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Old 06-16-2013, 07:48 PM
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Anyone take delivery of a Garmin 8000 series display yet.
I/m still waiting with no idea on when i'll have mine.
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our rep confirmed land n sea has them in stock ready to ship so i can tell you they are available
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Sorry for waking up an old thread - but I just got my Garmin 8008

Darn - those things are BIG - Half the depth of the thing is only heatsink fins. And for an 8" it weighs a TON. I would guess 2/3's of the weight are heat sinks. I don't understand why they need that much cooling - it only uses 1.2-1.7 Amps in my test so far * 12 V = < 20 watt - that should not require 2 kg of heatsink.
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Glad you woke up this old thread. I'm still waiting for my refit to be done. Over a year now. I still have never seen the 8215's I'm buying. Can't even look at them at West Marine and haven't seen them at any of the local boat shows. I'm glad you got yours. How does the screen look and work? How's the refresh speed?
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seems to me the brightness is a bit more on the 52 and 72. or maybe the glass is more reflective or they use a different light board that seems less bright. other than that real fast and nice.
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Originally Posted by Mad Fisher View Post
Glad you woke up this old thread. I'm still waiting for my refit to be done. Over a year now. I still have never seen the 8215's I'm buying. Can't even look at them at West Marine and haven't seen them at any of the local boat shows. I'm glad you got yours. How does the screen look and work? How's the refresh speed?
I would say it is a mixed bag of chips ... - the refresh speed is good - but not as good as I had expected. The external SD card reader is annoyingly big (huge) - and has power-cable with same size wire as the one for the 8008 unit itself. Not very elegant at all. And card reader struggles with reading a card when plugged in first time - I had to plug in both my cards 3 times before the card reader recognised them. But great you can keep your map charts below deck. But there would actually almost have been space enough to put a Wi-Fi access point INTO the card reader... - it is that big. And the reader retails at $200 - which I think is daylight theft. They could at least have made it a 4 SD card reader for that price.

And due to the cooling fin's the connectors on the 8008 is all very close together so it will be a challenge to install if you have little space or big hands.

There is still no documentation for the Engine/House CAN ports - but it is NMEA 2000 connectors - so maybe it is just "segmented" NMEA 2000. I think that is needed with the range of equipment with 10 Hz update speed - since you can actually now quite quickly get up to 20-40% network load on NMEA 2000 with a few 10 Hz sensors (2 x GPS receivers - 2 heading sensors - 2 engines and 1 weather sensor and you are close to 40% unless you actively manage your NMEA 2000 net). Above 40% you will start getting packet loss or delays. NMEA 2000 is truly outdated...

On the good points is that the screens are still 4:3 format - there Garmin knows what they are doing despite the higher cost of sourcing screens. 16:9 or 16:10 format is not really right for marine use (or for any other use than watching movies) - but there is a lot of wasted bezel space. And Garmin has not fallen for the MicroSD card trend - which is also great - MicroSD has no place on a boat (IMHO) - gets lost to easy - not "industrial strength"

Screen brightness is good - but to compare to 5000 series - you need a brand new 5000 series to compare with - as brightness dies a bit with age. So I can't tell. But the auto brightness is annoying in this version - it is too sensible and turns up/down all the time and you can visibly see it increase/decrease brightness levels in steps. Multi touch is not really multi touch (yet) - yes you can pinch to zoom - but that is about it. And it is not super responsive like and iPad. Compared to iPad it feels very slow to react. No view angle change in 3D mode from multi-touch or other advanced multi-touch features.

But we are still at the first production software release (3.20) - so I have hopes for better - and more optimized software in the future.

But I still don't know why it needs such huge cooling fins unless Garmin wants us to think the unit is "filled with goods" and heavy = good.... like some companies did with speakers in the old days (They put lead bars in the bottom of the speaker case to make them seem more substantial). So the 8008 would not be much bigger than the 741xs if you removed the cooling fins.

So far - a mixed bag of "chips" I would say - part great - part "as we are used to" from older series.

But more as I dive into the features

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