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LOWRANCE HDS-5 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter with 50/200kHz Transducer

Model # 12971057Mfg # 000-10519-001

Orig. $749.99

Now  $449.88

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Product Description

Space-saving fishfinder/chartplotter for the coastal or Great Lakes angler with a high-brightness 16-bit SolarMAX™ display, Broadband Sounder™ technology with Realtime StructureMap™ capability, an internal GPS antenna and high-definition mapping. TrackBack™ feature lets you review sonar history and save waypoints on key locations. NMEA 2000 and high-speed Ethernet networking. Built-in, exclusive Nautic Insight™ US coastal mapping. Add the optional StructureScan™ HD Module to generate StructureMap™ images. Includes 50/200kHz transom-mount transducer.

Features:

  • Built-in Broadband Sounder™
  • StructureScan® HD sonar module and transducer support; Plus, new StructureMap™ HD capability
  • Super-accurate, internal GPS antenna with faster 5Hz update rate; Plus support for optional, external Lowrance Point-1 10Hz GPS antenna/compass
  • High-brightness, sunlight-viewable display
  • Affordable NMEA 2000 and high-speed Ethernet networking options
  • GoFree™ Wireless Technology compatible for wireless viewing sonar and chartplotter displays on tablets and smartphones
  • Chart Sharing allows viewing of map data from one chart card across every HDS Gen 2 and Gen2 Touch display on the network, maximizing chart card value
  • Insight Genesis™ allows you to create free customised maps based on your own survey data
  • Extensive mapping options – HDS Gen2 includes built-in charts or bundled map options, and is compatible with the most expansive selection of cartography on the market; Options include Insight™ HD, Insight™ PRO, Insight Genesis™, Navionics®, C-Map Max-N, TOPO, and more; All charting options can be used with Insight Planner™ PC planning software
  • TrackBack™ feature to review sonar history and save waypoints on key locations.

Specs:

  • Screen Size: 5"diag.
  • Horizontal Pixels: 480
  • Vertical Pixels: 480
  • Dimensions: 7 3/16"H x 5 11/16"W x 3 1/2"D
  • Included Cartography: Nautic Insight
  • Optional Cartography: Navionics® Platinum+, Platinum, HotMaps™ Platinum, Lowrance Hot Spots® PRO, LakeMaster® ProMaps (Americas)
  • Data Interface: NMEA 2000, NMEA 0183, Ethernet
  • Receiver Type: High-sensitivity 16-channel GPS with WAAS
  • Waypoints & Routes: 5,000 waypoints, 200 routes and 10 trails
  • Transmit Power: Max 32W (RMS actual); 3,750W (RMS analog equivalent)
  • Max. Depth: 5,000'
  • Waterproof Rating: IPX7
  • Warranty: Two years

 

Specs

HDS-5 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter with 50/200kHz Transducer

Antenna Internal GPS antenna
Cartography Nautic Insight
Diagonal Screen Size 5"
Dimensions 5 11/16" Width x 7 3/16" Height x 3 1/2" Depth
Display Color Color
Display Shape Square
Display Type Multi-Touch Touchscreen
Features Waterproof
Touchscreen
Frequency 50/200kHz
Maximum Depth 5000'
Mount Type Tilt & Swivel
Resolution 480 x 480
Specific Transducer 50/200kHz transom-mount transducer
Warranty Details Two Years

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Lowrance HDS-5 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter with 50/200kHz Transducer
 
2.4

(based on 7 reviews)

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33%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (3)

Cons

  • Poorly designed (3)

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

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1.0

Contacting Lawrence Support, stay tuned.

By HH

from Lake George NY

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

    Cons

    • Poorly Designed
    • Reboots/Locks up

    Best Uses

      Comments about Lowrance HDS-5 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter with 50/200kHz Transducer:

      It is only been in use two years although it is three years old. Weekend use, rec boating. May-Sept. So not much use. It reboots while in use and now won't turn on at all. I emailed Lowrance just before this review. I will update in fairness. However if you look it up online, you will see many other of the same issues.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Excellent product

      By Jeff

      from marysville , Wa.

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Install
      • Reliable
      • Waterproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Outdoor

        Comments about Lowrance HDS-5 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter with 50/200kHz Transducer:

        Got for sailboat use....works very well. Pretty user friendly.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        1.0

        HDS 5 review is Poor

        By Disappointed

        from Bellevue, WA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poorly Designed

          Best Uses

            Comments about Lowrance HDS-5 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter with 50/200kHz Transducer:

            This product cannot stand up to the demands of marine use. Both the original unit and replacement unit went out in less than a year. The replacement warranty is 90 days so Lorance would not fix or replace the unit after 11 months of use.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Lacking Installation Hardware

            By Bernie

            from Michigan/Florida

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Difficult To Install

              Best Uses

                Comments about Lowrance HDS-5 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter with 50/200kHz Transducer:

                It would have really helped if this unit included necessary installation hardware. There were no mounting screws for the transducer or mounting bracket for the head. After boring a 1" hole in the transom you would expect to have a grommet or clam shell vent to help seal this hole; not just caulk. It is the most common install. A couple of cable clamps for the transom would also be expected.

                Service and delivery comments:

                West Marine Adviser said it did not come with a snap on cover, but it did. Lowrance service said install hardware to varied to include. This is unacceptable for the most typical install.

                (16 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Love it, does everything as advertised

                By Joe

                from Medford Oregon

                About Me Advanced

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Install
                • Just Works
                • Reliable
                • Waterproof

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Large Boats
                • Outdoor
                • Salt Water Fishing
                • Small Boats

                Comments about Lowrance HDS-5 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter with 50/200kHz Transducer:

                I have been using it for over a year in open water fishing for salmon here in Oregon. Unit has performed perfectly as advertised.

                (11 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                works good for me

                By skoal

                from bi ri

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Lowrance HDS-5 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter with 50/200kHz Transducer:

                      hard to adjust brightness

                      (41 of 47 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Don't buy this

                      By Mack

                      from Ft. Myers Beach, FL

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install

                      Cons

                      • Poorly Designed
                      • Unit Reboots Or Locks Up

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Lowrance HDS-5 Gen2 Fishfinder/GPS Chartplotter with 50/200kHz Transducer:

                        If unit performed reliably it would be great. Before and after software updates the unit reboots sometimes 2 or 3 times in a row. After the update random reboots aren't as frequent but weather updates lock the unit up with the alarm buzzer engaged. You have to kill power to restart. Given the 6-8 hours in planning and installing components it's too risky. I also purchased the Sirius weather/music receiver. Paying for the marine weather service on a sketchy chartplotter package is adding insult to injury. The rebooting/locking up appears to be fairly common.

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