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Lowrance HDS-5 Review

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The HDS 5 is another fishfinder and GPS chartplotter combo unit form Lowrance’s high definition product line. The HDS 5 is a very versatile and compact unit that has a relatively small footprint that is perfect for those looking for a space-saving multifunction unit. The SolarMax Plus display provides impeccable images that are crisp and clear in daylight and in low light conditions with fully adjustable backlighting for the screen and keypad. An astounding 30,000 watts of power allows the transducer to penetrate the waters to depths of nearly 5000 feet. With all of that power in concert with familiar but essential tools like FishSymbol ID, FishTrack, and Hyperscroll, nothing will be left unnoticed.

More options are available when its time to upgrade. Network with other peripheral devices via the NMEA data port and turn the HDS 7 into your very own nautical data control center. Monitor water temperatures, share multiple sonar and GPS devices and monitors, listen to Sirius Satellite radio, get up to the minute weather reports, and connect to high definition radar devices for monitoring your environment. The HDS line represents the best that the marine electronics industry has to offer.

 Lowrance HDS-5Lowrance Elite-5 DSIHumminbird 597ci HD DI
Screen Size5 in / 127 mm5 in / 127 mm5 in / 127 mm
Screen Resolution480 x 480 pixels480 x 480 pixels640 x 640 pixels
Display Type16-bit color SolarMAX PLUS TFT256-color SolarMAX PLUS TFT256 Color TFT
Imaging2DDown Imaging2D and Down Imaging
Transducer TypeTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling Motor
Transmit PowerMax 250W Broadband, analog equivalent 30,000W and 32W Broadband, analog equivalent 3,750 W500W RMS
4000W Peak-To-Peak
500W RMS
4000W Peak-To-Peak
Sonar Frequency50/83/200 kHz455/800 kHz200/455 kHz 2D
455/800 kHz Down Imaging
Maximum Depth1900 ft1000 ft600 ft 2D
250 ft Down Imaging
GPS Antenna TypeInternal, high-sensitivity GPS+WAASInternal high-sensitivity WAAS + EGNOS + MSASInternal
Waypoint Storage500030002,500
Plot TrailsUp to 10 trails - up to 12,000 points/trail100 retraceable plot trails/up to 10,000 points per trail50 w/ 20,000 points each
Background MapLake InsightOver 3,000 enhanced lake maps with depth contour and shoreline detail, plus coastal shoreline detail with offshore depth contours to 1,000 ft./305 m and spot depth soundingsHumminbird UniMap

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