Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Product Review - Lowrance Elite 5x DSI (Color) Fish finder/Chart plotter


We all know a dollar will not go as far as it use to! Finally an electronics company has come out with a quality product that won’t break the bank. Lowrance is now producing some really nice, cost effective and quality products. The new Elite 5X DSI color fish finder/chart plotter is a great example. These units take the guesswork out of locating fishing hotspots. The screen shows a high quality picture, this will help you locate and catch more fish. The DSI features allow you to tell what types of different bottoms and the structures that are underwater.

The Elite 5X DSI offers you the ability to see exactly what you want to see with a proven depth of up to 200 feet. The 4000 watt peak to peak and 500 watt RMS power allows you to capture images with your boat traveling at speeds of up to 40mph. The best picture for me with this unit has been from 1mph to 25mph.

The Elite 5X DSI offers a dual coverage imaging of 455/800 kHz that has greatly improved the imaging and guaranteed depth. Remember to selectable dual frequencies of 455/800 kHz to give you the option of a wider and deeper scope of view or an enhanced view of a certain location. You now have the ability to see in a range that is wider and deeper than you have ever encountered, but the imaging available with this fish finder is enhanced greatly. You now are looking at almost double the area you were on your older fish finders.

You will find out that the display is one of the best features of the Elite 5X DSI. It offers a 5 inch screen that has a 480 x 480 pixel count. Lowrance SolarMAX 256 color TFT display makes the clarity of the screens picture incredible. This high resolution display allows the images to be shown to you with a superior image. This unit offers a backlit screen so that you can take advantage of the fish finder/chart plotter in low light or at night. When using the night screen try the green color palette for your display, it works better with your night vision when lighting conditions are very dark.

All these new units come with “Trackback” technology. Now you can review your sonar history immediately and even retrace the steps you have already taken on your chart plotter. This will allow you to save time the next time you come back to a certain spot.



With the addition of Lowrance’s Elite 5-x DSI, you can now have a down scan imaging with a fish finder. The most exciting part of this unit is the images of the bottom, different structures, thermoclines, and telling if the bottom is a hard or soft bottom.

With the incredible new standalone Elite-5x DSI imaging fish finder, you’re equipped with a technological new edge improve your success in finding -- and fishing -- hot spots…clearly… precisely…and especially affordably.

Now the down side - The unit does not come with a manual and would be difficult to operate if you didn't have much experience with depth finders. There are some really good training videos online that are free of charge.  Be ready to spend some time on the water learning how to use the unit. Be prepared that this unit will not let you see your drop shot or a jigging spoon, like you did on your older units.  The technology of this transducer in the Down Scan Imaging units is sending the signal so fast to the bottom it will not draw your lures or a pretty fish arch. This unit does draw bait balls and brush/trees better than anything out there for $599.99 (the MSRP and price at Bass Pro Shops)

To learn more about how these units work, I would recommend watching Barry Stokes product training video from YouTube:



About the author: Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer and a full time Lieutenant/Firefighter-Paramedic with over 26 years of service with the Gwinnett County Fire Service in Georgia.  He has been working and consulting in the Outdoor Industry for over 16 years and is currently creating and managing a pro fishing team, developing new products, promoting products through demonstrations, designing packaging, and participates in different forums, radio & television shows.  Tom and his wife, Kim, live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their two labs “Jake” and “Scout."


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