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Requesting advice/info on possible Genesis computer/compass/SPG purchase....

Discussion in 'Computers, Gauges, Watches and Analyzers' started by Mark IV, Feb 18, 2018.

  1. Mark IV

    Mark IV Barracuda

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    I'm still (very) casually looking into getting a decent but basic, budget-oriented computer, and aren't looking as closely at the Aqua Lung i100 or Cressi Leonardo as I had been.
    Now the Genesis React Pro and Resource Pro have both gotten my attention (or more specifically, the current sale prices on them have gotten my attention :D).
    I tend to prefer a wrist mount over a full-sized console unit, but that isn't etched in stone. The (single button) Resource Pro with console,hose, SPG and compass, can currently be found for a very tempting $249 delivered, which seems pretty tough to beat. ( I've long been a huge fan of always having a compass in the water, and the only one I currently have is a glitchy Mares).
    But, I'm wondering how solid the Genesis compasses (and SPG's) are. I couldn't find much in the way of reviews, and it seems that nobody (but maybe Suunto) can consistently produce a decent compass.
    If the consensus is that their compasses are junk, that eliminates a major plus for the full-console deal.
    I've also seen the wrist-mount version React pro (seems to be more desirable for having more features, but mostly for being 2-button operation) for a reasonable $220 delivered, which is also very tempting.
    I've seen the Resource Pro wrist version for $215 delivered, but the higher-end React Pro at only $5 more is obviously a no brainer. But again, if their compasses and SPG's are solid, then the $249 full console seems to be the no brainer.
    Anyway, you get the idea, any solid advice or info is much appreciated.....
     
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2018
  2. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    console compasses suck to use. They really do.

    build a nav slate if you need to actually get anywhere. You can pencil in a map of the area you are diving in, make notes/bearings etc on the front, back side is for any other dive notes etc. Cost is super cheap, maybe $25 all in as you can use any map compass. Much more useful of a tool than a compass on a console which are truly obnoxious to use as they require an excessively long HP hose and a clunky console. I'm not terribly opposed to consoles, but they do have to be cross clipped to your right shoulder if you want them to be protected and streamlined at all. It is what we have on our school rigs since they all have analog depth gauges but they are 2-gauge suunto consoles.


    had a react pro, it was very clunky to use. Hated the UI. 2 button always trumps one.
    SPG's are SPG's. You don't need them to be all that precise unless you're in a cave. The 250psi increment ones do just fine and are "good enough". Not what you'd need in a cave, but for any OW diving it's more than adequate.

    Do you already have a reg set with an SPG? Can't sort out what reg set you already have from the threads you've posted. If you already have a SPG, just get a wrist computer.
    These ones are much better than any you've mentioned above
    NiTek Duo Scuba Computer | eBay
    Dive Rite Nitek Duo Air/Nitrox Computer | eBay
     
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  3. Mark IV

    Mark IV Barracuda

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    Hey T, thanks (again) for the always solid reply. I agree that a console-mounted compass is pretty clunky, but I've nearly always just used them for a quick heading glance, not any detailed orienteering. Back in the day, my regular set-up was one of the Oceanic consoles, which had the compass on the back side and was much more nimble than the bigger 3 in-a-line set ups (like this Genesis unit).
    And yeah, I do have some regs, a MK10 g250, and 2 older but minty Sherwoods I scored cheap on ebay in recent months, and serviced myself, adding components from ebay or that i already had lying around.
    And, i have at least a couple land compasses like the one in the above video, so that dive slate idea looks feasible and economical.
    Also, I've already taken notice of those Dive Rite computers, in fact, I took a swing at one recently, but got outbid.
    That first one you posted looks pretty clean and has a dozen+ watchers already, so there will probably be a late battle for that one, too, LOL!! But, if you're giving them that solid an endorsement, I'll be giving them a closer look, and maybe get lucky on one.
    thanks again.....
     
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2018
  4. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hi @Mark IV

    I have no personal experience with Genesis, but considerable experience with Oceanic, both built by Pelagic Pressure Systems, owned by Aqua Lung. PPS currently supplies Aqua Lung, Genesis, Oceanic, Sherwood, and Tusa. Aqua Lung and Tusa run PZ+, Genesis and Sherwood run DSAT, Oceanic runs both. I have no reason to think Genesis would not be reliable.

    The Resource Pro and React Pro are both pucks, I would favor the 2 button React Pro for ease of use. There is an inexpensive wrist boot available. The 3 module console is big and clunky, but inexpensive. I would favor a wrist computer, SPG, and wrist or retractor compass, I have used the former for many years.

    Best of luck in your quest, Craig
     
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  5. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

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    Where do you get the plastic board itself from?
     
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  6. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    that is sheet acrylic. available in most hardware stores like lowes/homedepot etc. Probably on amazon as well
    Styrene works so does PVC and vinyl. Key is scuffing up the surface so the pencil will write on it
     
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  7. DDDown

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    Hello Mark IV , and Tbone, my 15 year old genesis computer just failed. I am looking for a new computer. Diving hard yearly in Coz with eight others I loved my genesis. It seamed the most liberal and just never failed. Others would have troubles with clearing decos and such. My question; will the New ReAct pro still have the same liberal algorithm??
     
  8. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    @DDDown

    Yes, the React Pro runs DSAT, just like your 15 year old Genesis computer did

    Edit: Oceanic computers are currently on sale. They run both DSAT and PZ+. The Geo 2 is a nice watch size, $280, Veo 2 is a puck, $240
     
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  9. Altamira

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    I have two sets of genesis gauges with compass, and have been happy with them. I use them as backups to my AI computers, and find the SPGs & depth gauges work well, although obviously are not as precise in reading pressure as shown on my AIs. But certainly good enough. The compasses work the same as my Oceanics, and would be happy to use any of them interchangeably.
     
  10. Randal White

    Randal White Garibaldi

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    I was a big fan of the react pro and bought my first one more than 10 years ago and other than the date does not go past 2018, I still use it as a back up. Now for the sad news. I bought a Genesis React Pro for my wife a little over 3 years ago and on our last dive trip her computer stopped working and now all it does is flash "ALT" and shuts down. I have heard of others having the same issue. Because it is past the 2 year warranty they will not do a thing to support replacement. They obviously have a defect in their equipment or maybe they only expect you to use your $300 computer for 3 years and then trash it. Either way, no more Genesis for me. Switching to a different brand.
     

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