Suunto Zoop Scuba Diving Computer

A Review

Suunto Zoop Scuba Diving Computer Review

Overview

One of the best feature made available in the Suunto Zoop is the reduced gradient bubble model (RGBM) algorithm. The algorithm helps the diver calculate depression stops and to determine the amount of gas that is being utilized during every scuba dive session. Further, it furnishes the diver with details of required time for safety to reach the surface. By any means, Zoop proves to be a very good and intelligent dive computer that is best for any scuba diving condition. In this Suunto Zoop dive computer review, we shall be discussing the great features that this dive computer has to offer.

As is advantageous of all wrist type scuba dive computers, Zoop provides a one-glance ability to take in all necessary details needed during dive session. Divers do not need to search frantically for monitors to gather information, it is all there at the flick of your wrist. Though not having a backlight like most computers, Zoop compensated for this with a phosphorescent display which shows a good level of display during day and night scuba diving.

For ease of use, it is activated by water, hence, you don’t have to worry about losing your data if you absent-mindedly did not switch it on. Zoop operates in a two-way mode (air and nitrox) and is fitted with good grade safety features like decompression stop data, alarms that are audible for divers and very easy-to-read displays. What is more, it is best suited for any category of divers from beginners to advanced professionals.

The Suunto Zoop is another great entry level dive computer that offers a large display (40mm) and is extremely easy to read at a glance. Everything is well laid out and there is no weird abbreviations like some computers tend to have. The menu system is fairly easy to navigate and all the buttons and functions are nicely labeled. The Suunto Zoop is a well-made dive computer for those not looking to break the bank.  While being fairly basic, it does have both Air and Nitrox (21% to 50%) operating modes. You cannot switch gas modes underwater, however, which is a bit limiting. It also has a time of day display, but it is far too big to be worn as a daily watch. The display also shuts off after 5 minutes of inactivity which is nice to help conserve battery power while on the surface.

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In terms of an internal dive log memory, the Zoop comes equipped with a 50-hour dive log. The log starts automatically upon contact with water, which is nice. You can upload it to your PC or Mac with the optional USB Transfer kit. This is a great feature its predecessor The Gekko did not have. Very nice for those who like to keep a digital dive log. In other user features, you have the option to set the profile to a more conservative decompression model, great if you are doing many dives in one day and want that extra level of conservatism.

The Zoop comes with a very readable N2 loading bar graph which is nice and chunky, and very readable. Visually this is a very sporty looking dive computer and the bright bezel colors make it easy to see underwater, great for helping your dive buddy identify you if you are diving as a group. The rubber wrist start was a little thinner than similar large computers in its class but we had no issue with it. For the price point, the construction is solid and the high-density plastic can take a beating. Of course being an entry level dive computer there is no air integration or digital compass options available like some high-end computers, but for anyone who “just wants to dive” these expensive options are unnecessary. Overall we had a great time with it during our Suunto Zoop dive computer review testing. It

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Specs

Algorithm Bruce R. Wienke, BS, MS and PhD, Reduced Gradient Bubble Model (RGBM)
Depth Display 100 Meters
Audible Alarm Has an Audible Alarm System
Altitude Adjustable Up to 10,000′ (3,000 meters)
Backlight Yes, LCD screen with backlight
Operating Mode Air, Nitrox
Upgradeable The Device Can Be Upgraded
Memory Capacity 50 Hour Profile and Logbook
Display Type Imperial and Metric Display
Power 3 Volt CR2450 Lithium-Ion Battery

 

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Features

  • Wrist Mounted Computer
  • Algorithm: Bruce R. Wienke, BS, MS and PhD, Reduced Gradient Bubble Model (RGBM)
  • Operating Modes: Air and Nitrox
  • Programmable for 21% to 50% Oxygen Mixtures
  • Displays Oxygen Partial Pressures from 17.4 psi to 23.2 psi (1.2 to 1.6 bars)
  • Altitude Adjustable Up to 10,000′ (3,000 meters)
  • Maximum Depth Display: 330′ (100 meters)
  • 12 or 24-Hour Clock Format
  • Temperature Gauge to 1.5° (1°C) Accuracy
  • Imperial/Metric Programmable
  • Decompression Stop Data
  • Audible Alarms
  • 50 Hour Profile and Logbook Memory
  • User-Replaceable 3 Volt CR2450 Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Back Lite Display, Easy to Read in Low Light & Night Conditions
  • Enlarged Segment Matrix Screen
  • Excellent Contrast & Information w/Bigger/Clearer Digits
  • New 4 Button Interface
  • Easier More Intuitive Diver Use
  • PC Compatible
  • Quick Guide
  • Precise Information
  • Suunto USB Download Kit:
  • Print Out Legible Dive Sheets
  • PC/MAC Based Program
  • USB Cable
  • Cable Enables Connection of Dive Computer to Suunto DM5


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Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • The price
  • Large display
  • Easy to navigate menus
  • Great for beginners
  • Long lasting, durable design.

CONS:
  • Too basic for advanced divers
  • Can’t switch gas types underwater
  • Not a viable daily watch option
  • No advanced features

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Editors’ Opinion

One of the best feature made available in the Suunto Zoop is the reduced gradient bubble model (RGBM) algorithm. The algorithm helps the diver calculate depression stops and to determine the amount of gas that is being utilized during every scuba dive session.

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