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mpalsky
03-31-2010, 09:51
Hello everyone! My name is Michael. I am taking my OW cert test in about a month. I am looking for a beginner dive computer for my wife. She prefers a wrist mount, but a console will work. What would you recommend for a beginning dive computer? Please keep in mind that we are both college students!

Thanks,

Michael Palsky

Splitlip
03-31-2010, 10:38
Michael:
I have a VEO 100 (air only) in a console attached to a Mares MR 12/Axis I plan to sell as a package. I also have the wrist boot for the computer.

I'll mull over breaking it up.

rayaa3
03-31-2010, 11:02
The puck style computers are neat because they can be worn either on the wrist, or in a console boot, and changed between either easily.

If you are really trying to do it 'on the cheap' then an air only veo100 like what split lip is talking about would likely fit the bill nicely. If you have a little bit more to spend, you might consider one that will also let you set nitrox mix's, if you ever think you will get nitrox certified. You'll pay at least $50 more for the nitrox capability, but if you don't buy it, and you want nitrox later, you'll be buying a new computer. However, it's worth noting as a college student, in 2-4 years your earning potential might be greater to a degree that justifies spending more $$ in a couple of years if you decide to get nitrox certified at that time.

You can get these little puck computers with all kinds of bells and whistles - literally. The most basic models don't have any backlight, or audible bells (alarms) and really just track your dive profile, and have some kind of memory for your dives, so that you can go through and put them in your log book. When I bought my computer, I got a veo 100 air. I like it quite a bit. When I got my wife's I wizened up and got one with a few bells/whistles that were important to me (backlight so I don't have to shine a flashlight to read it on night dives, audible alarms for fast ascent, or nitrogen levels, more memory so that it keeps more dives in the computer history before overwriting them) I think I paid about 140 for the veo 100 - and I paid 230 for the sherwood I got my wife with the extra bells and whistles.

Veo 100 air only in a wrist boot:
Oceanic VEO 100 Wrist Computer reviews and discounts, Oceanic (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=Veo100Wrist)

Veo 100 air +nitrox in wrist boot:
Oceanic Veo 100 NX Nitrox Wrist Computer reviews and discounts, Oceanic (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=Veo100nxWrist)

Genesis react pro that has backlight/audible alarms
http://www.leisurepro.com/Prod/CategoryID_1985/Context_954/Sort_Price/DescSort_0/Filter_2%3d2000%3a3%3d2003/GNSRAPW.html?Hit=1
you'll need to buy a $15-20 wrist boot for it.

veo 180 air/nitrox/backlight/audible alarm with wrist boot:
Scuba Quest Shopping Cart (http://eshop.scubaquestusa.com/shared/StoreFront/default.asp?CS=squest&StoreType=BtoC&Count1=401806056&Count2=318946480&ProductID=826&Target=products.asp&utm_medium=cse&utm_source=googlebase)