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Newby computer, what to get?

Discussion in 'Computers, Gauges, Watches and Analyzers' started by Must_dash, Oct 28, 2019.

So which simply computer

  1. Suunto Zoop Novo

  2. Aqualung I100

  3. Mares Puck

  4. Mares Quad

  5. Something else, I've mentioned it above.

  1. UFOrb

    UFOrb Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Brighton, UK
    Not necessarily: Mares Led Tank Module | Mareshop.eu

    Auction sites can also be your friend. I got my transmitter for half the retail price on eBay. It hadn't even been used, just unwanted as the seller changed his mind apparently. I guess I got lucky :)
  2. delacrue96

    delacrue96 Scuba Chixs Member

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: McLean, VA
    +1 for the Oceanic Geo 4.0. We have two of them for my boys, bluetooth and easy to download dives to DiveLog DT app on iPhones and iPads. 16 cold water dives and both work great!
  3. Dainius

    Dainius Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Sweden
    Thanks everyone.
    Mares smart air on the way.
    263€ with data cable delivered home. Before I came here I was thinking mostly about suunto D4i novo, I feel you got me better deal.

    In case someone is reading this topic, my decision was based on:
    * I opted out AquaLung i100 for one button and no backlight, but it was even better deal.
    * Mares smart vs smart air had only small price bump. (For now I don't have scuba gear, so air integration is far heading future.)
    * Leonardo has no freediving mode. Gauge mode may be ok for my usage, but freedive mode will keep log.
    * Any bluetooth model cost ether more (than bundle with cable) or has no air integration. I don't dive that much that I need to upload logs during vacation. I have a small kid and vacation is usually planned around playground than diving so far.

    Why do you need redundancy for AI while diving in OW levels? I assume the only problem you can get - loosing connection. If you check the pressure time to time and see that it's gone(does it ever happen?) air is still in the tank, there is no emergency situation, you just need to abort the dive and go up. At any point there will be enough air to safe and slow way up, unless gauge shows bananas. But that's just nooby thoughts...
    DreadnoughtNH and UFOrb like this.
  4. Snoweman

    Snoweman Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Atlanta, GA
    You don't, but if you can't regain your connection, you're going to to need to end your dive.
  5. UFOrb

    UFOrb Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Brighton, UK
    I believe many do dive AI without an SPG. For me, I already had a compact SPG before I got my AI computer. It doesn’t take up much room in baggage for travel and don’t really notice it on a dive as it runs under my left arm and clipped off on my left shoulder D ring.
    When I’m on holiday I don’t want to have to cut dives short due to a DC/connection failure. I’ve paid for the dive, don’t want to miss something cool and often it would mean ending the dive for the whole group - I don’t wanna be that guy!
    One time we had a to cut a dive short because a guy in the group sucked his air like a hoover - we missed seeing manta rays because of that (I saw a one from the surface briefly and the other group on the boat spent around 20 mins with them :mad:
    Luckily we spent a long time with 3 mantas during the 2nd dive!

    Just my 2 pennies worth.
  6. Dainius

    Dainius Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Sweden
    Tried it in the pool. So "Mares smart air" is kind of useless as freediving computer if you want any statistics.
    I believe it has 1s sampling rate, that is fine, but when you fetch log over cable there is nothing at all: Time/max depth/dive time/surface time.
    And some basic dive session information: session time/dive time/max depth/min-max session temperature.
    No average depth, no depth graph as someone would expect. Not sure how does it work on other computers, but I am a bit disapointed :)
  7. DeepSeaExplorer

    DeepSeaExplorer Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Florida
    The Oceanic Datamax meets all your requirements. It’s easy to use and has a nice large display. While it it does have AI, it’s hose mounted.
  8. Brandon Perdue

    Brandon Perdue Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: South Carolina
    I have a Mares Puck, they’re inexpensive (Leisure Pro has them for about $175) and very easy to use. I got mine a few months ago and only have about 30 dives on it (I’m still a very new diver) but so far I like it a lot. Some people do complain about only having one button to change through menus, but the only time it bothers me is going through the logs on the computer itself when I’m trying to record info after the dive. That could be fixed with the pc cable if it really bothers you though.
  9. divinh

    divinh Photographer

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: San Francisco
    Which software did you use? Have you tried Subsurface? Perhaps it might show all the data, whereas some other software might filter out things that are considered "irrelevant".
  10. Dainius

    Dainius Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Sweden
    I tried Subsurface in the beginning, but subsurface was unable to import freediving logs (it connected to computer somehow, I feel it would fetch scuba logs). It told no new logs found.
    So I used official Mares software, (Dive organizer).

    I was hoping something like this:
    but I got the text table on the right only, no depth graph. Can anyone confirm that it should/should not be there?

    But I got feeling now that it should be there. So I will hope for technical problem, not that computer is useless :)

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