While it will take more than lovely ladies in a flashy video to convince me, it is hard to ignore the solid feature set and low price point of the new GO XSE multifunction display (MFD) series from Simrad. These MFD’s are like “mini glass bridge displays.” Consider that the seven inch model with built in WiFi, internal GPS and NMEA 2000 capability is only $599US (Defender Price). That’s quite a bit less than a Raymarine aSeries which is also a touch only display.
If you want a fish finder then you’ve got great options as well. The GO XSE has transom mount depth transducer options including a medium/high 455/800 DownScan transducer for $100US more or for an extra $200US, a TotalScan transducer. I would recommend TotalScan because you get broadband, CHIRP, SideScan, StructureScan HD and DownScan imaging all in one. Pretty incredible technology for a very affordable price.
Features of note:
- C-MAP MAX-N, Navionics, Insight, Insight Genesis, and NV Digital Chart options
- NMEA 2000 Engine Monitoring & Instrumentation
- Optionally supports ForwardScan
- Simrad SonicHub & Bluetooth Audio Integration
- GoFree cloud enabled with Built-in Wi-Fi
- 800×480 pixel (widescreen) resolution
- 10 Hz built-in GPS
- Great fish finder options
This series of displays is focused on the smaller boat market and it doesn’t include Ethernet for radar connectivity. It also doesn’t support NMEA 0183 directly, you would have to first feed it into an NMEA 2000 network using some kind of gateway (Actisense, etc.)
I did a hunt of the various early customer reviews online and it seems to be a very highly rated product line. The touch gesture interface will definitely appeal to a younger audience who are comfortable with iThings. SIGNAL Kool hopes to get our hands on a GO XSE MFD for testing so stay tuned for a more thorough evaluation.
– Safe Boating –
Here’s a link to the product line on Simrad’s website