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Old 06-03-2007, 02:51 PM
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I am going to buy 2 units, a fishfinder and a chartplotter. Both are goinig to be color and have 5in. screens. (Lowrance x515c and Globalmap 5300c)(Humminbird 747c and 755c) With lowrance the total will be 1100.00 and with humminbird it will be 900.00. The only difference is the price and the resolution of the screen. hummminbird is 320x320 and lowrance is 480x480. I am all about saving money so does the resolution really matter? I'd love tohear your opinions especially if you have any of these units.
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I own a Lowrance LCX 26, which has slightly higher resolution--480 x 640 on one boat (have another FF and GPS plotter also on that boat), and a Garmin 492 which has resolution closer to the Hummingbird. I am also using a Hummingbird which has 320 x 320 on the same boat with the Garmin. To me the Lowrance is brighter and the screen resolution does make a difference. The Lowrance is also NMEA 2000 compatable, and if you have fuel flow, or engines which are NMEA 2000 compatable, this is a step up. I like the Lowrance Fish finder a little better than the Hummingbird. Also Lowrance has some very nice, inexpensive chartography in Nautipath. But both units will use navionics.

I also own the predicessor to the 5300 (the 3300) and it is still working very well after 5 years.
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Go with the Lowrance.
Old 06-05-2007, 11:06 PM
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Screen resolution is important. Details it's all in the details. You might consider moving up to a good combo with a 7" screen and
add a second unit with the next model change. Thats what I did and I purchased an LCX 25C with a 200khz t/m for $497 from
BOE. Quite a bargain compared to buying the LCX 26CHD when it first came out for $1849.00 Feb 2005. I would look for a
bargain on a larger set of screens. If you wan't to save money look for closeouts on any of the top brands as new lines are
introduced you can save a ton of money.

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I would go with lowrance of the 2 you mentioned I tried the humming bird in the past have used the lowrence - eagle units for the last 25 years .Right now have lowrance 18 ff global 7000 both work perfectly after 3 years of heavy use cant say the same for hummingbird.jmoo
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I have a Lowrance 7200c chartplotter and X515c FF. Both purchased in April of this year. The 515 has been great, the 7200 on the other hand continues to lock up. I have gone to Lowrances self help sight and saw that my 2 month old chartplotter needs a program upgrade. Call Lowrance and wait on hold for 28min untill I get to talk to a person who was going to send me a upgrade MMC card that was supposed to be here last Friday. Upgrade card is still not here and the kicker for me was I had to pay $8 in shipping for the card and have to send it back.
I don't want to bash Lowrance here, but I am a little less than overly excited about the customer service I received as of yet. Just some info to use in your choice.
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What is the wattage and the transducer kHz? For saltwater use you don't want to go obver 200 khz. I have Lowrances and love them. The older humminbirds were bad technology for saltwater. The new ones are looking pretty good. But I really don't know much about them. WE run pretty deep saltwater here in the PAcific and it takes a pretty good unit to woork right. I have a Lowrance LCX104 and LCX113. I usae them both and wouldn't trade them for anything.

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