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Garmin Descent MK2

Discussion in 'Computers, Gauges, Watches and Analyzers' started by Peter Bomberg, Dec 30, 2019.

  1. waterone

    waterone Nassau Grouper

    I think its a cool thing for my kids but I cant really seeing any dive shop spending a ton to put these on student setups. All the shops I have ever been to have cheap student gear..
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  2. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    I simply can't imagine any resort that would invest in this technology, not just now, ever
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  3. waterone

    waterone Nassau Grouper

    At this point probably not but if they add more feature sets down the line and give a hell of a discount....maybe.
  4. Dillon914

    Dillon914 Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Oahu
    So is the only difference between the MK1 and MK2 (not with AI) the oxygen sensor ?
  5. SavDiver

    SavDiver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Florida
    That and some of the faces have changed, I have the descent mk1 and some of those faces differ. I do like the no-fly time on the top right side that keeps with the face no matter what. The no-fly time only works on one of the watch faces. I think for the price of the unit with air integration ill pass. Considering that the baseline is around $1400 USD I think Garmin is gonna find out real fast that it won't sell as fast because of the price. I love other Garmin products but I don't believe the air integration is worth $1400 to upgrade from my mk1. I'll just switch to my peredix if I am that desperate for AI (which I trust more than my mk1 for some deco diving)
  6. Dillon914

    Dillon914 Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Oahu
    I’m mean at this point I’ll try to snag a sweat deal on an MK1 that might still hold its value for another 5 years until or if the MK3 is out
  7. waterone

    waterone Nassau Grouper

    From the video posted earlier-
    1/3rd Larger display
    Added customizable data fields
    New deco and safety stop screen
    New buttons
    Garmin pay
    Music streaming
    Updated heart rate and added pulse
    Better battery
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  8. vjb.knife1

    vjb.knife1 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: the Big Island of Hawaii

    Nice review. I have a Garmin MK1 that I use occassionally and my Wife actually uses it more on dives than I do. I like the MK1 but might get the MK2i. Thanks for the info and taking the time to share your experience. Some of the instructors at one of the local Dive shops here did some testing of the MK2i some months ago and they seemed pretty positive about it. Between my Wife and I we have 2 Bike computers a handheld a car gps and 2 watches made by Garmin and have had zero issues with over 10 years or so of use. They do everything we need them to do and more and do it well.
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  9. TuckerIdaho

    TuckerIdaho Barracuda

    There is a NOTICABLE difference in weight and the screen on first look has more real estate.
  10. Divetech Cayman

    Divetech Cayman Barracuda

    I would disagree on this. I've sold my MK1 so I can't weigh it, but it looks and feels the same. However 'feel' is pretty arbitrary, so let's look at the Garmin website:

    Descent MK1 is
    51 x 51 x 17.8 mm
    steel with silicone band: 101 g
    titanium with silicone band: 94 g
    titanium with titanium band: 145 g

    Descent MK2:
    52 x 52 x 17.8 mm
    silicone band: 99.6 g
    titanium band: 160.3 g

    Within 1 x 1mm size and at most 5.6 grams of weight. That's close enough to call them identical. For comparison, I just weighed one of my backplate wing nuts, and that is 8 grams. I doubt anyone could pick up the 2 computers and discern one was heaver than the other by feel.

    Screen is bigger of course - 30.4mm on the MK1 compared to 35.56 mm on the MK2i. 1/3rd more screen area sounds like a lot, but honestly, you don't notice a 5mm diameter increase, unless you hold them side by side.


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