Suunto D6i Review
The Suunto D6i dive computer is an ugrade from the D6. This wrist worn computer has the following features:
- D 6i movement (quartz movement)
- 150m or 500 feet
- The case is 5mm in diameter
- Has a 3D tilt digital compass
- Gas switching capabilities
- Timer in dive mode
- 4 dive modes air, nitrox, free and guage
- Optional wireless integration
A Closer Look
This Suunto dive computer is designed for divers of all skill levels. One of the fascinating features of this computer is that it has wireless integration with your cylinders and the gauges are displayed on either side of the face of this computer.
The computer itself is fairly simple to read and navigate and has just two modes time and dive. Each mode has it’s own menu and sub menus which results in your being able to access a good deal of information before, during and after your dive.
Once you enter the time mode on this computer there are a lot of menu items you can choose from. These items include:
- Alarm mode- allows to turn on or off audible alarms
- Time mode
- Dual time
- Units- imperial or metric
- Back light- How long you want the back light to stay on or if you want it on at all
- Contrast- the lightness or darkness of the screen
- Version- this simply tells you the firmware on your particular computer
As you can see the time mode has very familiar menus to other dive computers on the market, so if you have used any type of dive computer before learning the menu and how to navigate it shouldn’t prove to be much of a problem.
The dive mode also has several menus you can choose between. These menus include:
- Air- choose between nitrox, air, free, or gauge
- Information on time, pressure, and maximum depth
- Plan- allows you to plan your dive based on previous dives. Shows stops and stop times
- Memory- the memory menu shows the history and logbook. You can even see scuba and free dive histories including hours and maximum depths. The logbook allows you to scroll through several past dives and stop and review any of those dives
There is also a well designed and highly functional 3D tilt compass which is extremely handy.
Overall the Sunnto D6i is a step up on the older D6. It is a reasonably priced dive computer, that is easy for even beginners to set up and navigate. While it does have some extremely nice features including the compass and wireless integrated cylinders, we do feel that there are better made and more functional dive computers out there. We are especially concerned regarding some of the user reviews that state that this computer is prone to errors and may be overly conservative resulting in shorter dives that would normally be possible.
Reviews for this dive computer are slightly above average with some users complaining that this computer is prone to error, with the errors being overly conservative. Users also disliked the fact that this dive computer did not have a battery that users could change themselves.
However there were several things users did like about this computer. They found the compass to be highly functional and an extremely helpful. They liked the fact that this computer is easy to set up and that the menus are easy to learn and navigate. They also liked the fact that this dive computer could double as a standard watch.
Overall, the Suunto D6i is a reasonably price dive computer that is functional enough for the large majority of divers.