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Simrad GO7 XSE TotalScan Insight

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Simrad GO7 XSE 000-12671-001

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7",
touchscreen
Standard
CHIRP,
DownScan,
SideScan
1000' CHIRP,
300' DownScan,
300' SideScan
10 Hz,
Internal
Insight
USA

The Simrad GO7 XSE is a fish finder and chartplotter unit very similar in specs and features to the Lowrance Elite-7 Ti. It uses the same 2D Broadband CHIRP and StructureScan sonar technologies as the Lowrance Elite unit and has the same base charts. The shape and interface of the unit are different, though.

In this review, we’ll address the Simrad GO7 XSE 000-12671-001 part number model, the one that comes with the TotalScan transducer and the U.S. Insight charts.

Technical Details and Specifications

  • Display: 7″ diagonal, 800H x 480V pixel matrix, 16:9 aspect ratio, WVGA color TFT, with adjustable LED backlight
  • Sonar: 2D CHIRP, StructureScan (SideScan and DownScan)
  • Depth Capability:
    1,000 ft (305 m) for the CHIRP sonar
    300 ft. (91 m) for DownScan and SideScan
  • Frequency and Coverage:
    50/83/200/455/800 kHz
    300′ (91 m) on each side – 455 kHz SideScan
    100′ (30 m) on each side – 800 kHz SideScan
  • Transducer: TotalScan with transom mount
  • Power Output: Max 500 Watts (RMS)
  • Power Input: 12 vDC (10-17 vDC min-max)
  • Power Consumption: 950 mA @ 13.5 V
  • GPS: 10 Hz internal
  • Charts: U.S. Insight
  • Waypoints: 10,000

Sonar and transducer

The Simrad GO7 XSE fish finder has several sonar technologies, including 2D Broadband CHIRP, StructureScan (DownScan and SideScan), and ForwardScan. But as we’ve mentioned above, it comes with the TotalScan transducer, which can only operate at 83/200 kHz for the unit’s 2D broadband sonar, and 455/800 kHz for SideScan and DownScan. If you want to use ForwardScan, you will need a different transducer.

The unit’s sonar is capable of multiple frequencies, including 50 kHz for deep water scanning. However, the included TotalScan transducer cannot cover this frequency. The system’s depth capabilities with this transducer are 1,000′ (305 m) @ 83 kHz, 500′ (153 m) @ 200 kHz, and approx. 300′ (91 m) for DownScan and SideScan. Also, the maximum speed at which the transducer can keep a bottom reading is 55 MPH, but in order to obtain the best quality and a maximum of targets, it’s recommended to scan at speeds lower than 10 MPH.

Since the transducer covers the 83/200 kHz frequencies for 2D, the system is capable of Mid CHIRP and High CHIRP. In order to use Low CHIRP for greater depth capabilities (up to 3,000′), you will need a 50/200 kHz transducer.

The transducer uses conical beams for the 2D Broadband sonar and thin beams for StructureScan. Their coverage isn’t specified, but as a general idea, the StructureScan beams have a wider coverage than the 2D beams. For SideScan, the beams can extend for up to 300′ (91 m) on each side of the boat (600′ total) at 455 kHz, and up to 100′ (30 m) on each side (200′ total) at 800 kHz.

The Simrad GO7 XSE makes available several standard sonar functions, such as Fish ID, A-Scope, Bottom Lock, Temperature Graph, Depth Line, Split-Zoom, Overlay DownScan, Sonar Recording etc. In case you don’t know what these functions can do, we’ll cover each one, in short.

Fish ID is a function that replaces the fish arches, or at least the sonar returns that are interpreted as fish, with fish icons. For this function, you can opt to have the depth of each fish target displayed next to it. A-Scope is a vertical flasher which appears next to the 2D sonar view. It indicates the real-time echo of the sonar or differently put, the information caught by the most recent sonar echo.

Depth Line gives you the possibility to add a line to the bottom surface in order to make it easier to distinguish the bottom from fish and structure. Bottom Lock is useful when you want to view echoes close to the bottom. As its name suggests, it allows you to lock the sonar image to the bottom, and a selected depth range from the bottom up.

Overlay DownScan allows you to add the DownScan view over the standard sonar view. By doing this you can have a better view of certain targets displayed by the 2D sonar, in relation to structures which is defined better by the DownScan.

When it comes to Sonar Recording, the unit allows you to save the recording into its internal memory or on a microSD card, in order to review later. If more than one channel was recorded in the selected echo file, you can select which channel to display.

A few more aspects to add here are with regards to the TotalScan transducer. First of all, it has approx. 24′ (7.3 m) of cable. It incorporates a temperature sensor, so the unit can display the temperature of the top water layer. The transducer has a transom mount.

Navigation and charts

As we’ve mentioned above, this is the Simrad GO7 XSE 000-12671-001, the unit that comes with the Insight USA charts. In case you’re wondering what you can expect from these charts, they offer advanced details for over 8,000 US lakes and rivers, with detailed contour lines, relief shading, shoreline details and depth soundings to 1,000′. However, the unit is compatible with Navionics Hotmaps and Hotspots, Navionics+ and C-MAP MAX-N charts.

The Simrad GO7 XSE can also use Insight Genesis charts. Even more, you can upload your sounder logs to Insight Genesis in order to create custom maps.

TripIntel™ is another useful feature for navigation available with this unit. It tracks and displays the key information you need to plan your trip safely. With this feature at hand, you can make smart decisions with fuel range overlaid on charts, easy access to current and future tide levels, and a detailed history of your previous trips including the route you took and how your boat performed.

The unit features a 10 Hz internal GPS receiver. It’s a high-speed GPS module, which updates your position 10 times per second, being ideal for fast-moving boats. The boat’s movement will be tracked smoothly and in real-time, without jumps from point to point. Via the GPS system, the unit can also calculate the speed of your boat.

This Simrad unit has waypoints, routes and tracks functions. It can stock up to 10,000 waypoints offering a decent palette of icons for them. For routes, the system included support for Navionics Autorouting and C-MAP Easy Routing. As for tracks, the unit is set to automatically track and draw the vessel’s movement on the chart panel. The recorded tracks can be saved and converted to routes, to re-use.

Control unit features

As the unit’s name suggests, the Simrad GO7 XSE features a 7-inch diagonal display, with a pixel matrix of 800H x 480V. It’s an LCD WVGA color unit, with LED backlight (1200 nits) and multi-touch technology. In fact, as opposed to the Elite-7 Ti from Lowrance that we’ve compared it with, this Simrad unit doesn’t have any keypad. The navigation through menus and functions is done in a similar way to a tablet. Nonetheless, it features a very intuitive, customizable, and easy-to-use interface.

The unit comes with a U-bracket mount, and the box includes a sun cover. It’s IPX7 waterproof, which essentially means that it can withstand incidental water exposure, rain, snow, and even immersions in freshwater, up to 1 meter.

In terms of connectivity and data transfer, this Simrad chartplotter and fish finder unit features an NMEA 2000 port and a microSD card reader with one card slot. This being said, the unit can connect to any other NMEA 2000 capable equipment on your vessel, including outboard and inboard engines, fuel level and flow meters, speed heading, temperature sensors, AIS units, etc. It gives you the possibility to create custom digital instrument displays, condensing a lot of information of the most crowded dash while keeping a clean look.

This Garmin fish finder system also offers SonicHub®2 & Bluetooth® Audio Integration, which means it gives you the possibility to stream music from Bluetooth devices, play MP3 files from a USB flash drive, or listen to the SonicHub 2’s built-in AM/FM radio. It also has a built-in Wi-Fi module and provides direct access to GoFree cloud services, including map downloads, software updates etc.

The Pros

  • CHIRP 2D sonar, DownScan, and SideScan;
  • ForwardScan capable;
  • TotalScan transducer included;
  • 1,000 ft. depth capability (3,000 with a 50/200 kHz transducer);
  • Fast chart updates, fast navigation through menus;
  • Easy to use, intuitive interface, with touchscreen technology;
  • Super-bright display, excellent readability;
  • Various sonar functions, such as DownScan Overlay, Bottom Lock, A-Scope, Fish ID, Sonar Recording, etc;
  • High precision, 10 Hz GPS;
  • Insight USA charts included;
  • Compatible with a wide array of custom charts, including Nautic Insight PRO and HD, Navionics HotMaps Premium, Fishing HotSpots, Navionics+, Lake Insight PRO and HD, C-MAP MAX-N, and Insight Genesis;
  • TripIntel™ and Cruise Charting view;
  • GPS and sonar overlay data possibilities, via Insight Genesis;
  • AIS capable;
  • MicroSD card slot reader for data backup and transfer;
  • NMEA 2000 connectivity;
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity;
  • Simrad SonicHub®2 & Bluetooth Audio Integration;
  • Sun cover included;
  • Available in 14 language packs;
  • Easy to install;
  • Warranty 1 year.

The Cons

  • Touchscreen technology may also be a downside for a fish finder, as you’ll have to constantly wash your hands if you’re fishing, or constantly clean the display.
  • Transom mount only for the transducer.

Summary

The Simrad GO7 XSE (000-12671-001) is a chartplotter and fish finder combo, offering a wide array of navigation and sonar functions. It’s equipped with broadband 2D sonar, StructureScan, Insight USA charts, and a powerful 10 Hz internal GPS. It offers excellent networking possibilities via NMEA 2000, also having a Wi-Fi module for GoFree connection and Bluetooth connectivity. It’s a touchscreen unit with an intuitive, easy-to-use interface. Also, this particular unit includes the TotalScan transducer. In all, it’s quite a versatile unit, perfect for small to medium recreational boats, for inland and off-shore fishing, offering an excellent value for the price.

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