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Old 08-16-2015, 08:44 AM
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Default How do you like your Touch Screen displays?

Curious how everyone likes their touch screen displays. Admittedly I'm not a fan of the concept as my fingers are usually coated in sunscreen, salt, and fish guts and smudges on my display are a major pet peeve.

Some makers like Raymarine have stuck to hybrid control I guess to suit people like me. But viewing area is maximized with no knobs, a big advantage.

How good are touch screens on an open fisherman?
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I've got Simrad Evo2 12".

I'd say 70% screen. 30% button / knob use.

Touch screen isn't that great when it's rough out imo.
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I also prefer to have both touch and buttons. Some operations are best with touch other are best with the rotary knob. I'm running one first generation NSS12 and one NSS12 Evo2.
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I agree with everyone else. Touch screens are very difficult to use if boat is rocking or moving. I went from hybrid screens to touch and hate it.
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70 percent buttons and 30 percent screen on the evo's
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Running a Furuno TZT that offers a rotoknob and touch. I like using both functions of the roto knob and touch features.
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I found the 7612xsv to be a breeze even while running.
the processor is super fast

Much faster than my 1040xs machines

I didn't bother with the manual and learned quickly how to navigate the UI

I think I am going to love them when using more.
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I have learned the hard way that it is best to turn off the unit when cleaning the screen. II messed up my setting by mistake.
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Love the touch screen's would never go back.
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Having worked on touchscreen technology in other applications I wouldn't own one on a boat
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Love my 7612xsv
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I prefer buttons over touch screen. When I upgraded last winter went from touch screen back to buttons.
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I have a Lowrance HDS 10 non touch as my main unit - touch really doesn't work with gloves at all.

That said, there are a lot of things that touch does better and recently I put up an HDS 7 touch to run the autopilot. The combo is nice. The software allows you to do pretty much anything on either display. Typing in names of waypoints is hella easier on the touch screen, as is creating routes on the map.
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i use touch only and it works great. no problems when its wet or rough. it just works. much quicker than buttons as well.
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Wouldn't trade my nss7 with knob zoom for anything else. Touch is great for some things but the garmin 740 I also use from time to time isn't as user friendly.
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I believe touch screens were a marketing gimmick. All electronics are mimicking cell phones. The reality is they are less convenient on boats. Between "dirty fingers" and rolling boats any benifit touted is negated.
If you look at real commercial grade machines, you see almost no machines are touch screen.
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I've only had all-buttons or all-touch. I prefer touchscreens to buttons by a huge margin. In rough seas, I find touchscreens just as easy (or difficult) to use as all-buttons.

When I'm using a touchscreen in rough water, I "anchor" my hand to the plotter by touching the perimeter of the plotter before I touch the screen with my thumb or index finger (while my other fingers are still touching the perimeter).

My largest touchscreen is 7", though. Maybe it would be more difficult with a 12"-16" touchscreen. ;?

Later this year, I'll be getting a hybrid plotter. I expect I'll prefer the interface to all-touch, but I'll be less happy about using the extra real estate (for a given screen size).
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We have an HDS-7 touch on our new bay boat. So far (60 + hours on the motor from a whole bunch of close fishing trips), my son and I love the technology. Coming from an HDS- 7 Gen 2 on the prior bay boat, the added screen size is immediately apparent. I thought it might be a gimmick, but it is intuitive, and it really works well. I have a non-touch HDS-10 on the Kat, and the next set (hopefully at least 3 years away) on that boat will also be touch.
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Hate touch screen. Added a grid remote for my 82 series Garmin set up. Have a vx2 now and love the buttons. Then again my track ball hasn't started me issues yet.
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Typing without touch is major pita. Other than that I [refer buttons/knob or trackball

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