Lowrance Mark-5x Pro Fishfinder Review

Meet the Lowrance Mark-5x Pro, a high-quality fish finding device with a large 5-inch display that is great for everyone from experienced anglers to beginners. This model has the capabilities of the most advanced high-tech devices, but also offers an automatic mode that can choose your settings so that you don’t have to spend a lot of time with functions that you don’t need.

The Lowrance Mark-5x Pro is powerful and has all the features you expect in a modern fish finder, but it is still user-friendly and reasonably priced. Let’s take a closer look at this device.

What Is It?

  • The Lowrance Mark-5x Pro 5 is a wide-coverage, dual-frequency 83/200 kHz fish finder with a power output of 300W RMS. The peak-to-peak power output is, naturally, much higher, running to 2400W. As a result, the Mark-5x Pro can reach a the depth of 1000 feet (305 meters).
  • The device measures 6.9 x 5.4 x 2.5 inches (17.4 x 13.6 x 6.3 centimeters). It has a 5-inch (12.7-centimeter) grayscale display with a resolution of 480 x 480 pixels and an adjustable backlight.

Why Choose This Model?

Manufacturer

  • Lowrance, a brand owned by Navico, which is the world’s largest marine electronics company, has been synonymous with innovation and quality since it created the first fish finder for anglers back in 1959. Lowrance today manufactures the most advanced marine electronics and uses its trademark technologies to enhance the experience of fishing.
  • The Mark-5x Pro is part of the Mark Series, a line of similarly high-quality products that vary in features and price, with the Pro model being (naturally) the most advanced; it is not quite an Elite Lowrance fish finder yet, but it is close (for a comparison, click here). Still, if the Mark-5x Pro isn’t what you’re looking for, there are other Mark devices to consider. Whatever the model, a Lowrance device is always a great choice!
  • You can read the comparison here for more information: Garmin vs Lawrence

 

Technologies

The Lowrance Mark-5x Pro 5 Fishfinder uses the company’s most advanced technologies to find fish and enhance your fishing experience. Here are some of the best reasons to choose this device:

  • Skimmer transducer. A trademark of Lowrance, this double-frequency (83/200 kHz) transom-mounted transducer is equipped with a in-built temperature sensor, so it provides you with all the information you want from a fish finder: temperature, bottom structure and, of course, fish.
  • Automatic mode and advanced user mode. This is what makes the Lowrance Mark-5x Pro Fishfinder suitable for all kinds and levels of anglers. The automatic mode optimizes the performance of the device and its fish-finding capabilities ? you can simply relax and let the device itself take care of the settings. If and when you want to unleash the device’s other capabilities, you can use the advanced mode. In other words, you can customize your Lowrance Mark-5x Pro!
  • The TrackBack option. A trademark of Lowrance, this feature lets you view your fishing history. This is highly useful option tends to be lacking among affordable fish finders.
  • The display is large (especially for a portable model), high-resolution and backlit so that it can be used in any weather conditions and regardless of the time of the day. The keypad, by the way, is also backlit, which further increases the ease of operation.

Other Advantages

Lowrance simply does not know how to produce anything but high-tech and high-quality products. The Mark-5x Pro 5 Fishfinder in particular has a number of advantages in addition to the ones already discussed:

  • Easy and convenient. The display, backlighting, different settings modes ? it will be clear by now that the Lowrance Mark-5x Pro Fishfinder is convenient to use. In addition, the Lowrance mounting equipment makes installing and manipulating the device (whether mounting, swiveling, adjusting or unplugging it) easy and fast.
  • You would think that goes without saying, wouldn’t you? But the fact is that there are devices that cannot withstand exposure to the elements. This is not something you need to worry about with the Lowrance Mark-5x Pro, however: it is not afraid of any type of water, and requires just a quick rinse after use. This seems like a pretty important feature for a device that is designed to be used on and around the water.
  • Lowrance Advantage Service. Learn here about Advantage Service, Lowrance’s warranty program, which offers coverage in the unlikely event that your Mark-5x Pro ever needs repair or replacement. The basic Advantage Service is free, but upgrades offer additional options (including the opportunity to replace an old model with a newer, more advanced one).
  • Be forewarned: this is not the cheapest fish finder (and not even the cheapest Lowrance fish finder) available. But as with almost any product, you get what you pay for, which makes the price that Lowrance charges is entirely justified, and indeed a good value for the dollar.

Are There Any Drawbacks?

Grayscale display. While the display has a number of quite satisfying features, color pictures is not one of them. Grayscale displays have proved entirely functional for fish finders, though nowadays you can of course get a color one, which supposedly makes for a better experience. Apart from this minor issue, we could find not flaws with the Mark-5x Pro 5; and this particular ?flaw? should probably be seen as a way of keeping the price from getting out of hand.

Bottom line

To sum up, Lowrance Mark-5x Pro is a really attractive option among portable fish finders currently on the market. Reasonably powerful for the price, and reasonably compact for a device with an ample 5-inch display, this device was created by people who understand what fishermen need. At the same time, it does not offer any special options (don’t expect to find any lunar calendars or chart plotters here); it simply finds fish. But it is good at what it does! So review the advantages and disadvantages of the

 

Sega to stop support for AvP?!

SEGA Community Manager Clumsyorchid shocked the AvP player base today with a forum post.

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I’ve just received a mail this AM regarding patches for the console versions of AVP and I regret to inform everyone that these have sadly been scrapped.

I had previously made a claim that these were coming and at the time, this was very much on the table. For the console community, I apologize, as I know there are many features and updates that you’d like to see. I’ll keep fighting internally for this to happen, but until I hear otherwise, there will not be a console patch for either Xbox or PS3.

I can’t believe they will not bring these changes to the console players…I think these changes are really needed for the Game.

The only thing you can do is VOICE what you think of this.

The post states its console for now but I’m sure they will stop the whole support for this Game and now I regret buying this second DLC.

@ Sega: You guys realy know how to treat the feeding Community

UPDATE 1:

In response to Kalawaki from Clumsyorchid, Admin on the SEGA forums:

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I agree – thanks for posting the thread and keep rallying the folks at Avp.net. This thread was posted on our Facebook already, but I still want to stress that I’ll be pulling from this and other forums, so just let me know where to look.

I will not guarantee action, but I can offer a voice internally.

PC PATCH 4 IS LIVE

PC patch 4 has been uploaded to Valve, and this is now available via Steam.

Patch notes are as follows;

Client

• Fix for a Skybox rendering problem in D3D11 build on Nvidia Fermi cards

• Various small D3D11 optimisations

• Fixed rare bug where clients would get stuck on the loading screen.

• Fix clients not seeing the ‘custom match’ flag updating in the ‘Browse’ screen when the dedicated server was changing settings after initially hosting a match without changing any variables

• Use an [R] prefix for rcon command output text upon successful receipt of a rcon command

• Prevent windows cursor being stolen when starting in windowed mode but then doing ALT-TAB immediately.

• Show (and sort) dedicated server search results as they come in instead of waiting for search to complete before displaying anything.

• Fix extraneous [Team] appended to MOTD text when joining game in progress

• Invitations to dedicated server games now work.

• Fixed all dedicated server games showing as “at lobby” in the server browser, regardless of being at lobby or in progress.

Dedicated server:

• Fixed “Ghost players” being created on a server if the Steam backend could not be reached for authentication when someone connected. These appeared in the player counts when browsing servers, and in the server details player list when viewing servers in the Steam client server list.

• Added more info to server console when players connect/disconnect, and print out the player list in the command window (including scoreboard) at the end of each game.

• Use an [R] prefix for rcon commands and echo command output to server console as well as sending it to rcon client.

• Enabled logfiles (writes out console output and some command line errors only to files in logfiles_dedicatedserver). You can still override the logfile directory by specifying -logdir <directory> on the command line and if you do so any logfiles from a previous session will be archived in a directory called logfile_backups.

• Small performance optimisations

• Dedicated server species ratios’ commands check for unset values and report the default values instead of the invalid value (-1). The dedicated server was correctly setup in this case, but the command feedback text was inaccurate.

The patch should automatically be applied when the Steam client is run, or restarted if already running.

Aliens vs. Predator DirectX 11 video and screen

So while I was discussing about Direct x 11 and new ati series 58XX with my friend I found out that AvP is going to support dx11. Tho he’s tracking dx11 for a while now…

Here you can see Rebellion discuss about direct x 11. And also AvP is confirmed to be released supporting direct x 11.
List of games: Direct X 11 Games List

AMD confirms DirectX 11 games: Battleforge, Stalker: Call of Pripyat, Dirt 2 and Alien vs. Predator

ATI Experience Event San Francisco Review

15.11.2009.

Chris Kingsley, CTO of Rebellion said, “DirectX 11 provides opportunities never exploited before in 3D graphical terms, with features such as the Shader Model 5.0 providing better shadow and depth of field aspects to the game, and also multi-threaded rendering enabling the Aliens Vs. Predator futuristic characters and environments to be realised in exacting detail but with absolutely no frame rate issues. We are confident we will deliver a game the fans have been waiting for and one of which we will be very proud.”
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“DirectX 11 provides opportunities never exploited before in 3D graphical terms, with features such as the Shader Model 5.0 providing better shadow and depth of field aspects to the game,”
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http://www.videogame…directx_11.html