The Hook Reveal 5x SplitShot is one of the Lowrance fish finders released in 2020. It does not support charts but does have a GPS plotter application. Also, as opposed to the Hook2-5x model, this one has the Genesis Live feature which allows you to create your own bathymetric maps. For reference, this is the Lowrance part number 000-15503-001.
Key Features and Specifications
- Display: 5″ diagonal, 800H x 480V pixel matrix, color TFT, with LED backlight
- Sonar: High Wide-Angle CHIRP & DownScan
- Transducer: SplitShot (000-14028-001)
Max. Depth Capability:
500 ft (153 m) for the CHIRP sonar
300 ft. (91 m) for DownScan
- Frequency and Coverage (with the included transducer):
- 2D Sonar: 200 kHz / 40°
- DownScan: 55/3° @ 455 & 35/1.6° @ 800 kHz
- Supply Voltage: 12 VDC (10.8-17 VDC min-max)
- GPS: Basic plotter
- Maps: Not supported
- Routes, Waypoints, Tracks: 100; 3,000, 100 (10,000) points per trail)
Sonar and transducer
Since it’s a SplitShot unit, the Hook Reveal 5x model offers two types of sonar. These are standard CHIRP sonar and DownScan. The unit supports three base frequencies for standard CHIRP, these being 50/83/200 kHz, and two for DownScan, 455/800 kHz. It’s important to mention, though, that this unit does not support SideScan, or ForwardScan and cannot be paired with a TripleShot transducer for side-scanning sonar.
The unit comes with the SplitShot transducer. This is a plastic transducer featuring a transom mount with an 8-pin connector and 20 ft. (6 meters) of cable. It also has an integrated temperature sensor and the unit has a water temperature reading function.
For the unit’s standard CHIRP sonar, the transducer uses only one conical beam at 200 kHz. This beam is conical, offers a coverage of approx. 40° and has a maximum depth capability of 500 ft. (153 m). Of course, you can pair this unit with an 83/200 kHz transducer, or a 50/200 kHz transducer if you want a different coverage, or a greater depth capability.
For DownScan, the included SplitShot transducer can operate at 455 kHz and 800 kHz. The beams are oval with a coverage of 35°/1.6° @ 800 kHz, and 55°/3° @ 455 kHz. They offer depth capabilities of 300 ft. (91 m) @ 455 kHz, and 150 ft. (46 m) @ 800 kHz.
One of the new sonar functions offered by the Lowrance Hook Reveal 5x SplitShot over the Hook2-5x is FishReveal. Until now, this was only available on the Lowrance Elite Ti units and above. It’s an application that brings the fish arches from the CHIRP sonar into the DownScan view so you can have a better idea of the fish positioning in relation to structure or vegetation. The older Overlay DownScan feature is also available.
Among other standard sonar features, the Hook Reveal 5x also offers Fish ID, Circular Flasher, A-Scope, Bottom Lock, Surface Clarity, Noise Rejection, Fish Alarm, Depth Alarm, etc.
Similar to all the other Lowrance “x” units, the Hook Reveal 5x SplitShot is not pre-loaded with any charts and does not support any charts. However, it has the Genesis Live feature which gives you the possibility to create your own bathymetric maps. This feature is similar to the SonarChart from Navionics. It uses the 2D sonar and the GPS plotter unit in order to reveal, draw, and record the depth contours of the lake you’re scanning.
It’s important to mention, though, that you cannot download maps from the Genesis Live database with this unit. You can only use the maps you create. Also, the unit cannot save the maps created with Genesis Live into its own memory. So, in order to create and save maps, you will have to load a blank microSD card into your unit. All the maps created will be saved on that microSD card.
Even though it does not support maps, the Hook Reveal 5x unit does have a basic GPS plotter application. This offers the possibility to mark waypoints, viewing their coordinates, record tracks, and create routes. You can save up to 3,000 waypoints in its memory, 100 routes, and 100 tracks. A GPS speed function is also available.
The Hook Reveal units are currently some of the most basic units offered by Lowrance. Therefore, they don’t have any networking features and don’t support AIS, VHF, or Radar. They also don’t offer Auto-Pilot support.
Control unit features
The Hook Reveal 5x SplitShot is equipped with a 5-inch color SolarMax display featuring a pixel matrix of 800H x 480V. It offers pretty decent angle visibility – 80° top/bottom, 85° left/right, and it is IPX7 waterproof. This essentially means it can take water splashes and rain without any problems.
The unit only has keypad technology for navigation through its menus and usage of its functions. It does not have touchscreen technology. It offers an 8-way directional key, Zoom key, Enter/Exit key, Menu Access key, Waypoint on Cursor key, and on-off key. Its interface is very easy to use. Its homepage can be customized with various application combos. Also, you can work with up to four applications in split-screen.
As we’ve mentioned above, the unit does not have networking features. It does not support Ethernet connections or NMEA networks. It does have a microSD card slot, though, which you can load with a blank microSD card to save your maps created with the Genesis Live feature.
The box includes the standard Gimbal mount for the unit. However, a unit cover is not included.
- 2D Broadband Wide CHIRP Sonar;
- DownScan sonar;
- Supports 50 kHz;
- SplitShot 2-in-1 transducer included;
- Multiple sonar features such as Fish ID, A-Scope, Bottom Lock, Circular Flasher, ColorLine, Sonar Recording, Overlay DownScan, etc;
- Split-view possibilities for up to four applications per view;
- GPS plotter feature;
- Genesis Live real-time mapping;
- Adjustable backlight for superior readability;
- MicroSD card reader (1 slot);
- Gimbal mount included;
- Fairly easy to install;
- One year warranty.
- No networking features;
- Does not support external GPS or AIS;
- Can only read the maps created with the built-in Genesis Live feature.
The Lowrance Hook Reveal 5x SplitShot is a fish finder offering standard CHIRP and DownScan sonar. It is not preloaded with any charts and does not support charts. However, it does have the Genesis Live feature and a GPS plotter. It includes the SplitShot transducer for High CHIRP and DownScan. It’s an excellent fish finder for a wide variety of boats, one of the best that you can find under $300.