Summary: The unit I purchased was used. I made the mistake of not testing it completely when I received it. Yesterday I put my boat in the water and the GPS and Structure Scan portions worked but the depth finder did not. Therefore it is useless. I have checked with Lowrance and it will cost $599 to have the unit repaired or replaced. Therefore I certainly cannot say that I am pleased with this specific unit. I have attempted to purchase another Depth finder/GPS through Ebay.
Summary: I purchased a Lowrance HDS7 when the unit first came out. The dealer and the boating press hailed it as the best new electronic item on the market. It is a fine unit, as long as you never leave the dock. It was designed by someone who has never been at sea. It is in a word, just plain hard to use, much like the original windows program where you had several steps to reach your goal.
Summary: It is exactly as advertised, in good condition and is working great in my boat. The GPS is what I needed the most, and it is perfect. The Sonar is an added benefit. I would recommend the HDS5 to my friends and family.
Summary: I have been using Lowrance products for over 25 years, They still have not let me down. I installed the HDS5 and LSS-1 and they are everything they say they are. Easy to follow installation instructions, and easy to follow menu on the unit. Lowrance has always been user friendly.
Summary: I purchased this Lowrance HDS-8 because it was the lowest priced Multi Function.Display on the market. I have not installed it yet but I have functionally tested it and found the screen size and brightness perfect for aging eyes! I also purchased a Navionics Platinum+ chip in order to have stunning 3D charting as well as satellite map overlay. It really is a great product for the money and I can't wait to use it on my sailboat this Spring.
Summary: I replaced my year old (5" color) unit with this 7" color unit. This 7" unit hooked up to my network, (rador, dept finder, fish finder). It was easy to hook up and wire. The base bracket allows it to be installed on the dash, off the roof or overhead. The larger screen is more visible when running the Great Lakes. The built-in antenna works great, just a snap of the finger it found my location, faster than the other. At night it dims low enough to avoid night blindness.