The new Suunto D5 is a dive computer that is designed to be very easy to use and highly customizable. Aimed at both beginners and pro divers, it contributes to your enjoyment underwater, aside from providing the necessary metrics for safe and efficient dives.
After a bit of waiting following its launch at the DEMA Show, the Suunto D5 release date was pushed to the end of March 2019. With Leisure Pro already shipping the Suunto D5, you may want to check out its key benefits and features via our review.
What We Love About the Suunto D5 Dive Computer
Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned diver, one of the top features that you would be looking for in a personal dive computer is its ease of use. You wouldn’t want to be pressing too many buttons or taking such a long time trying to familiarize yourself with the controls before you can access your desired information. This is particularly important as dive computers are considered to be life-saving equipment that any diver should be able to rely on to avoid decompression sickness.
Fortunately, the Suunto D5 has a simple interface that beginners would easily understand. It bears a clear color screen (MIP display) whose LED backlight can be adjusted depending on your viewing needs (after all, a dive computer would be useless if it can’t be read in broad daylight or at night).
The screen prominently displays everything you need to know, like the depth and time, and has a switchable window at the bottom so that you can view your tank pressure, your no-decompression limit (NDL), compass, and timer. We also love that they’re presented as understandable graphics. The middle button can be used to change the view according to your desired preference.
With just three buttons to think about when accessing the menus and controls, the Suunto D5 requires very little effort to use underwater. At the same time, it helps eliminate potential misuse of dive tables and a slew of problems that could be caused by inaccurate information.
Wireless Air Integration
Aside from providing important figures related to depth and time underwater, the Suunto D5 is capable of providing air tank-related information. This makes it worth checking out if you’re a diver who wants access to vital information with a quick flick of the wrist.
Through easy wireless pairing with the Suunto Tank POD Transmitter on your first stage regulator, it can tell you your tank’s current pressure and amount of air supply left. As you can imagine, these can be difficult to calculate without air integration, especially in varying diving conditions. Being able to have an air-integrated dive computer, like the Suunto D5, can prevent air emergency situations and potentially save lives underwater.
Speaking of wireless integration, the Suunto D5 can also connect to the Suunto App wirelessly, should you want to check out your progress (previous dive information) and share your adventures with your dive buddies.
The Suunto D5 gives you a number of different options, should you wish to customize the color of your dive watch. It’s primarily available in four color options: all black, a black watch face with a lime strap, a stainless steel bezel with a white strap, and a stainless steel bezel with a black strap.
A number of replacement straps made of leather and in various colors can be added to your Suunto D5. This way, you can choose a color scheme that matches your diving gear.
Suunto D5 Product Features:
- Water Resistant up to 100 meters (300 ft.)
- Stainless Steel Bezel
- Clear Mineral Crystal Glass
- Silicone Strap Material
- Air/Nitrox/Gauge/Freediving Dive Modes
- Metric and Imperial Measurements
- 6 to 12 Hours of Dive Time
- Weighs 90g (3.17 oz)
Suunto D5 Key Benefits:
- Ease of Use
- Clear Color Screen
- Wireless Tank Pressure
- Vibration Alarms
- Digital Compass
- Wireless Mobile Connection
- Exchangeable Straps
- Rechargeable Battery via USB
- Updatable Software
Here’s what users had to say about the Suunto D5 Wrist Computer:
”One thing I really like about the D5 is [being able] to change the settings on the go.”
“It’s cool that it comes with [a] color display and it lights up very well underwater. You don’t have any problems seeing the display at all.”
“It will always be bright and you can always see what’s going on in your computer’s screen.”
“I also like that it doesn’t have to have a battery change [because] it’s fully rechargeable. It’s got an easy-to-read screen underwater, it’s a robust design, it feels really good on the wrist, and I love the fact that you can change the bands.”
“You can change it into a black strap, orange strap … When you’re going to a formal event, you can change it to a leather strap. ”
“Expect 7 days of battery life if you’re using the dive computer as a watch and up to 2 days worth of diving if you’re using the Suunto D5 as a dive computer before you need to charge it again.”