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Humminbird 698ci HD SI Review

Rating
4.1/5
 
Humminbird 698ci HD SI has an average rating of 4.14 out of 5 based on 7 user reviews.

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Vendor Price
BassPro $699.99
Sears $785.70
Cabelas $699.99
ISave $699.99
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You can get a $50 mail-in rebate if you purchase by July 31st, see the details here.

The Humminbird 698ci HD SI features a brilliant 640V X 480H, backlit, five inch, 256 color display. It offers precision GPS chart plotting, as well as Down Imaging and Side Imaging sonar. This unit has a tilt and swivel mounting system with quick disconnects and built-in Humminbird UniMap cartography. You can also save your favorite views with three preset buttons that are programmable. The Humminbird 698ci HD SI fishfinder GPS system will enhance the fishing experience for any angler.

The Humminbird 698ci HD SI is a good choice if you want advanced features but aren’t concerned with the size of the screen. The unit offers a high definition display that is amazingly clear. The included transducer is capable of depths of 1,500 feet, and it has power output of 4,000 watts (PTP), 500 watts (RMS). Side imaging covers 240 feet on either side of the boat. The internal GPS receiver is accurate and fast and the standard one card slot allows a selection of optional maps including Navionics, AutoChart, and LakeMaster.

The 600 Series Humminbird fishfinders are intended to combine all of the professional features of larger fishfinders with an unobtrusive, sleek footprint and a medium sized screen that is easy to read. Regardless if the Humminbird 698ci HD SI fishfinder is flush mounted on the dash or gimbal mounted in the fore or aft of the fishing boat, it provides anglers with fish finding ability that is world class.

Features:

  • • Temperature and Speed are included.
  • • Sonar Coverage of 180 degrees, 60 degrees, and 20 degrees.
  • • Maximum depth of 1,500 feet (2D and 100 feet DI/SI)
  • • Built in UniMap
  • • Precision WASS+GPS
  • • SwitchFire
  • • DualBeam Plus
  • • Down Imaging
  • • Side Imaging
  • • Ultra bright five inch HD 480H X 640V color display

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Screen Size7 in5 in 5 in
Screen Resolution480 x 800 pixels640 x 640 pixels480 x 640 pixels
Display Type16-bit color, Full VGA SolarMax PllusTFT256 Color TFT256 Color TFT
Imaging2D and Down Imaging2D and Side Imaging2D and Side Imaging
Transducer TypeTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom Mount/Trolling Motor
Transmit PowerMax 250W RMS
30,000W Peak to Peak analog equivalent
500W RMS
4000W Peak-to-Peak
500W RMS
4000W Peak-To-Peak
Sonar Frequency 50/200 or 83/200 kHz 2D
455/800 kHz Down Imaging
83/200 kHz 2D
455 kHz Side Imaging
200/455 kHz 2D
455/800 kHz Side Imaging
Maximum Depth1000 or 2500 ft 2D
300 ft Down Imaging
1500 ft 2D
100 ft Side Imaging
1500 ft 2D
100 ft Side Imaging
GPS Antenna TypeInternal, high-sensitivity GPS+WAASInternalInternal
Waypoint Storage300025002500
Routes1005050
Plot TrailsUp to 100 trails - up to 10,000 points / trail50 w/20,000 points each 50 w/20,000 points each
Base MapExpanded U.S. BaseMap or Insight USAHumminbird ContourXDHumminbird UniMap
MSRP$699$899$699
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User Reviews

Posted by Skip Evans

  • 1/5
1

Humminbird models seem to get worse every year – last year they took 798, got rid of ethernet connectivity and called it 598. This year they took 598 put in a lower resolution display and called it 698. Hey, but you can get a KVD version with red buttons for 50 bucks more! I won’t be buying this or any other Humminbird fishfinder anytime soon.

Posted by Swens

  • 5/5
5

Yeah you can buy the Lowrance instead and have to pay an extra $600’s for “Structure Scan” and have a giant 2nd transducer hanging off your boat, for what this unit does standard with 1 puck style transducer. If you want Ethernet and an extra 150 pixels, you have plenty of high end options. If you want all the same features – DownScan, SI, Charting and Sonar Dual Beam, in a smaller unit that doesn’t cost $1000+, then this is great option.

The 798 was $999 and the 598 was $899 – They did the exact same thing- This is $699.

Posted by Dan H.

  • 5/5
5

Great fishfinder. Very accurate, shows the fish and structure, gives great coverage, much larger than pure down imaging fishfinders in this price range. GPS seems to be accurate too, I can fish in dense fog with no worries now.

Posted by EricsDad

  • 5/5
5

I got a couple of these on Amazon last month. These units rock, they paid for themselves in their first bass tournament (4th place).

Posted by Capt Bob

  • 5/5
5

This unit has everything you need – sonar, down image, side image and GPS. All of this in one display and one transducer. I got it on Amazon for $660 – cheap at twice the price.

Posted by Bushman John

  • 5/5
5

i am a licensed outfitter and fishing guide and these little units are major bang for the buck. i have two on my bass boat and they paid for themselves the first two trips out. had a problem with one right after i got it ( screen went out) but sent it back to HB and they had it back out to me within a couple days via priority mail. works perfectly now.great unit for the money

Posted by Mike2718

  • 3/5
3

These units seem to have major problems with GPS. GPS doesn’t start when the unit is powered on. This seems to be a widespread problem and is well documented on the internet. When this happens I run self check which seems to resolve the problem. The sonar is great though.

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