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#11082573 - 09/03/15 11:28 PM Lowrance HDS7 touch vs Hummingbird 899ci
Sand_Fly Offline
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Registered: 01/29/13
Posts: 77
Im looking at these two units for side scan purposes. Ive never had it and wanted to get some feedback or preferences on these units. What do yall have to say. (good or bad)

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#11083767 - 09/04/15 02:59 PM Re: Lowrance HDS7 touch vs Hummingbird 899ci [Re: Sand_Fly]
GhostRider32 Offline
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Registered: 05/15/15
Posts: 1414
I have a HDS 7 gen 3 and love it. It does side, down and 2d really well, it has clear pictures. I don't have any experience with a newer bird but both Lowrance and bird sell good top of the line sonar. Some people might prefer one brand over the other but the truth is that there are literally thousands of people who love each brand and swear by them.

One thing to consider though, if you plan on networking a trolling motor through your unit then you have to choose what trolling motor you want and then go with the sonar that will work with it or vise-versa. Currently, the only options that will network together are Lowrance/Motorguide and Minn Kota/Hummingbird.

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#11085873 - 09/05/15 09:20 PM Re: Lowrance HDS7 touch vs Hummingbird 899ci [Re: Sand_Fly]
Bobby Milam Offline
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Registered: 07/13/14
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Loc: Arlington
Never had the Lowrance but the touchscreen seems like a really nice addition. Don't think you can use lakemaster mapping with it. Humminbird has better side scan and Lowrance has better down imaging. I have an 899 and it is great. If you aren't linking it with a trolling motor, I think it just comes down to a matter of preference or price. Gen 3 seem to be pretty pricey. I saw one of the major box stores has the 899 on sale for $799 this week.

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