KEP knows that
it IS better
when it comes
to marine electronics screens, but we don’t
always have room in the glass
bridge for one more monster LCD.
So they’ve introduced a new display, their
smallest ever, a 7-incher. Although this is a little guy for a
KEP (you might remember that last year, they introduced a
21-incher), don’t let the small package fool you. It’s still a
sunlight-readable dual touch-screen, which is waterproofed
from the front. Price not available at press time.
KEP has also rolled out the Enix line of marine computers, which are solid-state, fan-less models with no moving
parts. Designed for navigation, communication, PC media
storage, and camera/security requirements, these are heavy
hitters destined for serious cruising yachts. All models
feature an Intel Core i7/i5/i3 Quad/Dual core G2 processor; PCI, and PCIe expansion for integrating custom serial
boards, radar, and additional network cards; a dual HD
drawer; and they are compatible with Linux, and Windows
7 and XP operating systems. Prices start at $3,849.
LOWRANCE has gone touchy-feely for 2013, with their touch-screen HDS Gen2 series. These new HDS units come in 7-, 9-, and
12-inch versions. All units feature simple menus and full touch-screen function — most operations are buried no more than a swipe
or two deep — but they also have backup buttons on the right-hand side, so you aren’t forced to poke and prod in error when the
seas get rough and the boat’s bouncing around. And the HDS Gen2
Touch units also come with a very cool built-in feature that used to
be an add-on module in the HDS line: Structure Scan. Just add the
extra transducer to your boat and plug it in.
More perks: 3-D perspectives, Navionics and/or HotMaps
expandability (Insight USA is included), and Structure Scan/chart-
plotter overlay capabilities. An even more unique cartographic
capability, however, is Insight Genesis. This web-based application
allows you to gather sonar
log recordings, upload
them, and then cre-
ate your own personal
etry map of the
areas you’ve been
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