Suunto Zoop Novo Dive Computer Review

Features

The Suunto Zoop Novo is an entry-level dive computer that has the essential features for recreational scuba diving. It is designed to be simple, easy to use, and adaptable and intended to make diving safe and enjoyable, even for beginning scuba divers. It has the following features:

  • Five Modes: Air, Nitrox, Gauge, Freedom, and Off modes
  • Suunto RGBM Algorithm: The Suunto Reduced Gradient Bubble Algorithm calculates decompression limits, is adaptable, and allows for altitude and personal adjustments.
  • Altitude Adjustable: You can adjust the altitude manually and the Zoop Novo will calculate your decompression limit and other safety data. It doesn’t display the no-fly icon on standby mode though.
  • Dive Planner: Accessible in surface mode, here you can plan your dive and adjust settings.
  • Imperial or Metric Programmable: Before you start diving, you can select your preferred display units (feet or meters, ºF or ºC). You can’t change the units on the fly during a dive though.
  • Customizable Audible and Visual Alarms: This computer is programmed to remind you to make a safety stop and beeps at you if you violate safety limits. You can set alarms for maximum depth and dive time and adjust standard dive alarms.
  • Wrist Mounted or Console Based: This is a wrist-mounted option. A console-based option is also available.
  • Four-Button Menu: Makes set up and navigation quick and easy even in less than ideal underwater conditions.
  • Big, Matrix Screen with Backlight: Has amazing contrast and readability and features electro-luminescent and phosphor-luminescent backlight.
  • Water Activated: It automatically activates once you’re underwater deeper than 1½ feet/0.5 meters and goes into dive mode at depths greater than 4 feet/1.2 meters.
  • Dive Log: This computer automatically creates logs of your dives. The logbook can hold up to 140 hours of dive time. The history set contains data from your last dive. You can also create bookmarks and adjust the sampling rates.
  • Battery Indicator: This shows the current battery level in dive mode.

Specifications

Specifications

Dimensions: 66.1 x 66.1 x 26.2mm/2.6 x 2.6 x 1.03″

Weight: 120g/4.23oz

Display: Dot Matrix, 49 x 22 Resolution

Backlight: Electro-luminescent and phosphor-luminescent

Materials: Elastomer rubber strap, Composite bezel and case, and Acrylic face glass

Maximum Depth Display: 330ft/100m

Algorithm: Suunto RGBM

Gases: Oxygen 21 – 50% Mixtures

Gas Max pO2: 1.2 – 1.6

Surface Interval: 5 Minutes

Operating Temperature: 0° C to +40° C/+32° F to +104° F

Logbook Memory: ~140 h (20s sampling rate)

Sampling Rates: 10, 20, 30, 60s (1, 2, 5s freediving)

Battery Life: 1.5 years with 100 dives/year, 2 years in time mode

Battery: CR 2450, User-replaceable

User Experience

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Size and Fit: The Suunto Novo is one big dive computer and this is a good thing for diving. The large face makes it easy to read the information displayed. The long strap can fit with a wet suit or dry suit and diving gloves on. And the large interface buttons are easy to operate with gloved hands. The best thing is that the computer is still comfortable to mount on the wrist and dive with. If you prefer to have your wrist free, a console mount option is also available. On the downside, it is too bulky to be worn as an everyday wristwatch. 

Ease of Use: One consistently top rated quality of the Zoop Novo is just how easy it is to use. Once you strap it on and hit the water, it activates automatically and starts tracking your dive. It features the four-button user interface found in high-end Suunto dive computers so setting it and navigating around the software is quick and easy. The buttons are big and easy to press even with wet, gloved hands. Even the battery is user-replaceable. All you have to do is purchase a battery replacement kit and follow the instructions.

Readability: With the big, dot matrix screen, large digits, and segmented display, you can read and understand the dive data displayed at a glance even in the underwater world with a scuba mask on. For night dives or if you find yourself in murky waters, electroluminescent or phosphorescent back-light lights up the display. You can choose between imperial or metric units, which eliminates the need for mental conversions.

Functionality: This Suunto dive computer has five modes. Air mode for normal recreational dives when breathing air. Nitrox mode is programmable for 21-50% oxygen mixtures. Free mode records the depth and dive time when snorkeling and apnea diving. Gauge mode turns the computer into a simple depth gauge and bottom timer without recording decompression information. You can only switch from gauge mode after 48 hours. Off mode turns off all dive modes so the computer won’t activate in water. 

When scuba diving with the Zoop Novo, it displays your depth, dive time, surface time, safety stop, deep stop, ascent rate, water temperature, and no-decompression time. It warns you if you ascend too fast, violate the decompression or deep stop, and in case of high pO2. It keeps detailed logs of your dives that you can download via a USB cable that is sold separately. 

The Suunto RGBM algorithm is adaptive. If you exceed the minimum ascent rate, it builds a mandatory safety stop. If you exceed the no-decompression limit or violate any of the safe practices and increase your risk of decompression sickness, the Zoop Novo will calculate your no-decompression limits and provide the information you need to ascend safely. This ability to adapt provides added safety when diving. It also adapts to any personal or altitude adjustments you make. 

Being an entry-level dive computer, the Suunto Zoop Novo is non-air integrated and doesn’t have advanced features such as a tri-mix capability and rebreather mode. It also doesn’t have a digital compass built-in and doesn’t show the no-fly icon when on standby mode. 

Pros

  • Simple, intuitive, and super easy to use
  • Nitrox and decompression capabilities
  • High level of adjustability and adaptability
  • Large matrix screen and large, clear digits
  • Electroluminescent or phosphorescent luminescence
  • Wrist mounted and modular console options available
  • Rugged and built to last
  • Suunto’s solid reputation in scuba

Cons

  • The computer connection cable isn’t part of the package. You have to purchase it separately
  • The protective face glass is acrylic, which scratches easily
  • Bulky on the wrist and not suitable as an everyday wristwatch
  • Does not display the no-fly icon when on standby
  • Lack of compass, tri-mix capability, air-integration, and rebreather mode

Overall Rating

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  • Ease of Use: 100% – The large matrix screen and the four-button interface make the Zoop Nova super easy to use and understand, even for first-time users.
  • Functionality: 90% – The adaptable decompression algorithm enhances driving safety. This computer has all the essential features for recreational scuba diving except for a built-in compass. Also no advanced features such as air integration. 
  • Design: 90% – Zoop Novo is well designed and built. The features, fit, style, and colors are on point. It is a watertight and robust diving computer capable of being your diving buddy for years to come. The design is perfect for diving but not for everyday wear as a watch.
  • Price: 90% – Zoop Novo offers amazing value for money. Slightly more expensive than other entry-level computers but has more features and capabilities and the reliability of the Suunto name offers peace of mind.
  • Overall: 92% – A high-quality recreational diving computer that is easy to use, affordable, reliable, durable, and makes diving safe and enjoyable.

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The Suunto Zoop Novo is an excellent entry-level dive computer for recreational divers and a great value for money. The reasonable price, ease of use, reliability, and durability of this Suunto dive computer make it a fantastic first dive computer. If you’re just beginning, it will serve you well and it will be quite a while before you feel the need to upgrade to a more advanced device. Advanced and technical divers who want air integration and gas switching capabilities can only use it as a backup computer.

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Source

  1. Suunto Zoop Novo Dive Computer, Suunto.com
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