The Garmin Echo 301c is a solid finder, especially for the price range it falls into. It’s ideal for the angler who wants something which won’t take up a whole lot of room. It’s not the most high-tech finder available, but it is simple, easy to use, and cheap.
The display on this unit comes in at 3.5” and a 240 x 320 resolution. It’s not the biggest, or the sharpest screen available but it’s still within a reasonable limit. The good part about the smaller display is that it can be used in smaller vessels like a kayak or dinghy without taking up any more of the limited space available than absolutely necessary.
Display Rating: 6/10
This finder comes with a fairly standard transducer. The dual frequencies come in at 77/200 kHz. It comes in with 2400W of peak-to-peak power so it should be good down to about 1750’ with the 77 kHz range. This makes for a respectable finder for any freshwater purpose and it won’t leave you hanging for nearshore fishing in the ocean either.
It comes standard with Fish Symbol ID which will make suspected fish show up as the appropriate icon on the display. It’s a fairly standard feature, but it can make a lot of difference for the novice who isn’t able to easily read fish arcs.
As a bonus, this finder is also compatible with a more powerful 55/200 kHz transducer if you decide to go that route for a little bit more viewing range. There’s not a whole lot of additional technology available here, but what you’re left with is a solid fish finder that isn’t going to let you down.
Finder Rating: 7/10
Unfortunately, this finder lacks a lot of the GPS and plot charting features that make for the versatility most modern units have. This lack of frills is excusable considering the price, but you’ll be disappointed if you were looking to save waypoints.
It does come with all the standard features we’ve come to expect, including readings for speed and temperature, though. It also has a split-screen zoom mode so you’ll be able to look at the different frequencies at the same time in order to better read what lays underneath the water’s surface.
Extras Rating: 6/10
Ease of Use
One of the benefits of this unit being so small and lacking the extra features is that it’s simple to use. The menu system is remarkably intuitive and everything is easily accessed by the buttons on the front of the finder.
The ease of use makes this finder ideal for a novice looking for a superior finder that’s almost plug-and-play.
The unit is also amazingly compact, adding to its utility for those who prefer to use smaller vessels in their fishing trips. It comes highly recommended for those who enjoy angling from their kayaks in particular.
Ease of Use Rating: 9/10
The Garmin Echo 301c is a solid choice. It’s quite a simple unit but for the novice or fisherman with a smaller vessel, it’s remarkably ideal. Don’t be fooled by the simple display, this one boasts enough power for some marine applications and is sure to give you the information you’ll need in most situations. The lack of additional features is forgivable in this case because the Echo 301c simply offers an amazing value for your money.
Overall Rating: 8/10