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The best dive computer; our top 12

The best dive computer; our top 12

By: Marco HartmanComments: 0

You are looking for the best dive computer within your budget. The expectations and wishes are different for beginning divers or advanced divers and technical divers. Beginning divers probably can go for an entry-level dive computer but a technical diver would need a high-end dive computer. We researched different dive computers and have a lot of experience with them and made a top 12 scuba diving computers.

To help you find the best dive computer that fits your needs we divided this blog into the following topics:

  • Entry-level
  • Mid-level
  • High-level


Entry-level dive computers

By an entry-level dive computer, you are buying a basic dive computer with all the necessary functions on board. A computer like this will meet all demands of a beginning Scuba diver. To give you an idea of what entry-level dive computer to buy we research several models for you and came up with the best Entry-level dive computers. It does not matter what kind of diver you are if you are planning to buy a good and simple dive computer without extra technical specifications these are the ones to buy.

Most entry-level dive computers are big wrist-top models that only can be used during scuba diving, some can even be used as a daily watch because they are small with great design to wear during the day.

1. Suunto Zoop Novo

The Suunto Zoop Novo is a big wrist-top dive computer with a dot matrix display with a backlight so you can read your dive computer during a night dive. The Suunto Zoop Novo can also be used for nitrox use and is running on Suunto RGBM Algoritme. This dive computer is available in three different colours (black, yellow, blue).

Pros and cons for the Suunto Zoop Novo:

  • Clear display
  • Comes in Different Colours
  • Easy to Use
  • Long arm strap even fits over a dry suit
  • No Colour display
  • No USB Cable included for dive transfer to pc
  • No Bluetooth function
  • No Digital Compas

View the Suunto Zoop Novo


2. Mares Puck Pro +

Mares Puck Pro+ green

The successor of the successful Mares Puck Pro, the Puck Pro + is easy to read with an even more attractive, sleek design and perfect fit. The Mares Puck Pro + has a Bluetooth option in combination with divelink 2 and is a bit thinner than the previous Puck Pro. The Mares Puck Pro is available in grey and blue. For only €189  you are buying a fully equipped entry-level dive computer with a bottom timer function, nitrox function, backlight and many more. It is even possible to change the battery yourself. This makes it one of the best entry-level dive computers!

Pros and cons for the Mares Puck Pro+:

  • Bottom timer with resettable average depth and stopwatch
  • User-replaceable battery
  • One button operation
  • Logbook capacity 35 hours
  • No interface is included for logging your dives
  • No digital Compass
  • No colour display
  • No air integration

View the Mares Puck Pro +

3. Aqualung I200C

Aqualung I200C blue

The Aqualung I200C is a small wrist-top computer you can even use as a watch for daily use, because of this the I200 is the perfect dive computer to buy when you are travelling the globe. The Aqualung I200C has a beautiful design and comes in different colours. It is an intuitive, sporty computer with versatile features and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Thanks to the connectivity features, 4 operation modes and usability makes it is one of the best entry-level dive computers!

Pros and cons for the Aqualung I200C:

  • Connects wirelessly to the free DiverLog+ app with Bluetooth
  • 4 operating modes: Air, Nitrox, Gauge (with run timer), and Free Dive. Tracks calculations to allow unrestricted switching between Dive and Free
  • User-changeable battery
  • Single-button access
  • You need a separate cable for downloading
  • No colour display (normal digital display)

Want to read more? Read our blog: All about the Aqualung I200C

View the Aqualung i200C

The best mid-level dive computers: For advanced scuba divers with specific demands

Our Mid-Range dive computers are specially designed for Scuba divers demanding more from a dive computer than starting Scuba divers. At the mid-range dive computer, you often have the option to perform a gas switch during the dive or that the computer has an integrated compass. A few examples of Mid-range dive computers are Mares Quad, the Mares Smart, or the Suunto Vyper Novo.

4. Mares Quad

Mares Quad dive computer

De Mares Quad dive computer has a bright and clear dot matrix display. The nice big screen makes this computer very suitable for divers wanting a big-screen computer. Even the display can be adjusted to your demands and can be personalized. The four press buttons offer a very rich user interface. The Mares Quad offers an option to view your diving time in seconds. Available in the colours black, white, blue and yellow.

You can connect the dive computer to your PC or Mac by using a divelink. When there is a software upgrade available you need the divelink as well, this can be done at home and the computer does not have to go back to Mares.

Pros and cons for the Mares Quad:

  • Customisable Display
  • Runaway Deco Alarm
  • Option for gas switch during your dive
  • Very bright display
  • No interface is included for logging your dives
  • No digital compass
  • No Bungee mount available
  • No trimix option

View the Mares Quad

5.    Mares Smart

Mares Smart dive computer black

De Mares Smart is een slimme wrist-top duikcomputer met een indrukwekkende batterijduur van 2-3 jaar. Hij is verkrijgbaar in zes verschillende kleurcombinaties en beschikt over een free dive functie, waarbij de duikcomputer belangrijke informatie, zoals je resterende duiktijd, voor je berekent. De Mares Smart is niet zwaar om de pols en heeft een moderne uitstraling, waardoor je deze ook zeer goed tijdens dagelijks gebruik kan dragen.

Pros and cons for the Mares Smart:

  • Logbook capacity of 40 hours
  • Upgradeable firmware
  • Complete watch functions: stopwatch, wake-up alarm, second time zone, date
  • Easy to use with just two buttons
  • Great price/quality ratio
  • No Air Integration
  • No Compass
  • Only two gas mixes
  • Does not include interface and software for downloading to pc or mac

View the Mares Smart

6.    Suunto Vyper Novo

Suunto Vyper Novo dive Computer black

De Suunto Vyper Novo is verkrijgbaar in zwart en wit en is voorzien van een digitaal 3D kompas. Met deze duikcomputer kun je duiken met meerdere soorten gas, zoals perslucht en nitrox. Er zijn vijf verschillende duikmodi beschikbaar (air, nitrox, gauge, free en off). Je kunt de Suunto Vyper Novo aansluiten op een zender, zodat je vanaf je pols direct je resterende duiktijd – berekend volgens het slimme Suunto RGBM algoritme – en berekende dieptestops kunt inzien.

Pros and cons for the Suunto Vyper Novo:

  • The computer can perform a gas switch
  • Dive log up to 140 Hours
  • Clear display
  • O2 up to 99%
  • With a wireless transmitter, you can read the pressure of your dive cylinder (optional)
  • No Colour Display
  • No Trimix Option
  • Firmware only RGB and not the New Fused RGBM
  • No Bluetooth Connection

View the Suunto Vyper Novo

7.    Aqualung i330R

Aqualung i330R dive computer

The Aqualung i330R is a good dive computer for mid-level and advanced divers. The Aqualung i330R has an IPS ultra-bright colour display that is readable at any time, even in bright sunlight. It has 4 operating modes: Air, Nitrox, Gauge (with run timer) and Free Dive. It comes with a wireless Bluetooth connection which makes it possible to share your dives via the Diverlog+ app from your mobile device.

Thanks to the Intuitive interface and easy 2-button navigation you can easily change settings and makes updating easy. The battery on the Aqualung i330R is rechargeable so you don’t have to worry about buying the next battery.

Pros and cons for the Aqualung i330R:

  • Wireless Bluetooth connection for data transfer to the DiverLog+ app
  • Switch up to three gases underwater, from 21% to 100% O2.
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Bright colour display
  • No air integration
  • No digital compass
  • Buttons can be difficult to push underwater with gloves on

View the Aqualung i330R

8.    Shearwater Peregrine

Shearwater Peregrine dive computer

The Shearwater Peregrine is a simple and easily dive computer that offers great value for the money. It is a multi-gas dive computer with a nice full-colour display. The Shearwater Peregrine has 4 diving modes (Air, Nitrox, 3 gas Nitrox and Gauge). It is a dive computer that is usable for divers of all experience levels.

The display is customizable with information that is important to you. One of the great things is the rechargeable and uses wireless charging. Like other dive computers in our top 12 best dive computers, it comes with a Bluetooth connection. This allows you to share information on multiple devices such as your smartphone. When using the free Shearwater Cloud app, the diver can review, edit and synchronize dive logs. Divers can also update the firmware or change the language on the go.

Pros and cons for the Shearwater Peregrine:

  • Wireless Bluetooth connection
  • Customizable display
  • Rechargeable battery and wireless charging
  • Easy to navigate
  • Vibrating Alarm
  • No air integration
  • No digital compass
  • Buttons can be difficult to push underwater with gloves on

View the Shearwater Peregrine

High-level dive computers: For those that want the best of the best.

High-end dive computers are very suitable for those demanding more from their dive computer. If you want to make deep dives, cave diving or Trimix dives, you want to take the best computers on the market with you during your dive.

With the latest technology, you are fully prepared to make that specific dive you are planning. Some examples of a High-end Computer are Suunto EON Steel Black, Scubapro G2 or the Shearwater Perdix 2 Ti.

9.    Garmin Descent MK3i

Garmin Descent MK3i dive computer

The Garmin Descent MK3i is the newest generation in the descent MK line, with all kinds of improvements and new technologies. This dive computer and smartwatch is filled to the brim with innovation and will help you achieve the best diving experiences. In addition to that, its a great buddy out of the water too! 

The Garmin Descent MK3i contains Subwave sonar-based diver messaging, Diveview™ colour maps and a build-in flashlight. Add the customizable dive modes and many more features, and you got a great air intergrated dive computer. Not feeling up for a dive? The Descent MK3i also has multisport training, music, smartphone notifications and Garmin Paycontactless payment! All in all, a computer worth having!

Pros and cons for the Garmin Descent Mk3i:

  • The most comprehensive dive computer and sports watch on the market
  • Equipped with functions such as GPS tracker, heart rate monitor, sports apps, music, Garmin pay, Smart notifications, compass and much more.
  • Customizable display & data fields
  • Long battery life
  • Pre-programmed texts for underwater messaging
  • Multiple dive modi
  • Updating the transmitter can be a hassle.
  • Inter-device communication only works in combination with the transmitter

View the Garmin Descent MK3i - 43 mm

View the Garmin Descent MK3i - 51 mm Black Silicone Strap

View the Garmin Descent MK3i - 51 mm DLC Titanium Strap

10.  Suunto EON Steel Black

Suunto Eon Steel Black with USB

The Suunto EON Steel Black is the latest model in the Suunto range. It is the successor of the previous Eon Steel. This is the first technical computer that has two different algorithms build in. First for recreational use the Fused RGBM2, and for technical use the Bühlmann algorithm to be adjusted for personal preference.

With this new Eon Steel Black, you can connect up to 20 different tank pods and has a battery life of 40 hours of diving and logbook storage of 200 dives or 400 hours whatever comes first.

After connecting the Eon Steel Black to your smartphone using the Suunto app, you can download your dives to your phone for backup and even share your experience to social media adding pictures and location.

Pros and cons for the Suunto EON Steel Black:

  • The first dive computer with two different algorithms
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Big display and easy to use buttons
  • Wireless connection
  • Bigger than most dive computers
  • Can take some time to adjust to

View the Suunto Eon Steel Black With USB


11.  Scubapro Galileo G2

Scubapro Galileo G2 dive computer

When making some serious dives you want to take the Scubapro G2 with you, this computer is one of the most advanced dive computers on the market with five different Dive modes.

The internal logbook can store up to 1000 Logs. The Scubapro G2 shows you all the necessary details you need during your dive. The bright colour display can be personalized with 4 different colour options.

A nice feature in the Scubapro G2 is that all options are included the diver can select any feature upgrade to be activated or deactivated. By activating a feature (trimix, free-diving, side-mount etc.) the 5Gig hard disk can store all features.

The Scubapro Galileo G2 can monitor the human condition: heart rate, breathing rate, skin temperature, and even water temperature with the help of wearable tech, something most dive computers cannot.

Pros and cons for the Scubapro Galileo G2:

  • Smaller and lighter than most high-level dive computers
  • Clear display with different colours to better display important data
  • Long battery life (up to 50 hours)
  • Ability to monitor the human condition
  • The number of features can intimidate beginners
  • Less suitable for divers with no stop dives

View the Scubapro G2

12.  Shearwater Perdix 2 Ti

The Shearwater Perdix 2 Ti has a bright colour display and is easy to use with the 2 buttons on the side of the computer. The Shearwater Perdix 2 Ti is very popular under Technical divers due to the fact they can add different gasses and adjust the PPO2.

The Shearwater Perdix runs on one AA battery and has a battery life of approx. 40 dives. When it runs out of power you can replace it yourself.

Pros and cons for the Shearwater Perdix 2 Ti:

  • Easy to read display
  • Supports up to 5 gasses
  • Customizable display
  • Upgradable firmware
  • Suitable for tec divers and beginners; it grows with your needs
  • Bigger than most watch style dive computers

View the Shearwater Perdix 2 Ti

Need advice? We are glad to help!

When you are a starting scuba diver you can go with an entry-level dive computer or Mid-range dive computer, depending on your wishes. The entry dive computer does what it needs to do without needing extra functions for dives you are not certified of.

When diving with multiple gasses you want to go for a mid-range or high-end computer. The high-level dive computer is very suitable for technical use.  We are happy to provide you with personally tailored advice. Take a look online at our extensive selection or contact us!


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