Suunto Zoop Novo review


The Suunto Zoop Novo is an entry-level wrist dive computer. Basic, but an excellent choice as a dive computer for beginners.

Pros:
- large numbers, easy-to-read
- suitable for Nitrox diving
- 50 hour logbook memory
- competitive price

Cons:
- USB cable not included
- Screen protector damages easily
- Battery isn’t easily replaced
The Suunto Zoop Novo is an excellent entry-level dive computer. Perfect for beginners who want to buy their first dive computer or more experienced divers who prefer a basic computer at a very competitive price. Because of its relatively low price, the Suunto Zoop Novo is also a great choice for a backup computer.

While being fairly basic in functionality, the Suunto Zoop dive computer offers you everything you need for a safe dive. The large display clearly shows you all the necessary information during your dive in large, easy-to-read, digits. The logbook can store up to 50 hours of dive data, which can be downloaded with the optional USB cable to the Suunto DM5 software or shared with friends on movescount.com. After your dive the Zoop Novo also keeps track of your no-fly time and your surface interval.

Suunto Zoop vs Zoop Novo

The Suunto Zoop Novo is an upgrade from the now discontinued Suunto Zoop. Not only the looks  have changed (check out the trendy color options), but it also went from the older three to the newer four-button interface. All new Suunto dive computers now have four buttons (apart from the more technical models, such as the Suunto EON Steel). Although the interface is quite intuitive, beginning divers might need to consult the manual to familiarize themselves with their new dive buddy. The Suunto dive videos on YouTube are a big help. Suunto has also introduced a backlight in the Zoop Novo, as well as both a gauge and free diving mode.

Conservative RGBM

Like all Suunto dive computers, the Zoop uses the Suunto RGBM (reduced gradient bubble model) full continuous decompression algorithm to calculate decompression stops. A lot of people say Suunto computers are very conservative, but that’s really not a bad feature for an entry-level dive computer. It might be a bit annoying if your dive buddy has a less conservative computer, but especially for less experienced divers it never hurts to dive well within your limits.

Features of the Suunto Zoop Novo

The Suunto Zoop Novo is altitude adjustable to 10,000 ft (3.000m), automatically triggers the 15 ft (3m) safety stop, can be set in imperial or metric units and 12 or 24-hour format, has an automatic dive start setting and a temperature gauge. The maximum depth for the Zoop Novo is 330 ft (100m). This easy-to-use dive computer The computer can handle Nitrox mixtures from 21% to 50% oxygen and displays PO2 from 17.4 psi to 23.2 psi (1.2 to 1.6 bars). The bright backlight makes it possible to read your computer even in low light conditions.

Please note that the USB download cable isn’t included and needs to be bought separately. While Suunto says the battery is user replaceable and you can buy an inexpensive new battery kit, there’s always the risk of flooding your precious computer.

Suunto Vyper vs Zoop Novo

While in appearance the Zoop Novo and Suunto Vyper Novo appear almost identical, under the hood there are some major differences. While the Zoop is basic and clearly an entry-level model, the Vyper Novo with optional air integration is definitely made for advanced recreational divers. Check the table below to see the differences.

 Suunto Vyper NovoSuunto Zoop Novo
ColorsBlack, Whiteblue, lime, black
Gas mixes31
Air integration
Digital compass
conservatism adjustment
Deep stops
Price$$$

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