Scubapro G2 Review: Easy to Read. Easy to Use. Easy to Love.
Scubapro has been creating legendary dive equipment since 1963 and is known for performance and reliability and the new Scubapro G2 Dive Computer is no different.
Users of the Scubapro Galileo will already be familiar with the simple 3-button operation of the G2, and Galileo accessories are compatible with the updated model.
Also, the bright display is easy to read and uses less energy to prolong battery life. The interface has 4 modes, designed to show divers as much or as little information as they require, making it simple for beginners to adopt and for expert tech divers to customize.
But, the heart of the G2 is your heart. The patented Scubapro Human Factor Driving features integrates heart rate monitoring and skin temperature reading into creating one-of-a-kind real-time dive profiles to maximize your safety and time at depth.
Scubapro has updated their iconic Galileo dive computer with the G2, and scored another massive hit among divers of all levels. With the advanced data and features that technical divers need, packaged in an interface simple enough for beginners, the G2 uses Scubapro’s unique ability to monitor a diver’s heart rate, skin temperature, breathing rate, and water temperature to create the most accurate diving profiles in the marketplace.
The ability to use four different dive screen templates allow divers to see as much (or as little) information as they prefer, in a simple, streamlined interface that doesn’t distract from the underwater surroundings. It’s fast become an industry favorite, like the Galileo before it.
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Scubapro G2 Review Video
The following video review of the Scubapro G2 dive computer was done by the guys over at SimplyScuba.com. In the video, they walk you through some of the many features of the dive computer as well as how to operate basic menu options. Let’s take a closer look!
Scubapro G2 Key Features:
Customizable Color Display
The display offers 4 basic templates: light, classic, full, and graphical. Each template can be customized for the user’s color preferences. And data not shown in the display can still be navigated to in the menu. Values are shown in green when safe, yellow when nearing limits, or red when limits are violated. This intuitive system makes the G2 easy to learn and understand, without reducing advanced capabilities expected by tech divers.
Human Factor Diving
Scubapro computers use heart rate, skin temperature, breathing rate, and water temperature to calculate diving profiles. Divers can visually monitor these indicators to improve dive times, or simply allow the G2 to adapt the onboard algorithm to automatically adjust decompression profiles for improved safety and longer dive times. The G2 creates profile dependent intermediate stops based on their profile and gas consumption, rather than on pre-planned stops at a specific depth.
485MB of onboard memory not only allows divers to store tables, dive profiles, and tissue loading status, but you can upload pictures to be referenced during a dive. The large memory capacity means you don’t lose data if you forget to download and review your data in Scubapro’s LogTRAK app.
PC Interface Compatible
USB and Bluetouth
User Changeable Batteries
Free Dive Mode
How Does It Stack Up?
Design is compact and lightweight, while being rugged and durable, with easy to read and easy to use display
While many advanced features are disabled by default to make it easy to learn, those features are easily enabled with no downloading or installation
Large, stainless steel buttons are easy to operate even with gloves, menu navigation is simple.
For serious divers, the G2 is an essential piece of gear, and an investment in health and safety. But it's a pretty big investment.
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What We Like
The Scubapro G2 is designed to give tech divers all the information they require, without distracting beginners and loading up the interface with unnecessary information. The ability to streamline the display and increase customization over time makes the G2 extremely versatile for divers of all experience levels.
The ability to monitor heart rate, breathing rate, skin temperature, and water temperature with wearable tech, and adjust dive profiles accordingly in real time makes the G2 a must-have for technical divers and dives with a risk of unplanned workload increases.
What We Don’t Like
The high price and the complexity of available features make the G2 probably not a good choice for no-stop recreational diving. For a diver who doesn’t anticipate ever needing the advanced features and high customization of the G2, it would be better to choose a simpler and less expensive dive computer.
Who Is This Dive Computer Designed For?
The G2 is designed for divers of all skill levels. Beginners aren’t overwhelmed with data and don’t need to spend hours buried in a manual.
Advanced users have a range of customization options in the G2 menus, and can quickly activate freediving, Trimix, CCR, and side-mount modes.
While the Scubapro G2 is friendly and intuitive for beginners, the price will likely deter casual divers and light hobbyists. It’s a significant investment in diving gear. However, the range of features and customization options mean that it’s an investment that will pay off for a long time, as the enduring popularity of the Galileo makes clear.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will the G2 Work without the heart rate Monitor?
Yes. In fact, the “wrist only” package does not include the heart rate belt, and is available at a lower price.
Is the G2 easy to read?
Yes. The data values are easy to read in nearly any conditions, and the backlight can be adjusted according to your preference. When it is in “full” or “graphical” display modes, some users find it difficult to read the small text that denotes what is being measured. However, most people get accustomed to the data layout within a short period of time, and after that they only need to pay attention to the highly visible values.
The Bottom Line
Scubapro dive computers have an excellent reputation, and the G2 builds upon a strong tradition. It’s everything people loved about the Galileo, updated for a new age, with features and capabilities that divers most frequently requested.
If you take diving seriously and want a rugged, durable dive computer that will grow with you for years, the G2 is an excellent choice. And if you’re a diver that finds other dive algorithms frustrating and unnecessarily shorten your dive times, the G2 is an excellent choice.
But, if you are a no-stop diver, the G2 is probably more computer than you will ever need.