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Old 27 April 2012, 01:40   #1
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Down to two

I've whittled it down to two choices for electronics. I mostly dive and do some close to shore (2-3 miles) fishing.

1. Got dealer pricing through a friend. Garmin 720s $1120, Airmar P79 in-hull $110, g2 Vision Card $224. Total $1454 (I don't know if I can can get the $200 map card rebate w/out a retail receipt)

2. Lowrance sale pricing, respected internet retailer: HDS-7 $803, LSS-1 Structure Scan $509, Airmar P79 $130, Navionics Platinum+ map card $171. Total including $300 rebate is $1313

Lowrance rebates and sale end in a matter of days. I need to decide! (and I'm one of those people that over analyzes everything!)

Which way should I go??
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I know it is slightly subjective, but for me the quality of Lowrance displays would swing it in their favour
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Yes I have to agree with Ian it's Lowrance for me.

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Ah, but the Garmin is touch screen isn't it? I wouldn't go back from touch screen now.
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I had exactly the same dilema and actually ended up with both.

So this won't help very much. The ease of use of the Garmin is superb with its touch screen BUT the Structure Scan is pretty impressive too.

I've not been using mine (Structure Scan) for very long but it performed pretty well on its first outing looking for an 11m fishing vessel sunk in 25m when searching on a sea running a moderate swell. (That said the Lowrance is refusing to power up so far after the winter break but I'm hoping that's just a bad connection)

The Garmin so far has been faultless. I'm running fuel flow sensors on that too which seem to be pretty accurate so far.

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I'm sure Garmin and others will come up with an answer to structure scan in time and could be added on after. As it is their fish finders are pretty good.

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All good points.

Yes, Garmin is sporting a 7 inch touch screen while the Lowrance is only 6.4 inches non-touch. Both will take radar if I decide to go that route.

I've been leaning towards Lowrance Structure Scan seems cool for diving) but everyone says the quality & customer service of Garmin is better too (just not as much fun. They don't have a Sonic Hub available!)

It's Friday morning here in the states... I need to order by Saturday morning (for Lowrance: ~$100 sale savings & $300 rebate). I hate making these decisions!
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I do like the Lowrance Broadband radar. No frying your brains if it's mounted too low. Don't know if Garmin has an equivalent.

I'm used to the Lowrance menu system, as semi-intuitive as it is. That's a personal issue though. They both make good units. Not much help, sorry.

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And I was just thrown for another loop... Take the Garmin prices and another 25% off. I was so set on Lowrance.....

JKY, yep, from what I've seen & read, the Lowrance/Simrad Broadband Radar beats anything else out there for small radars.
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I know it is slightly subjective, but for me the quality of Lowrance displays would swing it in their favour
What he said !!

Structure scan is awesome on our HDS 10
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