Shearwater Research Peregrine Dive Computer Review
Shearwater Research, a Canadian brand known for designing and manufacturing high-tech computers, targeted mostly towards professional divers, has recently released a new computer model - the Peregrine. This time, the device was manufactured with the needs of the everyday diver in mind. It is simple, user-friendly, and easily accessible with a very keen price point.
Thanks to the simplified dive modes, the user can easily navigate between menus and customize all the important information displayed. The device also comes with a quick and intuitive NDL planner. That being said, Peregrine is still a very capable decompression computer. It comes with the renowned Buhlmann ZHL-16C algorithm with gradient factors and has four dive modes:
- Air (for recreational diving);
- Nitrox (single gas up to 40 percent);
- Three-gas switchable Nitrox (up to 100% O2);
- Gauge (depth, time, resettable stopwatch function).
In gauge mode, Peregrine can still easily deal with entry-level technical diving, which means that there’s quite some room to grow if the device is purchased by a beginner diver.
Thanks to a 2.2-inch 320x240 LCD full-color screen, as well as the enhanced color range and saturation, you get a display that’s easy to read even in low light conditions. The menu of the device can be navigated with a simple stainless steel two-button control system. In the dive log menu, you can view detailed graphs and all the essential dive information, such as changes in water temperature, depth, start and end time of the dive, surface interval time, dive log list, and much more - everything is available at your fingertips.
Moreover, thanks to the Bluetooth connectivity to the Shearwater Cloud, you can always send the data to all your electronic devices using the free iOS/Android and MAC/Windows app. With this app, you can review, edit, and synchronize your logs, as well as update your firmware or change the language.
An included USB wireless charging station, allows you to easily charge up your Peregrine dive computer without any cables giving your device approximately 30 hours of dive time on medium brightness level.
As for the overall appearance, the size of the device itself is 77mm x 68mm x 25mm. Each unit comes with a 26 mm silicone black strap with stainless steel clasp, a shock cord bungee, and a protective ballistic nylon polymer case.
To sum up, we can highlight the following advantages of the Peregrine dive computer:
- Intuitive layout and simplified operation;
- A big screen with enhanced colors for easy reading both in bright and dark conditions;
- User customizable display;
- Four dive modes (air, Nitrox, three-gas Nitrox, gauge);
- Buhlmann ZHL-16C algorithm with gradient factors;
- Long-lasting, wirelessly rechargeable battery (depending on use, you will need to charge it every 15 to 20 dives);
- Big and clearly palpable navigation buttons - easy to use even in the thick gloves;
- Wireless data transfer technology;
- CNS tracking;
- 200 hours of dive log memory;
- Vibration alerts.
As for the cons, there is no air integration option and no built-in compass, which are present in other Shearwater computers, for example, Perdix AI or Teric. However, this is not a deal-breaker for you, the Peregrine dive computer makes a solid choice. All in all, it is a great option for Air and Nitrox divers who want that perfect balance between value and functionality.
In case you are interested, you can purchase Shearwater Peregrine here at Dip ‘N Dive.