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Review of Lowrance HDS-10

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If you’re looking for the very best that Lowrance has to offer in its entire fishfinder/chartplotter product line, then look no further than the Lowrance HDS 10. They have put all of their R&D into this unit and it represents a culmination of years of experience and refinement. The HDS 10 is the flagship model of their flagship high definition series. The high definition aspect is immediately evident when viewing imagery on its gorgeous 10 inch full color Super VGA screen. Having one of the largest screens on the market is one thing but with SolarMax Plus, images really pop and full detail is realized regardless of light conditions or viewing angle.

Combining its powerful dual band sounder, which provides superb graphical images of underwater structures and fish of all sizes, with its standout mapping, plotting, charting and GPS navigational ability really brings the entire picture together. An astounding 30,000 watts of power allows the transducer to penetrate the waters to depths of nearly 5000 feet. All of that power is combined with familiar but essential tools like FishSymbol ID, FishTrack, and Hyperscroll. Users can even call up multiple graphs and scrolling sonar data simultaneously onto the screen with the Flashgraf feature so that nothing will go unnoticed.

On the navigational side of things is where the HDS line really shines. The HDS 10 is endowed with a super accurate WAAS GPS antenna that can pinpoint current location to within 10 feet and is loaded with mapping software. Take your pick from an assortment of maps that cover the Americas and beyond in high definition.

Even more options are available when its time to upgrade. Network with other peripheral devices via the NMEA data port and turn the HDS 10 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 surroundings. Lowrance has invested everything its knows about the wants and needs of today’s pro fisherman into the HDS line and it shows.

 Lowrance HDS-10Humminbird 1198ci SIHumminbird 1158c DI
Screen Size10.4 in / 264 mm10.4 in / 264 mm10.4 in / 264 mm
Screen Resolution600 x 800 pixels480 x 800 pixels480 x 800 pixels
Display Type16-bit color Super VGA SolarMAX PLUS TFT4:3 Color TFT4:3 Color TFT
Imaging2D2D and Side 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 W equivalent 3750W1000W RMS
8000W Peak-to-Peak
500W RMS
4000W Peak-To-Peak
Sonar Frequency50/83/200 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

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