|Operational Modes||Air, Nitrox, Gauge|
|User Controls||Two push buttons|
|PC Kit||Optional, $99|
|Price||Standard, $720; Deluxe, $800|
The Pro Plus 2.1 is an updated version of Oceanic’s venerable Pro Plus 2, offering twice the download memory and cylinder pressure with every sample point on its dive history. This console-style data cruncher has a huge screen with data digits sized and situated on the screen so that they are easy to see and understand at a glance. And with its prominent green-yellow-red bar graphs, it’s arguably the most intuitive and user-friendly DC around for tracking N2 and O2 loading as well as ascent rate and remaining air time. The Pro Plus 2.1 offers four dive-mode screens; however, the majority of dive data and all important data is found on the primary screen. There are a bevy of alarms and an onboard simulator that incorporates your personal air-consumption rate.
For recreational divers who like air integration and don’t need more than single-gas capability, you can’t find a more user-friendly and easy-to-use data cruncher than the liberal-leaning Pro Plus 2.1. It has no safety settings to increase conservatism, but the nitrogen-loading bar graph makes it easy to build in a safety cushion of your own.
|September/October 2010 Issue Scuba Lab Review Quick Links|
|We define basic dive computers as single-gas units, nitrox capable to 50 percent. Computers in this category are good for recreational diving, plus they can function as backup computers or simple bottom timers for deep or technical diving. They range from no-frills, budget models to full-featured DCs with air integration. None of these DCs come with onboard compasses, although many come packaged in consoles that include traditional modular compasses.|
|Genesis React Pro||Oceanic ProPlus 2.1|
|Sherwood Profile||Sherwood Insight|
|SUBGEAR XP10||SUUNTO D4|
|These are full-featured dive computers designed for divers who want the option of ratcheting up their diving experiences. Advanced computers allow you to program multiple mixes up to 100 percent oxygen that can be switched while at depth. They often also offer features like onboard compasses.|
|Atomic Aquatics Cobalt||Mares Icon HD|
|Oceanic Geo 2.0|