Lowrance HDS Gen3 Fishfinder/Plotters
December 19, 2014
Lowrance’s new High Definition System (HDS) Gen3 fishfinder/chartplotter series is available in 7”, 9” and 12” models and features an improved processor with enhanced, built-in fishfinder technologies, as well as a modified menu that’s easier to use than previous systems. The HDS Gen3 units have multi-touch and full keypad operation for fast, fingertip access to all features. The icon-driven commands are easy to learn, and the scrolling menus, cursor assist, snap-to setting markers and preview panes with quick-touch slider bars make operation similar to using a smartphone or tablet.
Each HDS Gen3 model comes standard with advanced fishfinding technologies, including StructureScan HD and DownScan Imaging, which provide picture-like images of fish-holding structure. Meanwhile, CHIRP sonar provides excellent target separation and noise rejection to better distinguish bait and game fish targets.
Additionally, the HDS Gen3 units feature built-in wireless connectivity for convenient mapping and software downloads, as well as connectivity to mobile devices using the Lowrance GoFree App. All HDS Gen3 models are plug-and-play compatible with performance-enhancing options such as SpotlightScan Sonar, Broadband Radar, SonicHub Marine Audio, SiriusXM Marine Weather and audio, Class B AIS and DSC VHF, as well as the recently released SmartSteer control for MotorGuide Xi5 electric-steer trolling motors and the Lowrance Outboard Pilot.
As for charting options, HDS Gen3 units come with built-in Insight USA charts for coastal and inland waters, and are compatible with the Insight HD, Insight PRO, Insight Genesis, Insight TOPO, Navionics charts, C-MAP MAX-N+ and third-party mapping partners, such as NV Digital Charts. HDS Gen3 can also utilize the Insight Genesis map-creation tool, which lets users create and share high-definition contour maps from personalized sonar recordings. All charting options can also be used with Insight Planner PC navigation-planning software.
- 7” display: $1,249
- 9” display: $2,049
- 12” display: $3,149
For more information go to the Lowrance website here.