The HDI affixed to a wide variety of Lowrance’s products stands for Hybrid Dual Imaging and it’s pretty much what it sounds like. This technology will allow you to combine the DownScan and standard sonar readings this device will take into one easily readable image. In addition to the HDI features, the Elite series continues to impress and this one comes equipped with everything you’ll need for your next fishing trip.
The Elite 5 HDI has an easily readable 5” screen that comes in with a respectable 480 x 480 resolution and 16-bit color. It’s not the biggest screen on the market, but it’s almost certainly suitable for most uses.
Display Rating: 8/10
Apart from the respectable technology included the Elite 5 HDI is a respectable sonar unit. Using the HDI feature you’ll be able to receive a vast array of information condensed on your screen. This will allow you to make the most of where you’re at, and keep bringing in fish.
The 83/200 kHz part of the transducer will function as a standard sonar unit while the higher frequency 455/800 kHz part of the frequency is used for your DownScan capabilities. With the overlay function, you’ll be able to see fish arcs even in heavy cover that would normally not be able to be seen with either type of reading on their own. More than a gimmick, the HDI capabilities of this unit make for an impressive new level of functionality.
You’ll be able to take readings to about 1000’ in depth with this finder, so it’s appropriate for a wide variety of uses.
Finder Rating: 8/10
The Lowrance Elite 5 HDI boasts GPS and waypoint capabilities. Most anglers will find these almost indispensable, especially if you’re using it for near-shore ocean fishing.
Like most of Lowrance’s GPS-enabled finders, the Elite 5 HDI comes equipped with a high-powered GPS and Navionics software with the North American maps already on them. The angler who is frequently changing boats will be glad to know that this unit supports a micro-SD card to save valuable location data. It also features routing, so you’ll be able to keep track of the best and safest ways to and from your waypoints.
Extras Rating: 8/10
Ease of Use
The Elite 5 HDI has an easy to manage menu system which you can scroll through easily using the affixed buttons. However a novice may find themselves a bit confused, and it can be easy to upset things a bit.
That said, once you get the hang of it the Elite 5 HDI’s menu interface is fairly intuitive, making for a great experience.
Ease of Use Rating: 7/10
The clever fisherman will see that this unit comes in at a great price with a lot of features which are normally reserved for much higher end products. The HDI function is probably the most impressive feature here, but the entire unit is compact and perfect for almost any recreational fisherman. If the screen size and 1000’ depth readings are capable of what you want, then you’d be crazy to pass up the excellent Lowrance Elite 5 HDI. You’ll be glad for the investment as soon as you hit the water.
Overall Rating: 8/10