Humminbird HELIX 9 Sonar GPS Fish Finder Review

The Helix family has grown tremendously, and now it is featuring the Helix 9 Sonar GPS fish finder. The Helix 9 has more premium features packed into it than previous Humminbird Fishfinder series. It’s faster and has a high-speed processor and offers crystal clear screen display quality.

If you’re looking for a fishfinder that comes with incredible detail to help you differentiate fish from structures, then the Helix 9 is the best choice for you.

Effectiveness

One incredible thing about this unit is that with just a stroke of a key, you can quickly gain access to different options of the menu and do as much as you want with the device. The Helix 9 excels at offering high-performing technology built into it, which includes the LakeMaster Technology.

The unit also lets you view underwater structures in both side and down imaging. The ability to share your data using the Network feature in the Helix 9 is one of the major selling points. Not only can you share your waypoints with this feature, but you can also share views from each transducer.

Humminbird HELIX 9 Sonar GPS LakeMaster Technology

Price

Currently, the Helix 9 retails at a top dollar price at around 620 bucks in the market, which is quite on the high side, especially if you’re looking for a budget fish finder. But if the price is not an option or you’re a professional angler who is looking for a sophisticated fish finder that is packed with all the advanced technologies to give you the best fishing experience, then the Humminbird Helix 9 is a win-win deal for you.

Pros

  • Crystal clear and bright screen resolution
  • Great price for the money
  • Very easy to operate and install
  • Large screen size and crystal clear display that works great in the direct sun.
  • AutoChat Live function
  • IPX7 waterproof and wireless control

Cons

  • You can’t change the preset view settings.
  • It isn’t a touch screen device compared to the Lowrance Fishfinder

Design

The Helix 9 has almost the same features as the Helix 7 with a big bright screen. The Fishfinder is housed in an attractive rubberized cover that is waterproof and has a robust and sturdy design. Sporting a 9-inch diagonal screen display, the Helix 9 happens to be 1-inch wider than the previous series. The quick save button allows you to save your favorite screen.

Picture of Humminbird HELIX 9 Sonar GPS Keypad

Another significant change is that the Micro SD card slot which is by the side in the previous series is now on the front of the device, making it easier to get in and out.

Just like the Helix 5 and 7, the Helix 9 is also IPX7 waterproof which simply means it can resist harsh weather conditions like dust, water splashes and immersions up to 3 feet deep without giving you any problems.

Performance

Compared to previous generations, the Helix 9 is built faster with super performance to keep up with you even when you are sailing at high speed.

The Fishfinder is also on trend with the LakeMaster cross card that gives you one-foot increments underwater, and a satellite detail above the water.

One of the major differences between the Helix 9 and previous generations is that it’s networkable. That means you can receive data from the transducer even when it is not in the water.

However, a few gripes with this brand are that it has a preset view, which means you can’t change your view. But using just three buttons, you can quickly go through a bunch of preset views effortlessly.

Although the Helix 9 is respected for its tons of premium technologies, it fails at delivering a touchscreen unit as you’d have in the Lowrance Fishfinder.

Display Screen

With a 63.7-degree surface temperature, the Helix 9 offers a brilliant, high-quality screen resolution, which allows you to view the screen from a mile away. The LED backlight screen fish finder lets you have a clear view of your graph from a distance and gives you enough room to see what is happening underneath your boat.

Its big widescreen is a talking point: it is one of the brightest and crystal clear displays we have tested so far. It doesn’t matter whether it is day or night, you can see all your data clearly because of its 1500 nits of brightness. However, the unit doesn’t come in HD, and rather it has a compact side transducer.

GPS Autochat Live Function

One of the best of the features of the Helix 9 is the AutoChat Live function which allows you to make and customize your maps. Although the unit delivers 8 hours of free AutoChat live mapping, you can still extend the mapping hours by picking up the Humminbird LakeMaster Micro SD card that allows you to map as long as you want.

You can even send the data from the Micro SD card to a friend. The best part of using the AutoChat Live function is that you can easily mark waypoints, increase the detail and later come back to review that spot. You can quickly pick up a contour and even view a bunch of fish about 30 feet deep. The internal GPS saves you rigging when you’re on the water.

Transducer and Chirp Sonar

The biggest improvement is the transducer which gives you access to both side imaging, down imaging and SwitchFire sonar. The down imaging gives you the clearest picture of the bottom of what is underneath you. The side imaging allows you to use 240 feet on either side of the boat.

You can see whether there is a fish in a particular spot or not. You can find weed lines, rocks, isolated boulders and fish cribs. The Helix 9 also comes with digital sonar which gives you a clear picture of target separation.

Conclusion

The performance of this unit has been well above our expectations. If you don’t want to spend a thousand dollars on a Fishfinder and still want an excellent performance, the Humminbird Helix 9 is the best choice for you. The fact that it is easy for you to use makes it a no-brainer whether you should purchase it or not. With its side and down imaging, you can find that structure and catch more fish.

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