This year’s dive computers offer something for everybody. From basic and inexpensive to feature packed and pricey, divers have a choice of big screens, small screens, three-color bar graphs, dot-matrix displays, increased battery life, larger memories and up to three gas mixes. Hoseless air-integration continues to be a hot item, on-board digital compasses have really come on strong, and some kind of Deep Stop feature can now be found on virtually every model.
To tackle the massive job of evaluation, ScubaLab uses a testing protocol divided into four phases: Lab Work, Ocean Work, PC Downloads and Chamber Runs. We start off in the ScubaLab shop and pour over spec sheets and websites to familiarize ourselves with all the features and get all the facts. Then we fire up each computer, and with an owner’s manual in hand we dive into the system, scrolling through modes, searching out menus and setting parameters to prepare the units for our ocean work.
SCUBAPRO/UWATEC Galileo Luna
The Galileo Luna is a hoseless air-integrated dive computer. An upgrade option is available which allows the Luna to read as much as four transmitters and support three gas mixes up to 100%. The algorithm calculates true remaining bottom time, and there’s a choice of three screen configurations and a digital compass that can be used at a full 90-degree tilt. The Luna is surprisingly easy to use. The three control buttons are clearly labeled, so it’s virtually impossible to get lost. At depth the Luna offers its data on its main screen with depth, dive time, psi and NDLs prominently displayed. The computer is bigger than most, but it has a low-profile fit.
Liberal or Conservative
Middle-of-the-road. Divers can program up to six micro-bubble suppression levels for increased safety.
We like the large display, choice of data screens and excellent digital compass, which is the best around.
|September / October 2009 Issue Scuba Lab Review Quick Links|
|Hollis DG-O2||Mares Puck Air|
|Oceanic OC1||SCUBAPRO/UWATEC Galileo Luna|
|Sherwood Wisdom 2||SUUNTO Cobra 3|
|SUUNTO Vyper Air||Tusa IQ-650 Element|
|Zeagle N2ition 3|