The Hook Reveal 7x SplitShot is one of the new Lowrance fish finders released in 2020. Since it’s an “X” unit, it doesn’t support maps. But as opposed to the first generation of HOOK units, it does have a basic GPS plotter with Genesis Live. Plus, it has the new FishReveal feature. For reference, this is the Lowrance fish finder part number 000-15514-001.
Key Features and Specifications
- Display: 7″ 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
As the unit’s name suggests, it offers SplitShot sonar which includes standard CHIRP and DownScan. It supports several frequencies, including 50/83/200 kHz for standard CHIRP, and 455/800 kHz for DownScan. However, it is important to mention that since it is a SplitShot unit, it does not support SideScan, ForwardScan, or the new LiveSight sonar.
The unit comes with the Lowrance SplitShot transducer (000-14028-001) which is equipped with a transom mount, has 20 ft. (6 m) of cable with an 8-pin connector, and integrates a temperature sensor. This transducer only supports the CHIRP 200kHz channel from the unit. This means you will only be able to use the High CHIRP mode with this transducer. For this mode, it uses a conical beam with a coverage of 40° and has a maximum depth capability of 500 ft (153 m).
For DownScan, the SplitShot transducer supports both 455/800 kHz modes. The DownScan beams are oval and offer a coverage of 35°/1.6° @ 800 kHz, and 55°/3° @ 455 kHz. Their depth capabilities are 300 ft. (91 m) when using the 455 kHz mode, and 150 ft. (46 m) at 800 kHz.
Two of the most important sonar features offered by the Lowrance Hook Reveal 7x SplitShot are Sonar Autotuning and FishReveal. As its name suggests, Sonar Autotuning auto-calibrates your fish finder in order to provide the best imaging by adjusting the sonar settings as the water conditions change. It can definitely save you some time with the tweaking of your sonar for the particular spot you’re fishing.
FishReveal is one of the features introduced in 2019 with the Elite and above units. It is now available with all the Hook Reveal units. This application gives you the possibility to bring the fish arches from the CHIRP sonar into the DownScan view and also opens specific FishReveal options. DownScan Overlay is also available.
Of course, the unit’s list of standard sonar features and applications doesn’t end here. The Hook Reveal 7x SplitShot also has A-Scope, Bottom Lock, Fish ID, Circular Flasher, Noise Rejection, Surface Clarity, Sonar Recording, Fish Alarm, Depth Alarm, and more.
Since it’s an “X” unit, the Hook Reveal 7x SplitShot does not have any pre-loaded charts. However, it does have the basic GPS plotter which uses a blank platform as a base instead of charts. It can still be helpful as it indicates coordinates, and also offers the possibility to save waypoints, create routes, and record tracks. In other words, you can save up to 3,000 waypoints in its memory, 100 routes, and 100 tracks. A GPS speed function is also available.
Although the unit does not have charts, nor it can read charts from a microSD card (such as Navionics or C-MAP), it still has the Genesis Live feature. This is a mapping application that uses the 2D sonar and the GPS function allowing you to create your own fishing maps with depth contours. It is important to mention, though, that the unit cannot record depth contours in its memory; you have to load the unit with a blank microSD card to save your maps created via Genesis Live.
Since the unit only has basic navigation features, it does not support radio or AIS data. It also does not support Radar or Auto-Pilot units.
Control unit features
The Lowrance Hook Reveal 7x SplitShot features a 7-inch SolarMax color display with a pixel resolution of 800H x 480V. The unit is IPX 7 waterproof which means it should withstand incidental water exposure, rain, and even immersions in freshwater.
The unit does not have touchscreen technology. It is keypad-operated. 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.
Since it’s one of the most basic Lowrance units, the Hook Reveal 7x SplitShot does not support NMEA 0183, NMEA 2000, and does not have an Ethernet port. However, it does have a microSD card slot which you can load with a blank microSD card for data backup or Genesis Live mapping.
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;
- Cannot read maps except the ones you create with the built-in Genesis Live feature.
The Lowrance Hook Reveal 7x SplitShot is a fish finder featuring 2D CHIRP sonar, DownScan sonar, GPS, basic GPS plotter, and Genesis Live mapping. It includes the SplitShot transducer for High Wide CHIRP and DownScan. However, it does not support charts and does not have networking features. It’s an excellent fish finder for a wide variety of boats, one of the most affordable 7-inch units with down scanning sonar and an included transducer.