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Garmin Echo 550C – Review

Garmin Echo 550C – has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 based on 4 user reviews.



The Garmin Echo 550C has set the bar high for those anglers who want to step up their game. Everything about this fishfinder exudes user-friendly from the set-up to the operation. Installation of the unit and the included transom-mount transducer occurs in minutes using the quick release tilt mount. The interface is simple for even a beginner to navigate with easy to understand buttons and a trouble-free menu.

The Echo 550C boasts 500w of RMS power that only helps to bolster its ability. With a dual-beam transducer the viewing angle is expanded beyond that area directly around the boat. The beams extend your vision to an angle of 120 degrees wide. Because this fishfinder possesses powerful sonar capabilities, you are able to see defined bottom detail up to 1900ft in freshwater. The dual frequency of the unit allows for enhanced performance regardless of whether the water is deep or shallow.

The display of the Echo 550C is one of the top features. Every detail of the fish, bottoms and structures that lie beneath the surface will be presented to you in clarity on the 5” color screen. With a 640 X 480 high resolution display, every image captured will appear to you in video quality.

Since the Echo 550C has Smooth Scaling technology, you never have to worry about losing your sonar history. Regardless of a change in water depth, the history will still be there for you to view. This fishfinder also has the ability to rewind that history and take a look back at the spots you have previously visited.

Using the Garmin Echo 550c you can see well beyond your sides of your boat thanks to a dual-beam transducer with up to 120 degree viewing angle. Plus the powerful sonar lets you see as deep as 1,900 ft. There is no way a bass can even think about hiding from me now.

Where to mount? There are flush mount kits for under $10 for the 550c. It will give you a sleek install and be out of your way. The flush mount kit will make it very easy to install your system almost anywhere in your boat. Maybe even have two: one for the console and one for the bow.

My favorite thing about the 550c is how easy it is to use. The menu is very easy to navigate and all the buttons are self-explanatory. You can do just about everything with this unit. If you are looking to upgrade then I very highly recommend the Garmin 550c for any angler.

You can get a great deal on Garmin Echo 550C – here.

 Garmin Echo 550cLowrance Elite-5x DSIHumminbird 596c HD DI
Screen Size5 in / 127 mm5 in / 127 mm5 in / 127 mm
Screen Resolution640 x 480 pixels480 x 480 pixels640 x 640 pixels
Display TypeVGA, 256 colors256-color SolarMAX PLUS TFT256 colors
Imaging2DDown Imaging2D and Down Imaging
Transducer TypeTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling Motor
Transmit Power300W RMS
2400W Peak-To-Peak
500W RMS
4000W Peak-To-Peak
300W RMS
2400W Peak-To-Peak
Sonar Frequency200/77 kHz83/200 kHz200/455 kHz 2D
455/800 kHz Down Imaging
Maximum Depth1900 ft1000 ft1000 ft 2D
250 ft Down Imaging

User Reviews

Posted by BigD

  • 3/5

Can’t complain about the returns on this sonar. The problem I have is the holder – the display actually popped out of the holder while I was in choppy water, never had this problem with other fishfinders.

Posted by Patrick H.

  • 5/5

Garmin 550c is a very precise fishfinder. It works great at any speed and any depth. It will tell you exact location of the fish. How do I know that? Because any time it shows a fish near my lure I get a bite. With this fishfinder you can see the fish move in on the lure and you can predict the action before it happens. I highly recommend this model.

Posted by Michael Moonitz

  • 5/5

Since I have researched it all for you, rest assured that this is the best unit an angler can buy in its price range. Super sharp display and easy setup make this fish finder a joy to use. Garmin even offers video tutorials to help with setup and operation. Why waste weeks shopping around when this is the unit you will end up buying.

Posted by Jacques Cooper

  • 5/5

Great product for a good price, good screen quality.

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