View Full Version : Best computer for older eyes.
December 19th, 2003, 04:35 PM
Iíll start my favourite of the 5 computers I use is the older Oceanic XTC 100 it has huge numbers, no need for bifocals to read it. It is also good as I may have been focusing through a SLR camera viewer for several minutes before glancing at my wrist to see remaining time at that depth. My AI computer is much harder to see.
December 19th, 2003, 05:22 PM
I bought mine because it had the largest numbers of any computer I've so far seen. But even so, I wound up cutting the wrist straps off and tie-wrapping it to my console so it would be far enough away to read.
December 19th, 2003, 05:55 PM
I gave up and purchase gage readers. I have a Mares M1 and although I can read the numbers some of the important data like ft/m are so small that even with corrective lenses you still need a magnifying glass to figure out what units you are using.
December 19th, 2003, 07:28 PM
December 19th, 2003, 08:33 PM
Many of the newer computers offer large numbers. I personally like my Sherwood Wisdom . The numbers are large and the displays are intuitive and easy to figure out. Also the computer is back lit and also works well with a light. Some computer display and scratch guard combinations do not work well with a flash light in the dark due to internal reflections.
December 20th, 2003, 09:50 AM
For a good price and for a dive computer that has a large readout,check out the Virsa Pro by Oceanic... I think it has the largest display in its price range. I know as being one of the over the hill gang that it works for me.
hope this helps..
December 20th, 2003, 10:45 AM
I don't dive a computer but I was using one for a bottom timmer. I have a prescription lenses is my masks but the numbers that I needed were still too small. "NDL" but I don't care about that and depth and time were very small. Lots of computers are that way. I ended up getting an OMS bottom timmer.
December 20th, 2003, 11:40 AM
I use an Oceanic Pro Plus, the numbers and bar graph are easy to read, but then again, I wear my contacts.
December 20th, 2003, 11:42 AM
Oceanic Versa Pro works great for these old eyes.
December 20th, 2003, 11:56 AM
December 20th, 2003, 12:30 PM
Yeppers, I love the Seavision with the 2.0 reading lenses ground in. Not cheap - even at DEMA it was not inexpensive. I have the OMS Nitrox computer with big fat letters and at night, the thing was a nightmare to read. Even in the daytime, I have trouble seeing what nitrox mix I'm trying to select. I have the Seavision with the red lenses, and even at night now, I can read my computer and even my watch underwater. I tried those gauge reader plastic insert lenses and found them almost worthless. Ah presbyopia - that pleasant reminder of our mortality!
December 23rd, 2003, 12:02 AM
I first bought the Oceanic Pro exactly because it had 1/2 inch numbers on the display. Then, after I got bent, I discovered it uses one of the more liberal dive programs on the market. My getting bent was just one of those thing and not the computers, or my fault, just happened (so called undeserved DCI). But for older divers, I would recommend looking into the dive program they use and getting a conservative computer.
Just my 2 cents. I also wear contacts, one eye for the computer and one for the view.
December 23rd, 2003, 12:06 AM
As if it did not already have enough votes...
My fiancee just bought this computer and it has a very clear display with large numbers. It also has a customizable display. I may get one too one of these days...