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Simrad GO5 XSE Review

Simrad GO5 XSE has an average rating of 2 out of 5 based on 1 user reviews.



The Simrad G05 XSE fish finder/chart plotter is perfectly suited to compact sports boats and coastal fishermen, delivering more for enjoying your day on the water. The 5″ color super-bright LCD display is flush, flat or bracket mountable to fit just about any compact day boat. Adjustable split-screen views make the GO5 XSE a full-featured yet simple to use chart plotter. The sleek standalone unit offers intuitive multi-touch controls like your smartphone and tablet, while screen icons are easy to recognize. You pinch to zoom, or drag to pan smoothly across charts, tap to set or select your waypoints. The simple home screen layouts and menu options give access to every function.

An internal high-speed 10 Hz GPS receiver and built-in Insight mapping for US Coastal and Lakes are at the heart of the GO5 XSE. The charts and latest updates are accessed through Wi-Fi. C-Map Max-N, Navionics, Insight, Insight Genesis, and NV Digital Charts are additionally available to meet your needs in microSD format.

A Cruise Charting page, unique to GO5 XSE, shows on a single page all the critical navigation charts and data. The new TripIntel trip computer provides fuel range information overlaid on charts, tide levels, and detailed history of past trips, routes and boat performance. It gathers all the information needed to plan a successful day on the water. Outboard and inboard engines, sensors for fuel flow, fluid level, speed, heading, and water temperature can all be connected to the Simrad GO5 XSE through the NMEA 2000 communications standard for autopilot integration control.

The Simrad Extended Sonar Edition features the latest built-in TotalScan™, StructureScan® HD, DownScan Imaging™ and ForwardScan™ Sonar technology. Connecting a suitable transducer such as the all-in-one transom-mount Mid/High 455/800 TotalScan transducer delivers accurate, real-time depth tracking and fish finding. The depth history view lets you scroll back and set waypoints for the best anchorage spots for fishing. The DownScan Imaging view shows you a picture-like view of fish-holding structures on the bottom on both sides of and beneath the boat with award-winning StructureScan HD technology. CHIRP (Compressed High Intensity Radar Pulse) Sonar will deliver enhanced target separation from concealing cover, an improved target identification at greater depths, and a clearer display with less clutter and interference. ForwardScan sonar technology, enabled with a separate compatible transducer, can provide 2-dimensional views of the bottom ahead of your boat that can keep you from running aground if waters are poorly charted.

For marine entertainment while on the water, the Simrad SonicHub 2 marine audio system is designed to work with the GO5 XSE display. You can listen to the built-in AM/FM radio, play MP3 files from a USB drive, or stream music from Bluetooth connected smartphones, tablets or other devices. In addition, the GoFree Controller app can tether the GO5 XSE to Android or iOS devices, providing complete control on iPad and mirroring the display on smartphones. The built-in GoFree cloud also allows you to update software and download wireless maps as well as apps anywhere you have a wireless connection.

Simrad’s tradition of innovative and cutting edge performance makes the compact GO5 XSE a perfect tool to enhance and simplify your fishing and boating time on the water at an unbeatable price. You can get a great deal on Simrad GO5 XSE here.

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Screen Size5 in5 in5 in
Screen Resolution800 x 480800 x 480800 x 480 pixels
Display TypeWidescreen, 16:9 ; WVGA color TFT LCDWVGA Colour TFT LCD256 Color TFT
Imaging2D and Down Imaging and Side Imaging2D, Down Imaging and Side Imaging2D, Down Imaging and Side Imaging
Transducer TypeTransom Mount/Trolling MotorTransom MountTransom Mount/Trolling Motor
Transmit Power500W RMS500 W (RMS)500W RMS, 4000W Peak to Peak
Sonar Frequency(50/200 or 83/200 kHz) + 455/800 kHzTraditional: 83/200 kHz
CHIRP (mid and high)
DownScan: 455/800 kHz
StructureScan: 455/800 kHz
200/83 kHz 2D
455 kHz Down Imaging and Side Imaging
Maximum Depth1000 ft1000 ft1500 ft 2D
100 ft Side Imaging
GPS Antenna Type10kHz Internal high-sensitivity WAAS/EGNOS/MSAS10 Hz GPS receiverInternal
Waypoint Storage300010,000 points total combined waypoints / route points2500

User Reviews

Posted by 25cobi

  • 2/5

This looks like a good unit but the looks are deceiving. It frequently loses depth and bottom, it’s unable to track bottom at medium and high speeds. The preloaded maps are useless.

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