best hoseless dive computer

Discussion in 'Computers, Gauges, Watches and Analyzers' started by misdmnr, May 22, 2012.

  1. misdmnr

    misdmnr Divemaster

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    Debating on which is the best...so I am here seeking the opinions of all who may be able to...

    The computers I am considering:

    Oceanic OC1
    Oceanic VT 4.1
    Suunto D9tx

    I do cold water, fresh and salt water diving. I am looking for user friendly as I detest reading manuals...though will suffer through if need be. I dive ENOX whenever possible and like the idea of having a computer that will allow up to 99% nitrox adjustability. I want a high/higher end computer. If there are any newer models out than the ones listed I'm up for those also. Thanks in advance!!!
     
  2. mathauck0814

    mathauck0814 Loggerhead Turtle

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  3. ianr33

    ianr33 Orca

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  4. griffon

    griffon Barracuda

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    I'm not super stoked with my d9 over all. My second dive comp. there are a number of thing I miss from my oceanic, though not the bulk :).
    The d9 is not user serviceable without special tools, costing me a ton for a battery replacement and went dead with no warning. This is annoying enough to me that I won't buy another comp that I can't take care of easily... Though most if th new stuff I have looked at are fully rechargeable. That presents some other challenges long term though.
    I also don't care for how it handles surface intervals. It also has to resync (close) to the transmitter before getting in the Walter.
    I do like how it works with my dive software for making pretty logs :).
    I also like how it dose a decent safety stop count down automatically, and is low profile to wear in the water. Over all though I would pass on the d9 if I was doing it over.
     
  5. misdmnr

    misdmnr Divemaster

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    Never heard of Shearwater...are they a new company? I get a pretty sweet deal through my shop and will have to inquire about pricing from them. If it is not an option which of the others or a diff one would you recommend?
     
  6. ianr33

    ianr33 Orca

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    Mainly aimed at tech divers. Excellent reputation.
    Shearwater Research - Home
     
  7. Prof Diver

    Prof Diver Dive Shop

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    I love my Atom 3 from oceanic. It's small and compact yet has really to use feature. Granted, it took me a good 2 hours to figure it all out, instead of the normal 30 minute. But it's a nice good computer and the box set came with everything. even the tools to replace the battery and the usb cable to upload your dives. And lets not for forget free the video lessons.
     
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  8. Scott L

    Scott L Giant Squid

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    Oceanic Geo is a good rec computer...
     
  9. misdmnr

    misdmnr Divemaster

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    I will have to contact the tech divers at the shop and research the shearwater more. I did surf their website. Interesting company. Now I only have to hope our dive shop will get me a great price. Anyone currently use the ones listed on my list at all?
     
  10. Scott L

    Scott L Giant Squid

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    If you are not diving with a helium mix it's total overkill. In addition, for consideration that you are a female, the computer is huge. Also, look at Liquidvision if you plan diving tec...

    http://liquivision.com/
     
  11. misdmnr

    misdmnr Divemaster

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    No tec in my future, just logging dives and helping teach.
     
  12. Scott L

    Scott L Giant Squid

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    Suunto or Oceanic...
     
  13. mathauck0814

    mathauck0814 Loggerhead Turtle

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    ... sure, if you happen to like uber conservative computers that don't let you grow. My wife does mostly recreational diving, uses a Shearwater and loves it. Infinite flexibility. Don't bother with Suunto's algorithm. You'll still be hanging on your deco while you're buddies have already rinsed their gear and are in the bar telling stories about the dive.
     
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  14. DiveNav

    DiveNav ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    You are not alone.

    That is why we have created online tutorials and simulators for lots of dive computers.

    You might want to check out our Dive Computers Research Tool to compare models side-by-side.

    Good luck with your search.

    Alberto (aka eDiver)
     
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  15. scubadada

    scubadada Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hi misdmnr,

    I have 157 dives on an Oceanic VT 3 purchased in July 2010. It has worked flawlessly. If purchasing today, would consider the VT 4.1 I like the relatively liberal Pelagic DSAT algorithm. I dived a Pro Plus and a Pro Plus 2 in the decade prior to the VT 3. I dive a Geo 2 as backup, have not needed it to date.

    Good diving, Craig
     
  16. Liquivision

    Liquivision Equipment Manufacturer

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    If you want the next generation of wireless computers, I recommend the Liquivision Lynx. Targeted for late summer, with amazing features I can't even post here.


    Eric Fattah
    Liquivision Products
     
  17. Jax

    Jax Could not care less..... ScubaBoard Supporter

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  18. HowardE

    HowardE Tech Instructor

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    Unlike most people in this thread, I will answer the OP's question.

    Of the ones listed, I prefer the Suunto for ease of use as compared to the Oceanic. I have owned both the OC1 and a D9, and I think for ease of use (without reading the manual), it's the D9.

    I have found that the Suunto is not THAT MUCH MORE conservative than the Oceanic, as people suggest. I also have a shearwater, and frankly, with a 30/85 GF (the default), it's very similar to the NDL's for the Suunto computer. However... the Shearwater isn't a hoseless computer, which is what the OP was asking about.
     
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  19. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Divemaster

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    Yep, Lynx is top of my list when it finally comes out, can't wait, looks very nice indeed.
     
  20. scubadada

    scubadada Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I also answered the OP's question. I do not find Oceanic computers difficult to use but have been using them since 2001. I do find the NDLs between Oceanic Pelagic DSAT algorithm and Suunto's algorithm to be significantly different (1st dive on air to 60 feet, 57 vs. 50 minutes...). To each their own.

    Good diving, Craig
     
    Last edited: May 23, 2012

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