Safety first. The new dive computers on the market are certainly eye-catching, with superlative graphics and gorgeous exteriors. But it’s the advanced algorithms and cool features that help you dive safer.
An algorithm is the mathematical formula a dive computer uses that factors in real-time measurements of depth, gas mix, time at depth—and, depending on the algorithm, potentially lots of other data—to calculate how long you can stay under water with a reasonable degree of assurance that you won’t get hit with decompression sickness (DCS).
Liquivision’s Xeo Trimix Dive Computer is made for divers who want to explore tec diving. Depth-rated to over 600 feet, the Xeo can be programmed with up to 10 gases and used for both open circuit and rebreather diving. It comes preloaded with the Buhlmann-GF algorithm and an optional RGBM upgrade. Switch gases or set-points under water by simply tapping on the casing. A Xeo Dive Computer Distinctive Specialty Course is now available from PADI.
The new Liquivision Kaon Air and Nitrox dive computer is a very readable and easy-to-use wrist computer. Its high-contrast OLED display, which can be read in any conditions, uses large fonts, and you can select your own menu colors to ultimately personalize your unit. To set deco gases simply tap on the casing to go through the menus and make selections.
SCUBAPRO’s Meridian combines a classy timepiece with an advanced dive computer. The housing is made of marine grade 316-L stainless-steel with a two-toned brushed finish. The display uses bold digits and icons, and is flanked by four control buttons for navigating through the system. A full-featured wristwatch on the surface, ...