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Old 11-28-2017, 04:57 AM
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Default NSS Evo2 12" vs. GO12

So besides the obvious where the Evo2 has buttons on the left and the GO12 is only touchscreen. What differences can I expect? I seem to like the Evo2 because of the buttons - touchscreen only has turned me off. With the Remans out there for the Evo2, I think its a no brainer- thoughts?

I do have a NMEA network with 3x of the Suzuki color gauges that I would like to be able to pass data back/forth.
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Old 11-28-2017, 05:19 AM
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You can add the OP50 remote mountable keypad to the Go12 and that will have you in a current unit. The Go12 is the operating system of the NSS Evo2 as well as the screen.
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Originally Posted by InternationalMarineBrian View Post
You can add the OP50 remote mountable keypad to the Go12 and that will have you in a current unit. The Go12 is the operating system of the NSS Evo2 as well as the screen.
Thank you for your input. So the GO12 is about 2200 and the OP50 is 400 so I am at 2600 for that vs. 2k for the Reman Evo2. What are the advantages of the "current unit"? For 2600, I think I'd rather buy a Evo2 16" reman. This day and age, you buy something and give it a year and you are out of the "current unit" anyways. Unless there are significant differences, I dont see it as being worth it.

I guess what I am hoping for here is someone to say well the GO12 has blah blah blah that is significant over the Evo2 12". And not just a marketing ploy.
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Old 11-28-2017, 05:37 AM
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In many situations having the OP 50 being able to mount it in a more ergonomically comfortable position will allow you to not have to lean forward to touch the screen or operate the buttons. The Op-50 can be placed right down next to the throttles between the helm and binnacle, from a three-point stance leaning on the leaning post hand on the steering wheel, hand on the throttles you can operate the go 12 or other Associated equipment. Rather than having to stand up and then reach forward across the dash to touch the screen or operate the buttons.

An evo2 in 4 years will be looked at as an eight-year-old piece of equipment. The Go 12 in 4 years will be a 4 year old piece of equipment. It all comes down to resale and what will help you possibly sell your gear or boat in the future.
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Here’s our dashboard with NSS 16 evo2 and OP40 remote. Unless you can reach the screen without leaning forward, I can strongly recommend installing a remote. And, you learn to operate the remote without even looking at it, keeping your eyes at the sea.

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Originally Posted by DOYAM View Post
Thank you for your input. So the GO12 is about 2200 and the OP50 is 400 so I am at 2600 for that vs. 2k for the Reman Evo2. What are the advantages of the "current unit"? For 2600, I think I'd rather buy a Evo2 16" reman. This day and age, you buy something and give it a year and you are out of the "current unit" anyways. Unless there are significant differences, I dont see it as being worth it.

I guess what I am hoping for here is someone to say well the GO12 has blah blah blah that is significant over the Evo2 12". And not just a marketing ploy.
I would choose the EVO 2 hands down, particularly if the cost difference is as substantive as you noted. I am sure you will get several years of use out of it and it is full proof vs. the touch screen only. The knob for zooming is so much better than a zoom icon as well. We continue to get reports of response issues on the new touch screen only units when its raining or when the screen gets really wet. Go down to the store and mess around with the evo and then the GO and you will surely like the evo better in terms of practical application using that knob. I run the Evo 2, the Evo 3 and the GO. They are all good but overall I recommend the Evo 2 because the cost differential vs. the Evo3 is substantive and I dont think the screen is that much superior in terms of what you see when viewing high quality images.
The GO series is a lot less money but there is a reason for that and I would not ignore that. The Evo 3 by comparison produces a slightly deeper richer look and slightly darker as well when compared to the Evo2 but both look really good to me. The go 12 has a great screen as well. If sonar is a big factor, the EVO3 is better than the Evo2 though and probably worth the difference. We sell them all but the truth be told, for the two you are focused on, if you want the best practical functionality on the water, i would get the Evo2 and I would advise you of that even if I had none to sell. There are fewer and fewer of those around as the Evo2 is being phased out or already out. The Go series, Lowrance Carbon and Evo3 are the main sales focus now with the latest upgrades. That said, the Lowrance Gen 3 which is also being phased out and the Evo2 are still really great units and the big price discounts you can get by going that way I think are totally worth it for many boaters.
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NSS12 Evo2 has a dual core processor, GO12 XSE has a single core.
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Originally Posted by abbor View Post
NSS12 Evo2 has a dual core processor, GO12 XSE has a single core.
This is the type of info I was looking for. I actually tried looking up the processors and couldnt find that info. Thank you.

International Marine - you guys always push advice towards what you sell - people sniff that out and you lose credibility. If with no one else, me at least. This is not the first or even second time its happened.
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Old 11-28-2017, 06:49 AM
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Here’s our dashboard with NSS 16 evo2 and OP40 remote. Unless you can reach the screen without leaning forward, I can strongly recommend installing a remote. And, you learn to operate the remote without even looking at it, keeping your eyes at the sea.

That is a pretty darn nice setup.

Evo2's are the deal right now. A great bargain.
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Originally Posted by yachtjim View Post
That is a pretty darn nice setup.

Evo2's are the deal right now. A great bargain.
Jim, can you give me an idea of how many you have or how long you realistically expect them to last?
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Jim, can you give me an idea of how many you have or how long you realistically expect them to last?
I am not allowed to discuss anything related to actually selling a product here for fear of getting my peepee spanked by the mods.

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Am I missing something I thought the GO series was entry level had alot of technical limitations. As far of it capabilities. I agree 100% about everything FMT has said. I just installed a nss16 evo2 and a nss9 evo3. If it wasn't for the option to dual chirp I would be running two evo2's. The screen is surely better on the evo3 much brighter and it doesnt get dark when viewing at an angle like the evo2's will. I actually angled my dash to help with the evo2 screen and problem solved
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The smaller Evo2 screens all have wider viewing angles than NSS16 Evo2 and they are also brighter.
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Originally Posted by abbor View Post
The smaller Evo2 screens all have wider viewing angles than NSS16 Evo2 and they are also brighter.
It is understood that Simrad / navico has the thought process that the six teens would be used in a Pilot House type of setting versus on the dash
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Originally Posted by abbor View Post
The smaller Evo2 screens all have wider viewing angles than NSS16 Evo2 and they are also brighter.
Smaller as in 12" and below or 9" and below?
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Good point Abbor. I did not realize that. I don't understand what you mean Brian with the pilot house statement. I assume the 16" screen technology has been upgraded in the evo3 is it now more suitable for a center console?
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Originally Posted by baldy View Post
Smaller as in 12" and below or 9" and below?
My Evo2 12 is brighter than my Evo3 12 running the same Exact photos/map. But the Evo3 has slightly richer color saturation. For darker photos, the Evo 2 is actually easier to see in come cases.
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Smaller as in 12" and below or 9" and below?
12" and below
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Guys, is there any way at all to use dual Go12's and share Sonar and autopilot data? I dont mind buying two cards.
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