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Lucobb

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I would like to hear all you high tech lowrance guys which u would prefer and why. I'm looking at getting either a gen1 hds 8 with lss2. Or a new touch hds 7. I can get the 8 or a few hundred dollars cheaper and am leaning towards it. I was just wanting some more opinions of someone that had actually used the units before. Thanks
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I have 7 touch gen 2 i love mine. The touch screens have side scan built-in my 2 pennies
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My 2 cents would be to take a real hard at the Gen 2 or later units.  So far all the Gen 2 and Gen 3 are still compatible with each other but the Gen 1 units are not compatible with Spotlightscan and I believe few other items (maybe CHIRP) as well.  If your not planning on adding new features in the future, it would be fine but seems most of Lowrances new toys are not Gen 1 compatiable.

I have had both touch and non touch units and I got to where I hated the non touch unit.  I have a non touch HDS 5 for sale and replaced it with a 7.  I have 3 touch units and that is the only way for me.  They are so quick and easy to maneuver around once you get used to them that I kept trying to touch my non touch all the time out of habit. 

The only downside I see of the touch is your fingerprints can show if you get oil on your hands and they reflect when the the sun is shining on your screen and in the winter, they don't work well or at all with gloves.  I think that is why the added buttons on the Gen 3 to allow for both options.
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I run 2 HDS8  Gen 1's, they work perfect for me, never a problem since I learned them, I looked at the touch but more glare and finger prints all over the screen. Both on the console, I usually split the screens with 1 on side and down scan the other on sonar and chart, they serve my purpose well. If I had to replace them I would get an HDS 8 or 9 NON touch. Just 1. My boat came with the 2-8's and a 5 on the front which I never use.
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Well decided to get the 8. Got a Gen 1 8 with lss1 for about half the price as a new 7. Just think the bigger screen will be nicer.
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