Oceanic Begins Shipping VTX Dive Computer

Oceanic has begun shipping its VTX hoseless, air-integrated dive computer, the company announced recently.

The VTX features an OLED color display, Bluetooth connectability and can handle up to four nitrox mixes.

The real kicker is the Bluetooth technology, which allows the diver to transfer information before and after the dive directly to an iPhone or iPad via the DiverLog app. A version for PCs and Macs will be available soon, according to the company.

The intensity of the OLED screen can be adjusted on the fly, and in bright-light conditions the diver can lower the brightness, thereby allowing longer battery life. The VTX also sports a digital compass.

While the VTX retails for US$1,299.95, the company is offering a 20 percent discount if you trade in your current dive computer at an authorized Oceanic dealer in the United States.

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  • I used this computer when it was the Aeris A300 CS. I was really optimistic about using it on a liveaboard trip soon after I bought it, but I was disappointed.

    On the flight down, it got accidentally activated, & once on the ground it showed me at 8 ft of depth. I had to pull the battery to reset it. I will say that having an easily replaceable battery is a plus for this computer.

    The tank transmitter failed after dive 1, so I wound up using my SPG for the rest of the trip. Replacing the transmitter battery didn't help, it was dead.

    Next, the screen contrast was terrible in sunlight. I could hardly read the screen aboard the boat during surface intervals. Underwater, during daylight safety stops, the stop countdown timer was in royal blue digits, & it was hard to read. Increasing the contrast only made the battery life worse, as I'll write below.

    I went through 2 CR2 batteries on that computer for 10 days. It was very disappointing, after coming from an ancient Suunto Vytec computer that needed one battery replacement per year.

    As an older diver, I found the secondary data data screen underwater to be barely readable. Info like clock time, temperature, O2 saturation, were in text so small I could barely read it. None of this information is visible on the main screen.

    On the plus side, the display during night dives was very bright and readable.

    All in all, I liked the idea of this computer, and it does have some good features, but I would not recommend it to anyone until Oceanic works the bugs out. I never did get to try the logging software, because I returned this computer in favour of an older Oceanic VT 4.0, which gets excellent reviews.