Lowrance Hook-7 Fish Finder/Chartplotter Combo

Lowrance Hook-7 Fish Finder/Chartplotter Combo is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 2.
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The Hook-7 Fish Finder/Chartplotter Combo puts all your navigational needs into one premium package. This device features a highly accurate GPS with a detailed U.S. map featuring thousands of lakes and rivers. With CHIRP Sonar plus DownScan Imaging™, it delivers clear images beneath the surface of the water. TrackBack™ technology enables you to review recorded sonar history with the Lowrance® Hook-7 Fish Finder/Chartplotter Combo.

FEATURES:

  • Fish Finder/Chartplotter Combo
  • Highly accurate GPS antenna
  • CHIRP Sonar plus DownScan Imaging™ for clear subsurface images
  • DownScan Overlay™ technology overlays DownScan Imaging onto CHIRP Sonar
  • Advanced Signal Processing (ASP) reduces the need for manual adjustments
  • TrackBack™ lets you review recorded sonar history
  • Page selector menu with quick access, one-thumb operation
  • Multi-window display lets you choose from pre-set page layouts, including 3-panel view
  • Detailed U.S. map with more than 3,000 lakes and rivers and coastal contours to 1,000 ft.
  • Brilliant, high resolution screen
  • 1 microSD card slot
  • Compatible with various chart upgrades and Insight Genesis™ custom maps

SPECS:

  • Display: 7” 800x480
  • Sonar: CHIRP DownScan
  • Sonar Frequency: 83/200 kHz / 455/800 kHz (DownScan) / High (CHIRP)
  • Power Output: 500W (RMS)
  • Brand: Lowrance
  • Country of Origin: Imported
  • Style: 000-12664-001

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fish Finder Just received product but it appears to be the correct item. General review appears to be what we ordered.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Worst purchase ever First let me state I knew before I bought this unit, that is was a rebranded Elite series. The web is full of problems with the Elite series, I had all the faith in Lowrance that they fixed the problems and were reintroducing it as the Hook series. So with that said I’ll start, this unit is a total disappointment, as was the technical support I received.Chart Plotter / Navionics combination The processor in the Hook is too slow to keep up with the Navionics data, once the boat exceeds 25mph the chart display turns white or half whiteZooming slow, -/+ zooming takes 2 -3 seconds per zoom change. Here is a list of what I was told by 1st level Tech SupportTECH - I installed a HD Navionics card in a non-HD unitREPLY - it was the card that came with the unit, Navionics+TECH - My transducer was not installed correctlyREPLY - Ah what does a sonar transduce have to do with a GPS unit, the sonar was reading fine at 50mph +TECH - I needed to solder all connections and use a separate battery just for the electronicsREPLY - Which I did, no changeTECH - I needed to zoom out to 1 mile range on the chartREPLY - This makes the chart useless but I did it, same problemTECH - I needed to dis-able the Navionics card and use the Lowrance base mapsREPLY - This did allow the chart screen to keep up with the boat over 50 mph, the problem is the base maps are useless and incorrect. I have one track showing the boat going across dry land.Top Level Senior Tech SupportThis person was knowledgeable on the unit and after a long talk, basically admitted that the unit could not process the data from the Navionics card fast enough. Other issues to noteSonar LogsDoing reach on the unit you are given the impression that the Hook has the ability to make sonar logs and upload them to Navionics to update the contour maps…..does not work for the Hook, you get the following message from Navionics…….” Unfortunately, your log is recorded with a Lowrance or Simrad proprietary format: at this time, Lowrance & Simrad can view SonarChart™, but they do not grant permission for logs recorded in their proprietary format to be used by Navionics for improving SonarChart™.”Down View ImagingIffy at best, very dull, the images are not sharp, almost burring. I did a lot of playing with this and got it usable.Sonar ViewOk and usable expected a little better but again ok.SummaryThis unit is useless for boats that exceed 25mph, it may be fine for kayaks, canoes or small boats. I gave 2 stars only because the sonar worked ok.I have sold the unit and purchased a Garmin Echomap 73sv Chirp, this is an awesome unit. I know this is a higher end unit then the Hook but Lowrance offered no solution to my problems and would not consider making any kind of upgrade offer. I have been tournament fishing for 30 + years and have always had Lowrance Electronics (admittedly not always the top end stuff but still Lowrance) but they have lost a customer for life. I’m assuming Edwin Evers and the other Lowrance Pros get better attention from tech support then I did.
Date published: 2016-06-06
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