Suunto DX, it has arrived. At Aquanauts yesterday we had a conference call with the folks at Suunto, and yes there is a new computer on the market. All the tech specs are here: Sunnto DX.
So the Suunto DX (or D10 as they will want to call it) on the face of it has all the usual functions for open-circuit recreational and technical divers that you would expect, air, gauge, nitrox and trimix support. For the serious techies it has gas switching between up to 8 gases. Not my cup of tea, but it seems solid enough. The interesting thing is it also has a dedicated non-monitoring CCR mode as well. You can configure up 3 different diluents, adjustable set points and automatic and manual set point switching plus an open circuit bailout mode (Banana Joe got all excited about this and phoned home for more money instantly)
Here is the question we could not agree on. One of the features of this computer is an implementation of RGBM called the Fused RGBM algorithm. It is a mix of Suunto’s own technical RGBM for the shallow portion of the ascent with a Bruce Wienke developed RGBM for the deep sections. I don’t use a computer for my mix and cave diving so just don’t see the benefit of so much technology in one device, whereas my colleague Paul (who is also GUE trained) thinks they are the mutts nuts.
I guess the question is should we be comfortable with ‘new’ hybrid decompression algorithms and ever more complex instruments?