Humminbird 898c

The Humminbird 898c HD SI Combo is top of the line in the 800 series fishfinder line.  The unit boasts Humminbirds SideImaging technology, which are immaculate on the 7 inch high def screen.  The 898c HD SI is a proven top performer, which is why so many fisherman have upgraded.


Screen and Display Quality

The 7 inch screen on the 898c HD SI provides great sonar and GPS images.  With a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels, all of the features such as side imaging, GPS maps, and weather sense all are crystal clear.  In addition to the outstanding resolution, the 16:9 color is the same as a high def television.  When using the GPS and Fishfinder in dual screen modes, the screen is large enough to use both modes without feeling that you are missing out on the small details.  When using the 898c HD in a split screen mode while side imaging, you can set waypoints of bottom structure on the GPS.  When you come back to these honey holes that are already input the GPS will alert you when you enter into casting range.

GPS

The GPS is external on the 898c HD, when shopping Humminbird products the model CI indicates an integrated GPS.  The external GPS on the 898C has some advantages, such as some situation require an external GPS due to electrical current which can interrupt GPS signals.  The unit has two SD card slots, which allow multiple map packs to be loaded.  Compatible map packs are Humminbird Contour XD, Navionics and LakeMaster.  With these map packs you can enter the 3-d chart view, which gives both the above and below water contours.  The CannonLink, which is an option for the 898C lets you have precise control over downrigger depth by setting downrigger depth in relation to the lake bottom.  The I-pilot link is the autopilot feature, which lets the fishfinder use the trolling motor to follow set courses allowing the fishfinder to drive while you make the perfect cast!

Sonar

One of the best inventions for fishing is the 360 degree sonar that humminbird offers.  The price tag of around 2,000 is steep, but none the less allows a 360 image of the bottom of the boat.  The side imaging which is standard on the 898C allows for 180 degree imaging, the reason there are only 180 degrees is that the transducer is transom mounted whereas the 360 imaging is lowered below the boat allowing sonar penetration forward of the transom.  The side imaging sonar is in two different signal strengths 455 kHz and 800 kHz, which can operate at a maximum of 150 feet.  The Dual beam sonar that comes with the unit is 200 kHz by 83 kHz, which does well in situations that are not in extreme depth.  If you need to go deep, 1,500 feet is the maximum.  To get the best results in deep water the optional 200 kHz and 50 kHz transducer works in up to 3,000 feet of water.  The switchfire feature allows for precise adjustment of the sonar images.  Options using switchfire include multiple color sonar screens and controlling the feedback from the sonar.

Conclusion

The 898C combines many great features such as the side imaging into a 7 inch fishfinder.  If you decide to give the 898C a try spend some time reading the manual and experimenting, because there are tons of features and options.  If you decide to upgrade to the 898c HD SI you will be purchasing one of the best fishfinders on the entire market.

Humminbird 998c HD SI

The new 998c HD SI from the Humminbird 900 series is one of the best fishfinders on the market.  For years Humminbird had a bad name in the industry, but when Cannon downriggers took over control they have quickly made a resurgance to one of the top brands in the industry.  Many of my old fishing friends liked to call them chumminbirds simply because the sonar was weak and there seemed to be alot of interference making the sonar essentially useless.  Charter captains all across the great lakes are now finding that these upgraded finders can provide a distinct competitive advantage over many other competitors.    The screen has a high resolution and is a much wider screen than most other models giving great sonar and GPS images.  You will have no problem reading the screen from nearly anywhere on the boat and it provided more detail for the captain sitting right next to it.  The GPS plotter function is completely functional and compares well with other popular units such as Garmin.  This unit also has a newer capability which they call 3-d charts mode, it really a fascinating new technology that gives boaters a much better view of the bottom.  With inclusion of all the bells and whistles such as side imaging, downimaging, and DualBeam, Humminbird created the class of market.

Sonar

The sonar on the unit has multiple frequencies to use in either dualbeam, downimaging, or sideimaging sonar modes.  The frequency of the DualBeam Plus is 200 kHz and 83 kHz, which works well up to 1,500 feet of water.  If you encounter depths greater than 1,500 feet the optional 200 kHz and 5o kHz frequency transducer is available and works up to 3,000 feet of water.  These units also took in mind the older transducers and made them interchangeable which is always nice if you’re just looking to upgrade the size of your screen without buying a whole new transducer.  The side and down imaging use the same signal lengths, which are 455 kHz and 800 kHz.  The 800 kHz sonar imaging for the side imaging is quite amazing on the large high def screen.  I will include below videos explaining the sonar modes, if you haven’t checked out what Humminbird fishfinders are capable these days I strongly recommend watching them.  The big difference between lower model units and the 998c HD SI Combo is the power output.  The power output is the strength of the signal, and with 8,000 watts peak to peak and 1,000 RMS the unit boasts one of the strongest signals on the market.

Screen and Display Quality

The 998c HD SI features a great screen with a 8.0 inch diagonal size.  The high resolution allows for in depth analysis of side and down imaging sonar pictures by zooming in without loosing resolution and clarity.  The pixels that Humminbird used are 480 vertical by 800 horizontal.  The result of the ratio is a wide screen, which works really well in dual or tri screen modes.  The color is provided by the 16:9 TFT and allows you to switch setting until you find the perfect fit for the conditions.   The screen holds up well in all types of lighting so don’t worry about any problems such as glare, or not being able to see the screen wearing polarized glasses.  The display is best flush mounted, for some reason to me a having a couple of these flush mounted in dash is hard to beam cosmetically.

GPS Plotter

The antenna for the GPS on the 998c HD SI combo is built in and offers precise location.  The unit also has a built in cartography made by Humminbird.  The compatible Navionics and LakeMaster maps take the GPS/Plotter to another level.  The platinum Navionics map pack allows for 3-d charts so you can see everything in 3-d both below and above the water line.  When fishing thats a great feature for fishing structure such as drop offs.

Recommendation

Humminbird created the class of the 8 inch display market with the 998c HD SI Combo.  The display shines with all of the features that are available on the unit, side imaging with 800 kHz provides some of the best sonar images available to fishermen.  The ultimate addition is the 360 sonar option which provides an image all the way around the boat.  If you decide to try the 998c HD SI you will not be disappointed, the fishfinder is a proven favorite among fishermen.

Humminbird 1158c

Humminbirds 1158c Combo is equipped with dual beam sonar, which provides improved sonar images.  The unit also boasts a 10.4 inch screen, that has great resolution and provides top notch sonar images.  The dual beam sonar pictures provide top of the line high def images on the large display which is the reason why fisherman have chosen to upgrade to the 1158c.

Screen and Display Quality

The main attraction to the 1100 product line for Humminbird is the 10.4 inch displays that come on each unit.  The screen has a high resolution, and provides great sonar images and gives a huge map when using GPS.  The pixels on the unit are 600 vertical and 800 horizontal, which is high resolution providing great sonar images.  The color is TFT and has many adjustments, so finding the right one for the condition is easy.  The unit holds up to all types of lighting and is backlit so that the images do well at night time.  The controls on the display take some learning, so be sure to study the manual before the first time out which helps cut down the learning curve and gets the most out of your fishfinder.  The 1158c Combo uses a gimbal mount, and can be flush mounted which looks amazing.

GPS Plotter

The GPS uses an external antenna, which comes with the unit.  The antenna does a nice job, so don’t worry about an upgrade of antenna.  The cartography on the unit is a built in Humminbird map pack.  Map packs are available for upgrade, and are compatible with Navionics and LakeMaster.  The Navionics Platinum map pack has the 3d chart view, the model is really cool and gives a topographic map both above and below the waterline.  Other features are the compatible i-Pilot offered by Humminbird.  The i-Pilot hooks directly into the trolling motor and is controlled by the GPS plotter.  So when you set a course for the trolling motor or select a depth you would like to stay on the i-pilot steers and keeps the boat in place.  Which lets you concentrate on setting lines or casting while your electronics control the boat.

Sonar

The sonar on the 1158c is meant for deep water.  The standard transducer which works with dual beam plus is 200kHz and 83 kHz signals.  If you are in depths greater than 1,500 feet then there is a deepwater transducer available with frequencies of 200 kHz and 50 kHz.  The DualBeam Plus is a good feature and provides upgraded sonar images that include both frequencies.  A great option is the Cannonlink, which lets the head unit control the downrigger depths on compatible Cannon Downriggers.  Below is a DualBeam Plus video, check it out so you get an idea of what the unit is capable of with the sonar.

Recommendation

The 1158c makes good use of the 10.4 inch screen.  The dual beam mode gives great sonar images.   The Switchfire feature further refines the dualbeam allowing for great adjustments and color options to give the best possible sonar pictures.  With such a large screen using the GPS is fun, especially in 3d chart mode!  If you chose to upgrade to the 1158c Combo you will join many other happy Humminbird owners.

Humminbird 1158c DI

Humminbirds 1100 series features a 10.4 inch LED backlit color display, which shows high definition sonar and GPS/plotter  images.  The 1158c DI Combo features Humminbirds downimaging technology, which on a screen the size of the 1158c really shines.  Also featured are GPS functions, allowing you to use hook into Humminbird accessories via ethernet networking.  With all the features Humminbird has packed into the 1158c DI, its easy to see why the Humminbird 1158c DI is a favorite among fisherman.

Sonar

The sonar Humminbird has paired with the huge screen is geared toward shallow or bay fishing.  The maximum depth of the Downimaging is 350 feet and 600 feet when using the DualBeam Plus.  The stats on the Down Imaging are 455 kHz and 800 kHz, the 800 kHz in particular gives a great underwater images.  I have included a video from Humminbird below, that does a great job explaining the Down Imaging.  The other sonar setting is the DualBeam Plus which uses two frequencies at 200 kHz and 455 kHz.  The higher frequency allows for sonar images with higher resolution and more detail.  The unit doesn’t have a deep water transducer, either a 83 kHz or 50 kHz so make sure that the water you are fishing will be 600 feet or less.  The addition of Switchfire to the DualBeam lets you really dial in the sonar picture.  There are multiple colors to chose from, in addition to refining the sonar noise so that you get the best possible picture.  I have included below an instructional video, which shows the Switchfire in action, I recommend checking it out if you haven’t seen Switchfire before.  There is also a DualBeam video, which highlights the features.

Display and Screen Quality

The main attraction to the 1158c DI Combo is the screen.  The 10.4 inch screen is impressive and delivers incredible sonar images.  The screen resolution is 600 vertical by 800 horizontal, which is high resolution.  The color is 4:3 TFT, which has alot of settings so that you can adjust the unit to any light condition.  The display can be mounted either via a gimbal mount or flush mounted.  Also included is a unit cover.  In terms of taking the unit on and off of the boat its pretty easy, just a couple screws and the units off.  Disconnecting unit from sonar, power and GPS antenna usually takes a bit more time than taking the unit off the mount.

GPS Plotter

The GPS antenna on the 1158c DI is external and is included with the unit.  As an option you can upgrade the antenna, but the unit provided by Humminbird does a great job as is.  There is also a built in map that comes with the 1158c DI that is made by Humminbird.  In addition to the built in maps the 1158c DI is compatible with LakeMaster, Navionics Platinum, Gold and HotMaps.  With the Navionics Platinum there is a 3D chart view, which allows you to view the map with 3D topography both below and above the water.  A great use of the charts is the optional i-Pilot link, which allows you to control your trolling motor from the 1158c DI.  You can select a desired depth you would like the unit to troll on, and the fishfinder and trolling motor will follow the contours.

Recommendation

Humminbird has put together a great set of features on the 1158c DI.  When fishing in water less than 600 feet the 1158c DI shines.  Between all the sonar features and the great user friendly GPS, the 1158c DI is the ultimate fishfinder upgrade.

Humminbird 596c HD DI

Humminbirds 596c HD DI is a great product that gives fisherman a chance at owning a unit that will provide high def pictures with downimaging at a great price.  The display is 5 inches and provides nice looking sonar images, especially in downimaging mode.  The unit doesn’t come with GPS features, which are available on the 597 product line.  The 596c HD DI does its one intended purpose really well which is using sonar to find fish!

DownImaging Sonar

The 596c HD DI boasts Humminbirds downimaging sonar feature which is really impressive and new to the market.  By using higher frequency sonar signals of 200 kHz and 455 kHz, you get a great picture of what is going on underneath of the boat.  Although the downimaging isn’t quite the sideimaging available on higher end models, it really makes a huge difference compared to the normal 200 kHz, 80 kHz or 50 kHz signals.  The result is a more detailed picture, so what would have looked like a tree on a normal sonar shows branches and fish holding to structure!!

Dual-Beam Plus

The dual beam plus is the normal sonar fishfinder setting, which displays less detailed images but works in deeper water.  Unlike some other models the dual-beam on the 596c HD  DI has a higher frequency.  The unit uses 200 kHz and 455 kHz signals, instead of the 80 kHz or 50 kHz.  The result is that the unit does really well in water less than 300 feet.  If you fish in water more than 300 feet, there are deep water and bay units available in the 596 product line.  The pictures with the 455 kHz is nice and clear and in shallower water outperforms other units that have lower frequency dual beam transducers.  The addition of switchfire to the dual-beam plus really helps, since you can adjust the settings for radar noise, and allows for operation in tough situations like temp brakes, current, and high waves.  Below is a video on the downimaging system on the 596c, if you haven’t seen the downimaging in action before you will be impressed with the picture quality.

Screen and Display Quality

The screen and dispay on the 596c HD DI is mounted with the Humminbird quick disconnect, which as the name implies makes removing the headset quick and easy.  The screen is 5 inches, and has 640 vertical by 640 horizontal pixels.  The result is a high resolution display, that gives crisp clear images especially in the DowmImaging mode.  The color on the 596c is 256 color TFT, which provides setting for any type of light condition.

User Interface

The user interface on the 596c is easy and all the options are available with just a few presses of the button.  Getting into the switchfire command pane is simple.  I will attach a video below that goes over the switchfire system and is worth checking out.

Recommendation

When designing the 596c HD and outfitting the options Humminbird had a specific intention in mind.  They put the features on that will give great pictures both dual beam and downimaging in water less than 300 feet.  By using the high frequencies the unit provides crisp clear images.  Without a doubt the unit does the one thing expected of it exceptionally well and that is Find the Fish!

Garmin Echo 100

Garmins Echo 100 fishfinder is about as tried and true as they come in the fishfinder marketplace.  The Echo 100 is Garmins entry level unit, providing great sonar images at an incredible price.  Garmin provided fishermen with a product that displays sonar images and gives all the necessary details needed for a day at the lake.  When pared with an unbeatable price of around 80 dollars, its easy to see why so many fishermen have chosen the Echo 100.

Screen and Display Quality

The screen on the Echo 100 fishfinder is a 4″ diagonal display, which provides nice sonar images.  The resolution on the unit is 160 by 256, which gives a good picture.  When compared to the other models in the Echo line the picture isn’t as clear.  When you consider the price on the unit which is around $80 you really can’t argue with the display resolution.  The Echo 200 and 300 offer better display quality, the Echo 200 is a 5 inch grey scale model and Echo 300 is a color unit with a better picture.  These units are priced at around $150 and $200 respectively and offer a  few more features.  For the price however the Echo 100 comes up big in terms of value since you get most the higher end features for just a small portion of the price.  The grey scale on the Echo 100 is 8 levels and allows for adjustment for most light conditions.  Also the display is waterproof.

Sonar

The sonar on the Echo 100 is a singe beam 200 kHz frequency transducer.  As above the next step up the Echo 150 has the dual frequency transducer, which is a nice option to have when in deeper water.  Garmins Echo 100 works in water up to 600 feet deep in fresh water and 300 feet in salt water.  So in most instances the fishfinder will provide nice sonar images.  The transmitting power of 100 W RMS and 800 W peak to peak does well with the 200 kHz transducer.  When the 77 kHz transducer on other Echo models is used the units require a bit more power in order to reach a greater depth.  Features that are included with the Echo 100 are the Ultra scroll, which lets you use the fishfinder at higher boat speeds and the Auto Gain Technology.  The auto gain technology is nice because it auto adjusts the sonar images and gets rid of clutter and maximizes potential targets.  The transducer has a 60 degree width which creates a sonar image of a large portion of the water column.

User Interface

Garmin tries to make all of their products as user friendly as possible.  To do so they make the menus easy to read and navigate.  There are 5 buttons on the unit including the power, so all of the adjustments are done through the menu button and then using the scroll buttons and enter to select the desired option.  Adjusting the gain, which increases and decreases sonar noise is easy and quick to do.

Conclusion

The Garmin Echo 100 is really a great value and gives fishermen the chance to have a nice fishfinder onboard for a great price around $80.  Although some of the features of the other Echo line are not included with the 100, the main features are part of the Echo 100 package.  There are countless positive reviews on the unit, and for good reason when the value and quality are taken into account the Echo 100 is a great fishfinder.

Garmin Echo 200

Garmins Echo fishfinder line specializes in providing great sonar pictures at great prices.  The Echo 200 is Garmins largest grey scaled fishfinder that they offer.  In addition to a nice screen size the unit also has good resolution and a solid user interface that lets you spend less time trying to get the fishfinder set and more time fishing.  Add in the price for an echo 200 and it is easy to see why fishermen have made this product a top seller.

Screen and Display Quality

The echo 200 has a 5 inch screen, which is great for a $150 fishfinder.  Not only does the fishfinder have a nice screen size, the resolution of 320 by 480 provides a great sonar image on screen.  The greyscale is adjustable and allow up to 16 levels of adjustment.  By having so many gray scale adjustments the screen can be read in almost any light and performs well in both high and low light conditions.  The display is waterproof and made with high quality materials assuring you that if you decide to purchase an Echo 200 the unit will have a long life.

Sonar

The sonar on the unit is the same used for models in the Echo line and performs well.  The frequencies that the Garmin transducer runs at is 200 kHz for shallow water and 77 kHz for deep water.  The deep water frequency works up to 1,500 feet down in fresh water and 600 feet in salt.  The dual beam feature allows you to use both frequencies at the same time and provides a 120 degree cone angle, which sends a signal through a larger portion of the water column.  The peak to peak power of 2,400 provides enough juice for difficult situations like when in wavy or high current conditions and for penetrating thermoclines.  The auto gain feature also is really helpful because it adjusts the sonar images minimizing clutter and maximizing sonar targets.

User Interface

Garmin prides itself on creating an experience that is very user friendly.  The intuitive layout and controls for the Echo 200 make using the fishfinder a real treat.  The quick release bracket that comes with the echo series fishfinders 200 allows fishermen to take the unit on and off the boat in just a couple of seconds.  To adjust the sonar image only takes a push on the menu button and then a couple of pushes allows you to dial in the settings to give a crystal clear image.  A really cool feature also is the smooth scaling technology, which allows you to look back at your sonar history.  The feature also doesn’t reset the sonar when the zoom is changed, which most units do.  So depth changes won’t erase your fishfinders sonar history.

Conclusion

The Echo 200 like the other Garmin products in the Echo line provides fishermen on a budget a great option.  The display and screen is high quality and is meant to last.  In addition Garmin used a tried and true transducer, which gives great looking images.  Overall the Echo 200 is a great option and for the price of a little under $150 the unit is hard to beat!

Garmin Echo 300c

The Garmin echo 300c is a favorite fishfinder among fishermen on a budget.  The 300c delivers big time in terms of screen quality and color, transducer quality and overall user interface.  It is easy to see why the 300c is a favorite for fisherman who want great sonar images at a cost an everyday fisherman can afford.

Screen and Display Quality

The screen on the Garmin echo 300c Dual-Beam Fishfinder is a high quality and high resolution display.  To achieve the high resolution Garmin used 240 by 320 pixels, which on the 300c screen size provides a nice crisp clear picture.  The display size is 3.5 inches diagonal and measure 2.1 inches wide and 2.8 inches tall.  The color is provided by a GVGA 256 display and can be adjusted for any light conditions and performs well regardless of high or low lighting.

Sonar

To provide the sonar Garmin chose their transducer which has a shallow water frequency of 200 kHz and deep water frequency of 77 kHz.  With the 77 kHz frequency the unit works up to 1,500 feet in fresh water and 600 feet in salt water.  The cone angle is either 60 degrees or 120 degrees when using dual beam.  The peak to peak power is 2,400 watts and which is plenty strong for the unit, and helps penetrate deep water when using the 77 kHz frequency.  A great feature with the echo 300c Dual-Beam is that the unit comes with two transducer mounting brackets.  The standard mount is for the transom, Garmin also includes a trolling motor clamp about a 20 dollar value with the unit.  I really like having the option of the trolling motor clamp come with the unit.  For personal use the trolling motor mount lets you use the fishfinder in shallow water without having to worry about the unit accidentally getting damaged.  I personally fish on swift rivers that have gravel bars that require the boat to be on plane to get through channels.  For me a transom mount isn’t an option, but the trolling motor can be lowered and raised when in shallow or deep water.

User Interface

A great feature of the Echo 300c is that the overall layout is really user friendly.  There are only 5 buttons, so learning the unit isn’t too hard compared to some of the top of the line units on the market.  The sonar images are able to be adjusted, and doing so only requires a couple presses of the buttons.  The unit really does a nice job of adjusting sonar noise, which can be the difference between seeing a fish on screen versus getting a blurred sonar image.

Recommendation

There is a reason that the Garmin Echo 300c is a favorite amount fishermen.  The price for what you get, a product with great sonar images along with the multiple mounting brackets can’t be beat.  If you are looking for an entry level fishfinder that will give great images the Echo 300c definitely delivers in terms of quality of product and most importantly for the fisherman on a budget in terms of value.

Humminbird SmartCast RF25

A best seller among portable fishfinders is the Humminbird Smartcast RF25.  When sitting at the front of a bass boat there isn’t anything quite like having sonar at your fingertips.  In addition to the sonar which shows fish and bottom depth the unit also reads the water temperature as well.

The SmartCast RF25 uses wireless technology, which allows for the installation on the fishing rod.  The range that the wireless works is up to 150 feet, which is way more than needed but nice since the signal strength is very high.  The menu on the unit is very easy to use and lets you dial in sonar settings, set fish alarms, fish ids and depth range.  Another great feature is that the unit is water proof, which when you have a display on a fishing rod is without a doubt necessity.

The transducer is a small float, which works up to 120 of depth.  The sonar is in a single frequency of 125 kHz and does a nice job.  The peak to peak power on the unit isn’t as high as with mounted transducers, which is why the 125 kHz frequency is used.  The battery life on the transducer is good, with 500 hours of in-water usage.  The battery is built in, and changing the battery is not easy and requires soldering.  However there are replacement transducers available model number RF 45, if you aren’t inclined to try replacing the battery which are $30.

Humminbird built the screen to have a nice resolution on the RF 25.  The pixels on the display are 48 Vertical by 32 horizontal.  On the 1.25 inch diagonal display the resolution is high enough to give the info you need to catch fish.  The unit is backlit, so you can use the unit at night.  The transducer also comes with a light, which helps night fishing.

Mounting the display is easy and can be done in just a few minutes.  In terms of ease of use the unit really performs well.

If you decide to try the RF25 out you will be happy you did.  The product is tried and true and liked by an overwhelming majority of reviewers.  In terms of getting a fishfinder that is easy to install and is a great price the RF25 is one of the best fisherman accessories available.

Lowrance Elite-5x

The Elite-5x is a solid unit that does one thing exceptionally well, which is use sonar to find fish.  The addition of color to a unit in the price range of $350 is a great deal and gives the everyday fisherman who doesn’t need a GPS a great option.

Screen and Display Quality

The screen is high resolution and gives great images of the sonar.  The resolution is 480 x 480 SolarMax Plus, which provides enough pixels for a nice image.  Other fishfinders in the Lowrance 400 series use the same high resolution display.  The color is 256- color TFT, and will perform well in any light condition.  Even in the most difficult of lighting the unit excels, whether it be mid day sun with polarized glasses or low light night fishing.  The pairing of performance and price is what sets the Elite-5x apart in the 5 inch display market.    

Sonar

The standard sonar transducer that comes with the Elite-5x 5-inch uses dual frequencies of 83 kHz and 200kHz.  The choice of 83 kHz instead of the deepwater 50 kHz makes the Elite-5x perform really well in up to 1,500 feet of depth.  There is a built in temperate sensor on the transducer too, and an optional speed sensor as well.  A nice addition to the unit is the track back feature, which allows you to scroll through previous pages of sonar.

User Interface

One of the best features on the fishfinder are the menus which are user friendly and easy to use.  There are adjustments for the sonar image, which allows you to dial in the sonar image.  Zooming in is easy, and requires just a single push of the button.  Even using the track back feature is easy to use, and lets you look at previous sonar images for closer examination by allowing you to zoom in on old images.  All the features, adjustments and menus are very intuitive, which gives a great user experience.

Recommendation

The Elite-5x is a great unit and serves the fisherman who needs high quality sonar very well.  Add in the 5 year advantage service and one year warranty to the product and you have a fully supported fishfinder.  The unit is also waterproof, so you don’t have to worry about a little water, so even though the unit comes with a nice service plan you probably won’t even need it.  Overall the Elite 5-x provides a great product and really does a nice job finding fish!