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Humminbird 898c SI Review

Humminbird 898c SI has an average rating of 3.38 out of 5 based on 8 user reviews.



Top of the line features make the Humminbird 898c SI an essential tool for every angler from beginner to pro. Adjust the interface to your own preferences with customizable colors and view selections. Get up close and detailed views with the split screen zoom. Use the X-press menu system to move between features that you frequently. Save your favorite views on the three programmable buttons. Increase your PTP power output to 8000w with an optional transducer and see through the water in brilliant clarity.

Side Imaging and Down Imaging offer you a set of eyes below the water. Use the side imaging technology to scan 240ft to the left and right of the boat. Down imaging will take you directly underneath to bring the detail of the bottom, fish and structure that reside below you. As the sonar snapshots are created of this expansive 180 degree view, they are pieced together to reveal an accurate picture of the area surrounding you.

Enhance your views by using the DualBeam Plus Sonar to see accurate returns of the bottom up to 1500ft deep. Combining both the narrow and wide beams will give you a coverage area equal to the depth. When used with sonar echo enhancement you can see precise detail of not only the fish that wait, but the drop and bait as well.

View the returns on the high resolution 7” color screen. See picture perfect quality with the 480 X 800 wide screen resolution. Use the CCFL backlight to take advantage of the fishfinder in low lighting conditions.

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 Lowrance HDS-7 Touch InsightHumminbird 898c SIHumminbird 958c DI
Screen Size7 in7 in8 in
Screen Resolution480 x 800 pixels480 x 800 pixels480 x 800 pixels
Display TypeWidescreen, 16:9 ; WVGA color TFT LCD256 Color TFT16:9 Color TFT
Imaging2D, Structure Scan, DownScan Overlay2D and Side Imaging2D and Down Imaging
Transducer TypeTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling Motor
Transmit Power31W Broadband RMS (analog equivalent 3200W)
250W Broadband Peak-to-Peak (analog equivalent 30,000W)
1000W RMS
8000W Peak-to-Peak
500W RMS
4000W Peak-To-Peak
Sonar Frequency(50/200 or 83/200 kHz) + 455/800 kHz83/200 kHz 2D
455/800 kHz Side Imaging
200/455 kHz 2D
455/800 kHz Down Imaging
Maximum Depth5000 ft / 1524 m1500 ft 2D
150 ft Side Imaging
600 ft 2D
250 ft Down Imaging
GPS Antenna TypeInternal, high-sensitivity GPS+WAASInternalInternal
Waypoint Storage500030003000
Plot TrailsUp to 10 trails - up to 12,000 points/trail50 w/20,000 points each50 w/20,000 points each
Background MapExpanded U.S. BaseMap or Insight USAHumminbird ContourXDHumminbird Contour XD

User Reviews

Posted by Fred

  • 5/5

Many fishfinders are available in the market and it is not so easy to decide on the make and model. Humminbird 898c SI is one of the latest high end and high tech model finders you can look for. Compared to others, it is far ahead in terms of what it can offer.

The most significant feature that you might not see in other make which is offered in Humminbird 898c SI is the side imaging which helps improving in locating the spot for fish catching. Along with this you have a number of other high tech supports that is made available when you venture out for fishing expedition. These can be listed as 7-inches diagonal screen display, 8000 watts power output, memory capacity of 50 routes and 3000 way points, GPS with Navionics etc; dual beam sonar up to 1500ft, side imaging up to 150ft etc; form the advanced fishing system capabilities.

Humminbird fishfinder is provided with instruction manual which is elaborate and if you follow the instructions closely the start up operation is simple and easy. Whether it is mounting of transducers on the transom or the display monitor to the dash the instructions are clear and are user friendly. The use of this technology is for far more than the fishing process. Tracking and plotting using the GPS facility can be viewed, recorded, and stored. The way points and routes combination can also be properly organized to achieve maximum results. The weather information and impact is available on continuous basis.

This fishfinder is very user friendly and easy to master. The menus are easy to navigate and therefore anyone can use the 898si. Installation is not needed to be done by a professional as it is simple and comes with all the needed hardware. This fish finder is provided with the typical one year warranty. Meanwhile any help needed is made available through company support. The Humminbird 898si with its superior technology will give you a fruitful experience.

Posted by Cowoty

  • 5/5

HB 898c SI is an awesome piece of equipment, definately worth the investment. I have discovered things on the bottom I have passed by for the last 10 years. It has not only helped me to become a better angler but I also learned a lot about my favorite fishing spots.

Posted by L.M.

  • 5/5

The fishfinder has all the features needed: 8 inch high resolution screen, side imaging, down imaging, regular color sonar imaging, GPS, temperature sensor. It’s not cheap but in my opinion it’s still good value because of what you get for the money. And it’s still cheaper than Lowrance HDS with structure scan. I’ve used many fishfinders but this one is by far the best.

Posted by Brian

  • 5/5

You got to have Humminbird 898c SI if you’re serious about fishing. I fish tournaments and all I can see is this fishfinder has already earned its keep after 6 months. The display detail is incredible. It’s relatively easy to use but you will have to call HB customer service if you want to printed manual, the unit comes with manual on disk only.

Posted by nicky

  • 4/5

This unit doesn’t have paper manual, only softcopy. $1500 fishfinder should have a manual so that you can take with you on the lake. No complaints otherwise, works as advertised.

Posted by Andy Myers

  • 1/5

Buying HB 898 Si was a bad investment. Humminbird claims this sonar is supposed to reach depth of 1500 feet, mine stops working at 200 feet. After using it for week, I’ll have to de-install it and send back to the manufacturer. Will never buy Humminbird again.

Posted by William S.

  • 1/5

This model has a major flaw – the backlighting for the screen is insufficient. You can’t see the graphs in daylight. That’s why Humminbird came out with the HD version, do not buy this model, get the HD one.

Posted by Gerald Mattos

  • 1/5

Not sure if it is my bad luck in receiving a lemon or just a bad product. My 898csi hd 7 works fine up till about 8 knots. As soon as I hit 9 or higher it might as well be a decoration. I have tried replacing the transducer multiple times and spent hours on the phone with support. Now that they are finally done trying to convince me it was my mistake, I have to ship the entire unit back for testing. So a month from now I should find out if it was a bad unit. Not impressed with the unit or support experience.

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