This is the Divers Ready review of the Garmin Descent G1 Solar. A Trimix-capable smart watch dive computer for under $650? Why don’t I love it!
There are a lot of features that confuse me about the Garmin Descent G1 Solar. Why does it have Trimix and CCR capabilities, but a tiny, hard-to-read screen? Who is this dive computer intended for?
Garmin made an impressive giant stride into the dive industry in 2020 with the Descent Mk1, followed by the Descent Mk2 and Mk2i – reviewed on this channel, and then the Mk2S – a fully functioning Descent in a smaller case aimed at women and small men. Awesome computers, every single one. Full Nitrox and Trimix, a Buhlmann-based algorithm for the Tecchies and all the features of an epic smart watch, notifications, connectivity, GPS etc. BUT… they are not cheap! The base model Mk2S starts at a cent less than a grand up to over two grand for the Mk2i with transmitter. So the question became what do Garmin have to offer the entry level diver? Can they make a base model for newer divers that don’t want to commit a $1000 to their first dive computer, but still include the cool, smart watch functionality, at a more attractive price point?
Enter the Descent G1 Solar.
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