Lowrance 000-11448-001 Elite-3X Fishfinder makes for an excellent, low priced addition to your small vessel. It’s cheap, but it still boasts full color and two sonar modes for differing depths of water. The Lowrance Elite-3X is particularly a smart choice if you’re a fan of fishing from a kayak, the easy functionality and low price will blow you away.
The display featured on the Lowrance Elite 3X comes in at three inches, which isn’t exactly huge. The resolution also comes in at a modest 320 x 240 pixel resolution, but it does feature a backlight and full color so it’s not a total wash in this department.
Display Rating: 3.5/5
It features two levels of frequency, 83 kHz for deeper water and a decent 200 kHz for shallower water and clear imaging. It’s easy to switch between frequencies with a single button press, allowing you to find which setting suits your surroundings with surprising ease.
Its small size and backlight make this device ideal for something like a kayak, where you’re tight on space but still want to run a fish finder for your angling purposes. It’s also fairly low power, running down to only about 800 feet with the 83 kHz mode activated but the size and ease of mounting is probably the main draw for someone looking at this device.
It doesn’t boast any advanced technology in this area, but the system is pretty solid as-is.
Finder Rating: 4/5
There’s no GPS or other major features that come with this unit. It does feature all the usual suspects when it comes to a fish finder, including temperature and speed gauges. The patented Skimmer transducer will keep functioning up to about 75mph though.
It also features Lowrance’s ASP technology which will keep you from having to repeatedly change your settings throughout the day.
Extras Rating: 3.5/5
Ease of Use
One of the best things about this fish finder, other than the price, is the simple menu system. It’s very intuitive and will rapidly have even first time fish finder users using the whole system like a pro.
Despite being small, the screen is quite readable, and for fishermen who insist on fishing in a kayak or dinghy it’s a smart choice. It also features the ability to easily zoom in so you’ll be able to make sense of your readings if things are too chaotic at first glance.
Ease of Use Rating: 4/5
Conclusion and Overall Rating
This really is a great little unit for niche uses, particularly for those with small vessels. It’s not the deepest reaching or most advanced fish finder around, but in its simplicity there’s a bit of elegance. Those who have aspirations of being a professional marine angler may want to look elsewhere, but for the average person hitting the lake the Lowrance Elite 3X comes in a cheap package.
If you’re new to finders and just want to try one out, or if you want to start taking angling from your kayak a bit more seriously though this is a great buy.
Overall Rating: 4/5