Lowrance Elite-5x HDI Review in 2024 – Fish Finder

Lowrance Elite 5x HDI Review

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Lowrance’s new Elite-5x HDI series takes the best of Lowrance technology and combines it into one fantastic fish locating system. You know how great Lowrance’s DownScan Imaging is, as well as how fantastic their standard Broadband Sounder is. The new HDI technique (which stands for Hybrid Dual Imaging) incorporates both of these features into a single high-resolution package!

The Lowrance Elite-5 HDI has a 250W power rating and claims that you may see down to 1000 feet at 50 kHz. That’s a big number! The Elite-5 HDI is your one-stop shop since most fish can be found considerably shallower than that, with a 5 inch high-resolution color screen that displays crisp, clear details of the bottom, architecture, and schools of fish on its 5 inch display.

The Lowrance Elite-5x is the GPS-free version of its sibling, the Elite-5 HDI. If you already have a chartplotter but don’t want to spend too much money, the 5X is an excellent option. The recreational angler’s version of the higher end HDS series is the new HDI series. If you’re searching for power without having a computer (metaphorically) on board your boat, the HDI is your best bet.

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The Elite-5x HDI is a wonderful fish finder for the fisherman who wants all of the features that come with more expensive models, such as combo broadband and high-res SONAR, in a compact and inexpensive package. It may be used with boats of every size: from kayaks to bass boats and rigs.

Downscan Overlay

Downscan Overlay

The HDI series includes a unique function that combines the advantages of DownScan and conventional SONAR. The primary purpose of DownScan is to establish structure; it’s not very precise in detecting individual fish. Traditional SONAR is still the preferred option for this. With DownScan overlay, the Elite-5x HDI has bridged the gap between traditional SONAR and DownScan; now you can see one screen with both bottom and structural images – allowing you to identify every tree, rock, and hidden object as it truly is – which will also display suspended arches from standard SONAR , which are most likely fish. You can use this technique to spot those sly fish that are hiding deep inside cover, which you wouldn’t have been able to see with either a regular or DownScan SONAR.

Easier to Use Than Ever Before

To get good readings, you had to manually fine-tune and modify the settings on your fish finder previously. It was a time consuming process of trial and error. Lowrance’s Elite-5x HDI units feature Advanced Signal Processing Technology, which automatically analyzes the measurements it receives and adjusts SONAR settings so you may spot fish, structure, and bottom with greater clarity.

If something is incorrect, use the Trackback function to scroll back in SONAR history and see what was recorded so you can study the readings more thoroughly.

Because all of the keys are on one side, you can easily utilize this machine with just one hand, keeping your other hand on the wheel or motor.

The five-inch screen also allows you to split the screen into multiple parts, allowing you to view DownScan and broadband SONAR on the same page.


  • Display: 5″/12.7cm Full VGA SolarMAX™ PLUS Color
  • Resolution: 256-color TFT 480 x 480
  • Backlighting: Fluorescent cold cathode
  • Power Output: RMS (PTP): Max 250W RMS, 30,000W Peak to Peak (analog equivalent)
  • Languages: 30
  • HDI Operating Frequencies: (50/200 kHz or 83/200 kHz) + 455/800 kHz
  • Operating Voltage: 12 vDC (10-17 vDC min-max)
  • Media Port: One (1) microSD slot
  • Languages: 30
  • Output Power [kW]:12 W (0.9 A @ 13 vDC)
  • Memory Card Capable: Yes
  • Warranty: One year

Specifications elite5x hdi


    • Depth Alarm: Yes
    • Sonar Frequencies: (50/200 or 83/200 kHz) + 455/800 kHz
    • Shallow Alarm: Yes
    • Temperature Readings: Yes
    • Transducer Type: Multiple selections Lowrance and Airmar®Max Depth Per Transducer Type
    • DownScan Imaging™: Max 300′ / 91M @ 455/800 KHz
    • Broadband Sounder™: Max 1000′ / 305M @ 83/200 kHz
    • Broadband Sounder™: Max 2500′ / 762M @ 50/200 kHz


  • Waterproof Standard/Rating: IPx7
  • Product Width: 6.9″ \ 174mm
  • Product Depth: 2.5″ \ 63mm
  • Product Height: 5.4″ \ 136mm

Power Supply (Supply Voltage): 12 vDC (10-17 vDC min-max)

Networking Connectors 

NMEA Output: NMEA 0183

Shane Baker

Shane Baker

My name is Shane Baker and when I am not with my family or working here I am out fishing! I caught my first fish when I was 6 – it was a trout at a stocked pond here in TX. Ever since fishing has been a passion of mine!

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