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news release: lowrance hds gen2 worth the wait? by ch smith marine
Dated: 20 December, 2011
Pictured is StructureMap overlaid on Navionics Platinum + Chart

Lowrance have announced the second generation of the renowned HDS platform known as-HDS Gen2. This next generation will be available in all the familiar models and known as: HDS-5 Gen2, HDS-7 Gen2, HDS-8 Gen2 and HDS-10-Gen2.

The Lowrance HDS series has been best selling series ever and has captured enormous market share in Australia and throughout the world. The original HDS series first arrived in Australia in February 2009 and has since gone on to break all sales records for our company in each of the model sizes. This was the first time that Lowrance released a new product into the Australian market almost at the same time as it went on sale in USA.

Since then there has been significant product enhancement, with V2.0, V2.5, V3.0, V3.5 software updates and last year V4.0 all providing big feature enhancements (such as short cut keys in V4) and new abilities to connect to other
Navionics Platinum + 3D map without StructureMap overlay
devices such as SonicHub, StructureScan , 3G, 4G Broadband Radar and NMEA 2000 sensors.

The upgrade path for the original "classic" series has come to an end with the announcement of Lowrance HDS Gen2 which has more processing speed and more memory for the next evolutionary step of this platform: "StructureMap".

StructureMap allows users to overlay and save StructureScan® sonar images on a chart for review on and off the water. The StructureMap™ overlay feature (requires Lowrance StructureScan LSS-1 option) allows anglers and boaters to view and create life-like underwater images of the lake, river or seafloor. Gen 2 systems can be networked with Classic systems, but StructureMap display will only display on Gen2 systems. HDS8 Gen2 and HDS10 Gen2 displays have two card slots, so StructureMap can be recorded and saved for later playback. The internal memory captures about 10 minutes of StructureMap detail and then overwrites it.

Gen2's can be identified by the letters "HDS" being in White on the front cover, whereas the classic is written in "Blue" letters.

Lowrance Gen2 is expected to be available in February 2012 and limited stock of the Classic remains. So do you wait for Gen2 or buy the "Classic" at the best ever prices on offer? Perhaps if you do not intend to buy the LSS-1, this question has now been answered...
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