The HOOK2-4x GPS is one of the newest units released by Lowrance in December 2017. It’s a basic fish finder, but despite the fact that it’s an “X” unit, it does have a GPS plotter, unlike the older HOOK-5X CHIRP unit, for example. The plotter feature is similar to the one offered by the Garmin Striker 4. For reference, this is the Lowrance part number 000-14014-001, the HOOK2-4x unit which also has a GPS plotter application and comes with the Bullet Skimmer transducer.
Key Features and Specifications
- Screen: 4″ diagonal, 480H x 272V pixel resolution, WVGA color TFT, backlit
- Sonar: Wide-Angle Broadband Sonar
- Frequency and Coverage: 200 kHz / 40°
- Depth Capability: 500 ft (152 m)
- Transducer: Bullet Skimmer (000-14027-001)
- Power Input: 12 vDC (10-17 vDC min-max)
- GPS: Basic plotter
- Charts: Not supported
Sonar and transducer
Along with the HOOK2 units, Lowrance has released a few new transducers as well; the HOOK2-4x GPS unit comes with the Bullet Skimmer (000-14027-001), which is a plastic transducer, it features a metallic transom mount, but its top has a cutout space that gives you the possibility to attach it to a trolling motor. It comes with 20″ (6 m) of cable and has an 8-pin plug.
Although it’s a basic Lowrance fish finder, the HOOK2-4x offers Wide-Angle Broadband Sonar, operating at 200 kHz. For this frequency, the transducer uses a conical beam with a coverage of 40°. Its depth capability can reach 500′ (152 m).
The unit offers Automated Sonar Settings. This feature allows you to spend more time fishing and less time tuning the unit. It actively adjusts the sonar settings as the fishing conditions change. In all, it’s a plug-and-fish depth finder.
The unit offers several useful sonar functions, such as Fish ID, Circular Flasher, Shallow Alarm, Bottom Range, etc.
The Lowrance HOOK2-4x GPS doesn’t come with any charts, and cannot be upgraded with any charts. However, it does offer a basic GPS plotter, similar to the one offered by the Garmin Striker units. The GPS is internal; its number of channels and frequency are not specified (it’s probably a 5 Hz GPS, which can update your position 5 times per second). It can also use the information from WAAS, EGNOS and MSAS satellites if they are available in your current area.
The GPS plotter is characterized by a blank page on which you can mark waypoints. Each waypoint has an exact position with latitude and longitude coordinates. The system also automatically tracks and draws the vessel’s movement on the white sheet of the plotter.
Control unit features
This Lowrance fishfinder is equipped with a 4-inch WVGA color TFT display. It also has LED backlight, offering crisp and clear imaging of fish, structure, bottom, and vegetation. Since the display is a SolarMAX™ type, it delivers excellent visibility in direct sunlight; the display angle visibility is 70°/50°/70°/70° top/bottom/left/right. It’s important to mention here, though, that this unit doesn’t have a split-view feature. In other words, you can only view either the sonar or the GPS in full-screen, but not side-by-side in split-view.
The unit does not have touchscreen technology; it’s keypad operated, the navigation through the menus and the usage of its functions is done exclusively via the keypad on the right side. It also does not offer NMEA integration, nor does it have an SD/microSD card reader.
There are two mounts supplied with the HOOK2-4x GPS, the classic quick-release bracket, and the front-dash mount.
- Wide-angle Broadband Sonar (200 kHz/40°);
- Bullet Skimmer transducer included;
- Depth capability – 500 ft (152 m)
- Sonar Autotuning;
- Fish ID feature included;
- Circular Flasher feature included;
- Depth Alarm and Shallow Water Alarm;
- Water temperature reading;
- Simple and accurate GPS plotter, WAAS, MSAS, and EGNOS capable;
- Waypoints and track plotting functions.
- SolarMAX™ display offering excellent readability from sharp angles.
- Single beam sonar only;
- No split-view feature;
- No A-Scope function.
The Lowrance HOOK2-4x GPS Bullet is a basic fishfinder and GPS system, offering Wide-Angle Broadband sonar and a GPS plotter. It includes the new Bullet Skimmer transducer which has a transom mount but can also be attached to a trolling motor. It has automated sonar settings, while the GPS plotter is very easy to operate. It’s a perfect fishfinder for small boats and kayaks, and finally, it’s quite inexpensive, currently priced under $150.