The Humminbird Helix 7 CHIRP G2 is the second generation of Humminbird Helix fishfinders/chartplotters and employs multi-frequency CHIRP technology for better target separation, deep water penetration, and decreased water column clutter. The head unit features a brilliant 7″ diagonal 16-bit grayscale color TFT display with 800H x 480V pixel resolution that provides crystal-clear viewing in harsh sunlight and works perfectly for split-screen imaging.
When it comes to fish finders, you generally run across a feast or famine situation. Either the product is much cheaper than you would have expected—and its questionable quality shows why—or it is fairly expensive but generally works as advertised. There are a select few instances when fish finders actually work better than advertised, and they are usually at the highest end of the price spectrum.
For 2017, Humminbird has once again stepped up the technology by creating the Helix 5 CHIRP G2 fish finder. Unlike the 1st Generation series, Gen 2 features the addition of CHIRP sonar, which enables anglers to scan depths using low, middle or high frequencies individually or simultaneously. The advanced sonar provides better target separation, reduced image noise and displays in higher-resolution along with the ability to reach depths of up to 1000 feet.
The Simrad G05 XSE fish finder/chart plotter is perfectly suited to compact sports boats and coastal fishermen, delivering more for enjoying your day on the water. The 5″ color super-bright LCD display is flush, flat or bracket mountable to fit just about any compact day boat. Adjustable split-screen views make the GO5 XSE a full-featured yet simple to use chart plotter. The sleek standalone unit offers intuitive multi-touch controls like your smartphone and tablet
The differences between personal and marine electronics continue to fade as manufacturers take inspiration and technologies from the smart phones that are an increasingly significant part of our lifestyles. The electronics we want on our boats are becoming more connected to the technologies the cloud provides access to, and we see the benefits in not just increased performance and user-friendliness, but in the flood of data we have even out on the water. Nothing exemplifies this more than the Simrad GO7 XSE
Garmin echoMAP CHIRP 73sv has a widescreen display resolution of 800 by 480 pixels from a 7-inch screen which gives it more than enough real estate for crystal-clear viewing. Perhaps the main selling point of the echoMAP CHIRP 73sv is its built-in CHIRP (Compressed High-Intensity Radiated Pulse) sonar capabilities. CHIRP does not just send one frequency at a time. Instead, it sends a continuous sweep of frequencies on a low-to-high range. This puts more pulse onto the target than traditional sonar, and consequently provides more detailed returns.
The Helix 10 SI GPS unit weighs under five pounds and measures 13.44 inches wide x 7.12 inches high x 4.2 inches deep. The fish finder features an impressive 10.1 inch wide screen having a 16:9 ratio that presents images in 1024 x 600 high-definition adjustable color resolution. The larger screen provides more room for split-screen views, which makes navigating and tracking fish that much simpler.
Lowrance understands the passion that anglers have for fishing. Keeping this in mind, the company continues improving tools that make the pastime more productive and enjoyable. For the convenience of people who fish for fun or profit, Lowrance introduced the Elite 5Ti fishfinder/chartplotter at the beginning of December 2015. The comprehensive device comes equipped with a host of features while being user friendly and providing optimal performance.
The Elite-7 Ti from Lowrance is a combination touchscreen fishfinder/chartplotter with powerful performance matched with high-end features and functionality at an affordable price. The 7-inch high-resolution, LED-backlit touchscreen provides quick access to all its features. High-performance sonar provides views of the environment underneath your boat. Balanced sonar needs are covered by simultaneous Low/Mid/High CHIRP or alternatively, StructureScan HD while offering 83/200/455/800 kHz frequency coverage.
Here it is, the Humminbird model anglers around the country have been waiting for – the 7 inch Helix. The technology is a step up from the 5 series and provides anglers with brighter, clearer, faster and bigger images. The Helix 7 is appropriate for fresh or salt water use to depths ranging from 150 to 1,500 feet.
Our Editor’s Choice Award for the Best Side-Imaging Fishfinder goes to the Humminbird Helix 5 SI GPS. The Helix 5 series offers anglers a range of pricing and options to fit any need without breaking the bank. No other manufacturer can match theses versatile units on functionality and value.
New for 2015 is the Garmin echoMAP 73sv fish finder/chartplotter. The unit comes with the power/data cable, a quick-release and flush mounts, a protective cover, the GT 40-TM, 12-pin transducer, all of the necessary hardware and an owner’s manual. The quick-release mount is exclusive to Garmin and enables anglers to permanently install the swivel mount and cable.
Combining GPS with sonar and detailed mapping, Garmin has created a fishfinder unmatched by any rivals in its price range. With the Garmin echoMAP 93sv, the challenge of guessing where the fish are is virtually at an end, and the fisherman can focus on the real sport of getting the fish to take the bait.
In November 2014 Humminbird introduced a new series of fishfinders – Helix 5. The units feature a brilliant, extra-wide, 480 x 800 resolution display that depicts 256-colors on a 5-inch screen complete with backlighting that ensures clear, crisp images in all types of lighting conditions day and night. The new display is essentially the main innovation in the Helix series, the transducers and the software are borrowed from the predecessors – 800 and 600 series.
GPSMAP 840xs is a part of the new series of fishfinders from Garmin that support down imaging as well as side imaging (Garmin branded those technologies as DownVü and SideVü). Down imaging is built-in while side imaging requires a GCV 10 module that is sold separately.
Humminbird 899ci HD SI features the 480′ Side-Imaging technology, which Humminbird began and has mastered. It uses the XHS-9-HDSI-180-T transducer, the same one that was used by the older side-imaging models. The 1000W transducer supports 800/455/200/83 kHz frequencies, and it reaches the depth of 150’ in side imaging mode and 1500’ in broadband mode.
The Humminbird 698ci HD SI features a brilliant 640V X 480H, backlit, five inch, 256 color display. It offers precision GPS chart plotting, as well as Down Imaging and Side Imaging sonar. This unit has a tilt and swivel mounting system with quick disconnects and built-in Humminbird UniMap cartography. You can also save your favorite views with three preset buttons that are programmable. The Humminbird 698ci HD SI fishfinder GPS system will enhance the fishing experience for any angler.
The Humminbird 398 SI comes with side imaging and down imaging capability in addition to a 3.5 inch screen with LED lighting. Also included is internal GPS chartplotting capability compete with built-in UniMap cartography. There’s also a card slot for when you want to add maps and save waypoints and a Tilt and Swivel mounting system.
The Humminbird 598si HD is a powerful GPS/fishfinder combo that makes a day of fishing easier than ever before. This device offers side-imaging to maximize your angling experience, giving clear information on where even the trickiest of fish are hiding. With its Dual Beam Plus Sonar and brilliant full color display, this unit is sure to bring a new level of excitement to the art of fishing.
The Lowrance HDS-12 Gen 2 Touch Insight is the largest marine navigational system from Lowrance that has an easy-to-use multi-function touchscreen display with the look and feel of a computer tablet or smartphone. It comes with everything long-time Lowarance High Definition System users expect and much, much more.