Hi and welcome......
to Ribnet, which, I trust you'll enjoy as much as me !
Well, first things first, get some pictures of this new toy up on the Forum.
As for your request for advice on various toys, I think you've answered your own question really. As for Ray' equipment it's IMHO that nowdays much of this stuff is pretty much all the same. That said, even if others were to argue against Ray' stuff, I'd still go with it just based upo the points you make above.
I would however say, that in my experience it may be worth considering a depth/fishfinder with the transducer mounted internally (loads of threads on this subject) and getting a GPS which of course has both speed and position functions. Plus it's an additional "Toy" and we all like those, don't we ?
Buy it & Use it, then sell it and buy something bigger