Good Air-Integrated Wrist Computer <$800

Discussion in 'Computers, Gauges, Watches and Analyzers' started by shallingsam, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. shallingsam

    shallingsam Angel Fish

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    I've been looking over and over at dive computer specs, but I still need a little help deciding. The features that I'd really like are: Air integration, wrist/watch style, nitrox compatibility, user replaceable battery, and the general - audible alarm/backlit display. Ideally, under $800.

    I did notice that Ocean is giving free transmitters for the VT4.1 and the Atom 3.1, which are in my price range. I was just wondering if anybody has used either of these computers or has suggestions for others?

    It seems like the VT4 might be a bit big for an average female wrist, but I've only seen it online.

    How are Oceanic's dual algorithms?
     
  2. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Divemaster

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    You'll be lucky to find an AI computer for that price.

    Both over budget but Liquivision Lynx looks nice but is new to the market or Galileo Luna. You could also look at the Oceanic VT3 or 4 or the Vyper Air from Suunto.

    If I was in the market I'd be looking at the Lynx.
     
  3. gizmo1972

    gizmo1972 Photographer

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    for that money suunto D4i with transmitter
     
  4. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Divemaster

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    Yes, sorry missed the watch part.
     
  5. scubadada

    scubadada Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    You can get the Oceanic Atom 3.1 for $680 or less, with transmitter and download cable (Scuba.com, others)

    I have no expericence with the Atom 3.1 but have been diving a VT3 for nearly 3 years and 280 dives, absolutely perfect. 1st battery change at 28 months and 240 dives. I've been diving Oceanic (Pro Plus and Pro Plus 2 prior to VT3) for nearly 15 years. I think highly of their products and service. I dive a Geo2 with SPG as backup, also a great computer. I dive Pelagic DSAT algorithm and have since the Pro Plus. The Pelagic Z+ is a more conservative algorithm based on Buhlmann ZHL-16C. The dual algorithm would allow you to matche other algorithms quite well, especially with the extra flexibility of the conservative factors.

    Good luck, Craig
     
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  6. Superlyte27

    Superlyte27 Loggerhead Turtle

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    For that kind of money, I'd save up just a few more bucks and get a Petrel and be done with it. Sure, there's no air integration, but now you have the best computer on the planet. It's the simplest to use, and you'll never outgrow it. Add in the fact that Shearwater has the best customer service of any company anywhere, and it's a no brainer.
     
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  7. Scubanoobi

    Scubanoobi Barracuda

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    With the oceanic free transmitter offer I'd go for one of those, I bought the suunto vyper air when they had a free transmitter promotion ($660) and I'm happy with it.
     
  8. ChickenFried

    ChickenFried Nassau Grouper

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    Have you thought about buying used? The Galileo Luna's have been going for a good price lately. I got mine here on Scubaboard for $500. I saw one last week go for $400, but generally they are between $500-$700.
     
  9. scubadada

    scubadada Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    OP asked for an AI, watch style
     
  10. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Divemaster

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    OP asked for an AI, wrist/watch style;)
     
  11. JohnN

    JohnN Loggerhead Turtle

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    There are a number of replies assuming you are looking for a "watch" sized computer, rather than a wrist mounted computer. I'd suggest reconsidering the watch size requirement.

    I've never heard anyone complain that their dive computer is too big to read easily.

    My vote is with the Suunto Vyper Air for your price constraint
     
  12. Sieg@VU

    Sieg@VU Dive Shop

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    I am a big fan of Air integrated wrist computers and my my personal PDC is an Oceanic VT4.1 and I absolutely love it (had a VT3 previously) but it might be a bit large for a female wrist, so you might want to take a close look at the Atom 3.1 - also with free transmitter:

    Oceanic Free Transmitter Special
     
  13. Skooter

    Skooter Scuba Instructor

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    I have a few D4i and Viper Air computers left with the free transmitter. Air integration for under $800. Call me if your interested.
     
  14. kenny kustom

    kenny kustom Nassau Grouper

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    Wife and I both use the vt4.
    She likes the size.
     
  15. tomfcrist

    tomfcrist Scuba Instructor

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    That's what she tells you? Lol.;)
     
  16. kenny kustom

    kenny kustom Nassau Grouper

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    ha!!!!!

    ---------- Post added June 10th, 2013 at 06:18 PM ----------

    A little birdie told me. Order the vt3 from LP.
    Get shipped the vt4 for the vt3 price ;)
     
  17. Superlyte27

    Superlyte27 Loggerhead Turtle

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    I know. I got these cool skills that allow me to read.
    But, since this is a public forum, full of public opinions.... I ADDED MINE.

    AI SUCKS. Buy a real computer that you can't outgrow.
     
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  18. dmoore19

    dmoore19 Denizen of the PUB ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I would look at the OCi. It is a watch type that you are looking for, there is also a free transmitter deal right now. it is around $800. I have an OC1 and really like it. It is a little large for an everyday watch but I have no problems seeing it and using it. AI is a personal preference, if you want it go for it. I made the mistake of not getting what I wanted to begin with and ended up spending more money. I don't generally use the Z+, but if I was going to buddy with someone with a Suunto, I would probably use it.

    OCi
     
  19. Hatul

    Hatul Great White

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    I like AI for the extra safety, but the superior implementation is by Oceanic and Uwatec Galileo. These allow gas for a safe ascent in the remaining air time, while Suunto (at least for the Vyper Air) and Liquivision do not.

    Don't worry about the size being too big on your wrist as you can always wear it on your forearm.
     
  20. Skooter

    Skooter Scuba Instructor

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    I'm not sure I understand your comment. I can't speak for the Liquivision but on the Suunto computers the user sets the minimum value for the air time calculation and alarms. It can be set to whatever the dive requires whether you want it to be 200 psi or 3000 psi.
     

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