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. The technology that creates the display was designed to emit images that are 50 percent brighter and rated at 1500 nits. Thus, making the image easier to view from any position on the vessel. The bonded-glass screen also ensures a clear, viewable image regardless of whether anglers go out on the water in bright sunlight, on cloudy days or after dark.
The front of the Helix features clearly marked control buttons that include the power button, directional, goto, view changer, waypoint marker and zoom in/out buttons. A single micro card slot enables users to load maps, store screen captures, waypoint markings and software updates via removable storage. The device is also manufactured to be a plug and play tool, which allows anglers to connect power and Ethernet networking cables simultaneously. The cables stay in place and secured via a unique clamping mechanism. The built-in gimbal mount attaches the Helix or releases the unit quickly while ensuring ease of angle adjustment.
• 360 Imaging – the Helix 10 SI GPS gives anglers get a 360-degree view of what happens beneath the water all around a boat via narrow and wide beam sonar. Anglers may choose to view marine life in a 300-foot circle that extends to 150 feet on either side of the vessel. Users can also select from five beam speed settings at frequencies of 200/83/455/800/50 kHz, which means plenty of choices and flexibility for varying water conditions at depths of up to 3,000 feet. On low beam, images are displayed in higher quality while high beams reduce clarity slightly.
• SwitchFire – With the simple push of a button, anglers have the ability to go from one of two display modes that customize to accommodate fishing conditions. The technology allows for adding or removing details, monitoring water depth, temperature and turbulence. Vessel speed is also clearly displayed. The images presented provide the chance to view lure presentations in a typical two-dimensional, colored image.
• Down Imaging – Using high-frequency sound waves transmitted and returned in thin slices, the technology provides an unbelievably detailed, three-dimensional view of activity and terrain in the depths of the water below. The ingenious technology lets anglers see what fish see in terms of fish populations, brush, timber, rocks or any other structures. Down imaging provides crisp images in depths of up to 350 feet regardless of water clarity.
• Side Imaging – Ultra-thin sound waves scan up to 240 feet in either direction of a vessel to depths of up to 150 feet, which gives a full 180-degree, side-to-side preview of the terrain below the water’s surface. The imaging functions also allow greater magnification of areas using the zoom buttons. Find popular hiding locations and merely mark the spot using the GPS function.
Humminbird conveniently includes AutoChart Live in the Helix 10 that provides a colorful, live contour map that changes as anglers travel across the water. Using the split-screen capability allows fishing enthusiasts to view the live map beside whatever sonar function they choose. All of the Humminbird GPS equipped units store as many as 45 different routes, 50 tracks and 20,000 personalized waypoints. AutoChart is also compatible with LakeMaster and Navionics maps.
Humminbird designed the Helix 10 to function in fresh or salt water locations. The user-friendly format is ideal whether anglers are weekend hobbyists out for a relaxing day on the water or are professionals who rely on a successful catch to pay the bills.