Lowrance Launches Touchscreen Multifunction Displays

Marine electronics manufacturer, Lowrance, Tulso, OK, has added new touchscreen multifunction displays to its HDS Gen2 lineup. The new wide-format models include units with seven-, nine- and 12-inch screens.

"The new HDS Gen2 Touch combines all the superior fishfinding and navigational technologies Lowrance customers love, in a sleek easier-to-use touchscreen multifunction system that includes our largest display ever, the new 12-inch HDS-12 Gen2 Touch,” said Louis Chemi, Chief Operating Officer, Navico Americas.

Although touchscreen functionality has been added, the HDS Gen2 units also provide five push-button options, allowing users their preference in control.

The new models feature advanced fish finding technologies including the Broadband Sounder, StructureScan HD and chartplotting capabilities as well as integrate with Lowrance's performance modules including Broadband Radar, SonicHub marine audio server and the LWX-1 Sirius satellite weather/radio receiver. NMEA 2000, NMEA 0183 and Ethernet compatible, the HDS Gen2 Touch series allows multiple displays to be networked and share data. When networked with other HDS Gen2 fishfinder/chartplotter models, chartplotter-only displays can become full-functioning combo units. In addition, nine- and 12-inch touch models feature dual Ethernet ports for greater expansion options without the additional cost of a separate network-hub. They also feature two SD card slots, plus a video input for underwater or onboard cameras.

Navico's GoFree Wireless module and app for Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G displays are scheduled to be available for use with the HDS Gen2 Touch in early 2013. This add-on hardware option provides wireless connectivity of multifunction systems, and fully interfaces with engine data, fuel information sensors and transducers. When paired with the wireless module, users can download the GoFree Wireless app on their iPhone and iPad, or Android devices to remotely view and control their HDS Gen2 Touch displays.

The HDS Gen2 Touch models allow users to customize and configure the unit's screen views with up to four panels at once, and have the added option of a new three-panel, vertical-page view. The systems also feature Lowrance's TrackBack functionality, allowing anglers to scroll-back through recorded sonar history to review and zoom-in for a closer look at bottom structure or fish targets, and pinpoint locations with a waypoint. To avoid losing important sonar data, HDS Gen2 Touch continues recording through the use of TrackBack to ensure valuable readings are not lost.

All HDS Gen2 Touch fishfinder models are available with a 50/200 kHz Skimmer transducer for deep-water coastal and Great Lakes applications, or an 83/200 kHz Skimmer option for inland fishing. The units are also compatible with Airmar in-hull or thru-hull transducers for up to one kW operation. HDS Gen2 Touch displays feature an internal one Hz GPS antenna with an external five Hz GPS antenna option, and are pre-loaded with Insight USA inland and coastal cartography. All models include a standard SD card slot and are compatible with Lowrance Insight HD chart cards; Navionics Platinum+, HotMaps Premium and HotMaps Platinum with Freshest Data; and Fishing Hot Spots Pro. The displays provide an option to simultaneously view Lowrance and Navionics mapping data.

Perhaps the biggest news of all, HDS Gen2 Touch works with Lowrance's Insight Genesis — a brand new web-based application feature that allows users to generate their own high-definition bathymetric contour maps from personalized sonar log recordings. More details on this new application will be made available in the November/December issue of Boating Business.

The Lowrance HDS-7 and HDS-9 Gen2 Touch multifunction displays will be available for purchase this month, and the HDS-12 Gen2 Touch in December.

Minimum advertised prices range from US $1,299 for the HDS-7M Gen2 Touch Insight USA chartplotter to $3,249 US for the HDS-12 Gen2 Touch Insight USA fishfinder/chartplotter model.

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