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[Dive computer] buying advice

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by Nodeist, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. Nodeist

    Nodeist Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Portugal
  2. RainPilot

    RainPilot OC/CCR Instructor Trainer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: UAE
    I would have a look at the Deepblu Cosmiq as well, my students have been very happy with theirs.
    Nodeist likes this.
  3. arcticat99

    arcticat99 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Saskatoon Sask canada
    for the price aqua lung i 300 is a decent choice that does nitrox
  4. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: California - Bay Area
    mares puck pro is 160 at scuba.com. the deep blu seems to have some fans too if you want to spend a bit more. at the 300ish level, the geo 2 becomes an option if you want a watch size computer.
  5. Nodeist

    Nodeist Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Portugal
    I'm looking for a dive computer for around 220$
  6. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Nomad
    Forget Cressi anything especially computers and regulators!! Best bet for starter computers are the Oceanic product line. Everything you need at very reasonable price from a top notch company. Suunto and Mares don't come close in features and overall value. If you can wait few more months, then consider DeepSix computer that should be out in few months with the best value at $140.00.
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  7. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Regular of the Pub

    Giotto allows for 99% O2 and 120m depth vs Zoop's 50% and 100m resp. Neither of which matters until (if) you get trained for tech. diving, at which point you'd probably need a better computer anyway. I'd say they're both fine but a Mares Puck Puck/Pro with pretty much the same feature set can typically be had for some $50 less -- at least over here, check your local prices. Also keep in mind that old Zoop (not Novo) has no gauge mode which makes it less useful as a backup device - if you go tech. later. So when looking at the Zoop, make sure it's the Novo and not the previous model on closeout.
  8. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Manassas, VA
    Read this thread:

    So you want to buy a new computer?

    Right. Anything more than 40% O2 is only going to be for use as an accelerated deco gas. You'd only use that after getting technical dive training (versus "recreational"). And at the point you're doing tech training, you're not going to use a Giotto or a Zoop for gas switching, so being able to use anything over 40% O2 is really meaningless (on a recreational diving-oriented computer like a Giotto or Zoop). For the same reason, computers that support more than 1 gas are equally meaningless.
  9. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
    Nodeist. As you can see you are going to get a lot of opinions and will probably feel overwhelmed with all the information.

    I will tell you that both computers are very good and will do everything you need to dive safely. Between the computers it is mostly the one that you prefer. The problem that some dives have with the Cressi, Suunto and Mares dive computers is that they use a program (algorithm) to calculate the NDL that is very conservative, especially with repetitive dives. So divers using thses computers may find second and third dives of the day shorter then fellow divers, especially other divers with an Oceanic computer running a DSAT program.
  10. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    Hi @Nodeist

    As @uncfnp wrote, I would suggest learning a little about decompression algorithms prior to making your computer purchase. Most 1st dive computers will have very similar features, the decompression algorithm will be one difference you may want to take into account. This is a topic generally ignored in OW training

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