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opinions on entry level dive computers

Discussion in 'Computers, Gauges, Watches and Analyzers' started by jimmyt, Mar 19, 2019.

  1. Sean Walberg

    Sean Walberg Nassau Grouper

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    No, the cable is solid and well designed. It is a pretty normal FTDI type of cable but the connector and pinouts are proprietary. It changed since the last generation of watches, otherwise I'd just have built myself a cable since there are schematics for older watches out there.
     
  2. Esprise Me

    Esprise Me Kelp forest dweller ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Oh one other point I forgot to mention re the Leonardo: their software to interface with your computer is terrible. Luckily you can use Subsurface instead for free. I just got the cable and downloaded my dives, (and found out I have ascent alarms from when I was literally kneeling on the ocean floor! Yellow warning triangles everywhere! Aaaaaaugh!) but I had to use Subsurface because Cressi's software wouldn't even launch. Also their user manual, which I think you can download for free online without buying anything, reads like it was written by a non-native English speaker.
     
  3. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Regular of the Pub

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    :rofl3: Since most computers don't come with rs-232 ports anymore, you're looking at a serial-to-usb chip and the attendant drivers for your operating system. Cressi, at least, uses infrared, so their cradle also has IR-to-serial and the drivers for that... which windows 10 apparently didn't have for a while.. and so on. I.e. "just standard serial" tends to be wishful thinking these days. You need at least a Lazer-7 output.
     
  4. jimmyt

    jimmyt Angel Fish

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    serial referring to the mode of communication not the port.. lol

    the aqua lung has me intrigued... not sure why I wrote it off.. i tried an aeris? that I did not like.. did aeris become aqua lung? or was that oceanic? Cant find much info on it..
     
  5. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Aeris was a separate brand, along with Oceanic and Hollis, under American Underwater Products. Computers for all three brands manufactured by Pelagic Pressure Systems, also AUP. Aeris was phased out as a brand by AUP before Oceanic and Hollis were purchased by Huish. PPS was purchased by Aqua Lung. PPS manufactures for Aqua Lung, Oceanic, Sherwood, Genesis, Tusa, maybe others. PPS transmitter also used by Shearwater.

    Now, that's clear, isn't it?
     
  6. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Regular of the Pub

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    DiveNav has a bunch of "simulator" videos and training videos as well. I don't think those videos are anything like the real thing, but if you can't get to hold one in a shop, it may be worth a look -- assuming they have one for i300 in the first place.
     
  7. Canajan

    Canajan Angel Fish

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    + 1 for the zoop novo, mine is still going strong after 3 years, and over 100 dives. The screen is of a decent size to read, and does have backlight when needed.
     
  8. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Be patient, have higher standards, my Oceanic VT3 has 1,286 dives, 1,348 hours, over nearly 9 years. I would imagine, many could beat that.
     
  9. jimmyt

    jimmyt Angel Fish

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    That makes perfect sense especially with the way manufacturing is today. I'm assuming the use high quality components and don't cut corners?

     
  10. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Regular of the Pub

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    Suunto apparently has its share of faulty pressure sensors and they don't consider that bad enough to issue a product recall. (Some judge in California does though.)
     
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