Lowrance HDS Touch - First Impressions
2012 Oct 01
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.
Intro Video - FishTec
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 (from R11999) 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?
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)
214.4mm width x 146.4mm height - unit size
220.4mm x 151.4mm with cover
240.0mm x 146.4mm gimble knob to gimble knob
HDS 9 Touch
265.0mm x 169.0mm unit size
add 5mm to 10mm to the above to estimate size with cover, no exact sizes available.
287.0mm x 169.0mm gimble knob to gimble knob
HDS 9 Touch
328.1mm x 224.7mm unit size
add 5mm to 10mm to the above to estimate size with cover, no exact sizes available
351.0mm x 224.7mm gimble knob to gimble knob
1. HDS Gen2 Touch – Is this the right direction for Lowrance?
HDS G2 Touch - Is this the Right Direction? - YouTube
2. HDS Gen2 Touch – Screen Calibration - REMOVED (it appears that I had a faulty unit)HDS G2 Touch - Screen Calibration - YouTube
3. HDS Gen2 Touch – Pages & Panels
HDS G2 Touch - Pages & Panels - YouTube
4. HDS Gen2 Touch – Panel Resize
HDS G2 Touch - Panel Resize - YouTube
5. HDS Gen2 Touch – Power & Brightness
HDS G2 Touch - Power & Brightness - YouTube
6. HDS Gen2 Touch – Auto Contrast
HDS G2 Touch - Auto Contrast - YouTube
7. HDS Gen2 Touch – Afrikaans Language
HDS G2 Touch - Afrikaans - YouTube
8. HDS Gen2 Touch – Simple, not Simplistic
HDS G2 Touch - Simple, not Simplistic. - YouTube