- 5-Inch Color WVGA Display
- CHIRP Side Imaging/Down Imaging and Dual Beam PLUS Sonar
- Precision Internal GPS Chart plotting with built-in Anima cartography
- Micro SD card slot for optional maps or for saving waypoints
- Good option for a small price
I purchased the Helix 5 to use in the back of my boat where I sit to operate my trolling motor while fishing for walleyes. Up front, on the dashboard, I have a Humminbird 898, but it’s difficult for me to continually crank my head around to view that forward 898, so I do depend on the rear locator to keep me on depth as I troll along. Considering the small price I paid for this Helix 5, I didn’t expect more than just a depth finder when I purchased and mounted the device, but I was surprised at the sensitivity this little unit produced. From the very first time I used it, I noticed that it actually marked walleyes that were hanging very closely to the bottom, and it did so better than the larger, more expensive 898 that I have mounted on the dash in front. I actually spent time noting that there were times when the Helix 5 marked walleyes close to the bottom when the 898 showed nothing.I know there are newer products available that can do much much more than the Helix 5 or the 898, but if you are looking for a basic locator that you can purchase at a reasonable price and still get good results for locating fish hanging close to the bottom of the lake, then I think the Helix 5 offers an inexpensive option that can be pretty effective.
- It has some nice features and is easy to read and use
I bought and used this some at the end of last season in Maine. It has some nice features and is easy to read and use, though in the first several outings you might want to take the operations manual along with with you. With practice, however, it becomes clear and intuitive fairly quickly. Installation is a bit tricky for a first timer like me, but was manageable with some careful attention to the instructions before and during the installation process.
- Great fish finder
This is a great fish finder/sonar which replaced an older Humminbird with a black and white screen that died after years of use. I would highly recommend this unit to anyone.
- Best bang for the buck.
Excellent unit, especially for the price. I have been fishing over 30 years and if you know how to use a fishfinder this won’t let you down. Very sensitive, I can see my jig going up and down on the screen.
This unit has no gps, no speed, and no down imaging or side imaging. Just a basic fishfinder function, which is all I need.
- Met and exceeded my expectations. Have this on a …
Met and exceeded my expectations. Have this on a detachable mount on my kayak I use for mostly nearshore ocean fishing >75 ft most of the time.
- Easy to operate
.Easy to operate. Excellent display. Great value for the money
- Very nice
Awesome fish finder, still learning navigation.
- Five Stars
Works great! Down imaging is awesome!
- Excellent fish finder and GPS unit!
Works great once I learned how to use it! I’m still trying to update the software. Customer service is very helpful if you can get through to them.
- Just right!
So far so good! Lots of little tweaks to make when fishing is slow, but works great right out of the box!