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Suunto d5/ aqua i770 /Garmin descent

Discussion in 'Computers, Gauges, Watches and Analyzers' started by Chidiver1, May 15, 2019.

  1. Diving Dubai

    Diving Dubai Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dubai UAE
    @KenGordon has played with the D5 alongside a Teric user so he has some valid comments on readability

    I've only briefly seen a D5 and wasn't blown away with the screen brightness - but then I'm a Steel (and Perdix) user and it was an early model

    I will say though that as a steel user, I could easily navigate through the menu of the D5 and it's setup and use operation is similar, so that's a big plus - you have a lot of options to customise the secondary data you want displayed

    The D5 is also using the new version of Fused RGMB (RGBM2) I dive the old one extensively alongside Buhlmann 16C and much prefer RGBM - although there is little in it.

    If I were in the market for a watch style computer then the D5 would be on the list.

    One point to note though. If you're wanting AI transmitters, I think the D5 uses the same Pods as the Steel and Core so if you have a D4, D6 or DX you need new transmitters.

    The AL uses the PPS Transmitters so if you already have one then you're good.

    The additional cost of transmitters for a computer (if you want them) should always be a considerations as that can be the tipping point between choosing one brand or the other
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  2. KenGordon

    KenGordon Rebreather Pilot

    It was vs a Perdix in fact. I think that the transflective part was what mattered, hence mentioning the Garmin as it has a transflective screen too.

    The point about a bright display is to overcome ambient light. A transflective display uses a mixture of reflected light and back light to produce an image. This is useful for environments where there is a chance of sunlight falling on the screen. However in bright but not direct lit conditions they have lower contrast, so look less lovely. You'd need to take both to where you are likely to use them to really compare. What surprised me was that sitting at a picnic table doing planning it was excellent. But I had not paid much attention to the display technology up to then as I 1) have enough computers 2) have eyesight which is less than perfect 3) think that watch dive computers are too big to be watches but too small to be dive computers (see 2))

    Having said all that, if I had a grand to burn and could only spend it on a watch computer I'd probably get the Garmin for all the silly outdoorsy toys. I'd have thought though that Suunto might do a similar crossover thing one day if there are no turf wars within Suunto that prevent that.
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  3. Aaron Harmon

    Aaron Harmon Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: USA
    There's good reason for that : )
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  4. Chidiver1

    Chidiver1 Nassau Grouper

    I didn't really look into the Garmin till now. I think this is the one except for no Ai.

    That much money it needs AI. Can't believe they left that off.
  5. Chidiver1

    Chidiver1 Nassau Grouper

    :facepalm: don't need to hear it.
  6. soonerwink

    soonerwink Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Glenpool, Oklahoma, United States
    I have got the Aqualung i770R and have about 15 dives on it. I have it set at maximum brightness I haven't had to charge it yet, still has 38% left, and most of my dives are for at least an hour. I don't have any trouble reading it on the surface in direct sunlight. I have had the Atomic Cobalt and Deep Blu computers with LED screens in the past and always had trouble reading them in sunlight. The i770R is very easy to use, I never even read the manual. This is the 10th computer that I have had, and I like it the best so far. The Aris Data Mask was my next favorite.
    Peter Vos likes this.
  7. Peter Vos

    Peter Vos Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Nieuwegein, The Netherlands
    I am looking for a new diving computer. Interested in the i770R, nice to read you like the i770R.
  8. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    I love my Descent. The Geologging at the beginning and end of the dive is outstanding. It pretty much keeps up with my Teric by using gradient factors, so I don't have too many issues with a difference in deco at the end of the dive. It's easy on the battery, handles all my "steps" and such as a workout watch so it's always on my wrist.
    zixzax and Chidiver1 like this.
  9. Chidiver1

    Chidiver1 Nassau Grouper

    But no AI :(
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  10. saxman242

    saxman242 Divemaster Candidate

    If you know anyone with a .edu email, you can get 35% off a descent through myunidays.com. I got a Fenix 5 that way.
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