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#11520114 - 04/04/16 12:45 AM Fish finder question
Walker_wilson13 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/17/13
Posts: 541
Loc: Keller, TX
Wanting to upgrade to a bigger unit, have it narrowed down to 2. If you have any experience with either of these please pitch in your advice! Lowrance HDS-7 Gen2 Touch OR Humminbird Helix 9. Want a big screen but also want the touch screen feature and cant pick which one i would rather have. Thanks in advance!
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#11520115 - 04/04/16 12:47 AM Re: Fish finder question [Re: Walker_wilson13]
Walker_wilson13 Offline
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Registered: 04/17/13
Posts: 541
Loc: Keller, TX
Will be using for my console with Mapping and Side Imaging as well!
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#11522612 - 04/05/16 07:13 AM Re: Fish finder question [Re: Walker_wilson13]
bush hog Offline
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Registered: 06/12/13
Posts: 1859
Loc: Beckville, TX
I have the HDS-7 Gen2 Touch in the console and really like it. I bought it at the same time the Helix was just hitting the market. I opted for the Lowrance because it would link with the HDS that I had in the bow. The Helix is a stand alone unit, so take that into consideration. Also, be sure and measure the console to make sure the Helix fits unless you're using a exterior mount. They are both good depth finders. Good luck to you.

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#11522986 - 04/05/16 10:44 AM Re: Fish finder question [Re: Walker_wilson13]
Bobby Milam Online   content
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Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 1998
Loc: Arlington
Helix 9 is ethernet compatible. The smaller units aren't. If I am not wrong, the Helix has a faster processor and a better screen. If you have one on the bow, id pick a compatible unit with that

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#11523010 - 04/05/16 10:59 AM Re: Fish finder question [Re: Walker_wilson13]
grout-scout Offline
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Registered: 12/08/08
Posts: 5415
Loc: Boerne, Texas
I use Lowrance but if those are your only options then go with the bigger screen. You can't hardly press the screen on a HDS 7t and side imaging will be borderline worthless if you have it split screened with a map.

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#11523229 - 04/05/16 12:24 PM Re: Fish finder question [Re: Walker_wilson13]
Walker_wilson13 Offline
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Registered: 04/17/13
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Loc: Keller, TX
Thanks to everyone that commented, definitely helped in my decision!
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#11523355 - 04/05/16 01:18 PM Re: Fish finder question [Re: bush hog]
Wayne P. Offline
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Registered: 11/16/10
Posts: 3441
Loc: Charlottesville, Va
Originally Posted By: bush hog
I have the HDS-7 Gen2 Touch in the console and really like it. I bought it at the same time the Helix was just hitting the market. I opted for the Lowrance because it would link with the HDS that I had in the bow. The Helix is a stand alone unit, so take that into consideration. Also, be sure and measure the console to make sure the Helix fits unless you're using a exterior mount. They are both good depth finders. Good luck to you.


The Helix 9, 10, and 12 series are NOT standalone units, the Helix 5 and 7 series are.
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#11523727 - 04/05/16 03:59 PM Re: Fish finder question [Re: Walker_wilson13]
bush hog Offline
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Registered: 06/12/13
Posts: 1859
Loc: Beckville, TX
Thanks Wayne P., my mistake. Back when I was considering one the larger units had not come out yet.

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#11524614 - 04/06/16 12:14 AM Re: Fish finder question [Re: Walker_wilson13]
Kevin D. Offline
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Registered: 04/10/15
Posts: 100
Loc: Richmond, TX
I have two Helix 9 SI GPSs on my boat, and I upgraded the transducers to HD. They are not touch screen, but they work great. I really like mine. Very bright, and very clear.
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#11524740 - 04/06/16 07:14 AM Re: Fish finder question [Re: Walker_wilson13]
CoachPayne Offline
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Registered: 05/30/14
Posts: 167
I have a Lowrance 8 on my console and a 7 at the bow and love them both. But a buddy has a new Helix 9 and it's pretty sharp. In my opinion its a little easier to use than my stuff and the screen will be significantly larger than the 7 and not being touch screen is worth it for me if I were in your shoes. Helix all the way. My $.02

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