different MB (mikrobubble) level for additional safety. It has diver replaceable battery option and data retention feature.

Integrated digital compass is a very nice addition to all other functions!
PC interface is infrared - so you won't have any troubles with cable connection issues! Its maximum operational depth is 330 meters, it has large memory capacity - 100 dive hours and pictures download capacity – 100 grey-scale bitmap images.

UWATEC Galileo SOL is one of the best dive computers of its class!

 


 

 

  1. From the specs, features and price point of view: in this pricing category our winners are Mares Icon HD and UWATEC Galileo SOL.
  2. From the easiness of use, functionality, and price point of view: the best dive computers in this pricing category are and Mares Icon HD and Suunto D9tx.

 

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