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I purchased the Data Mask last October and used it 12 times so far and generally think its great for a newbie - info and reminders are in your face. However, I have had significant issues with the thing including transmission problems, dead batteries and now inoperative mask. The dealer sent the mask back to Oceanic and I am sure they will either repair or replace but I am very cautious about buying another Oceanic product...nothing should stop working after 12 dives and my case is not isolated...it seems to be happening to more and more people.
I am encouraged that others have had the repair made and/or masks replaced. Lets see what happens...but I think next time I might choose another company.
I got my Datamask right when they first hit the market. To be honest, I never really used all that much. While a very good idea,.... it just wasn't the most practical thing for me & the types of diving I do. After about a year of off & on use (mostly in a pool), I had the battery changed on it. A friend of mine tried it out in the pool & the computer flooded. I had it sent off to Oceanic & come to find out that many of the first wave of these masks to go out had this post- battery change flooding problem. I just got my mask back from Oceanic last week. In fact I'm looking at selling it, so that I can put the money towards a trimix computer. Yes Oceanic did honor their warranty, even though I had a long wait to get it back. As for the case,... well I don't really have an opinion one way or the other on it.
Well, I use it a lot and I like it very much. I did have the issue with the battery cover and the flooding but as much as I hate to defend Oceanic, it flooded because the guy at the shop pinched the O ring.
Maybe the design required more attention than the typical found on dive shop people; which leaves room to put the blame back on Oceanic.
I guess I was lucky with the actual mask, the flooding issue was solved within a couple of weeks, so it didn't take much away from the benefits I get from the mask. I still have masks from 20 years ago and more, so loosing this one was never a concern. My field of vision is the same, at least I can see as much now as I can with any other mask. Weight is another thing I heard people complaint about and I feel no difference.
So maybe having everything work right makes the crappy case even worse issue.
So again, my question to Oceanic:
Why a cheap metal zipper in such a gorgeous case to protect a great mask? more importantly: Any plans to solve this problem?
Since we are on topic. I didn't like it when I tried it a couple of weeks ago. The mask did not fit right and was constantly flooded to a level that messed with the HUD. I usually dive a Atomic Frameless which is low volume and high vis, I noticed the difference is vis with the data mask. It also didn't seem anymore conveinant then the computer on my wrist.