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I may say that Mares Icon HD is one of the greatest wonders in the dive computers’ market these days. Just imagine dive computer with full colour display, dive computer that may show you diving places’ maps and photos, dive computer that has full functional integrated digital compass, that is operational both underwater and on-shore – and all of this is Icon HD!
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Icon HD is the most amazing dive computer I’ve ever held in my hands! If you switch on you imagination again – it looks more like underwater iPhone or something! When you see all of those icons on the display – your finger will definitely reach out to touch the screen as if it is a real touch-screen!
And I won’t be surprised if in few years Mares will come up with the solution of touch-screen or even with the realization of an idea of sending sms to the surface and to your buddies for better communication!
Mares used smartphone technology to create TFT QVGA display with resolution 320x240 pixels.
Mares Icon HD can be recommended dive computer for very beginners in diving and advanced recreational divers.
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Mares Icon HD has 4 buttons located on the bottom side. They are quite big and easy accessible. Display has 2 modes of operation:
And you may switch between them at any time.
When you turn Mares Icon HD on – it gives you set of icons, which give you an access to menus, submenus and all functions of this dive computer.
Also it has 2 bar graphs:
They are viewable both – at Extended or Profile modes of display.
Before diving we need to set up variety of data for proper calculation. Mares Icon HD has very intuitive set of menus and there are, actually, not many parameters to set.
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Mares Icon HD: Diving With Air & Nitrox
Mares Icon HD has two types of display - Extended and Profile.
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When you switch to Profile type of display – you will have nice graphical representation of your dive profile with all necessary attributes of the current conditions of diving.
When you reach certain conditions, Icon HD may give you Safety Stop prompt or series of 1 minute Deep stops. All related information displayed at the Extended and Profile types of display.
When we have No-Decompression Time Remaining is 1 minute - dive computer beeps to warn us that we are close to exceeding our No-Decompression Limits (NDLs). And if we exceeded them, Mares Icon HD would activate Decompression mode with audio alarm and all calculations from this moment would be for that mode only.
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Mares Icon HD has control for ‘Omitted Decompression Stops’ in ‘Extended’ and ‘Profile’ display modes with all appropriate attributes and alarms. If you missed Decompression stop and didn't return to the depth required by some reason - dive computer would function as a depth gauge and timer only.
If you reached oxygen toxicity level of 75% - the value on the display would become red and you must ascend. When you reach the depth at which partial pressure of oxygen PO2 will exceed maximum limit you entered before diving – you will get an audible alarm and that depth value becomes red and that noisy alarm goes on and on until you ascend to the depth within the corresponding PO2.
And, of course, if your level of oxygen toxicity reaches 100% - you must terminate the dive!
As you have already learnt, Mares Icon HD has a possibility of setting for up to 3 Nitrox gas mixes: Mix 1: 21% - 50%, Mix 2 & 3: 21% - 99%.
Mares Icon HD: Diving In GAUGE Mode
When Gauge dive mode set – Mares Icon HD works as a timer, depth gauge and stopwatch only and doesn’t perform computations of No-Decompression Limits, or nitrogen and oxygen absorption.
And below is an example of dive data from Extended type of dysplay:
And you may activate Compass mode any time whether you on surface or underwater.
Mares Icon HD may display coloured pictures and maps for the dive sites. Image stays static, it doesn't move while you're swimming as a GPS thing, but this ability to store and display maps greatly helps for better orientation underwater, anyway!
After the dive we got out of water and got relaxed in our boat. This time Mares Icon HD gives us access to the following modes and functions:
Mares Icon HD: What Divers Say
If you want to have cutting-edge and one of the best dive computers in nowadays’ scuba market, if you want to have a possibility of viewing dive site maps under water in full colour, and if you budget is substantial enough – this miracle from Mares is for you! Mares Icon HD may be recommended dive computer not only for advanced recreational divers with thick wallet, but also it will work perfectly for the bold beginners in diving.
Enjoy viewing pictures under water and at the same time feel comfortable in any dive situation you may get in! Mares Icon HD has everything to make your diving relaxing and exciting!