Product Reviews: Multi-Function Displays

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The Garmin GPSMAP 7412 Chartplotter

PROs:

  • Supports radar, autopilot, instruments, multiple screens and digital switching
  • Simplified SOS calling allows you to tap a button on the touchscreen
  • Axis and FLIR camera support

CONs:

  • Only compatible with other Garmin products

Vesper WatchMate XB-8000 smartAIS Class B Transponder

PROs:

CONs:

  • Creates its own WiFi network on board
  • Uses an existing VHF antenna
  • Fully waterproof

FLIR AX8 Marine Thermal Monitoring System

PROs:

  • Up to eight cameras can be connected via Ethernet
  • Small footprint 2.1” x 1” x 3.1”
  • Affordable thermal imaging

CONs:

  • Multi positioning mounting bracket sold separately

Raymarine a9/a12 MFD

PROs:

  • 10Hz internal GPS and external antenna support
  • Video over IP support for security cameras
  • Built-in Bluetooth for remote control of music

CONs:

  • RMK-9 wired remote and RCU-3 wireless steering remote not included

Garmin GNX 20/21

PROs:

  • Auto-scroll cycles pages for hands-free operation
  • NMEA 2000 with over 50 marine and boat parameters
  • Customizable user profiles

CONs:

  • Flush mount gasket and flat-mount kit sold separately

Humminbird ION Series MFD

PROs:

  • USB port and Dual SD card slot
  • TriFuel Cartography provides access to Navionics, C-MAP by Jeppesen, and Humminbird charts
  • Full NMEA 0183/2000 compatibility

CONs:

  • Wireless antenna accessory sold separately

Lowrance Elite-4 HDI Fishfinder/Chartplotter

PROs:

  • Regular fishfinding and downscannning
  • DownScan Overlay technology overlays DownScan Imaging onto Broadband Sounder
  • Multi-Window Display features pre-set page layouts

CONs:

  • No NMEA 2000 support

Standard Horizon CPN700i /CPN1010i Chartplotter

PROs:

  • Supports a XM Weather Receiver
  • USB connection supports a memory stick
  • Pair with iOS devices using free Plan2Nav app

CONs:

  • Tilt, rotate and chart keys requires upgrade of C-Map 4D

Raymarine gS Series Glass Bridge MFD

PROs:

  • Two microSD slots
  • 720p output resolution
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection

CONs:

  • Remote not included

Garmin GMI 20 / GHC 20

PROs:

  • Bonded screen prevents dust and condensation
  • Bright screen for use in sunlight
  • Can be flush or flat-mounted

CONs:

  • NMEA 2000 Network Updater sold separately
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