Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 8
Rated 2 out of 5 by FarmerSam TOO Complicated
I am sure that this instrument would be great for Bill Gatess, or some computer garu like that, provided they like to fish.
However, it definitely has too many choices and chapters for the average two or three times a month fisherman who does not use a computure regularly; or for fishermen over 60-65 yrs in age who do nothing more than e-mails, pictures ect. on a phone.
A good descriptive term is, "too many bells and whistles".
Suggest that you provide the 522 C as an option
November 21, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by Seattlefisher Buyer beware
Buyer beware! I have the same story as other users with this model. At about 2.5 years the unit quit. Navico does NOT fix these units. You are expected to buy another one. I was offered a refurbished replacement for over $400 or an upgraded Gen 2 unit for more. Even with Tech Support admitting that it might just be a bad button I then had to contact upper management. They offered another price reduction but in my honest opinion they really don't care about keeping a customer for life. So, I will switch to some other brand. If you are thinking of buying this unit you should expect it to not lost very long. Please search the fishing forums and you will find that there are many, many users who experience the exact same problem I did! If $600 every 2 or three years works for you, than best of luck!
October 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Motoelf Nice unit
I bought this unit to replace my 6 year old LMS 522. I've only had it out several times so far but its everything I expected. the new contour with depth feature is really nice and the land feature has an 3d look to it.
August 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chuck41 Great buy for the money
I was not able to go the full price of the larger screen units so I ended up with the Gen II HDS5. I am extremely pleased with the performance of this unit, although I would llke to see a few more soft keys that took me directly to key features rather than buried in sub-menus. There is a substantial learning curve associated with this unit, and since I come from the pre-cyber generation, us older folks don't have the intuitive dexterity that the younger set has that enables them to navigate thru the screens quickly. If you are considering adding on the structure scan, I would recommend you go to the larger screen units. The 5 inch does a great job with what's included in the basic unit, but add-on features can make it a bit difficult to see. The only gauge add-on I'm putting in is the gas flow meter, since the engine already has a tach and fuel gauge.. The tech rep said that trying to put in all the other gauge features would make it hard to see them on a 5 inch screen....so if you are considering adding in tach, fuel level, fuel flow etc, again, you'd probably be happier going to the bundled offers Lowrance is making for the larger units. I'm going to wait until then next iteration comes out and buy one of the 8 or 10 inch screens from someone who's going to jump into the next level that Lowrance should be coming out with in a year. All in all, this is a five star product that's well worth the money.. If you just GOTTA have the structure scan on the 5 inch unit, you might consider buying one of the HDS5X units and installing structure scan on it. You'd have two five inch screens on your dash, but you could probably get that added for a lot less than buying the 8 or 10 inch screen, plus you'd have a backup fish finder if something went amiss with one of them.
August 22, 2012