Posted by fristy1
I did a bit of research on selecting my next fish finder, and found good reviews for the Helix 9. I also decided that I wanted the 360-degree imaging, so I upped my budget to find a unit that had that. The right choice seemed to be the Humminbird Helix 9 DI.
But after receiving it I was disappointed. There was nothing in the manual because it doesn’t have 360 – it’s an “optional” feature that involves buying another transducer. Same with the AutoChart – it’s a limited feature that requires buying an expensive upgrade.
Maybe I should have done more research, but I know the advertising promised these things with no mention of purchasing extras. The 9DI isn’t a bad unit. It’s perfectly good for use as it is. However, I expect to get what the manufacturer promises. I’m a little upset that I didn’t.
Posted by W Miranda
Very very disappointing buying this product and NOT being able to use it. Why you may ask? Well I just invested $1,200 in a brand new Helix 9 not knowing that to extract data from the thing I also needed to buy the Zero Line card and Autochart software for another $249. After I receive the card and the software I found out that the software version that I bought is not current. So, I suppose not a big deal. I will go to the website and download the new version and do all the wonderful things that I was thought to receive. What happened? Well after several back and forth with technical support, they informed me that the new software has NOT been released and that NO date has been set for it to be available…. How can a company release a new product in this case a Helix 9 without a usable piece of software? Just INCREDIBLE !!!! BUYER BEWARE !!!!!
Posted by BR Smith
I’ve owned many fishfinders over they years but this is the first time I have a 9 inch display. Now I can read the fishinder all the way from the back of the boat. The display is crisp and clear and provides so much detail, it makes fishing very easy. I know the unit is accurate because I usually get a bite few seconds after I mark the fish on the screen.
Posted by MJC
This unit does everything it’s supposed and does it well. The best part is its very readable, large display. I bought Lakemaster Plus chip but I also use autochart LIVE for smaller lakes. I like this unit already even though I haven’t even tried half the features yet.
Posted by Mack the Shark
A lot of research went into this purchase. I wanted to make sure I make the right choice when spending over $700 and now I can say I did make the right choice. It’s a great sounder with all the bells and whistles. My friend has a newer Lowrance model that doesn’t even come close to my Helix.
I’m a Humminbird faithful now.
Posted by wdan
I have HB 899 already installed on the boat but wanted a second screen, bigger screen. Helix 9 was the perfect fit, the display is super clear and bright and bigger than 899.