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Alvin Ho

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LCD/OLED Screen Dive computers
« on: 06 Feb 15, 12:40 »
Having seen many queries and questions about which dive computer is the best and having used 2 brands mainly over the years, I would maybe like to introduce a different segment of dive computers for the folks out there. I believe it's the future of dive computers or at least will be increasing in popularity in the near future.

I've started using LCD/OLED screen based computers over the past 2-3 years for a couple of reasons.

1) Really nice and readable screens, even at night without the use of backlights
2) User up gradable software and firmware
3) User adjustable algorithms (can be very liberal, but you have a choice of adding levels of conservatism)
4) Easily replaceable batteries

Since then, i have owned or used a number of these computers including: Liquivision Kaon & Xeo, Diverite Nitek Q, Shearwater Petrel and the OSTC Sport.

Of these, my latest purchase the OSTC Sport seems the most value for money and with a very good combination of features in a pretty small package.

http://www.heinrichsweikamp.com/?id=362&version=en

It has a very nice and bright LCD screen which is user programmable to show the information you want. It has a recreational dive mode for beginners. It uses easily available single AA battery. It has an electronic compass. It is made in a sleek alloy casing with scratch resistant glass face. Best of all IMO is the competitive price which is about the same as a Suunto D4.



Just thought i would share my good experiences using this type of computers with the forummers. :)
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Re: LCD/OLED Screen Dive computers
« Reply #1 on: 24 Jul 15, 10:38 »
Nice info. I'm in the market for a computer and like the idea of easily replaceable batteries. Thought of a Zoop. Was being talked into a D4i or D6i but didn't like the size of the display. Plus the watch feature is really a smoke screen. Most of us have too many watches already.
I like these new style computers because of its future upgrade ability also. It's just firmware.
For some I guess the size is a con but for me it's a plus. I also like that u can use bungee cord as wrist straps. No more paying ridiculous prices for original replacement straps.
Looking forward to getting my own.


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Re: LCD/OLED Screen Dive computers
« Reply #2 on: 24 Jul 15, 10:55 »
Nice info. I'm in the market for a computer and like the idea of easily replaceable batteries. Thought of a Zoop. Was being talked into a D4i or D6i but didn't like the size of the display. Plus the watch feature is really a smoke screen. Most of us have too many watches already.
I like these new style computers because of its future upgrade ability also. It's just firmware.
For some I guess the size is a con but for me it's a plus. I also like that u can use bungee cord as wrist straps. No more paying ridiculous prices for original replacement straps.
Looking forward to getting my own.


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LCD/OLED Screen Dive computers
« Reply #3 on: 24 Jul 15, 10:56 »
I'm in liao


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Re: LCD/OLED Screen Dive computers
« Reply #4 on: 09 Jan 16, 12:24 »
Doing a MO for the OSTC Sport. Check the MO section.

People who got the OSTC Sport, how are you finding it?

The D4i (not novo) w USB goes for ~$450 these days; I'm wondering if I should spend the $200 premium for the OSTC... Any thoughts?

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Re: LCD/OLED Screen Dive computers
« Reply #5 on: 09 Jan 16, 16:48 »
People who got the OSTC Sport, how are you finding it?

The D4i (not novo) w USB goes for ~$450 these days; I'm wondering if I should spend the $200 premium for the OSTC... Any thoughts?

i think most so far are ok with it. It does have some teething issues probably regarding firmware. had one that had start-up issues (was ok initially, but later couldn't start up). other than that it is a very solid computer, alu alloy body, sapphire glass screen, dive algo that can be liberal or conservative depending on your preference, uses easily available AA batteries and have a built in compass to boot. at $600+ i think it's a very good buy.

personally i prefer the bulkier shearwater petrel that i'm using. buttons and interface is easier to use, rock solid construction and no issues whatsoever when using. using the petrel 1 w/o compass though. plus retail for petrel is almost double the ostc.
 
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Re: LCD/OLED Screen Dive computers
« Reply #6 on: 09 Jan 16, 18:39 »
Review with pictures!!!

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Re: LCD/OLED Screen Dive computers
« Reply #7 on: 09 Jan 16, 22:25 »
i'd get one if there was air integration! at a reasonable price, of course.

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Re: LCD/OLED Screen Dive computers
« Reply #8 on: 10 Jan 16, 21:46 »
i'd get one if there was air integration! at a reasonable price, of course.

Only a few of those available. None using AA haha. Suunto, Aeries and Mares i think.
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Re: LCD/OLED Screen Dive computers
« Reply #9 on: 10 Jan 16, 21:58 »
Comparison:











Thoughts:

Prefer the Shearwater Petrel due to it's interface being easier to use. Buttons easier to press, Ability to shut down the computer. Slightly more detailed dive log. Battery compartment easier to open and close as well.

For the OSTC sport the pros will be it's one of the cheapest oled computers out there. compared to the shearwater petrel 1, you have a smaller form factor, compass, more choices in terms of colour scheme for dive display and metal body construction compared to the delrin of shearwater.

Compared to normal dive computers, the advantages are user upgradebility, AA battery, bright and easily viewable screen esp for night dives. Plus for the OSTC sport it's pretty competitive in terms of pricing.
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