Lowrance HDS-9 Gen2 Touch Insight Review

Lowrance HDS-9 Gen2 Touch Insight

Some fish finder devices are very basic, which is perfect for beginners or for those with a limited budget. But for those who don’t mind splurging on the best fish finder device, then you ought to take a look at the Lowrance HDS-9 Gen2 Touch Insight.

Specs and Best Features


The Lowrance HDS-9 Gen2 Touch Insight comes with a cornucopia of features, which got many people excited to get back to fishing again. Take a look at what it can do:

  • It offers a WVGA color TFT LCD widescreen touchscreen with 800 by 480 resolution. The menus are intuitive, and it is very easy to use with cursor assist, preview panes, and snap-to setting markers.
  • Get the optional StructureScan HD transducer, and you will have picture- quality 180-degree views of the various fish and structures beneath your boat. With the StructureMap feature, you can overlay the live HD bottom imagery over your charts. You can really get excellent underwater images of the lake or of the sea floor.
  • The Broadband Sounder displays and marks fish and structures at even very high speeds, up to a depth of 3,000 feet.
  • The 5Hz GPS antenna is very accurate, and allows for WAAS/EGNOS/MSAS corrections. You also have the option to get the external Lowrance Point-1 10Hz GPS antenna with built in compass.
  • With TrackBack, you can review and save hotspots as you scroll back through the Broadband Sounder and StructureScan.
  • With the free app and the Wi-Fi-1 module, you can view and select the displays with your tablet or smartphone.
  • You can also connect to the Cloud, so you can use it to make purchases, or upload and download maps to forums.
  • You get extensive mapping options with built-in charts and maps.
  • With depth contour shading and shallow water highlighting, you can highlight the best fishing areas or mark shallow waters.
  • You can make personalized maps, with adjusted contour lines, vegetation, and bottom hardness.
  • The display allows for use in sunlight, with a wider angle for viewing.
  • It also offers dual Ethernet ports and full-size SD card slots, along with video- camera input.
Pros and Cons


The list of features goes on and on. Basically, what you get is a tool that does an excellent job of helping you find the fish you’re looking for. There’s no shortcut missed, no feature neglected, and no convenience overlooked. If you need a fish finder feature, you’ll find it in the Lowrance HDS-9 Gen2 Touch Insight.


At the same time, it is very easy to use, pretty much like learning how to use your tablet or smartphone. In just a very short time, you’ll be using it without any


Should You Buy It?


This device is very durable and is designed to last. While the warranty is for 2 years, the build quality is more than you can ask for. Of course, the main—and perhaps only—drawback is the price, as it can cost about more than $1600. And that’s not even counting the cost of the various options to maximize the benefits you get. But if you can afford a very nice boat, then the Lowrance HDS-9 Gen2 Touch Insight should not be a problem. If money is no object, get this fish finder. You won’t regret it.