There exist different types of fishfinders, they vary in features, size, price, quality and so on and so forth. However, if you are a fan of technologically new and modern devices but don’t have much place for a big fishfinder, then the Humminbird 385 ci is what you need. It was specially manufactured for people who need a compact size along with effectiveness and excellent performance of the finder. Though it is compact and smaller than regular fishfinders, it doesn’t mean that it functions any worse, on the contrary, it can be compared with regular models.
Humminbird 385ci Review
- The LCD display is quite big – 3.5 inches with the pixel resolution- 320V by 240H.
- The GPS is internal and includes the buil-in UniMap. The UniMap demonstrates all the US coastlines, lakes and rivers with 30m per pixel resolution. Also thanks to UniMap one is capable of pointing all the visited places.
- The screen of this model is pretty big but apart from that, it is also colorful, to be precise it has 256 colors plus a unique SwitchFire technology. The aim of the SwithFire is to make the best pictures of the lake or river floor. Depending on the weather and fishing conditions, one can always adjust the full control, thereby making the down-looking sonar more valuable fish finding device.
- The presence of a built-in card allows an angler to upgrade the Navionics chip for better navigation and improved map details.
- Its compact size makes this particular fishfinder very portable, thus giving a fisherman an ability to take it anywhere and anytime. Despite its small size, the performance it demonstrates is excellent.
- The voltage of the outputs is 1,2 V DC.
- The Output power of the Humminbird 385ci is 300 watts.
- The presence of a Split Screen Zoom feature. This unique feature is aimed at showing independent and separate sonar returns that are close to each other. The screen is divided into two parts: the first part shows the right narrow slice of the full range view and the second part shows the left zoomed view.
- The unit also includes additional features, such as GPS antennae, SD card slot for keeping more information and data as well as many other.
- The updating process of the real-time sonar is very fast, it shows returns from the river/lake floor as well as fish and other creatures. Also, it shows the structure.
- The beam sonar is dual, the beam precision of which is 20 degrees. With such precision the returns of the structure are very accurate, fish is visible and the bottom of the river or lake is clear. If to make the precision wider, let’s say, 60 degrees then one will be provided with a bigger covered area, consequently showing more fish. This dual beam switch is a very necessary feature as it lets an angler see the beams blended together side by side or separately.
- The technology it consists of is very easy even for the angler, who will use this type of fishfinder for the first time. This technology includes the following: trip log, large digital view and digital readouts, X-press menu system, and quick disconnect mounting. The presence of a TrueArch technology empties the sonar data processing and in this way it reduces the noise and interruptions, yet reveals echoes that result in a big number of caught fish. Also thanks to this feature it is easy to understand the size of the fish as well as how deep it is.
– due to its compact size it is very portable
– affordable price for every angler with different budget
– the screen is bright and shows accurate images even when the sunlight is direct
– the really small size of the unit
– the presence of the foot’s depth range, it is designed in a way so that to adjust the fishfinder in the right and proper way in order to use the screen space at the maximum level. Usually cheap models don’t have such feature.
– sometimes the bottom of the screen jumps into zoom
– as the finder is of a small size, sometimes to read the data one will need to get really close to the device.