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Top 10 Dive Computer Buying Tips #scuba #computer


Top 10 Tips For Buying a Dive Computer  @ScubaDiverMagazine 

Ten handy tips and advice for when you're looking for the best dive computer for you.

#scuba #scubadiving #scubadiver
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00:00 Introduction
00:41 Battery
02:29 Style
05:53 Air Integration
07:17 When to Buy
09:43 Display
11:31 Budget
12:58 Algorithm
14:39 Strap
16:24 Buttons
17:58 Other

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CHETHAN B
CHETHAN B
10 months ago

Hi Mark, pls make a video on mares sirius…

CHETHAN B
CHETHAN B
11 months ago

Hi, this is chethan from India, sir I need help to choose between i470tc, d5 , d6 nova, sunnto eon dive computers ,I completed my AOW and my hobby is photography like to upgrade my self with best all round dive computer and courses along with That to keep my logs and safety. Here we have aqualung and sunnto dealer and service near by, so suggest me best computer for my journey 😀 pls..

Tech Diving Thailand
Tech Diving Thailand
11 months ago

How does the Apeks DSX compare to a Shearwater Petrel? In terms of technical and CCR diving?

Tech Diving Thailand
Tech Diving Thailand
11 months ago

Shearwaters the best Technical diving computer I have ever used!!

Victor Kochkarev
Victor Kochkarev
Reply to  Tech Diving Thailand
6 months ago

It is also great for non technical diving.

Original KK
Original KK
11 months ago

Still using my Suunto Cobra, after many years. Does everything I need, never let me down, and can’t forget to take it with me.

Joseph dracula
Joseph dracula
11 months ago

Wow a lot to think of 👍😎🤿!

Peter Panci
Peter Panci
11 months ago

Hi i am interested in watch stile one

NAA
NAA
11 months ago

Hi Mark
what are your thoughts on the aqualung I770 VS the Apeks new DSX I’m pretty much narrow it down to these two , if they were price the same . 
I do realize I may never use some on the DSX functions of the DSX . I’m a avid diver and not unusual for me to do between 75 and 125 dives season both warm water and dry suit diving.
I currently dive either a watch with integrated air or a all in one console computer
thanks
NickA

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  NAA
11 months ago

i770R is aimed at recreational divers where the DSX is made for technical divers so, it depends on the depths you visit regularly. The i770R is a few years old now and the DSX has a lot more features that have been developed in that time

i770R uses the Z+ algorithm while the DSX a Bühlmann. As far as I know the Pelagic Z+ was based off the Bühlmann and is quite similar so, I wouldn’t worry too much about the difference in recreational depths.

The strap options are quite different; i770R has the NATO style watch strap while the DSX gives you the choice of bungee or elastic fabric straps. Both are good quality and secure but, it should be part of the decision process. The screen and body size you won’t notice too much of a difference as well as the three button user interface.

DSX has vibration alarms, sidemount mode, CCR, helium, GPS, O2 analyser, induction charging, slate function, advanced alarms and probably a few other things I’ve forgotten about…

geemac
geemac
11 months ago

Great advice put simply for due consideration on buying a dive computer within a budget, and more importantly, what are your realistic needs🤿😎🇦🇺👍

Leopold Bloom
Leopold Bloom
Reply to  geemac
11 months ago

That’s right. Too many divers are over-equipping and under-trained – which is true for many sports.

Thomas Wilding
Thomas Wilding
11 months ago

Shearwater Peregrine.

I had an AI watch, then moved to Shearwater.

Amazing!! I don’t need the feature of the Perdix

Gamer Nick
Gamer Nick
11 months ago

Saw you at the Go Diving Show cloak room today but had to rush my daughter to the toilets before I could say hi and thanks for answering a number of my questions 😉 So, belated, but thanks! 😉

Gamer Nick
Gamer Nick
Reply to  Gamer Nick
11 months ago

Did you pick up any toys?

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Gamer Nick
11 months ago

No, I was working. And I already have far too many toys I don’t have time to use…

Amadeuss
Amadeuss
11 months ago

I think that in 2023- AI is the must.
However- no matter what computer you buy – please RFM, and play with the unit !!
Just came back from Cuba, and there was a guy who pulled out brand new shiny Peregrine, and was asking the DM how to set it up 🤦‍♂️

Leopold Bloom
Leopold Bloom
Reply to  Amadeuss
11 months ago

I honestly read AI for artificial intelligence and wondered what that was about! 😂

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Amadeuss
11 months ago

RFM; a very common acronym when I was working at the dive centre

QuickQuips
QuickQuips
11 months ago

Love my perdix ai and peregrine combo. Definitely wear a spg since air left is always necessary to know.

Secondhand is also fine.

Raymond Swarbrick
Raymond Swarbrick
9 months ago

#askmark Hey Mark I am curious as to what percentage of “for fun” diving is actually “technical” around the globe. I have seen many of your computer videos and understand the buy cheap buy twice. But $600 for a Peregrine is not “cheap” to me. Am I making a mistake not buying the Perdix 2.

Thanks a Bunch!

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Raymond Swarbrick
9 months ago

I’d say that number is quite small, probably single digit percentage. Unless you’re diving trimix or deeper than 40-50m then the Peregrine is more than enough dive computer for most divers.

Other than trimix, the main upgrades for the Perdix are the AA battery, air integration and compass. They both use the same algorithm and function much the same. I don’t dive particularly deep anymore and only really dive air and nitrox now so, the Peregrine would be a good choice of computer

Chris Philhower
Chris Philhower
7 months ago

I purchased a SEAC Screen last year. Had it Warrantied 3 times. All I did was Freedive in a pool an excessive amount. Ended up using my Store Credit for a Genesis Centauri. Love it.

Adam21
Adam21
7 months ago

Firstly, thanks for making this video, it’s been very helpful. As a first-time diver, should I just opt for an air integrated computer straight-away (like the vyper lite), or do you feel that’s unnecessary?

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Adam21
7 months ago

I’d say they’re worth it. They’re not essential but, they are useful for more than checking your cylinder pressure. The good thing is that they still function without a transmitter as a normal dive computer and if you want to invest in a transmitter later on you can.

If you buy a computer that doesn’t have the wireless feature and later on you want a transmitter then you need to buy a whole new dive computer.

The Suunto Vyper Novo is a great dive computer at a sensible price.

Adam21
Adam21
Reply to  Adam21
7 months ago

@ScubaDiverMagazine  thanks for the input! Yeah, I think it just makes more sense, long-tem, just to get one with that capability. I’m deciding between the suunto vyper, the aqualung i450/i70, and the geo air/oci w/transmitter bundle.

Bloody Marvelous
Bloody Marvelous
7 months ago

I really only have one requirement when it comes to dive computers.
It’s got to be the latest Shearwater Perdix.

Can Luka Damcidag
Can Luka Damcidag
6 months ago

Hey Mark, im curious what your thoughts about the Suunto Eon Core are. Im planning to buy a dive computer that i can use a long period… I will get into Tek diving within the next 3 years. So for me the Suunto Eon Core looks just perfect (Since it also features Trimix or would you prefer the Sheawater Peregrine?). Best greetings Can

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Can Luka Damcidag
6 months ago

Both are great dive computers, the EON Core has the edge on Trimix and wireless AI. As much as I love shearwater computers if you’re planning on diving He then you’ll need the EON Core. The Peregrine is aimed at recreational divers where the EON Core is aimed at both rec and tec divers. It does have a MOD of 80m, if you want to go deeper then you’ll need the EON Steel or a Perdix.

Eneko Prins
Eneko Prins
6 months ago

I am 47 and I just started scuba diving for the first time. My eyesight for reading is not 100% anymore wich made the screen my main requirement. After looking at a few puck entry models with b.w. screens I ended up investing a lot more than I initially planned by buying a Suunto Eon Core. But I think it’s worth it. Having a computer you can barely read does not make sense. For people in the same situation, I recommend going to a store and compare the screens in real life. Don’t trust pictures on the internet, they always seem perfect and can be misleading. The screen on the Eon is one of the best, but it is not cheap and battery life suffers a bit.

Victor Kochkarev
Victor Kochkarev
6 months ago

My dive computer requirements are – Backlight, nice big screen, AI, multi gas support, nice to have a compass, replacable battery, Bluetooth support, So Perdix is a perfect choice.

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