New Lowrance Elite class range

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Lowrance colour-fisfhinder and GPS chartplotter range said to deliver unprecedented performance

New Lowrance Elite class range
New Lowrance Elite class range

Lowrance said its new Elite series of colour-fishfinders and GPS chartplotters delivers a new standard of feature-rich, high-performance, easy-to-use electronics at a very affordable price.

The range comprises three models — the Elite-5x fishfinder, Elite-5m GPS chartplotter, and Elite-5 combo. The series comes with a 12.7cm (5in), 480x480-pixel SolarMAX™ 256-colour bright display that is said to be viewable in even the sunniest weather, and from wide viewing angles.

Lowrance said its Elite dual-frequency fishfinders provides superior clarity, performance and target separation, while its chartplotters provide out-of-the-box, plug-and-play navigational functionality.

The Elite-5x and Elite-5 fishfinder models use a transom-mount 83/200kHz Skimmerâ transducer that provides up to 120° of fishfinding coverage, as well as accurate temperature readings. Both sonar units can reach depths of over 300m with 500W RMS power/4000W of peak-to-peak power. Both models also feature a unique TrackBack™ function that allows users to scroll back and review multiple pages of fishfinder display history.

For ease of installation, the Elite-5 and Elite-5m chartplotter models have a built-in 16-channel GPS+WAAS precision antenna, along with an external antenna option. Both units also house a waterproof micro SD memory card slot and come with Navionics Gold charting. In addition, owners can store up to 3000 waypoints, 100 routes with 100 waypoints per route, 100 retraceable plot trails, and up to 10,000 points per trail.

Other features of the Elite series include a new mounting design with an easy-to-install, quick-release, tilt-and-swivel bracket that offers convenient removal for storage and remounting. The backlit, enhanced keypad is configured for simplified single-thumb control and there’s an "Advanced User Mode" for expanded feature selections.

The Elite-5x, Elite-5m, and Elite-5 units are fully waterproof to IPx7 standards and come with a one-year limited warranty.

The Elite series hits the market in the first quarter of 2010. RRP starts from $699 for the Elite-5x and rounds out at $1099 for the Elite-5 combo unit.

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