Atomic Aquatics’ Cobalt air-integrated dive computer can program up to three gas mixes to 99 percent oxygen. This advanced-level DC uses a high contrast, full-color screen with brightly colored digits. If we had to designate a dive computer as the ultimate in cutting-edge technology, the Cobalt would have to be it. It earned a Testers Choice for console-style computers, and is our favorite data cruncher for 2010.
60 Second ScubaLab: Atomic Aquatics Cobalt
ScubaLab Review: The Matrix is a wristwatch dive computer on steroids. It is easy to read, easy to program, and full of advanced data crunching features. Test divers were unanimous in picking it as the Testers Choice in this category.
An algorithm is the mathematical formula a dive computer uses that factors in real-time measurements of depth, gas mix, time at depth—and, depending on the algorithm, potentially lots of other data—to calculate how long you can stay under water with a reasonable degree of assurance that you won’t get hit with decompression sickness (DCS).
We live in a Golden Age of dive-computer technology. Over the past two decades, these machines have evolved into powerful data centers capable of monitoring virtually all aspects of our diving. We collected 11 new and redesigned models, and tested them in our ScubaLab shop and at Blue Grotto in Williston, Florida. The results of these data-collecting exercises form the basis of the following reviews.
Aeris dive computers took two of the top spots in ScubaLab's 2012 dive computer testing. Here we highlight two Aeris models that took away a Best Buy and a Testers' Choice prize.
MARES dive computers took two of the top spots in ScubaLab's 2012 dive computer testing. Here we highlight two MARES models that took away the Testers' Choice prize in their categories.
The new Liquivision Kaon Air and Nitrox dive computer is a very readable and easy-to-use wrist computer. Its high-contrast OLED display, which can be read in any conditions, uses large fonts, and you can select your own menu colors to ultimately personalize your unit.
Liquivision’s Xeo Trimix Dive Computer is made for divers who want to explore tec diving. Depth-rated to over 600 feet, the Xeo can be programmed with up to 10 gases and used for both open circuit and rebreather diving.
Cressi’s Leonardo dive computer earned both a Testers Choice and a Best Buy in ScubaLab’s 2011 Dive Computer Review. Its long list of features includes Cressi’s special RGBM algorithm with three diver-programmable safety levels, an optional Deep Stop function, and a 70-hour or 60-dive logbook.
SCUBAPRO’s Meridian combines a classy timepiece with an advanced dive computer. The housing is made of marine grade 316-L stainless-steel with a two-toned brushed finish. The display uses bold digits and icons, and is flanked by four control buttons for navigating through the system.
Aqua Lung is pleased to announce that Jack’s Diving Locker in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii is now a factory authorized Suunto Service Center. Their repair technicians have gone through extensive factory training and have installed state of the art diagnostic equipment to enable them to perform any and all servicing on current and late model Suunto Diving Computers.