Saturday, 20 December 2014

Merry Christmas and a happy 2015

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

I have a nice feature in this months edition of Sport Diver about some fantastic scenic dives from the summer.
Mike Clark

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Suunto Eon Steel Dive Computer

I was going to write an in depth review of the Suunto Eon Steel Dive Computer for this edition of Scottish diver. Unfortunately they are very scarce in the UK at the moment and the computer I was sent to review was required back by Suunto for marketing purposes. I did however manage to get 2 dives in with the new computer.
Initial findings

Well yes it has a larger colour screen which is very easy to read underwater. This is a must nowadays as many dive computer manufacturers are selling devices with excellent screens. Personally with my deteriorating nearsight, I find it hard now to read my current Suunto Dive computers underwater especially my D9TX.
So Suunto a Major Dive Computer manufactures has produced a new and exciting dive computer with a superb colour screen that I can read easily underwater. That’s about as far as I got with my conclusions before the device had to be posted back.
The software for synching the dive computer with a PC is included but at the time of my testing it was still being developed and I can’t comment on the quality of that.
From what I have learnt the device is based on the same algorithm’s as used in the Suunto DX (see my previous review of that product).
The computer is very easy to use even though it leaves behind the menu style that current Suunto users are familiar with. The device has 3 buttons which are easy to use underwater.
Also included in the box is a protective rubber guard, standard mounting strap and a bungee set up should you prefer that style of mounting system.
The computer is heavy and feels to be very solidly built. A screen protector is also included although the glass itself should be very scratch resistant.
Trimix algorithms are included in the computer as standard and soon there will be a firmware update that will enable closed circuit rebreather divers to use set points as with the Suunto DX.
It’s a move away from the usual Suunto design and this is a good thing as the competition was putting up some great products. Suuntos addition to the dive computer market will cause a huge stir and I’m sure it will be an extremely popular product.
I do plan to get another device sent to me and I hope to conduct a fuller review for a subsequent edition of TSD.
Watch this space.

Mike Clark