Summary: The HDS-8 with side and down scan is awesome. I've had it on my console for 4 years. I've replaced an hds-5 on the bow with this new HDS-8. so far I've found 4 sunken boats, 6 old sunken bridges and lot's of brush / rock piles. Can't wait to get back out on the water ....
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: 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.
A great unit if you are in need of a split screen sonar/gps
11 December 2011
Summary: Other than having one side of the split screen feature be the dominant feature and having to go to the menu to acces the other side to make changes I am very happy with the way my HDS-7 operates.