Seeking the Light
- Reaction score
- Lexington, SC
- # of dives
- 500 - 999
I am a perdix fan, truther, whatnot, but I find it impossible to believe this without stating why all the features of the upcoming MK2 if it has AI would not beat the pants off a teric?
I am talking features not reliability or bulletproofedness
If they come out with a Mk 2 that has AI that uses PPS transmitters, then clearly, obviously, it will beat the pants off the Teric on Features. Anybody who tries to debate that would have to be completely drunk on Shear-Aid.
However, there have been and are plenty of computers that beat the Teric on features. That doesn't mean it's a dive computer that is worth a hoot.
Reliability and customer service ARE important.
But, usability is also hugely important. The Oceanic Geo/Atomic is a great computer, with just about any feature you would need - if you just look at the feature list. But, go read some reviews and see how MANY, MANY people say that the menus make it a real pain in the butt to use. Note: I have 2 Terics and I also have an Atom 3.0, which was my very first dive computer.
Usability translates into things like how easy it is to do a gas switch when you want to. And how easy it is to switch to the correct gas.
I use to have a Seabear H3. It did everything my Perdix (that I had at the time) did (except AI). But, one annoying that about the H3 was that any time I splashed with a deco gas, it would sit there prompting me to switch to the deco gas, during my descent, until I got past the MOD of that gas. All my Shearwaters were/are smart enough not to do that. That is an example of usability.
There are many different factors that work together (or don't!) to make a computer's usability either "High", "Low", or somewhere in between. I only gave a couple of examples.
The reason Shearwater computers are so highly regarded is because they generally have all the features any diver needs, PLUS unbeaten customer service, unbeaten reliability, and unbeaten usability.
A Descent Mk 2 might win on features. But, only time will tell how it stacks up on usability, reliability, and customer service. And, since it has no history, and the Mk 1 really has comparatively little history, it will really need to do a STELLAR job on all fronts to REALLY compete with the Teric.
I have not dived with a Descent. I don't know how the usability compares to a Teric. My only point is that comparing only the features of 2 dive computers is a poor way to make a choice between them.
ps. If they do release a Mk2 and it has AI that is compatible with the AI transmitters I have (the PPS ones that Shearwater, Oceanic, Aqualung, Hollis, etc. use), I will almost certainly buy one. But, if I did not have a dive computer at all, and was just buying one, I would absolutely buy a Shearwater. No way I would trust my one and only dive computer to a company that is relatively unproven in making dive computers. And especially not Garmin. I've been a Garmin customer continuously for around 20 years. I've been treated well by their customer service, but their firmware is virtually always buggy and rarely gets any fixes. At least, not in the 6 or 7 (or more?) GPS's I have owned.