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Hummingbird Fish Finder 718 Review

Humminbird 718


For those that want an affordable fish finder, the Hummingbird Fish Finder 718 can be a great choice. Although it doesn’t have a full color screen, it has quite a few options that will fulfill its role of the instrument for finding fish on your boat.

The Humminbird 718 head unit features a 16 grayscale, high resolution screen, 320V x 320H. The display is 5 inches in diagonal, like most of the fish finders in the 700 series.

It’s equipped with a DualBeam Plus sonar, meaning that you can adjust the view, and observe in split-screen, both the 20° and the 60° returns. Although it is said that this unit will provide accurate returns even if used for fishing in waters up to 1000 ft. deep, I wouldn’t recommend this unit for fishing in deep waters. A few users have complained online about it’s accuracy for deep water fishing. They reported on having accurate results just for waters up to 200 ft. deep.

This unit has a 2400 Watts PTP output.

The Hummingbird fish finder 718 is also GPS and trackplotting compatible. Keep in mind that you’ll have to purchase an additional antenna, to activate the GPS functions. Anyway, don’t expect this grayscale unit to display charts and to become a super marine GPS device. It is not compatible with the Navionics or Lakemaster charts, nor it has any Humminbird mapping package. Your route will be shown on your screen as a black line on a grid, without pointing out the shoreline. However, it’s useful to save waypoints, routes, speed and exact location of your boat. You can store up to 750 waypoints and 10 tracks up to 2,000 points each.

Although this unit doesn’t excel with the GPS features, it’s a great unit for finding fish. It’s really easy to use and affordable, and for a recreational angler or boater it would make a good choice.

Hummingbird Fish Finder 798ci HD SI Combo Review

Hummingbird Fish Finders

798ci HD SI Combo

The Hummingbird Fish Finder 798ci HD SI Combo is clearly the best of the 700 Humminbird series. Although it’s equipped only with a medium size screen, it basically has most of the features that the best Hummingbird Depth Finders have.

It’s endowed with a 5-inch 265 color TFT display, with a resolution of 640 x 640 pixels. Has LED backlight which permits a pretty nice readability even on a bright, sunny day, or during night.

When it comes to its sonar capabilities, the Hummingbird Fish Finder 798ci HD SI Combo has the DualBeam Plus/SwitchFire technology just as its bigger brothers in the 800, 900 and 1100 series. This feature will provide you with accurate returns even in 1500ft deep waters. Comes with both Side Imaging and Down Imaging, so using this fishing gadget you will benefit from clear, photo-like snapshots of the bottom of the lake, down to 100ft depth.

Its GPS capabilities include a 50 Channel internal GPS, trackplotting and chartplotting. It’s compatible with Navionics and LakeMaster charts, and has the built-in ContourXD mapping, providing you with a solid map package of over 3000 U.S. lake maps.

Its memory card can store up to 3000 waypoints, 50 routes and 50 tracks. Also, the Hummingbird Fish Finder 798ci HD SI Combo has Ethernet connection capabilities, allowing you to share sonar, views, waypoints, routes and more.

All in all this, due to its capabilities/price ratio, the Hummingbird Fish Finder 798ci HD SI Combo is a great fishing tool to have as a recreational angler or boater, or even if you’re aiming for professional fishing. You will basically get all the benefits of a 1100 Humminbird, but on a smaller screen, and with a little less depth penetration on its Side Imaging and Down Imaging.

Hummingbird Fish Finder 788ci HD DI Combo Review

Humminbird 788ci HD DI Combo

788ci HD DI Combo

The Hummingbird Fish Finder 788ci HD DI Combo has almost the same possibilities as the 798ci HD SI Combo, only without the Side Imaging. However, its Down Imaging is a bit more reliable.

Let’s take a closer look a the features of this product. It has the same medium size screen, being equipped with a 5-inch color TFT display, with a 640×640 HD pixel resolution, with LED backlight.

The Hummingbird Fish Finder 788ci HD DI Combo sonar capabilities include DualBeam Plus/SwitchFire sonar with 4000 watts PTP power out put, Down Imaging and this fish finder will provide you with quality photo-like images in waters of 250ft depth.

Its GPS features include internal 50 channels GPS, chartplotting and trackplotting possibilities, and it’s also equipped with the ContourXD database of over 3000 U.S. lakes.

This Hummingbird fish finder also has Ethernet capabilities and the memory card of all first class fish finders from Humminbird. Can store up to 3000 waypoints, 50 tracks, 20,000 points each, and 50 routes.

Although I really appreciate the Side Imaging option in a fish finder, if you’re familiar with the Down Imaging, this fish finder will provide you with almost every benefit of a high-end fish finding tool. The quality-price ratio is also not bad for a HD DI fish finder.

Hummingbird Fish Finder 788ci HD Combo Review

Hummingbird Fish Finder 788ci HD Combo

788ci HD Combo

This is the best of the Hummingbird Fish Finders in the 700 Series that you can get whitout Down Imaging and Side Imaging. Anyway, listed below are the whole range of features and benefits that the Hummingbird Fish Finder 788ci HD Combo will provide you with.

First of all, it’s endowed with the 5″, 256 TFT Color display, 640V x 640H pixel resolution, with LED backlight. It has DualBeam Plus/SwitchFire technology which supplies you with excellent returns of the bottom contours, allowing you to make an accurate estimation of what’s under the boat, and of course, track fish and structures in the SwitchFire Max Mode or Clear Mode. DualBeam Plus is a sonar system reliable for 1500ft depths.

The Hummingbird Fish Finder 788ci HD Combo has a 50 Channel Internal GPS, chartplotting and trackplotting capabilities. It does not have the ContourXD mapping package, but it has the Humminbird UnitMap database, which covers the continental U.S. coastline and a part of the in-land waters at 30 meters per pixel resolution.

Last but not least, this Humminbird fish finder has a 3,000 waypoints memory, 50 tracks (20,000 points each) and 50 routes. Has Ethernet and InterLink options and allowing you to connect to other Hummingbird units, to share GPS,  sonar, waypoints and more.

As a final word on the 788ci HD combo, I must say that if you’re familiar with the SwitchFire technology from Humminbird and you don’t rely on Down Imaging or Side Imaging, this is a super Hummingbird unit to have. For only 600 bucks you will be the possessor of one of the top Hummingbird Fish Finders.

Hummingbird Fish Finder 778c HD Review

Humminbird 778c HD

778c HD

The Hummingbird Fish Finder 778c HD is the cheapest color model in the Humminbird 700 series. Although it doesn’t have Side Imaging and Down Imaging technology is quite a reliable fish finder.

This unit has a medium size, 5-inch full color HD display, with ultra high- 640×640 pixel resolution and LED backlight. Due to its HD display, even without SI and DI, you will still be able to gather valuable information about what’s under your boat and detect the places where the big ones are hiding.

The Hummingbird Fish Finder 778c HD is equipped with the powerful DualBeam Plus/SwitchFire sonar, reliable up to 1500 ft depths, with a 4000 watts PTP power output. You will be able to adjust your scans in a 20 degree, or 60 degree beam due to the DualBeam Plus, depending on necessity, and the SwitchFire gives you the possibility to observe the results in Max or Clear Mode.

Although it doesn’t have super GPS features like the superior Hummingbird Fish Finders, the Hummingbird Fish Finder 778c HD is also GPS capable with a 16 channels GPS or an optional 50 Channels one. However, since it has the Ethernet option, you can connect it to another Hummingbird Fish Finder to share waypoints, sonar and GPS.

It has a memory of 750 waypoints and 10 tracks (2,000 points each).

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