look into buying a suunto computer.
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  Sent: Monday, May 07, 2001 1:30 PM
  Subject: Computer/SPG Dilemma

  I've been fortunate in mostly needing to buy new equipment as additional 
  members of my family become certified rather than needing to replace obsolete 
  or broken equipment. 

  It's now time to purchase a new A/I computer for me and let my son inherit my 
  Dataplus.  I have been loooking at the AERIS 500AI ($599), AERIS 300G ($450) 
  and the OCEANIC DATAMAX PRO PLUS ($599). 

  What functionality and features are lost with the  AERIS 300G when compared 
  to the other two fully integrated computers?  It is quasi-A/I, in that the 
  analog SPG does couple with the computer(to some extent), but I am not sure 
  exactly what features are lost versus the fully integrated systems.  OTOH, I 
  have a degree of concern about relying on a single integrated digital SPG.   
  Over the years I have occasionally experienced computer malfunctions, but 
  have never had a  problem with an analog SPG. 

  I can purchase a single  backup analog SPG w/console for $89 which offers 
  redundancy if added to  either of the two  fully integrated computers, or 
  save significant dollars by just purchasing the Aeris 300G and relying on 
  it's single analog SPG. 

  I'd appreciate hearing from the NG on opinions regarding  reliance on a 
  digital SPG without a backup as well as your thoughts on the three quoted 
  computers in general. 

  Thanks a lot