Best Dive Computers – Reviews and Comparison | Top picks 2017

By Rebecca / September 13, 2016

Chances are, if you're reading this, you’re a passionate scuba diver! You’re also probably in the market for a brand new dive computer, and we have you covered with our top picks for 2016!

We have beginners and even advanced divers covered with our top picks for 2016, and cover various different dive computer options to fit anyone's budget. There is a lot you will need to consider before making a dive computer purchase such as wireless capabilities, comfort, ease of transport, and user-friendly features. Don't worry, we are here to make your purchase decision easy and straight forward. 

 We have gathered  high-end, mid-range, and low-end options as to help make your dive computer purchase decision that much easier! Enjoy diving into our top picks for 2016...

Best Dive Computers of This Year

Suunto Zoop Dive Computer

Best Low-end Option


LEGION Pulse Pre-Workout

An excellent low-budget entry level dive computer. This dive computer comes with an easy to read screen and is very user-friendly. 


Structure

Features

Material

Price

BEST FEATURES:

  • Entry level computer
  • Easy to use diver interface 
  • Built in dive planner 
  • User changeable battery 

PROS:

The Suunto Zoop Dive Computer is a good option for anyone just getting started with dive computers. This option is just under $200 making it a great budget friendly choice as well, and comes with user-friendly features like the feature of being able to be downloaded onto a PC computer. The Suunto can also be used with both air, and nitrox making it a good versitile option as well. 

CONS:

After reviewing this dive computer, the Suunto Zoop may be a bit too entry-level for advanced divers. This dive computer seems to cause difficulty with downloading at times which may not make this the best option for serious divers. 

Verdict

The Suunto Zoop dive computer is a good option for anyone looking to stay within a low-end budget yet still receive a quality product. Although this does come with super  fancy features, it works great for a beginner purchase. 


Cressi Giotto Wrist Computer

Great Middle of the Road Choice 


Casio Men's PAG240-1CR Pathfinder Triple Sensor Multi-Function Sport Watch

A great middle of the road option for those who can expand their budgets and go for a higher quality option with additional features. 


Structure

Features

Material

Price

BEST FEATURES:

  • Large numerical display
  • High-Definition Screen
  • Travel friendly 
  • Three-button interface 

PROS:

If you're looking for a high quality but affordable dive computer, the Cressi Giotto may be the option you're looking for. This is a good option for anyone looking for an easy to transport, and easy to use dive computer. This option also comes with a built-in clock. 

CONS:

Unfortunately, this dive computer does not come with a PC interface included, and after further review, the instructions may not be as straight forward as a beginner may need them to be. 

Verdict

This is an overall great middle of the road dive computer for both beginner and more experienced divers. For under $300, this is a great option for those sticking to a budget but want to invest in a quality product. 

Suunto D4i Novo Watch

Best Mid-Range Dive Computer


Casio Men's PAG240-1CR Pathfinder Triple Sensor Multi-Function Sport Watch

The Suunto Novo Watch is a great mid-range option for those who can expand their budget and opt for a product with added features. 


Structure

Features

Material

Price

BEST FEATURES:

  • Full continuous decomposition 
  • Four different modes: air, nitrox, free, off
  • Innovative apnea timer 
  • Optional wireless air integration 

PROS:

A dive computer that features comfort, style, and affordability. This dive computer is a high-value option for under $700 that allows you to easily sync and share your diving adventures while featuring a newly updated DM4 software. 

CONS:

This dive computer does not come with a USB or transmitter, so that would have to be purchased separately, and according to reviews, the battery life may not be the best. Other than these two potential cons, this is a good mid-range option . 

Verdict

An overall great mid-range option that comes with comfort, user-friendly features such as the ability to easily sync your diving adventures, and has recently been updated. 

Shearwater Research Dive Computer

Most Practical Option 


Suunto Core

If you can expand your budget just a little further this dive computer comes with high-end features for under $900. 


Structure

Features

Material

Price

BEST FEATURES:

  • User replaceable AA batteries
  • Air, nitrix, and trimix capable 
  • Bluetooth integration 
  • Dive planning and decompression 

PROS:

If you're looking for a high-quality option that brings a whole new level of features, the Shearwater dive computer is a good option. With Bluetooth integration, and dive planning and decompression this dive computer really stands out from the rest. 

CONS:

Other than being a little more expensive than some of the other dive computers in our review, this dive computer really doesn't have too many negative features! If you are looking for something a bit more affordable, this may not be the best choice. 

Verdict

A great dive computer for anyone looking to get everything they need all in one item. The Bluetooth integration makes this a more high-tech option and is easy to use with air, nitrix and trimix capabilities making this a unique option.  

Hollis TX-1 Trimix Computer with Transmitter 

Best High End Option 


Stuhrling Original Men's Aquadiver Dive Quartz Analog Waterproof Sports Blue Dial Wrist Watch

Our favorite high-end dive computer option that can be converted for wireless use. 


Structure

Features

Material

Price

BEST FEATURES:

  • Comes with a computer, transmitter, software, PC cable, owners manual, and a quick-start guide. 
  • Mixed gas dive computer 
  • Optional wireless monitoring 
  • Open circuit air/nitrox/trimix use 

PROS:

This is a great high-tech, high-end option for more advanced divers looking to get the biggest bang for their buck. This dive computer comes with everything you need including a transmitter, software, PC cable, and even a quick-start guide to get you diving sooner than later! 

CONS:

There are not too many negative things to say about this dive computer. The only thing that may possibly hinder someone from purchasing would be if someone was looking for a more basic dive computer. Other than that this dive computer comes with it all.

Verdict

If you are looking for a high-end option with wireless capability, this is a really great option. This dive computer is great for both beginners and advanced divers. 

There are numerous different dive computer options, and some have better features than others. Here are some things that you might want to look into before buying. 

User-Friendly VS Advanced Use 

You will want to determine if the dive computer you are about to purchase works well for both beginners and advanced divers. 

Not all dive computers are as user-friendly as others, which makes this an important thing to look into before a big purchase. Some dive computers come with easy to read manuals, and others even come with a quick-start guide. You will also want to see if the dive computer you are looking into comes with an easy to read screen, and the ability to easily download and transmit your dive data. You will be able to determine if a user-friendly option is best for you based on your level of experience using these type of computers. 

Features

All dive computers come with different features, and determining which features each comes with before your purchase could save you money in the long run. 

There are budget-friendly dive computers, and more high-end options, however, you will want to make your purchase decision based on the features each computer has to offer. Are you looking for an option that is circuit air/nitrox/trimix use compatible, and has easy to sync capabilities? These are important things to look into before clicking checkout. You will also want to know if the dive computer has wireless or Bluetooth capabilities. While the higher-end options are more pricey, they come with many more features, and may be a better longer term investment. 

Warranty

Just like with any large purchase, knowing what the warranty is like before you purchase is important. You may also want to determine how the warranty works, and if you need to fill out any specific forms for your new dive computer to be covered under warranty. 

​Comfort  

Some dive computers have the capability to be worn on the wrist making transport easy and comfort a priority. Others do not have this feature and are harder to transport. Determine what you are looking for in terms of transport and comfort features before you buy. 

Conclusion

While there are hundreds of dive computer options available, it's important to determine what you are looking for in each dive computer before buying. Determine your expert level, how easy each computer is to use, and what each computer comes with. Investing a little more money will likely give you many more features and may save you lots of time and money in the future! Quality is key when purchasing a dive computer. 

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