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Lowrance Elite 7 Ti Review

Rating
3.5/5
 
Lowrance Elite 7 Ti has an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 based on 10 user reviews.

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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. The highly accurate GPS antenna and proven navigation technology allow you to navigate reliably and with ease. Integrated Bluetooth and wireless connectivity enable you to download software updates straight to the unit.

The Elite-7 Ti is sold either as a TotalScan model with a high-performance, all-in-one TotalScan transducer that provides broadband sonar, CHIRP, StructureScan HD and Downscan Imaging or as a Downscan model without StructureScan. The broadband sonar is ideal for tracking lure action and marking fish school arches while Downscan Imaging provides easy-to-understand, pictorial views of structure and bottom detail. Prior to CHIRP technology, most fishfinders used a standard single or dual frequency signal for marking depths as well as fish targets. The CHIRP sonar technology uses multiple frequencies simultaneously to increase sensitivity to fish without increasing clutter near the surface. Whether you’re on a deeper saltwater fishing trip, off the coast, or on an inland lake, the Elite-7 Ti lets you identify individual game fish near bait schools, see them more easily near structure or the bottom, and mark them clearly at faster boat speeds.

The Elite-7 Ti offers a Trackback feature that supports scrolling back through sonar history to review and zoom-in for a closer look at baitfish, gamefish and bottom structure. The multi-window displays let you choose from as many as eight preset page layouts, including up to three split-screen panels to view sonar, chart, and DownScan Imaging simultaneously. Using your recorded sonar logs, you can create free customized maps with the online Insight Genesis service. Upload the data to the Insight Genesis account, view secure chart detail online, adjust contour lines, add optional bottom detail, and download to a microSD card to use with your Elite-7 Ti on the water.

The Lowrance Elite-7 Ti employs an internal high-sensitivity MSAS+EGNOS+WAAS GPS with 3000 waypoints, 100 routes, and 100 trails with up to 10,000 points per trail. Track your boat’s trajectory against detailed charts while Lowrance SmartSteer technology is used for Xi5 Trolling Motor control. The GPS sets alarms for Anchor, Arrival, and Offcourse. A built-in Insight USA detailed base map covering 3,000 lakes and rivers is included as the basemap. Optional upgrade charts include Nautic Insight HD and PRO, Lake Insight, Navionics HotMaps Premium, and Fishing Hotspots PRO. Global chart upgrades include Jeppesen C-MAP MAXN and Navionics+. Wireless connectivity allows you to connect to the GoFree Cloud to shop, purchase and download maps from Insight and third-parties.

The Lawrence Elite-7 Ti Fishfinder/chartplotter is designed to allow you to enjoy your entire time spent on the water, whether fishing or motoring to your favorite spots. You can get a great deal on Lowrance Elite 7 Ti here.

 
 
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Screen Size7 in 7 in 7 in
Screen Resolution480 x 800 pixels480 x 800 pixels480 x 800 pixels
Display TypeWVGA color TFT LCD 256 Color TFT display WVGA color
TouchscreenYesNoNo
Imaging2D, Down Imaging, Side Imaging2D, Down Imaging, Side Imaging2D, Down Imaging, Side Imaging
Transducer TypeTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling Motor
Transmit Power500 W (RMS)
4,000 W (peak to peak)
500W RMS
4000W Peak-to-Peak
500 W (RMS)
Sonar Frequency (50/200 or 83/200 kHz) + 455/800 kHz83/200 kHz 2D
455 kHz Side Imaging and Down Imaging
Traditional: 50/77/200 kHz
CHIRP (mid and high)
DownVü: 260/455/800 kHz
SideVü: 260/455/800 kHz
Maximum Depth1000 ft1500 ft 2D
100 ft Side Imaging
2,300 ft freshwater
1,100 ft saltwater
GPS Antenna Type10kHz Internal high-sensitivity WAAS/EGNOS/MSASInternalInternal
Waypoint Storage300045005000
Routes10045N/A
Plot Trails100 trails with up to 10,000 points per trail 50 w/20,000 points eachN/A
Preloaded MapsInsight USAHumminbird ContourXDN/A
MSRP$799$699$499
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User Reviews

Posted by Damien

  • 5/5
5

This unit has the best display out of all fishfinders I’ve used so far. I’ve used big Humminbird units and I always had problems reading them, not so with Lowrance. The display is not only bright, it’s also touchscreen so it’s much easier to use. You can trust this sonar, it’s very accurate and it picks up everything.

Posted by Steven H.

  • 5/5
5

-“The multi-window displays let you choose from as many as eight preset page layouts, including up to three split-screen panels to view sonar, chart, and DownScan Imaging simultaneously.”-

READ CAREFULLY you cannot have “CHIRP” going simultaneosly with any downscan/sidescan, you can only choose one at a time. Thats why they didn’t say “CHIRP” just sonar.

Page 31 of the “Getting Started” manual.

Otherwise – a very good fishfinder.

Posted by Terry Martin

  • 5/5
5

This unit is an excellent value. You get most of the features from the HDS unit at a fraction of the price and with a single transducer. Even the user interface is the same as in the HDS units. The preloaded maps are very good, I didn’t even bother getting a Navionics card. The imaging is excellent, again, pretty much what you would get from an HDS unit.

Posted by Michael N

  • 5/5
5

This finder is a bit more expensive than other 7 inch units but it’s still a great value when you consider all features. Humminbird Helix doesn’t support CHIRP, Garmin Striker doesn’t have maps and neither of those 2 have a touchscreen. That made an easy choice for me and so far this unit hasn’t disappointed me.

Posted by Spoonbill Wreckers

  • 5/5
5

I’ve had the Lowrance 7ti elite with total scan for 2 months, very easy to use, easy installation and priced right! I will be replacing my HDS 5 in my other boat for another lowrance 7ti!!! FISH ON!

Posted by Gian

  • 3/5
3

I wish my review could be a positive as the others. 2 months in and I am still trying to find the sweet spot on my tracker for the Totalscan tranducer. I lose depth and sonar one I get on plane. Other things that Lowrance isn’t accurately or obviously stating is that these units do not have bluetooth, even though they state it on their website. When i received my unit there was a little sticker added to the box that states “bluetooth coming soon” or something to that effect. Also, as another reviewer commented, you cannot Chirp while running down/ sidescan imaging. Once I get this unit running properly I am sure it will be great. Until then I’ll keep banging my head for not buying a Gen2 or 3.

Posted by S. Atkins

  • 2/5
2

So far it’s given me a few headaches, which is disappointing for what I paid.
Before you can use CHIRP you have to disable StructureScan, which is a pain to do as it isn’t easy to find in the menus, and then you have to restart the 7 TI on top of that. Most units will allow you to use both.

Also, my changes to the display, like showing time and speed, disappeared after the restart. The manual just shows the basic layout and functions, and has no advise at all about advanced use, problem solving, or even limitations.

The 7 TI does as advertised, with nice, colorful, crisp display. Sonar is quick and the mapping data is great, but let’s face it, there are cheaper units that can do all this, and are easier to work with.

Posted by TomKM

  • 3/5
3

I had some pretty strong reactions to the Elite 7 TI after only one day of using it on the water. I’ve used Lowrance units almost from the beginning, and they typically have some nice features. But here, screen resolution doesn’t make up small size. The contour lines also seem inaccurate. I don’t know if this is the Insight Pro mapping feature or poor GPS, but it’s irritating. Installing the transducer was a pain. As it turns out there’s an extensive PDF manual online, but in the box, no. Also, you have to turn off Chirp to use side scan. Now that I’ve got the PDF I’m learning a lot, but still no way to overcome the problems I mentioned. I just hope Lowrance gets it right the next time.

Posted by Chris Pharr

  • 1/5
1

I went with the Lowrance 7 TI for two reasons: a larger screen and Bluetooth capability. The plan was to connect to a tablet mounted in the back of my boat so people fishing there could see water depth when setting their lines. Lowrance claimed the 7 TI could do this. It can’t. When I called tech support to ask for an explanation, I was told that this feature would not be released for several months. Isn’t that false advertising? When I spend $800 for certain promised functions, I expect them to be there. If Lowrance hadn’t used this deceptive advertising, I would never have bought the 7 TI.

Posted by Green

  • 1/5
1

Bought two 7ti’s one for me and a mate, both have issues with the touch screen, if a bit of salt spray is on the screen, whether you wipe it or dry your finger, wont work. Have sent back to Lowrance couldnt find anything wrong with units sent the back still not working, waiting for replacements wish we would of went Garmin now.

Posted by Jordan ruddell

0

Bloody ripper structure scan woohoo

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