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Genesis Centauri Dive Computer: ScubaLab Best Buy

By Roger Roy | Updated On November 18, 2020
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Genesis Centauri Dive Computer: ScubaLab Best Buy

We tested the Genesis Centauri. Capable, easy to use and affordable, it was our Best Buy for dive computers.

We tested the Centauri it at the University of Southern California Hyperbaric Chamber on Catalina Island.

We also tested it in the field at Blue Grotto Dive Resort in Central Florida. We put it through a series of simulated dives alongside other computers to gauge the performance of its decompression algorithm. We evaluated how easy it was to set up and use, how well we could see the screen in different conditions, and how well it presented important data during our dive.

While the watch-sized Centauri’s screen is just 1.1 inch in diameter, it turned out to be easily readable underwater thanks to its segmented, clearly marked display and, especially, its glowing illumination, which stays on during a dive and has 5 power levels. Test divers rated it very good for readability at depth and on the surface (although bright sun did tend to wash it out). Testers also liked the menu navigation, which identifies the function at play and shows its current setting. That helps even a new diver keep track of where they are the menus (which are long but logically organized) and makes it a snap to confirm correct settings predive. Part of the reason for the long menus is the Centauri offers a fair amount of adjustment and customizing for its price, including a choice of standard 6-field dive display or a simplified 3-field view. Another nice plus is its attention-getting vibration function, which like its audible buzzer can be turned off. It works nicely with its crystal-clear deco and safety stop display that have a prominent timer and “CLEAR” alert when completed. “Excellent safety stop,” noted one tester, and others agreed, giving it the highest score in the test.

Selected among the favorites of test divers, the Genesis Centauri is our Best Buy for dive computers.

2020 ScubaLab Dive Computer Review