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Old 09 September 2008, 02:23   #1
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Does anyone have or has used or knows of someone with a Garmin gpsmap 555 plotter, i am thinking of getting one and would like any feed back on my choice what are your thoughts thanks IAN.
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Does anyone have or has used or knows of someone with a Garmin gpsmap 555 plotter, i am thinking of getting one and would like any feed back on my choice what are your thoughts thanks IAN.
We have sold plenty and played with them a few times, they are a nice plotter but very much at the basic level where customising the setup is concerned.

The screen is nice and fairly bright and the built in charts make it great value, even better if you go for the sounder capable version.

You might also like to look at the Standard Horizon CP range, also great value but more flexible in my view.
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Hi Malthouse could you suggest a similar cp model to the 555s that is not to far off the price, also i am not the best with hi-tec equipment cheers Ian.
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Hi Malthouse could you suggest a similar cp model to the 555s that is not to far off the price, also i am not the best with hi-tec equipment cheers Ian.
Hi Ian,

If you want super simple, point and squirt then I would stick with the Garmin 555.

JG Tech have a really good price on the CP-300
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Malthouse, how does a 550 compare against the 555? Also I have a 100blue fishfinder and it has a dual beam transducer. Can this transducer be plugged straight into the 550s? I would like to replace the 100 blue with a single gpsmap/finder combo as space is a premium. Thanks.
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Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 5.9" x 6.4" x 2.9" (15.0 x 16.3 x 7.4 cm) 5.9" x 6.4" x 2.9" (15.0 x 16.3 x 7.4 cm)
Display size, WxH: 3.0" x 4.0", 5.0" diagonal (7.6 x 10.2 cm, 12.7 cm diagonal) 3.0" x 4.0", 5.0" diagonal (7.6 x 10.2 cm, 12.7 cm diagonal)
Display resolution, WxH: 240 x 320 pixels 480 x 640 pixels
Display type: QVGA display VGA display
Weight: less than 1.75 lb (0.8 kg) less than 1.75 lb (0.8 kg)
Battery: none none
Battery life: none none
Waterproof: yes (IPX7) yes (IPX7)
Antenna: internal internal
NMEA input/output: NMEA 0183 NMEA 0183
RoHS version available: NA NA
Basemap: yes yes
Preloaded maps: yes yes
Ability to add maps: yes yes
Built-in memory: none (cannot load maps to internal memory) none (cannot load maps to internal memory)
Accepts data cards: SD™ card slot SD™ card slot
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Garmin sonar compatible: yes yes
CANet® compatible: yes yes
Garmin Marine Network™ compatible: no no
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Malthouse, how does a 550 compare against the 555? Also I have a 100blue fishfinder and it has a dual beam transducer. Can this transducer be plugged straight into the 550s? I would like to replace the 100 blue with a single gpsmap/finder combo as space is a premium. Thanks.
Hi,

The 555 has a higher resolution screen which is nice if you like a lot of data on display at once, but the price is more than I personally would pay for the upgrade as that is the only difference.

Your 100 Blue's transducer should work with either 5S series, but of course the only way to be sure is to offer them up. As they do not come with a transducer as standard it will not cost you anything to find out.

I hope that helps
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Malthouse, how does a 550 compare against the 555? Also I have a 100blue fishfinder and it has a dual beam transducer. Can this transducer be plugged straight into the 550s? I would like to replace the 100 blue with a single gpsmap/finder combo as space is a premium. Thanks.
The only difference between a 550 and a 555 is the screen resolution. You get 4 times as many pixels on the 555. (ie 480x640 vs 240x320). This gives sharper detail but I'm not sure the benefit is really there for the extra cost.

The existing transducer should work with the 550/555 unit.

Edit: didn't see Martin's reply before mine! Same though.
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I have a garmin 550. I like it. It has of late started dropping signals from satalites. I have left it on now for the last 2 dayes without any problems. I am not sure if this problem was with the Chart plotter or some exterl factors.

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