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The Next Wave Of Entry-level Dive Computers

Equipment HTallent 14 Aug, 2021

Every year we see our tech gadgets evolving by leaps and bounds. Dive computers are no exception. Some of the features offered in today's entry-level dive computers were reserved for only the most expensive computers just a few years ago. Features such as color LCD screens, rechargeable batteries, integrated air and a digital compass can now be found in computers under $500. Here is our list of best dive computers for beginners:

Shearwater Peregrine dive computerPeregrine - Shearwater - $495.00

Released last year, the Peregrine has upheld the Shearwater’s reputation of fantastic dive computers. This dive computer is a great choice for a first dive computer or an upgrade from an older one. The simplified menus make navigating the computer easier for beginner divers, while the ability to do Nitrox and 3 gas blends make it useful throughout a diver’s career.  The Peregrine supports wireless connectivity, allowing you to download your dives from your dive computer straight to your phone or laptop. Overall the Peregrine is a fantastic, well rounded and durable dive computer.

  • Full color, high resolution, and easy-to-read display

  • Wireless charging

  • Simplified menu

  • Bluetooth wireless technology


Aqua Lung i330r dive computeri330R - Aqualung - $359.00

Released in June, the i330R is the newest dive computer from Aqualung and thanks to an array of features, it has been making waves. The bright color screen makes the computer readable in all conditions and with a rechargeable battery, you’ll never have to worry about battery changes. Log your dives directly to your phone via its Bluetooth connection. And with a 2-button menu system, this computer is super simple to operate. The i330R hits everything one could want for a first dive computer at a great value. 

  • Ultra-Bright color display

  • Rechargeable battery

  • Bluetooth 5.0 data transfer to the DiverLog+ app

  • A comfortable and rugged nylon Nato strap


Suunto Vyper Novo dive computerVyper Novo -
Suunto - $349.95

The Vyper Novo has been around for a while, but since its drop in price, it has become a great option for beginners. While it doesn’t have the color display or rechargeable batteries offered in the other computers, the Vyper Novo makes up for it by offering the option for air integration and an integrated digital compass. Air integration is a feature often seen in higher end computers and requires the purchase of a separate transmitter, but having the option to upgrade down the line is super convenient. You can’t go wrong with a Suunto dive computer and the Vyper Novo is no exception.

  • 5 dive modes and gas switching

  • Wireless air integration

  • Integrated tilt-compensated 3D digital compass

  • Suunto RGBM


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