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Old 04-11-2016, 12:08 PM   #1
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Question lowrance or hummingbird

looking for opinions, I am going to upgrade my old lowrance lcx 26 and Cabelas is having a sale on Hummingbird 999ci HD SI for $900.00. I had pretty much decided on going with the Lowrance Elite-7 ti with Totalscan, and now I am unsure which to get.
Any opinions and thanks.
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I just got the elite 7 ti and couldn't be happier the structure scan image is so detailed it's Amazing and it's so user friendly
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Old 04-14-2016, 07:39 AM   #3
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Thanks smoked, I have always had lowrance but with the big mark down on the Hummingbird
999 ci HD SI made me think about that.
But that is last years technology. HMMM?????
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Thanks smoked, I have always had lowrance but with the big mark down on the Hummingbird
999 ci HD SI made me think about that.
But that is last years technology. HMMM?????
999 is ancient technology, even by Humminbird standards.
In general it's a decent unit, but software issues, especially when it comes to 2D sonar,
were never corrected.
NAVICO (Lowrance & Simrad) are basically state of the art for recreational boaters, and is my
first choice by far...
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some of the Hummingbirds integrate with Minn Kota iPilot, so if you have one of those I would give a strong look at the Humminbird. Some of the Lowrances integrate with the Motor Guides.
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Thanks guy's I'm leaning towards the Lowrance.
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My Humminbird soap box for 898c HDSI and 898 c SI...

The Humminbirds do seem old. Like they are still using the software from the early 90's.

It allows you to select which items to display (temp, TOC, Speed, Time, Depth, etc.) but then not display them. For instance the TOC, you cant get rid of it on Navigation views, get off my screen toc, no body likes you. Temp is not displayed on some views.

If you shut off the Sonar, then turn it back on it changes your view to what it thinks you should be looking at. What the hell? Programmers getting lazy?

The display items (time,temp,speed) are not transparent so they hold their own screen space. They should be transparent so you can display the depth finder behind it.

On the split screen (depth finder/navigation) you should be able to slide the depth finder portion of the screen all the way over behind the time,temp,speed display section allowing you to see the depth finder and have full navigation screen.

Time,depth, speed display section should allow for size variations. I don't need a full vertical inch of screen to tell me the time.

If you turn off the transducer, it shuts off the temp gauge. Well those are 2 different functions. Why shut the whole thing off? I just don't want it to ping.

They are very voltage specific and tend to shut off if your not wired directly to the battery.
The wire harness/connectors suck, it's supposed to be mounted into the harness but the wires still move and come unplugged/unrecognized. Don't buy Humminbird if you remove your unit regularly, you will have wire harness/connector problems.

The power wire is 18ga and only a few feet long. To extend the power wire they want you to use 12ga. Anyone know of a 12ga to 18ga wire connector? Me neither. The supplied power wire should be 20ft, cutable, and 14ga.

External GPS units: If something happens to the GPS puck, you cant even manually use the charts. It no longer will display any maps.

Some times it takes forever to initiate. Like 5 minutes sitting there waiting for that exit screen, then you have to wait for the GPS to lock on on top of that.

Transducer mounted under trolling motor head has significant Side Imaging interference. Down seems fine, but SI is no good.

SI transducer is HUGE! It regularly kicked up running in the open ocean just from the water pressure. I adjusted it but finally just drilled a screw into the side of the mount to lock it in.

The jigging mode is pretty sweet. I have watched my jig move up and down on the screen as I moved the rod in near real time. Pretty crazy.

Some HD images come out like a commercial. Crazy good detail.

Even with the above complaints, I would still buy them and still recommend them.
I'm really hoping the new models have been fully updated.
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Even with the above complaints, I would still buy them and still recommend them.
I'm really hoping the new models have been fully updated.
I have been reading about Humminbird issues for years, but with that said, BIRD
users are a very loyal niche group, and have faith that Humminbird will get it all
right one day...
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The Hbird may seem old but three reasons I keep going back to them after I buy a new toy of another brand.
1. I've had 4 units on 4 diff boats..........about a decade of using them and not one warranty claim. Jesus, I'm on a first name basis with Garmin
2. Price
3. The sounder in water 200' and less shows structure and bait pods better than all these others I've had: Raymarine, Furuno 585 w T260. Garmin GSD26 w 2kw shoot through ducer, and Garmin 7610xsv with sidescan ducer.
If you do get one, it's worth the money to get a heading sensor with it.
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