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A dive computer might be one of the key components to your diving gear. It keeps your dive in check with information such as how much time you have to safely keep diving. It regulates and tracks the dissolved nitrogen that is in your body during the dive, by capturing the depth and time information and applying it to a decompression value. Basically put, the deeper and longer you dive, the faster you absorb the gases you’re breathing, that’s the algorithm the computer calculates. Now let’s get to our top 10 list.
Super intuitive to use, the Mares Puck Pro has a full featured RGBM (Reduced Gradient Bubbles Model) Algorithm Nitrox, at a very impressive price. With three special function modes of air, nitrox and bottom time are easily accessible in the menu. The maximum depth of this computer is 492’ (150m), a power indicator, a memory capacity of 36-hours and more. One of the coolest features of this computer is that it allows us to adjust individual settings such as precautionary programs to dive a more conservative dive profile, if needed.
The Suunto Eon Core might look very intricate, but whether you are just beginning to dive or are an active diver exploring new depths, this gear will be your best friend. It will provide you with key details of every dive, that are easy to read from its large display. Larger texts and numbers are easy to read from a glance. Water resistant to 262’ (80m), has a gauge, air, nitrox, trimix and CCR models, and when paired with the transducer, it can monitor tank pressure up to 10 dives. The coolest thing about this one is that it is bluetooth compatible, and it has an upgradable software, which we love!
Elegant and simple is what makes the Cressi Leonardo another of our top 10. This is a great computer to have for those who are entering the diving sport, or for those who just want to dive. The single button interface makes your dive effortless to program, choose from air, nitrox and gauge modes. Leonardo features the new Cressi RGBM factors. It provides you with depth, dive times, decompression status, ascent rate and surface interval time information. The operational depth for this computer is up to 393’ (120m) and equipped with a 60 dive (70-hours) logbook memory function.
The i450T is a powerhouse of a computer, one of the main reasons why we picked it for our top list. It suits a wide range of diving adventures, it’s intuitive and sporty, and it features a hose-less gas integration that declutters your dive for a more streamline feel. (For the transmitter, see UDRT. Once paired, you will never need to pair it again). With 4 operating modes: Air, Nitrox, Gauge and Free Dive modes, you can take this computer literally anywhere. This computer has a depth capability of 220’ (100m), and is altitude adjustable up to 14,000’ (4,270m), it also has an updatable software, backlighting, salt or freshwater selection. The i450T literally screams, ‘get to diving’.
The Garmin Descent MK1 is a very powerful computer and the very first to offer surface GPS navigation with color mapping (new model Mk2). With the built-in three-axis compass, you can plan your dive and mark your entry and exit points with the GPS. I know right!? It’s actually amazing. Choose modes from single and multiple gas dives, nitrox and trimix, gauge and apnea. Comes in two models, stainless steel and silicone watch band. Auto dive log will let you store up to 10,000 dives and share online via the Garmin app. With the multiple preloaded activity profiles for a number of sports, you can switch to swimming, run, bike, ski, row, paddle board, surf and more! Depth resistant to 330’ (110m), it also has a rechargeable battery that will last you 19 days in watch mode, 10 days in smartwatch mode, 40 hours in dive mode and 20 hours in GPS mode.
The Galileo Luna can handle nitrox mixes up to 100% O2, offers hose-less air-integration & provides a powerful logbook that stores tons of useful data from each dive. When using the transmitter you can link to your buddy’s computer to monitor both yours and their air supply You can choose 3 primary screen configurations that will better suit your dive. The screen rotates 180°, enabling the computer to be worn in any direction, any wrist. One fun feature of the Luna is that it can give you wait to fly information, and depth rating from decompression of 394’ (120m). Now in gauge mode, the maximum depth readout is 1,082’ (330m), and it will give you dive time display up to 999 minutes.
The Oceanic Pro-Plus 3 features the largest most legible digits on the market. It provides you information about the air time remaining for your dive, the dive time, audible alarms with flashing LED warning lights, modes of Air, or Nitrox mixtures of 21% to 100%. With the personal dive settings, the Oceanic Pro-Plus 3 will allow you to make your dive more cautions, you want to. Make it a personal rule to not enter the yellow caution zone, or stay one pixel away, or you get the point, with the automatic safety stop prompt. Maximum depth for this computer will be 330’ (100m) with a 24-hour fly countdown, calculated de-saturation time and a 24 dive on-unit log book.
This is the next generation Galileo Is fully customizable to your liking for all divers of all skill levels. Another intuitive, easy, realizable and bulletproof computer by Scubapro. Considered one of the easiest computer hands-down, the new version of the Galileo, the G2 has that and more. The four dive screen templates lets you see as little or as much data as you would like, and you will always know where you're headed with the industry's leading digital compass. Bluetooth compatible as well the G2 will sync with iOS, PC, Android or iPhone, and log up to 1,000 hours of dive profiles. Hoseless, this low profile smart transmitter works with Scubapro’s most advanced computers. Maximum operating depth is 394’ (120m) with oxygen concentration adjustable between 8% and 100%.
The Leonardo computer console (much like the wrist computer we talked about earlier) is another must have for divers entering the sport for its friendly but effective interface. With its large edge to edge HD LCD screen it’s super easy to read those numerical numbers, while still being compact. The mathematical model of this computer can make saturation and desaturation of dives carry out both with air and nitrox. With a maximum depth of 393’ (120m) and equipped with 60 dive (70 hour) logbook memory. The instrument is housed in a small console boot, and is divided into three different colored zones: red, green, blue.
Our final pick is the Suunto D5, bluetooth ready you can connect it to the Suunto app to relive and share your dive data. It will also alert you with sound and vibration alarms about important dive information. It has an onboard 3D tilt-compensated digital compass, providing beating tracking cardinal directions, declination setting and guided calibrations. If down the line you want to upgrade the function of your computer with hose-less air integration, you can with the optional Suunto Tank POD Multi Transmitter. Depth resistant to 330’ (100m), it has Air, Nitrox, Free-Dive and Gauge models.