Oceanic VTX Review

IMG_0149I have recently purchased the Oceanic VTX with the transmitter in order to upgrade my current wrist computer a SubGear XP-10.  Although the SubGear XP-10 as a computer worked fine it was an entry level computer and it was time to upgrade and take advantage of the many features of a high end computer.  I have only managed to use the VTX for about 10 dives but as a computer it works great.  The OLED screen is easy to read even during night dives with no need to press a button to get the back light to turn on, I have been keeping the brightness at 40% and it was still easy to read during a night dive.  The menus are easy to navigate and a very simple learning curve for operating the computer.

Features:

  • Air integrated
  • OLED Color Screen
  • Digital Compass
  • Bluetooth integration
  • Dual algorithm
  • Nitrox compatible
  • 3 button navigation
  • Automatic altitude compensation

There are many more features, including multiple deep stop settings, and alarms, safety stop countdown timer.

This is the first air integrated computer that I have used, it appears to work very well but compared to my SPG it reads a slightly lower pressure.  I would be interested to find out if there is a way to calibrate it.  Overall this computer works beautifully, the screen is easy to read, the navigation is simple and it is a great choice for an upgrade if you are looking to switch to a high end computer.

Pros:

  • Easy to read screen
  • Simple navigation
  • Bright screen great for night dives
  • 3 axis digital compass
  • Air integrated
  • Bluetooth compatible

Cons:

  • Downloading to computer can be a little difficult
  • Battery life, depending on settings
  • strap a little short if you are warring a dry-suit

Overall if you are looking for a bright colorful wrist computer with the air integration option the VTX is a great option that i suggest everyone checks out.

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My Equipment

My Gear: SCUBA

BCD: Zeagle Stiletto

Cold water Suit: Bare Sentry Pro Dry Neoprene Drysuit

1st Stage: Oceanic FDXI

2nd Stage: Oceanic Omega 3

Alternate: Oceanic Omega 2

Computer: Oceanic ProPlus X & Suunto D6

Mask: Oceanic Shadow

Back Up Mask: Zeagle Scope Mono

Snorkel: Riffe Stable Snorkel

Cold water fins: Zeagle Recon

Gloves: Bare Ultrawarmth 3mm & Bare Ultra Warmth 5mm

Warm water suit: Bare 3/2 Anniversary edition

Warm Water BCD: Zeagle Express Tech

Warm water fins: Oceanic Mako fins

Pool BCD: Oceanic Ocean Pro

Pool 1st stage: Zeagle F8

Pool 2nd Stage: Zeagle F8

Pool Alternate: Sherwood Slimline

Pool Computer: None SPG only

Freediving Equipment

Wetsuit: Wettie 5mm Comercial / Wettie 7mm comercial

Socks: Wettie 7mm Socks

Fins: DiveR Carbon Fiber fins

Gloves: Bare Ultrawarmth 3mm

Mask: Seadive Seafire ultra HD mask

Snorkel: Oceanic Enzo J tube

Computer: Suunto D5

Speargun: JBL competitor/ Koah 34 reef roller

Float: XS Scuba UFO

Light: BigBlue AL1200NP