Equipment Reviews Cressi Edy II

Reviewed by Emma Nolan ~ PADI Divemaster intern.

A sleek, comfortable watch that’s highly suited for everyday use and a top of the range dive computer which functions easily to accommodate all types of diving activity.

Key Features:
Nitrox-capable to 50 percent Dive.
Free and Gauge modes with separate logbook functions.
Full watch and calendar.
Manual dive planning.
Outstanding visual displays.
Sound and visual alarm systems.
PC interface.

The first thing we do with a new computer is to begin pushing buttons. Before I even mastered the Cressi Edy’s manual, I had a good idea of how to use the Dive, Free, and Gauge modes.

I was also able to adjust the depth alarms and work through the normal dive-log and watch functions. Mode, Select and Set buttons make navigation extremely simple, and a fourth button activates a bright backlight.

I did thoroughly read the manual before actually diving and learned a few important details about the Cressi Edy. It can handle Nitrox mixes up to 50 percent oxygen and the acceptable PO2 level can be adjusted from 1.0 to 1.6 bars.

The maximum depth alarm can be activated in any of the three dive modes (dive, gauge or free), and alarms are both audible and visual.

The gauge mode, intended for technical divers, allows access to a chronometer for timing decompression stops, gives an ascent rate indicator and, of course, tracks time, depth and maximum depth.

Programmable depth and time alarms to keep divers within comfortable boundaries, and the surface interval between one dive and the next is tracked.

What’s really slick is that all three dive modes also have their own logbook and history functions. You can also download your dive log into a PC (with the optional hardware) and have a record to analyze of all your diving activity.

I really liked how the Cressi Edy lays out information during the dive, with the use of bar graphs. There are three graphs that wrap around the edge of the display face, one each for nitrogen exposure, oxygen exposure and ascent rate.

During the dive, the computer’s main display is split into four main areas, with a large center section devoted to the most critical data. This segment displays no-decompression limits and current depth. Above this are the details of maximum depth and total dive-time. With the push of a button, you can also access a “data” screen that briefly displays FO2, current PO2, a larger display of maximum depth and the current water temperature.

The Cressi Edy II also has a dive-plan mode and a full range of watch functions, including a dual time-display, alarms and a 12- or 24-hour display option.

All round I’m very happy with my purchase.