Suunto D4i Novo Dive Computer Review

The Suunto D41 Novo Dive Computer is a colourful device that’s proving popular with scuba divers who want a functional and great looking dive computer. But what is it really like? What sort of features does it boast and how much can you expect to pay for it?

Suunto D4i Novo Dive Computer Features

The Suunto D4i Novo is the model to replace the D4i and it has a number of features in common with its predecessor. But Suunto has treated us to a slicker look and some added features. It’s available in lime, blue, pink, grey, black and white.

  • Most notably from a visual perspective is the silicone strap, which is comfortable, offers a great fit and, of course, fares well on deep dives.
  • It has 3 modes: scuba dive with air, scuba dive with nitrox and freediving mode, so it’s a good all rounder.
  • The firmware that powers the Suunto D4i is updatable – so the device doesn’t date as quickly as others might
  • There’s a built-in dive planner on this dive computer too, which is incredibly handy
  • It is water resistant up to 100m
  • Based on 100 dives per year, Suunto advertises the D41 Novo battery life as being  1 and a half years. In other words, you should get 150 dives out of the battery life, which is pretty impressive
  • You can have alarms and notifications around dive time, the speed of your ascent, if you go beyond your maximum depth and several other situations as well
  • There is also optional wireless air integration

Potential Negatives:

It’s worth noting that, as the time of writing, the Suunto D41 Novo dive computer is set up for use in seawater/saltwater only. So, if you are using it in fresh water, you might want to just consider that some of the depth values might not be spot on.

The other thing to consider is that you can’t change modes when under water for obvious safety reasons. It doesn’t enter dive mode automatically either, so if you do manage to submerge without setting the mode, you will have to resurface to put it right. Shouldn’t be an issue for most!

On the Whole

It’s a pretty slick looking device and it’s straightforward to use as well. Suunto has created their own learning tool to assist you in using the product if you’d like to run through that before making the purchase.

For the price point, this is a good product for saltwater divers and looks great. It functions at all the depths and temperatures even advanced divers would require and it boasts a rather impressive battery life as well. It’s difficult to find too much fault with the D41 Novo aside from the fact that it doesn’t allow for switching between fresh and saltwater mode.


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