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11/10/2014, 08:29 AM
My ancient US Divers computer finally died. Need a new one. Any recommedations, or ones to stay away from? I see a new wireless-wrist watchlike style is now out there.

11/10/2014, 09:47 AM
Depends on your budget. I use an Atomic Cobalt. It's air integrated and has a big, easy to read color display. I don't like the wrist computers personally, as they are too difficult for me to read. The Cobalt is not cheap by any stretch, but I've been very pleased with it.

11/10/2014, 10:07 AM
I like my suunto d4i. But I have to be extra careful about not leaving it places. My dad dives with an oceanic pro plus 2 and enjoys it. It has big visible numbers and you can find them used pretty cheap.

11/10/2014, 03:11 PM
The wireless wrist computers have been on the market for years. Ive owned several of the Oceanic VT wrist computers. I really like Oceanic. My one caution would be that some models can be a bit complicated to use if you don't dive a lot.

11/10/2014, 07:20 PM
oceanic geo line of nitrox watches are tough, easy to use and read and have the great oceanic warranty. I have the old style geo2 and love it, its a workhorse of a watch with a very agressive algorhythm.

I commercial spearfish a good bit and trust my life to the Geo2. Just my 2cents. Black friday sales just around the corner!

11/11/2014, 10:21 AM
thanks to all

11/12/2014, 02:44 AM
i have been diving a Galileo Luna for over 4 years, 365 every weekend minimum. I just got around to changing the original battery on the wrist unit last week. real easy to change, grab a quarter, turn the slot and swap the battery. Keep this in mind, as some vendors make you send the unit in to change the battery.

air integrated x-mitter, compass, trimix capable and rock solid reliable with a very low failure rate.

downloads are a cinch too, no more log books.

its much bigger than some of the wristwatch styles you see which makes the display easy on the eyes...especially when you're narced out @ 130' :)

I noticed a bunch of problems with the Suunto D4's with premature battery failure and some of them going on the fritz early on.

There was a "glut" of units here when they ran a special on them a couple of years ago, so a lot of people had them. Might be hit and miss if you get a good one. I had some buddies on their 3rd one in under a year. i think they fixed a lot of issues with the d4i.

you wanna break the bank, the shearwater petrel is what all the cool kids are diving....its more of a tech dive computer, but has a bit of cross over to rec diving.

good luck and good diving!!


11/14/2014, 01:46 PM
I dive currently with an oceanic veo nx 100. But your choice will depend 100% on what your intended use will be. If you need something simple, inexpensive and reliable give the suunto zook a try. If you use basic nitrox with deeper recreational no-deco dives, something similar to mine is perfect for $200.

I would also stick with wrist computers as it is much safer to have that information in front of you. what if car makers put your gauges in the backseat on a retractor or next to the center console?

11/14/2014, 05:57 PM
Get one that also does Nitrox!...

12/02/2014, 01:40 PM
I use a suunto zoop. It's a cheap entry level computer and if you are renting a bcd/reg they will likely have a zoop if they supply a computer. Gives a nice backup and you'll be familiar.

I figure I can use it as a backup when I buy a nicer computer down the road.

12/03/2014, 08:58 AM
i have been diving a Galileo Luna for over 4 years, 365 every weekend minimum.

If I lived where you live, I'd be diving every waking moment. :)