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A Sincere Question about Console Vs. Wrist Computers

Discussion in 'Computers, Gauges, Watches and Analyzers' started by Scraps, Nov 27, 2019.

  1. Neilwood

    Neilwood Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Scotland
    My personal viewpoint is wrist computer any day over a console computer.

    Two main reasons:
    No dangling unit so no chance of entanglement or dragging the unit through the dirt.
    Wrist mounted computer is always available even when doing other things (such as holding a line or light) by simply tilting your wrist whereas you need to move a console and hold it in place to be able to read it.
    KWS likes this.
  2. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    Using a console is a matter of personal preference, and the decision to use one should be made because it meets the needs of the diver. There is no reason that in the future one can change their mind and configuration if they choose.

    Depending on the console the first two could be met, and the third depends on your placement. I have small console I use on one reg set I clip off to a D-ring and can read it while there, it's a pressure / depth, with that I wear a watch and use tables. It weighs a little more than the SPG clipped off and the necessary boot for wrist use for the computer.

    Now does that mean you approve of consoles if they are not misused, or is the possible misuse of a peice of gear by some, a valid reason disqualify it as a proper choice for a diver?

  3. Hoag

    Hoag Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ontario
    So basically you are saying that people who use a console are not bright enough to clip it on so it won't dangle but those who use wrist computers are bright enough that it will never be left on the boat when they jump in the water and that their "wrist mounted computer is always available".
  4. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    So how come it is perfectly Ok to have a console or a wrist gauge (this thread) but it seems to be not ok to ascend vertically (a different thread)? Aren't they both personal preference and what you are comfortable with?
    Graeme Fraser and Hoag like this.
  5. Landau

    Landau Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Vancouver
    Hi Scrips,

    I prefer a wrist computer easier to glance at and doesn't dangle - but since the large display console is working well for you, I'll pass on some really good advice from my Grandfather:

    "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"
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  6. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    I don't have a problem with anyone ascending vertically as a personal preference. Actually, I don't care what preferences other divers have, except when they are my buddy, even then...

    I may give my opinion of what I believe to be best practice, but I'm just another diver.

    Colliam7, KWS and markmud like this.
  7. decompression

    decompression Instructor...seriously...

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
    Hey Bob, I would never tell anyone what the can or can’t use and certainly if it’s justified, well thought out and makes sense......use what you like. Except split fins......:vomit:lol
    KWS likes this.
  8. Hatul

    Hatul Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tustin, California, United States
    In fact it's easier to clip off a console than put on a wrist unit is a way that does not get loose under water and slip off. There's a whole art to attaching bungees and special expanding straps to keep wrist computers from slipping off.
    markmud likes this.
  9. KWS

    KWS ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: SE TEXAS
    Agree totally The key to that is getting a quality retractor that will keep the computer pulled up against you.
    markmud and Hoag like this.
  10. Ben_3

    Ben_3 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Canada
    What ever works for you. Both set ups get the job done. I prefer a wrist / watch style computer. I wear it pretty much thought out the day as a watch and a dive computer when giving classes. All the info it gives me is always just a glance away even if my hands are occupied or if I'm not close to my gear. I dont like to have to go back and forth tu my gear for simple info. It all depends on personal preference I guess.
    scrane likes this.

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