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Tuesday, 21 June 2011 04:48

Lowrance® HDS-7 Fish Finder Review

Enter the new era of fish finding with the HDS series by Lowrance. With Lowrance’s-exclusive Broadband Sounder™ you will see fish you couldn’t see before. This award-winning fish-finding technology displays more targets with greater sensitivity and higher definition. You get superior target marking in all conditions, so you can find more fish hiding in any cover. Bottom contours will show up better than ever. The advantages don’t stop there. You’ll always know where you are on the water thanks to the super-sensitive internal GPS antenna. It’s also fully compatible with Sirius® real-time weather and radio services available through affordable inland and offshore packages. Use the built-in Ethernet connection to share high-speed, high-bandwidth data with all HDS displays on your boat, including sonar graphs, navigation and Sirius weather/radio and radar. The HDS-7 features a panoramic 6.4" SVGA display with crystal-clear 480x640-pixel resolution.

Choose exclusive Lowrance mapping plus Insight high-definition charts or the enhanced U.S. basemap:
  • All HDS chart-plotter models with the enhanced U.S. basemap feature complete U.S. geographical coverage for more than 100,000 bodies of water and nearly 5,000 enhanced U.S. lakes with highly detailed shorelines and depth contours
  • Insight high-definition mapping delivers unprecedented detail with lightning-fast map-screen updates
  • Insight™ USA combines inland and coastal coverage of Lake Insight™, including more than 60,000 marked Fishing Hot Spots
  • Compatible with complete range of Navionics® mapping cartridges, including Platinum and Platinum Plus
  • All HDS units feature Turboview™ for enhanced viewing with top-of-the-line Navionics® Platinum 3-D charts
  • HDS chartplotters are fully compatible with all Lowrance plug-and-play choices, including Lake Master® Pro Maps, Fishing Hot Spots® Pro, NauticPath™ and FreedomMaps™
Lowrance HDS-7 includes:
  • User-friendly menu display lets you fly through control functions with ease and speed
  • Brighter SolarMAX™ PLUS screens deliver the highest-contrast picture detail and the best wide-angle viewing available
  • Adjustable super-white LED backlighting is the best for all fishing conditions, from remarkable brilliance in direct sun or total darkness
  • Built-in broadband high-definition sonar
  • 83/200kHz or 50/200kHz transducer

Fish have nowhere left to hide with StructureScan. Get true 180°, panoramic sonar imaging with the most advanced imaging system on the market. The StructureScan module merges high-resolution data with its high-speed Ethernet from three field-proven systems – SideScan imaging, DownScan™ imaging and 2-D sonar. This fish-finding triple-play provides a complete underwater picture in split-screen format on any HDS system. This sleek, simple-to-install system includes a low-profile transducer and the LSS-1 black box waterproof module that connects easily to your new or existing HDS unit with an included 15-ft. Ethernet cable. The plug-and-play LSS-1 module also lets you network up to three HDS units for monitoring SideScan, DownScan and 2-D sonar across multiple screens for one-look access to critical data; it’s also adaptable for other upgrades like the LWX-1 satellite receiver.

Musky Equipment User Review from user hawkanth:

I bought this unit with insight USA. The guys at Lowrance just told me that "this mapping is nowhere near the level of detail that you get if you buy the Insight HD card from them". I feel like I was sold a bill of goods and should have spent my $$ on the navionics or insight card directly from another source. As far as the unit goes...I love it, and would recommend it.
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