Originally Posted by Jay
Just hope it works cause I hear their customer service is the worst.
I can't comment on the Lowrance customer service in general, but found their response to GPS issues to be mixed. I returned an intermittent GPS unit for repair and since it tested OK, they supplied a new cable (which was good). That helped, but did not completely resolve the problem. When I called again they were marginally helpful. It turned out to be a bad ground connection plus interference between the unit and GPS puck. (they were too close together)
Originally Posted by Wild Turkey
Looking to buy a new sonar/GPS unit for the boat and wanted feedback on the Lowrance HDS-5 unit. I can't justify spending $400-500 dollars more to get the HDS-7. I have a pretty good understanding of the sonar side of the unit, but it will be my first GPS combo unit. It comes standard with US Basemap and for $50 more I can get it with Lake Insight Map. Is it worth the upgraded map software? I fish Pueblo the most, with Blue Mesa, Eleven Mile, and Spinney a few times a year. Is there any issues with mounting it under the windshield since it is an internal GPS unit? Any other feedback would be appreciated!
I have a 7 inch LCX on the dash and am glad that I did not buy a smaller unit - when you split the screen on a 7 inch unit you end up with a reasonable size map and decent sonar display. On the 5 inch it's pretty small in split mode - too small for me.
The HDS-7 screen is only 6.4 inch diagonal, so it's not a huge improvement over the HDS-5 in split screen mode. I would like to eventually upgrade to the HDS-8 on the dash, but that's a big pile of $$$, especially with the sidescan /downscan unit (which is awesome according to everyone that has it)
If you can fish with someone for a day that has the unit you are interested in, then it will be easier to make your decision.
I am also interested to hear what people think about the map upgrades.