TULSA, Okla. - Lowrance, a world-leading brand in marine electronics since 1957 and GPS navigational systems since 1992 - announced today that it has expanded its HDS Gen2 range, with the new wide-format, touchscreen HDS Gen2 Touch. Delivering the same award-winning benefits that made the HDS High Definition System the world's top-selling multifunction display series, Gen2 Touch models incorporate new easier-to-use, wide touchscreens in 7-, 9- and 12-inch sizes.
The new Lowrance lineup - an addition to the current HDS Gen2 series - also features the best, built-in fishfinding technologies on the market - the Broadband Sounder and StructureScan HD - as well as powerful chartplotting capabilities and seamless integration of Lowrance's comprehensive range of performance modules including the award-winning Broadband Radar™, SonicHub marine audio server and LWX-1 Sirius satellite weather/radio receiver.
"The new HDS Gen2 Touch combines all the superior fishfinding and navigational technologies Lowrance customers love, in a sleek easier-to-use touchscreen multifunction system that includes our largest display ever, the new 12-inch HDS-12 Gen2 Touch," said Louis Chemi, chief operating officer, Navico Americas. "The revolutionary integration capabilities of the Gen2 Touch paired with built-in Broadband Sounder and StructureScan HD help our customers get the most from each on-the-water experience."
Now with a new 3D perspective view for built-in Insight USA, and optional Insight HD and Fishing Hot Spots Pro cards, the Gen2 Touch allows control of the viewing and rotation angle for customized views of a boat's position and surrounding landmarks. Navionics Platinum+ and Hotmaps Platinum are viewable in 3D perspective, as well. Also compatible with 3D perspective, a StructureMap display feature allows users to scan and overlay underwater StructureScan HD images directly on a chart in real-time - or create saved StructureMap views of their favorite boating, fishing or diving areas to display on or off the water - without the aid of a computer.
In addition, HDS Gen2 Touch works with Lowrance's new Insight Genesis - a web-based application feature (scheduled for November 2012 release) that allows users to generate their own personal high-definition bathymetric contour maps from sonar log recordings.
Available from authorized Lowrance dealers and distributors throughout the United States and Canada, the Lowrance HDS-7 and HDS-9 Gen2 Touch multifunction displays will be available for purchase in October 2012, and the HDS-12 Gen2 Touch in December 2012. Minimum advertised prices range from US $1,299 for the HDS-7M Gen2 Touch Insight USA chartplotter to $3,249 US for the HDS-12 Gen2 Touch Insight USA fishfinder/chartplotter model. Lowrance HDS Gen2 Touch multifunction displays are protected by a two-year limited warranty, and are supported by the five-year Lowrance Advantage Service Program.
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