When a new diver asks what equipment they should purchase first they often get a myriad of answers. Beyond a well fitting mask and comfortable and effective fins, a solid BCD and dependable set of regulators usually rounds out the initial purchase recommendations. Of course there is another consideration. With dive tables sadly going the way of the Dodo bird, most divers are finding that a good dive computer is quickly moving to the top of the list for initial equipment purchases, and with so many on the market currently the purchase decision is growing more challenging by the day. With that in mind, this article will take a look at two amazing entry level dive computers, the Oceanic Geo 2.0 and the Suunto Zoop.
Oceanic Geo 2.0
Up first, we will take a glance at the Geo 2.0 by Oceanic. This computer features Quality, Function and Style. The GEO 2.0 has an upgraded look with a stainless steel accent ring and new color combination – and now includes Dual Algorithm, Deep Stop option and a redesigned user interface with “Step Back” – which allows forward and backward navigation through menus and settings. Additionally, a second Nitrox mix (both programmable to 100%) is available, as well as Firmware Auto-Update which allows the user to download and install operational improvements or even future new features through the PC Interface (with optional cable). A unique combination of quality, function and style, the GEO 2.0 PDC is perfect on its own or as a backup to any dive computer. With Dual Algorithm and optional conservative factor settings, the GEO 2.0 may be programmed to provide no-deco & deco profiles similar to virtually every computer on the market.
Up next we have the Zoop by Suunto, this computer is a great value, easy-to-use dive computer for recreational divers. Though Suunto Zoop is a great choice for your first dive computer, its full decompression capabilities and nitrox mode mean its designed to give you years of serious fun! Some of it’s key features include; Easy to use with super-bright phosphorescent LCD display. Air and Nitrox modes for a range of dive situations, along with continuous decompression with the Sunnto RGBM algorithm. Additionally, the must have category is rounded out with audible alarms, built in dive planner, user replaceable battery, detailed graphical logs using the Suunto DM4 dive logging software, and last but not least a simplified menu for ease of use. With the Zoop, you have the choice of black or orange along with the option of attaching the Sk-7 compass. Chock full of features, the Zoop by Suunto is a steal at 300.00!
The Final Word
Dive computers nowadays are advanced, robust, and are packed with a number of features. With that in mind they also comprise a significant chunk of your personal dive gear budget. The two we’ve talked about above, the Geo 2.0 by Oceanic and the Zoop by Suunto are great options for divers in search of a solid solution to track their personal dive information. As always, the team at DRIS is here to answer any questions to ensure that your personal dive computer purchase is the best one possible for you!