There has been much hype about the Hummingbird Helix 7 DI GPS. The angling world has been abuzz about this small, GPS enabled unit fish finder due to its reputation for accuracy and good picture quality. But, is it true? Is it worth it for you?
Well, that depends. This researcher visited several different websites, including those that specialized in fishing goods, and the ‘big box’ stores sites, to see why everyone seemed to be talking about the Hummingbird Helix 7 DI GPS. The first surprise was that many of these sites had only a few of the Hummingbird Helix 7 DI GPS models in stock. Some had none in stock at all and were taking ‘back orders’. On those that were taking pre-orders, (aka back orders), there were no estimated times listed as to when the shipment would arrive or be sent out. This is a rare problem that this writer has not seen anywhere else on any other model reviewed.
Most sites, along with the cooperation of the manufacturer, offered a free 2-year extended warranty on all the units sold. Some sites offered free shipping along with the other terms and condition of service. So, these are two pluses on the side of the Hummingbird Helix 7 DI GPS.
The manufacturer promises that the unit is packed to the gills with technology, is dependable, and is also easy to use. They also promise high resolution, with high pixel count, on the screen. There are also dual screens, one for the fish images and another for water temperature, depth, and navigation features, etc.
It has a quick release bracket, which makes it easy to move the unit from place to place. Easy operation on the control panel is promised and supported by some of the customer reviews. This unit has many 5 star comments. Out of the twenty-four reviews, approximately have were 5 stars, and the lowest was 3 stars. The lower star counts mainly pertained to the fact the machine did not come preloaded with a maps, but had to be downloaded. Still, the customers related that the machines were good and performed as promised.
So, is the Hummingbird Helix 7 DI GPS worth buying? While at the higher end of the mid-priced range it is still fairly good money for the features. Since the author always reads several reviews, since these are the people who know the unit better than most, the writer is leaning toward a positive response and recommendation.
Even though some of the lowest star rating customers did have some concerns, it was more about the software which affected the maps rather than finding fish. Most people who addressed the primary focus of a fish finder, i.e. finding fish, it lived up to its claims.
Finally, the Hummingbird Helix 7 DI GPS is manufactured in the USA. If this is an example of being made in America, with few complaints, and free extended 2-year warranty; then yes, perhaps give it a try.