View Full Version : Basic computer recommendation

11-16-2007, 03:47
I am looking to buy my fiancee a nice new shiny dive computer for Christmas - just a basic get the job done with minimum fuss kind of model.

Has anyone got any recommendations for good simple dive computer or any advice on ones I should avoid?


11-16-2007, 06:59
I've got 3, 2 wrist mounts, and one AI, all Atmos 2. I have had no trouble with any of them. Changed the batteries in them once or twice. On a Cozumel trip with some friends that had a Cobra, mine never gave a single problem, the Cobra put a buddy in gague mode after the same dive (Devils Throat). They are inexpensive and very easy to use. I tried to see what happened to the Cobra but it was a lot more complicated then my Aeris to navigate. They can be downloaded to the PC and are Nitrox compatible, and easy to see under water.

11-16-2007, 07:25
I love my veo 250 from Scuba Toys of course.:)


11-16-2007, 07:25
Thanks for that

11-16-2007, 07:27
I have an Aeris Atmos 2

11-16-2007, 07:43
I love my Oceanic VT-3 that I got from ST, even if I did have to replace the batteries in both mine and my dive buddy's computers the week after we received them.


11-16-2007, 08:04
I have a CressiSub Archimedes wrist computer, very user friendly, can be used with nitrox, very large, easy to read display, downloadable, paid 250.00. I like it:)

11-17-2007, 08:20
I have a Gekko, my wife has an XR-1. Like both for different reasons. Gekko= audible warning, more info on screen, more info obtainable from history. XR1= easier to use, more liberal bottom times, simpler display, inexpensive.
Dislikes Gekko= consrevative bottom times, harder to pull history.
XR1= no audible warning, limited dive history, no glow feature or backlight for night dives.

Pick your features and budget, then find the best compromise.

11-18-2007, 11:17
I am thinking about buying an Aeris Atmos 2. It seems to be fairly user friendly. Any Comments?

11-18-2007, 14:25
I've got a Veo 180nx. Good, solid, simple computer.

11-18-2007, 14:41
iv got an oceanic veo100 in a consul and it has a compass 4 dives on it full warranty great condition. Same thing as the 180 without alarms. Ill let it got for 180 shipped.

Let me know


11-18-2007, 16:04
i would say it depends on what you mean by "basic"? do you want nitrox capable? 2 or 3 mix capable? air intergrated? pc interface? or something that will just act as a digital depth gauge and timer? or do you want one that will grow with her diving?

for a basic depth gauge and timer the Uwatec D-Timer is great. For a good starter nitrox capable comp then the Suunto Gekko is popular in the UK but doesn't have a pc interface. If you want to go down the road of a 2 mix comp then the Apex Quantum has come down in price lately.

I guess it all depends on how big your wallet is and how well she's treating you :smiley36:

11-18-2007, 16:14
I have an Oceanic Veo 180, ST doesn't have it on its site, but call them and I'm sure they can get one. Simple, easy to use, batteries last forever, I have yet to change mine.

11-18-2007, 16:20
I have the Suunto Vyper very easy to navigate and read, but one of the more conservative like most Suuntos. You can also upload to a PC with USB cable. I have about 130 dives on mine with no problems and still have over half battery life left.

11-18-2007, 17:59
I think the oceanic 180 is a dandy basic computer. The misses loves her ST aeris atmos ai

11-18-2007, 21:16
another vote for the Aeris lineup...

I love my Atmos 2 - simple to use, easy to setup, pc downloadable, audible alerts, backlight, nitrox compatible...

I'll be buying a second for my wife soon...

11-19-2007, 20:10
I like the veo 250 sweet computer

11-19-2007, 21:23
I have a Suunto Cobra 2 and a Oceanic VT3. I love the VT3 and am learning the Cobra. I dive with both as the Cobra is connected by my HP hose and teh VT3 is wireless. Got my VT3 from ST. Call them for best price. I like the way the Cobra lets me look at my profile right on the computer. With the VT3 I have to download it first. The VT3 is a larger wrist mount so I can see it well. But truth be told, once I learn the Cobra, I think I will happy with either one.

11-19-2007, 22:04
I have the Aeris XR-2 and love it. Just started using it. Simple to use, Nitrox capable, and a little bit cheaper than their Oceanic brethren.

11-20-2007, 07:26
I have a ScubaPro Uwatec SmartCom, great computer, real complicated, not very user friendly.
I recently got an Aeris AI from ScubaToys at a great price. Terrific computer, smallish, very user friendly and has a neat safety stop countdown feature.

11-20-2007, 07:31
I am probably leaning towards Aeris now after a lot of positive comments. Probably one with nitrox as it covers her for later if she decides to go down that route.

I dive with the Mares Nemo and absolutely love it. Had it for about 2 years with no problems.

11-20-2007, 11:05
The Aeris is the cheaper version of the oceanics. Like Toyota and Lexus. Both good products and function the same. And you can save a little money with the Aeris.