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Old 08-16-2015, 06:35 PM
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Use both touch and buttons
Zooming way easier with knob, panning easier with touch
Wouldnt have just one
Agree with above posts, I'm 50/50 touch /button
Old 08-16-2015, 11:13 PM
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Love my Garmin touchscreens and i also have the RF remote to use while underway. It can control up to 3 different units.
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Originally Posted by Seastrikefisher View Post
Love the touch screen's would never go back.
this! Garmin 7212
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I love my 7612xsv. I've no problems using the touch screen while underway or while rocking and rolling in a busy inlet. Although I have the GRID, I almost never use it (but that may change come December).
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I have a Simrad NSS8 Evo2 next to my Furuno Navnet 2 and I love it. I do most of my navigating and run the radar with the Furuno and keep the Simrad on echo as I'm running. When I'm actively searching an area, I'll put it in side scan and split the Furuno screen. It's awesome for snagging fishing waypoints and has put me on some of my best spots. I don't seem to have the rocking and rolling problems some have indicated. Whatever boat I have, it will have at least one touch screen.
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Do the touch screens get overly fingerprinted during use or are they resistant to oils, smudges, etc? Is it just something you get used to?
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Originally Posted by Auburn1 View Post
Do the touch screens get overly fingerprinted during use or are they resistant to oils, smudges, etc? Is it just something you get used to?
I dont notice it too bad when the unit is on. The screen looks more dirty when the unit is off. Good thing is that touch screens are easier to clean than the crevasses around buttons. I have both a touch unit (Furuno tzt) and a button unit. (gp1870f)
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I just bought the Garmin 7608xsv from Gil...He was great to work with and I love the machine. As far as touch screen, I have only used it once on an offshore fishing trip, it did take some getting used to, and I did touch the wrong thing a couple of times while running/bouncing around...Right now, I think I like buttons better, but I'm sure it will be fine...
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I notice the 740S shrinks the screen necessarily when you touch it to offer you button choices. IOW if you miss the zoom button you get a bunch of options on the right side. Thus mitigating the suggested benefit of increased screen real estate with touch only.
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I'm waiting for the manufacturers to figure out that you can control a non touch unit from a tablet. With the Lowrance / Navico GoFree system they're sort of there except that you can only control a touch unit from the tablet / phone.

You could have the best of both worlds, the stability and haptic feedback of buttons and the ability to type in text without pulling your teeth out.
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HDS, 2-9's and a 7.......love the touch.
Old 08-17-2015, 09:31 AM
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I have both touch and button 10" Garmin machines on my helm and the 7610 runs rings around the button machines. I spearfish and constantly have guts and slime on my fingers and have no issues with the touchscreens. If all I used was standalone units the button/jog dial units would be fine but when you have an MFD with endless data screen and function options the touchscreens allow for the fastest interface between them all.

As with any electronic device for your vessel, where you mount it makes all the difference in the world when it comes to being user friendly and efficient. Both my 10" units are very close to me where I can rest my hand or fingertips on the frame of the unit to steady my actions with my thumb or index finger. This makes a huge difference when under power in any kind of seas. If you're going to mount your unit where you cannot touch it with a bent elbow you will struggle to interact effectively with either but especially a touch screen. Unfortunately most new boats are setting up their dashes for flush mounting and don't offer the dash space for gimble mounting so as you can choose a location that fits you best. To me the aesthetics gained on flush mounting shouldn't override functual placement but that's just me.

Also I wouldn't judge anything on what commercials use as they normally are the very last to make technology changes. Hell, if loran C was still up some of my commercial friends would still be using it.
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Garmin touch screen works great...would not go back to buttons.
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I only use the touch screen when I have to (panning, placing waypoints and building routes) 2 NSS12 classics and an NSS7 classic.

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