Posted by Matt
I bought this in the winter and when I played with it at home I found a setting for ice fishing. I decided to give it a try on ice since I couldn’t install it on the boat yet. I put the transducer in the hole so that floated just below the surface and switched to the 455kHz frequency, worked like a charm. I can’t wait to use it on the boat. Will probably buy an ice fishing transducer so that I can use it year-round.
Posted by J. Wilson
I picked up this little jewel and the first thing I did was start working with it without reading the instructions. Big mistake folks. For ease of set up, and function is to read everything before downloading the software. Once the support team walked me through getting by that issue. All I can say is NICE PRODUCT. easy to navigate, crystal clear monitor, split screen, light weight, with a sleek design and look. I have to pick up a 10′ transducer extension cord for it, because I want to use this to replace my old faith Eagle FishElite 480
I would recommend others pick this unit up. For the price you will not be disappointed.
Posted by robert_m
At first I was a little leery of this unit because it was one of the lowest priced side and down scan units on the market, and it only came with a five inch display. Once I got out on the water though I was thoroughly impressed. The wide aspect ratio makes the 5 inch screen seem much larger and it displayed everything in great detail. The preloaded maps and GPS feature are great for getting from spot to spot quickly, and for even better info you can purchase their hotspot maps upgrade. With the more detailed maps you will be able to navigate to the best spots on most any major body of water like a local, even if it is your first time. I can’t say enough about the crisp display and the added usefulness of having both down and side imaging sonar. For those who haven’t tried side scan yet, you are missing out. It gives you a much better picture fo the area than you get from down imaging alone. I recommend this unit to anyone who wants to spend less time looking for fish and more time reeling them in. For the price and performance there is really nothing on the market that can compete.
Posted by Wesley J. Thierry
I am a complete novice when it comes to fish finders and sonar, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The Helix 5 DI has thoroughly impressed me. Given my limited knowledge and experience, I wasn’t sure how useful it would be, but after a couple of trips to the lake I have managed to find some nice offshore fishing spots. I can even tell the difference in active fish and neutral ones. I really can’t praise Humminbird enough for how easy it is to learn to use their product. Now as soon as I get the extra cash in hand I plan on purchasing the Helix 5 Si chartplotter combo. If you haven’t given one of the Helix units a try, you definitely should.
Posted by Bo M.
I installed this one on my pontoon and after 6 times on the water, I am confident I made the right choice. The down imaging is on another level from older regular sonars. Now I can see detail on bottom structures and drop-offs where my old units would only show a blob. I like to catfish, so having this kind of intel on what is down there is invaluable. It operates smoothly even when the boat is under way and never seems to skip like some I have owned in the past did. Keep in mind that if you turn it when not in the water you have to use simulation mode or it can screw up the calibration. This thing was worth every penny and then some. Humminbird has another happy customer.
Posted by Michael Klinker
I got this one because I have never had a side scan sonar and wanted to give it a try. I had my doubts about the 5” screen being large enough to give any detail in split mode. One trip to the lake and I am now a believer. The wide landscape orientation makes the viewing area plenty large for side by side images. In fact, I would recommend the Helix 5 to anyone in the market for a new unit. I bought mine because it was one of the least expensive units with all the features I wanted and figured that if I liked the side scan, I could sell this one and buy one with a larger screen later. After using it a few times though, I will definitely be keeping this one. If you are still waiting to try out side scan, you are missing out. I was amazed at how much faster I was able get on some fish. The GPS maps are another great tool to help you spend more time casting and less time searching. I added the hotspots map upgrade which made an already good product great. If you want to step up to the latest technology without breaking the bank, this unit is your best bet.
Posted by TCH
Not a bad unit, very clear screen, easily readable from all angles, during daylight. Chirp does make a difference and add more clarity to the sonar output. I didn’t like the preloaded maps, I had to spend extra to get better maps.
Posted by Kurt Inglis
Just got the portable versio of this unit and when I went to assemble it I found that they did not include the soft s case. I emailed customer service to see how I could arrange to get one sent to me and all they did was respond with a copy and pasted message saying that I could order a replacement online ($75). When I responded stating that the soft case should have been included with my unit and that I shouldn’t have to pay for their mistake, they simply responded with the exact same copy and pasted message telling me to order one online. Called numerous times and was never able to speak with anyone, the call just went straight to an answering machine and my messages were never returned. One of the worst customer service experiences I’ve ever had…. should have went with a Lowrance.
Posted by Harold H Reeve
I got mine with my boat I love it