Reviewing the Shearwater Perdix 2 from Curaçao

Diving is an exhilarating adventure that demands precision, reliability, and cutting-edge technology. Shearwater, a renowned name in the diving industry, has brought forth its latest marvel, the Shearwater Perdix 2 dive computer. In this review, we dive into the intricate features of the Perdix 2, examining its design, functionality, and performance, particularly in the captivating underwater landscapes of Curaçao.

Shearwater Perdix 2: Design and Build

The Shearwater Perdix 2 is presented as the epitome of durability, boasting an armored casing with a precision titanium surround bezel. The casing is not merely a cosmetic enhancement; it shields the performance-enhanced electronics within, ensuring the device withstands the rigors of the underwater environment. This is especially vital for divers exploring the more than 70 world class diving sites here in Curaçao.

The titanium piezo touch buttons, a notable feature of the Perdix 2, add a layer of dependability to the device. These buttons are not only responsive but also contribute to the overall ruggedness of the dive computer. The aluminosilicate glass lens, guarding a vivid 2.2” bright screen, enhances clarity and provides superior impact and damage resistance – a crucial aspect when navigating through the unpredictable underwater world.

Shearwater Perdix 2 Dive Computer Review from Curaçao
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Alert System and Air Integration

One of the standout features of the Perdix 2 is its customizable alert system, featuring a strong vibration mechanism. This attention-grabbing alert system proves invaluable during critical moments of a dive, offering both safety and peace of mind to divers. It adds an extra layer of communication, especially in challenging underwater conditions.

For those venturing into advanced or technical diving, the Perdix 2 supports air integration with up to four Shearwater transmitters. This not only provides real-time data but also allows for expansion, evolving the Perdix 2 from a first computer to a powerful, proven solution for advanced diving. The convenience of seamlessly integrating with transmitters enhances the overall diving experience, making it a preferred choice for seasoned divers and professionals.

Power and Ergonomics

Shearwater has maintained its commitment to user-friendly designs with the Perdix 2. The device operates on a single AA battery, a common and easily replaceable power source, ensuring divers can continue their underwater explorations without concerns about battery availability. The ergonomic compact form factor further contributes to the device’s ease of use, providing a comfortable fit for divers of various preferences and sizes.

Variants and Suitability

The Shearwater Perdix 2 is available in two distinct color finishes – Titanium and Titanium Black. This not only caters to the aesthetic preferences of divers but also underscores the brand’s attention to detail. The Perdix 2 is positioned as the ideal dive computer for demanding divers and dive professionals who seek the utmost reliability and performance in their underwater endeavors.

However, Shearwater understands that not every diver requires the robustness of the Perdix 2. For those seeking a reliable yet more straightforward option, the Shearwater Peregrine steps into the spotlight. This full-color, multi-gas dive computer is designed for everyday divers, offering accessibility without compromising on essential features.

Shearwater Peregrine: Compelling Alternative

The Shearwater Peregrine is a compelling alternative for divers whose needs align with a more straightforward yet capable device. Boasting a user-friendly interface, this dive computer is equipped with features that cater to both novice and experienced divers. The Peregrine is a testament to Shearwater’s commitment to inclusivity, providing a dive computer that can be an ideal companion for various adventures.

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Notable Features for Shearwater Dive Computers

Both the Perdix 2 and Peregrine share some noteworthy features that elevate the Shearwater dive computer experience:

Bluetooth Connectivity

The inclusion of Bluetooth technology enables seamless communication with PCs, Macs, or iPads. This not only facilitates easy data transfer but also ensures lower power consumption, extending the battery life of the device.

User Customizable Display

Recognizing that different divers have different preferences, both dive computers allow users to customize their display. This flexibility ensures that each diver can prioritize and view the information that is most crucial to their specific needs and preferences.

Cloud Control

The Shearwater Cloud, accessible through Bluetooth wireless technology, offers a convenient way to download and display dive logs. This feature is a game-changer for divers who want to analyze and share their underwater experiences quickly. Moreover, with support for 13 languages, the Shearwater Cloud caters to a global audience.

Diving in Curaçao with the Shearwater Perdix 2

To truly put the Shearwater Perdix 2 to the test, we had to take it diving here in Curaçao! Our Dutch Caribbean Island is a haven for divers seeking crystal-clear waters, diverse marine life, and stunning coral formations. The near-shore fringing reef system and unlimited visibility provided perfect backdrop to evaluate the Perdix 2’s performance in real-world scenarios.

Amazing Display

Navigating fringing reefs and exploring the intriguing coral gardens, the Perdix 2’s bright screen proved to be a game-changer. The clarity of information, even in challenging light conditions, ensured that crucial details were always visible.

The aluminosilicate glass lens stood up to its promise of impact resistance, safeguarding the display against accidental knocks and scratches.

Shearwater Perdix 2 Dive Computer Review from Curaçao
Shearwater Perdix 2

Customizable Alerts

The customizable alert system on the Perdix 2 came into play during moments when attention to detail was paramount. Whether signaling the need for a safety stop or alerting to changes in air supply, the vibration alerts were strong enough to be noticeable without causing distraction. This feature proved particularly useful and further reinforced Shearwater’s commitment to responsible scuba diving.

Air Integration

The Perdix 2’s air integration with Shearwater transmitters provided a seamless and reliable connection. Real-time data on tank pressure, remaining dive time, and gas consumption allowed for precise dive planning and execution. This feature is undoubtedly an asset, for recreational buddy teams or divers engaged in technical and extended-range diving, where accurate information is critical for safety.

Overall Thoughts on the Perdix 2

As we explored the depths of Curaçao, the Perdix 2’s durability became evident. The armored casing and titanium bezel not only protected the internal electronics from the harsh underwater environment but also added a robust feel to the device. The titanium piezo touch buttons, while responsive, were not overly sensitive, preventing accidental inputs during critical moments of the dive.

Shearwater Peregrine in Action

Switching gears to the Shearwater Peregrine, we had previously evaluated its performance here in Curaçao. The Peregrine, with its simplified design and user-friendly interface, proved to be an excellent companion for divers exploring the more accessible and shallower parts of the reef.

Full Color Display

The full-color display of the Peregrine showcased vibrant underwater landscapes, making the dive experience more immersive. Its multi-gas capabilities catered to divers using different gas mixtures, ensuring flexibility for various diving scenarios.

The user-customizable display allowed us to tailor the information on the screen based on personal preferences, offering a personalized and efficient diving experience.

Shearwater Peregrine Dive Computer Review from Curaçao
Shearwater Peregrine

Bluetooth Connectivity

The Bluetooth connectivity of the Peregrine facilitated quick and effortless data transfer to our devices. After a day of diving, reviewing and sharing dive logs became a hassle-free process, thanks to the seamless integration with the Shearwater Cloud. The ability to display dive information in 13 languages is a testament to Shearwater’s commitment to a diverse and global diving community.

Overall Thoughts on the Peregrine

While the Peregrine lacks some of the advanced features of the Perdix 2, it perfectly caters to the needs of everyday divers. Its straightforward design and ease of use make it an ideal choice for recreational divers exploring the beautiful waters of Curaçao.

Shearwater Meets and Exceeds Expectations in Curaçao

In the world of dive computers, Shearwater stands out as a brand synonymous with innovation, reliability, and user-centric design. The Shearwater Perdix 2, with its robust build, customizable features, and advanced capabilities, is a testament to the brand’s commitment to meeting the demands of professional and advanced divers. The device excelled in the beautiful underwater environment of Curaçao, providing a reliable and comprehensive diving experience.

For those seeking a more accessible option without compromising essential features, the Shearwater Peregrine is an excellent choice. Its simplicity, user-friendly interface, and connectivity features make it an ideal companion for recreational divers exploring the beauty of underwater landscapes.

In conclusion, whether you’re a seasoned diver pushing the limits of technical diving or an everyday enthusiast embarking on recreational adventures, Shearwater offers a range of dive computers to suit your needs. The Perdix 2 and Peregrine, each in their own way, exemplify Shearwater’s dedication to providing cutting-edge technology for the exploration of the underwater world. Dive into the depths with confidence, equipped with a Shearwater dive computer that meets and exceeds the expectations of divers worldwide.

For Shearwater sales and service in Curaçao, contact Goby Divers at the Marriott Beach Resort.

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Special thanks to Shearwater Research and The Dive Academy for sponsoring this article.

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