Suunto Zoop Review
- Pros: Wrist or console mountable. Simple to operate. User replaceable battery. Nitrox capable
- Cons: Small operating buttons. Backlighting needs to be torch activated.
- Recommended Uses: The Suunto Zoop dive computer is a solid and reliable dive computer perfect for your first venture into the world of diving, while still allowing you some flexibility if you decide to start diving with Nitrox. A great choice you want ease and simplicity and don’t need extra features like a dive simulator or gas switching capabilities.
A compact wrist style dive computer, the Suunto Zoop dive computer is capable of being programmed for simple air dives or Nitrox. It comes equipped with three operating modes; Diving, Time/Standby and Surface. The 2 menu based modes of Memory and Set allow the diver to access the dive log and history and change any of the user definable functions. The Suunto Zoop has the option of being console mounted and is water activated, so there’s no need to remember to turn it on. This computer is packed with the necessary solutions to assist you in making the best decisions to ensure your safety while underwater.
Useability and Features
3 push buttons are used to operate the Suunto Zoop - with the Mode or ‘Smart’ button being the key to the computers operation. The Plan and Time buttons work like scroll buttons to scroll through the different options and alternative screen displays, with the alternative displays automatically switching back to the main display in 5 seconds.
The setup and operation of this Suunto Zoop dive computer is designed to be simple and logical. The buttons are quite small, however, which cn be an issue when diving with thick gloves. Backlighting is provided by a bright phosphorescent display which can be charged using your dive torch, so if you need to read your display quickly, this could be an issue.
When in Plan mode, by default the Suunto Zoop dive computer displays the no decompression time for a dive to 9m. The diver can scroll through the rest of the no decompression limits in increments of 3m up to 45m. It includes an altitude program with a choice of 3 altitude modes ranging from 0 to 3000 m and 3 personal correction factors are programmable, which enable the diver to progressively make the computer more conservative. Like other Suunto dive computers, the Zoop employs a continuous decompression feature which expresses decompression requirements in a range of Floor to Ceiling and decompression is required between these ranges.
The Suunto Zoop dive computer has a number of preset alarms and warnings as well as 2 user definable ones – Maximum Depth and Dive Time which can be set to On or Off. Included is a built in Safety Stop warning for every dive over 10 metres which will prompt you to perform the stop for 3 mins between 6 & 3 m. The 2 bar graphs are shared between certain functions depending on which mode you are operating in and the particular dive situation. The Consumed Bottom Time graph graphically represents the no decompression time you have remaining; the Oxygen Limit Fraction bar graph displays your oxygen toxicity level when diving with nitrox . Also included are an Ascent Rate bar graph so you can easily stay within the recommended ascent rate, and a battery status bar graph so you’ll always be aware of the battery status.
The Suunto Zoop's dive profile history and logbook are quite detailed with the ability to view 4 pages of data per view and allowing you to store data for around 50 diving hours with a sampling rate at 30 seconds. The Zoop is Pc compatible using the optional interface software, and is invaluable for planning future dives, and tracking your progress.