Lowrance HDS-5

Screen and Display Quality

The display on the Lowrance HDS-5 Gen2 is high resolution and definition.   The 480 x 480 does well on the 5 inch screen and provides plenty of clarity while using all the different pages.  A key to the screen performing well in bright conditions, and something that often troubles these types of units is the cold-cathode fluorescent backlighting.  The operation of the unit is very straight forward and intuitive.  The screen does quite well while using both the GPS and Sonar features, while using half the screen for each function.  Overall the display is very robust and can handle being used in harsh conditions, which is why the HDS-5 Gen2 has been the choice of so many fishermen.

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Humminbird 798ci


Screen and Display Quality

The screen on the 798ci is one of the best in the 5″ display market.  The key to the display is the use of 640 x 640 pixels.  By using that many pixels the fishfinder has exceptional brightness, clarity and color.  One of the advantages of such a clear resolution is that when zoomed in maps and sonar images are very sharp.  Another nice screen feature is the ability to view sonar images and maps at the same time.  One of my favorite uses of that ability is to use lake maps and the GPS to get into my fishing spot and using the side view sonar at the same time to find my favorite structure on the bottom.

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