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HDS Gen2 Touch – First Impressions

Old 10-01-2012, 01:12 AM
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Default HDS Gen2 Touch – First Impressions

The only segment of the fishfinder / chart plotter / combo market that Lowrance had not tapped into, was the touch screen feature. Many users out there that preferred a touch screen paid a hefty price, and I’m not talking about actual cash. I’m talking about inferior sonar, no high frequency down scan and side scan imaging and nowhere near the networking capability of the Lowrance HDS range. This has all changed now with the launch of the HDS Gen2 Touch.


The range consists of three models, the HDS7 Gen2 Touch, the HDS9 Gen2 Touch and the HDS12 Gen2 Touch. They are all compatible with the rest of the HDS Gen2 range.



It is hard to believe that so much has been squeezed into a single unit. Let’s have a look at what this amazing unit has in it, and what all those components are worth. (South African Rands – ZAR)

HDS7 Gen2 Touch (TBA) vs. LCX28c (R19 000)

Display = R16 000 (5 years ago)
GPS Receiver = R3 000
Broadband Sonar = R9 000
StructureScanHD = R6 000
Laptop & software = R6 000 (to create maps of SideScan data)
Touch Screen Tablet = R5 000 (to display the SideScan maps on a portable device with built in GPS)

Total = R45 000



The HDS Gen2 is also 50% brighter, twice the processor speed, 10 times the internal memory and a host of additional features that enhance the overall user experience.

Before you answer this next question, just go back to 2008 when the LCX28c was launched, and think what you could buy with R19 000 back then.

Knowing what you know now, what would you pay for the HDS7 Gen2 Touch?

Technical:
The HDS G2 Touch now has 5 plugs in the back, with the addition of the StructureScan transducer



The display sizes of the HDS G2 Touch (blue) compared to the HDS G1 & G2 (yellow)



The resolution on the almighty HDS12 G2 Touch (blue) compared to that of the HDS10 G1 & G2 (yellow)



The videos available:

1. HDS Gen2 Touch – Is this the right direction for Lowrance?

2. HDS Gen2 Touch – Screen Calibration - REMOVED (it appears that I had a faulty unit)

3. HDS Gen2 Touch – Pages & Panels

4. HDS Gen2 Touch – Panel Resize

5. HDS Gen2 Touch – Power & Brightness

6. HDS Gen2 Touch – Auto Contrast

7. HDS Gen2 Touch – Simple, not Simplistic

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Looks GREAT. The Lowrance site isn't even updated lol. As nice as it is, I still may well end up with a Simrad. None the less, sweet unit.

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These E companies are getting like golf club manufacturing companies: new model coming yearly. When I sold golf equipment, I remember the same guys coming in and buying the new "hot" driver every season, even though the ones they were replacing were only a season old. At $400- $800 a pop, that equipment sure added up. I never understood it. The marine electronics are even worse because the price tags of the equipment is even higher. Now we have Lowrance putting out two models in two years. I bought the HDS7 Gen 2 in March of this year. I REFUSE to go out and buy a new unit less than a year later. Sad thing is that Lowrance probably has 3 more units already designed and will release them in each successive year, just to make money on the people who have to have the newest equipment, instead of combining the technology into one unit and going with it for 3-4 years. The new stuff may be cool, but it will be old technology by next year. Just my opinion on spending hard earned money.
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7s started shipping last week and some vendors have them available today call your West marine store Seadon whats wrong with Lowrance making money? sour grape
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Originally Posted by Seadonist View Post
These E companies are getting like golf club manufacturing companies: new model coming yearly. The new stuff may be cool, but it will be old technology by next year. Just my opinion on spending hard earned money.
Indeed, like the Iphone..

Started in 07 with the first phone and here we are in 2012 and now on the 6th generation.
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What's driving your decision to go Simrad? I am mulling over the same choice and wonder what features are making you choose one over another.


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Looks GREAT. The Lowrance site isn't even updated lol. As nice as it is, I still may well end up with a Simrad. None the less, sweet unit.

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Fishton,

Thanks for the early info. Looks like I may need that 9" soon.


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Started in 07 with the first phone and here we are in 2012 and now on the 6th generation.
Yep, Apple stock price is up 6 times since 2007 also

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Originally Posted by stiletto View Post
What's driving your decision to go Simrad? I am mulling over the same choice and wonder what features are making you choose one over another.
NSS8 would still be my preferred choice, several reasons for this.

User interface - Autopilot integration -Screen resolution -CHIRP support.
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The 12" is higher rez than the NSS.
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As you stated, "What's driving your decision to go Simrad?"

There's more to my answer than resolution. ONE factor out of 4.
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Sorry, wasn't commenting to you in particular. Your reasons are very good and food for thought.
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Disappointed in the resolution of the 9.
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Originally Posted by stiletto View Post
Disappointed in the resolution of the 9.
BINGO so can YOU say Simrad NSS8 ?
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tagging on for updates...
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Originally Posted by stiletto View Post
Disappointed in the resolution of the 9.
I agree.

Plus, looking at the back of the unit, still no video input?

I also wish they still had more physical buttons. It seems like the units are now too "much" dependent on touch.

I like touch, but I don't like to rely on touch for very common things.
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Anyone have the MSRP for them yet? The 12" include the fishfinder?
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I found this on another site:

Lowrance says wireless apps are coming next for the HDS line, sometime in 2013. Meanwhile, you’ll find the HDS-7 and 9 in stores this fall, and the HDS-12 Gen2 will arrive in December of this year. Price ranges from $1,299 to $3,249.

Read more: http://www.boats.com/blog/2012/10/ma...#ixzz283kXuSJh
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Now that the interface has taken on a whole new look to support touch, I sure hope this doesn't mean end of line for software updates to existing products.
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Originally Posted by happyfirst View Post
Now that the interface has taken on a whole new look to support touch, I sure hope this doesn't mean end of line for software updates to existing products.
I'm hoping some of those UI features like selecting your own combination / order of screens WILL come to the existing units..... can always hope......
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Originally Posted by happyfirst View Post
I agree.

1. Plus, looking at the back of the unit, still no video input?

2. I also wish they still had more physical buttons. It seems like the units are now too "much" dependent on touch.

I like touch, but I don't like to rely on touch for very common things.
1.

2. So you would like a iPhone 5 with an actual qwerty keyboard?

Don't forget about the Wi-Fi connectivity with the 9 & 12.
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