Top Dive Computers in 2022
(reviewed & updated)
Adive computer is a complex piece of technology and a powerful data cruncher that can help you monitor all vital aspects of your dives. However, with all the different specs and options available on the market it can be difficult to find the one that will suit your needs.
What’s more, there are new models coming out each year. So, we've come up with a list of some of the top dive computers (NB! ranked by popularity) of this year to help you discover the one that matches - how you dive.
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What to Consider before Buying Your Diving Computer
Before we move on to our TOP-12 chart, let us quickly outline a few crucial factors you need to consider when choosing your dive computer.
1. Your experience level. If you are a beginner scuba diver, it is best to buy a simple, easy to use computer with a big display. It won’t distract you from other tasks at hand or confuse you with unnecessary features.
Once you advance your skill level, you will be able to use your first computer as a backup option. More experienced recreational and tech (expert) divers should consider looking for a more sophisticated model. Such features as supporting multiple gas mixtures, dive planning and a built-in digital compass for underwater navigation are important at this level.
If you do freediving, you will need a dedicated computer for freedivers or a scuba model with an apnea or freediving mode.
2. Ease of use underwater. Intuitive menu navigation and large buttons are a must for every dive computer. Remember to make sure that you are able to perform all the necessary manipulations when wearing thick gloves underwater!
Also check if the computer’s display has a backlit, easy to read from different angles, has big numbers and high contrast colors.
3. Style and setup. Dive computers generally come in two different setups: wrist or console.
Wrist computers are more streamlined and allow you to have all the important data right on your arm. What’s more, smaller watch style wrist computers can even be worn every day. Console computers, on the other hand, allow keeping all of your instruments together.
Keep in mind, many computer models are available in both wrist and console versions so that you can choose the setup that is more comfortable for you.
4. (also - feature) Air integration. This is a much-desired feature that allows you to monitor your breathing rate and tank pressure. Thanks to this info, your dive computer will be able to adjust the amount of time you have left at a given depth-based either on your dive time or remaining air.
Top 12 Dive Computers Comparison Chart
|Mares Puck Pro Plus||3||No||35h||1||User-Replaceable||$|
|Suunto ZOOP NOVO||4||No||50h||4||User-Replaceable||$|
|Aqua Lung i300c||4||No||24 Dives||2||User-Replaceable||$|
|Oceanic GEO 4.0||4||No||24 Dives||4||User-Replaceable||$$|
|Garmin Descent G1 Solar||6||No||200 Dives||5||Rechargeable with Solar Charging||$$|
|Suunto D6i||4||Yes||140h||4||Requires Service to Change||$$$|
|Shearwater Perdix AI||4||Yes||1000h||2||User-Replaceable||$$$|
|Garmin Descent Mk2i||6||Yes||200 Dives||5 + touchscreen||Rechargeable||$$$|
Top Dive Computers for Beginners
Top Advanced Dive Computers
Garmin Descent G1 solar is an extremely versatile device that offers a lot of value both as a smartwatch and a full-featured dive computer.
As expected in a Garmin watch, the G1 comes with a multitude of built-in sports apps as well as a range of fitness and wellness features. Beyond helping you record and organize your health and activity data, the G1 can be fully integrated with your phone and used for contactless payments.
With its compact 45mm screen, light and impact-resistant fiber reinforced polymer build and solar support for extended battery life, the G1 provides exceptional longevity and daily wearability, especially compared to the traditional dive computers out there. With all of that smartwatch and multisport functionality, the diving part doesn’t come as an afterthought either.
Though lacking air integration, Garmin Descent G1 is a powerful dive computer with a full set of features that can cover the needs of all sorts of divers - from rec to tech.
It is a Trimix-capable, CCR-capable device that includes a 3-axis digital compass, built-in plan mode, adjustable conservatism settings and automatic entry/exit point tracking.
As for the connectivity features, the G1 is built to pair with the Garmin Dive App where you can review dive specifics to keep a more detailed logbook. The computer can also be paired with an inReach Mini 2 satellite communicator to send and receive messages or trigger an SOS in case of emergency.
All in all, the G1 is a powerful and cost-efficient entry in the Garmin Descent Series. It offers many of the bells and whistles of the previous Mk2 models, but at a much more affordable price. The G1 will appeal to those, who enjoy active lifestyles that include diving rather than something dive-specific.
As stated by the manufacturer - "Suited for Any Kind of Diver (& Not Only!)"
- ✅ A really well-balanced smartwatch and dive computer hybrid
- ✅ Excellent value for money
- ✅ Tilt-compensated 3D digital compass + entry and exit point tracking
- ✅ Clear, easy-to-read display
- ✅ Massive smartwatch battery life with solar charging
- ❌ No air integration