Review Of Simrad G07 XSR
Why do so many bay boats, center-consoles, and small cruisers use the Simrad G07 XSR? They do because not only does it have great chartplotting capabilities. But also functions as a fishfinder, a GPS receiver, and an autopilot controller. Its rated IPX7, so it can withstand the harshest environments.
Available combos contain: Active Imaging 3-in-1, Med/High HDI, or TotalScan transducers. This review is for the version with HDI XDCR and a 7-inch touchscreen. With both radar connectivity and NMEA 2000 and Wi-Fi for more integration options.
Simrad provides both a U-shaped bracket mount and the dash mount kit. With the bracket, you can install the device on any flat surface and remove it with ease. Or, use the dash mount kit and bezel to install flush on a panel.
Since this is where the G07 XSR really shines, let discuss chart plotting. First, Simrad supports the widest available range of cartography options. Including C-MAP MAX-N, Navionics, Insight, Insight Genesis, and NV Digital Charts.
Second, this unit has the upgraded C-MAP DISCOVER card. I like the full-featured vector charts, custom depth shading and bathymetric contours. Plus tide and current status, detailed marina or port plans, and Genesis data.
Likewise, you can mark waypoints with a touch, and assign personal names for future looking up. Another bonus is the built-in GPS that checks boat position ten times every second.
Display & Control
As mentioned before, the screen is a 7” LCD WVGA type with a matrix of 800 × 480 pixels. It’s super-bright which is crucial because brightness defeats blinding reflections on sunny days. To give you an idea of how bright it is, let’s talk the unit of measurement called nits. A nit is a metric for measuring luminance, which measures how much light an object emits. The G07 XSR emits a whopping 1,200 nits! Consider this, most high-end tablets and laptops range 350 – 500 nits.
Moving on to how you control the Simrad G07 XSR fish finder. Similar to most technology these days, we are losing buttons in favor of touchscreens. This series of fish finder plotter combos are no different, if you use an I-Pad or tablet this is familiar. In use, the display UI is easy to use, customizable, and pretty intuitive too.
Included with this model is the hybrid dual imaging (HDI) transducer. Which installs on the transom or trolling motor. It supports both Medium and High CHIRP, as well as DownScan Imaging. So you get clear detection of fish and views of structures beneath your boat.
If ocean chart plotting is your priority, but you also want good sonar options this is the combo for you. To get this many features and technology you need to expect to pay a lot more than other options.