Lowrance HDS 12 Gen 2 touchscreen fish finder is the next step to making fish finders and smartphones compatible with each other. While they are not yet able to be synced together, the touchscreen technology on the Lowrance HDS 12 touch and smartphones is undeniable.
The Lowrance HDS 12 is the largest screen size available in the touch series of HDS fish finders. It boasts features that the original HDS units do not have, but it is mostly the same unit.
Key features of Lowrance HDS 12 Gen 2
- Built-in StructureScan HD sonar imaging, with the award winning Lowrance Broadband Sounder, and also with DownScan Overlay and Lowrance’s TrackBack feature.
- Personalized or built-in Insight mapping and optional Navionics charts. View both at once in 3D perspective view, plus StructureMap, Broadband Radar and SIRIUS weather overlay capability.
- SolarMAX PLUS display for superior sunlight and wider-angle viewing.
- Dual Ethernet port and two full-sized SD card slots and video-camera input.
Arguably the best new feature of the Lowrance HDS 12 Gen 2 is the built-in StructureScan. In past HDS units, a separate LSS box would need to be purchased and installed, but that step can be removed for a more simple setup. With the StructureScan built into the HDS touchscreen fish finders, the price of these units is higher than older versions, but fewer components most often leads to fewer problems.
The ease of use with the touchscreen will be very similar for those who are used to touch screen smartphones. Changing screen layouts and the size of layouts is very easy and intuitive to help make it easy for first-time users, as well as experienced users. If you feel uncomfortable with touchscreens, do not worry as it will become second nature before long. Lowrance has designed the touchscreen to be effective in cold and wet weather. Fingerprints should not be a problem with their design either.
If you enjoy using underwater video cameras, The Lowrance HDS 12 Gen2 has a port in back for easy installation and viewability right on your new fish finder. This would provide a much larger screen than many of the underwater cameras available.