If you’re thinking about getting a console dive computer but aren’t sure which is the best one for you, you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve scoured the deepest depths of the ocean to discover the very best dive computer consoles currently trending the scuba divers market this year.
Next, we reviewed them with vicious brutality, highlighting the pros, exposing the cons and providing an all round summary with affiliate links to buy the best choices.
Or, if you’re unsure what a console dive computer is: you can jump down to the Info Section.
Review: The Sherwood Wisdom 3 is everything that makes a console dive computer great: it’s crammed with features; being air integrated, operational in nitrox, air or gauge modes, having visual and audible alarms, an old school compass and a quick disconnect.
It also shows your remaining dive time which is calculated based on your current air consumption rate or no deco time remaining.
With an intuitive 2 button operation and a well sized hydro glow screen for illumination, this is a straightforward piece of kit to use and it comes in a sleek design with a stylish matte black finish.
Furthermore, the Sherwood Wisdom 3 can assist with repetitive dive planning by using calculations from your previous dives to set the limits for your next one.
There is also an automatic altitude adjustment to 14,000 feet.
Another cool feature of this console dive computer unit is that it is PC downloadable; it comes with a handy dive simulator you can use to walk yourself through any diving scenario to know your limits.
An all time favourite among console dive computer users, perhaps the only downside of the Sherwood Wisdom 3 is that it’s a little on the pricy side – although this is well justified by all the features it has and it’s still not nearly as expensive as some dive computers!
In terms of overall features, quality, user interface and affordability, the Sherwood Wisdom 3 wins the Diving Squad prize: number one all rounder dive computer console.
(But if you have serious money, you should seriously check out the Oceanic Pro Plus X).
Review: This is about as cheap as a console dive computer (or any kind of dive computer for that matter!) gets.
To some extent, the low cost of the Cressi Scuba Diving Console Leonardo 2 is fairly obvious – it’s more limited and has less features than the other models reviewed in this article; it lacks a compass and doesn’t show remaining dive time for one thing.
The remaining air is shown on a traditional coloured pressure gauge with a needle below the actual dive computer unit, which is above it in the module and has single button interface.
However, for beginner divers with not much money, this is still a decent piece of kit that does the main jobs it’s been set out to do!
It can operate in air, gauge or nitrox mode, logs up to 60 dives/75 hours worth of dives, has pc interface and a dive profile simulator.
Despite it’s low price, this is a nice looking dive console computer – it is the first one to be designed, developed and produced 100% in Italy Italy by subsidiary Cressi Elettronica and sports a chromium plated brass metal case that makes it highly durable.
Because it can easily be fully reset after each dive, it’s also a handy choice as rental scuba gear.
More experienced divers will most likely prefer a console dive computer that displays more information, can log more dives and has overall more features than the Cressi Scuba Diving Console Leonardo 2.
However, this model is over two hundreds dollars less expensive than even the next cheapest console dive computer and still fulfils all the main criteria expected of a dive computer, whilst maintaining decent quality.
Review: If you’re serious about getting the absolute best dive computer console that money can buy, then the Oceanic Pro Plus X is undeniably ahead of all others – by an entire era.
There is no questioning that it has the most ergonomic, sleek and futuristic display, design and overall user interface of any console dive computer trending the market right now.
Let’s start with the screen; larger than that of most other dive computers (console or not), it is an amazingly bright, low energy consumption, thin film transistor display, the brightness of which can be adjusted to sunlight or night diving conditions.
Data is displayed with an intuitive and unique colour coded interface, which includes bar graph and also the largest, most legible digits of any dive computer out there.
With features such as repetitive dive planning, remaining dive time display, air integration, nitrox or air mode and an oceanglow backlight, the Oceanic Pro Plus X is extremely well equipped.
Even the appearance of the console casing – which comes as a smooth, black and streamlined cut, quickly identifies it as high quality and cutting edge.
Depth proof to 330ft and decompressing between 10 and 60 feet, it’s setup allows you to choose the mode of decompression that best suits your diving needs and conditions, thanks to a dual algorithm system.
A 3D digital compass can be accessed on any dive with a single touch of button. With three modes – North, Reference and Reverse Reference, you’ll never need to guess which way you’re going again.
The Oceanic Proplus X takes advantage of bluetooth 4.0 technology: together with the diverlog app for iOS, you can wirelessly interact with your dive computer and use a smart phone or tablet to control all your dive computer settings, view log and profile data, add location notes and other details.
WOW! There’s no denying that if you’ve got some decent capital, this is a simply amazing dive computer. If you can part with the thousand dollars, it’s unlikely you’ll regret spending a single one of them, once you’ve tried this baby out.
Review: Despite being the second cheapest console dive computer we’re reviewing (the most cheap being the Cressi Diving Console Leonardo 2), the Suunto Cobra3 Black packs a serious punch.
Suunto have a bulletproof reputation when it comes to designing dive computers that are on the lower end of the price spectrum but on the higher end of the quality spectrum and their latest console dive computer- the Suunto Cobra3 black ticks all the boxes.
It is air integrated, operates in air, gauge and nitrox modes, calculates remaining dive time and has a built in dive simulator and dive planner.
Furthermore, it has an electronic 3D compass which can be titled up to 45 degrees in any direction without impairing readability.
With it’s exceptionally sleek and compact console that has multiple lanyard attachment points and houses an easy to read screen matrix, the Suunto Cobra3 is simple to handle; having a straightforward and intuitive four button user interface.
Some users have reported that the plastic protective screen is a little prone to scratching, however this does not affect the readability of the dive computer – although it’d still be better if it didn’t scratch!
It’s also worth noting, that whilst the Suunto Cobra3 does come with a virtual dive log, it only logs up to 42 hours, which is a little less than most other dive computers.
Still , it does come with DM5 USB interface which allows users to download the data log book on a PC or Mac, to easily view diver data, with the dive profile being show in graphical logs.
Overall, the Suunto Cobra3 Dive Computer is a stellar choice for anyone who wants to get a reliable and easy to use mid-range console dive computer that has nearly all the features seen in more expensive options.
Little surprise then, that the Suunto Cobra Models are extremely popular, being one of the most commonly used dive computer consoles of all time.
Review: The Mare Puck Air Computer Console, seems to be one of those makes that divers either love or hate.
For example, it’s compass is a traditional analogue pointer which will greatly appeal to some, but not others.
You get the standard features you’d expect with an upper mid-price console dive computer, including an integrated pressure gauge and residual air time calculation, air, nitrox and bottom timer modes as well as altitude adjustment.
The Mares Puck Air Computer Console has some surprising stats – it’s max depths 150m / 492ft, meaning it able to go deeper than any other console dive computer we’ve reviewed (although few divers ever will go beyond even a third of this depth).
On the negative side, you only get 36 hours of dive log memory with this model, which is pretty meek and also the lowest amount out of all the console dive computers we’ve reviewed.
It’s a compact and study design and very simple to use with it’s one button user interface as well as an easy to read display area with dot matrix insert – the multiple lanyard attachment points are also pretty handy.
There is no denying that this is a pretty good console dive computer, although personally I feel it is a little overpriced for what it is.
That said, if extreme deep diving is your thing – or you want a traditional compass on your console dive computer – or simply something about the look and feel on this model particularly appeals to you then go for it!
The Mares puck Console Dive Computer still passes the vigorous Diving Squad test of approval.
Whereas most kinds of dive Computer are mounted on the wrist – like a watch, Console Dive Computers are instead integrated within the Console – y’know the thin, long compartment on the scuba octopus setup, containing the gauge that shows you how much air you have left (and often also contains a depth gauge and sometimes one for a compass to).
Most manufacturers make dive computer models that are only suitable for either a wrist unit or a console. However, some models can fit either.
These days, wrist dive computers are extremely popular and it’s probably safe to say the prevent choice among scuba divers.
However there are several advantages and disadvantages for both wrist dive computers and console dive computers, which mean that some people do opt for console dive computers over wrist dive computers. Let’s take a quick look at the pros and cons of both types of dive computer:
Ultimately, it really comes down to personal preference! Whilst more scuba divers opt for wrist dive computers these days, for some; a console dive computer will always be the way.