Garmin GPSMAP 943xsv Combo Review

Garmin GPSMAP 943xsv Combo Review

The Garmin GPSMAP 943xsv combo is a great choice for those who are looking for a top-of-the-line GPS and charting solution that is easy to operate and integrates seamlessly with your existing NMEA 2000 marine electronics. With a multitude of features including an ActiveCaptain Community and support for BlueCharts, this is a powerful system that is sure to fit your needs.

Integrates Seamlessly With Any Marine NMEA 2000 Device

The Garmin GPSMAP 943xsv Combo is a sleek and stylish marine chart plotter and multifunction display in one. It has a lot to offer, including high-resolution displays, a sun readable 7″ touchscreen chart plotter, and ultra high-definition side-scanning sonar. This model comes preloaded with BlueChart g3 coastal and inland maps, along with Navionics-integrated content.

What’s more, it’s compatible with a number of other top-shelf Garmin devices. These include Fusion-Link(TM) audio systems, as well as compatible autopilots, radar, and digital switching. Plus, the unit features the aforementioned all-in-one mobile app, which gives users access to smart notifications, software updates, and more.

Besides the all-in-one mobile app, the GPSMAP 943xsv boasts built-in Wi-Fi(r) connectivity, which is great for sharing information among multiple devices. And the unit even has a quick-release bail mount to make it easy to move it around your boat. In addition, the unit has double the processing power of its predecessors, giving it a leg up on its competition.

Chart Options

The Garmin GPSMAP 943xsv Combo features a large 9″ touchscreen display, Ultra High-Definition SideVu scanning sonar, and a 10Hz GPS receiver. It’s also Wi-Fi enabled and boasts several helpful tools. For example, it is compatible with both inland glasses of water and lakeVu charts.

Aside from its impressive display, the Garmin GPSMAP 943xsv’s main attraction is its speedy processing power. With a full-time, fast-rendering IPS panel and dual processors, it provides twice the processing power of the previous generation of 9″ GPSMAP devices.

Another notable feature is the new Edge-to-Eye Glass display that allows the display to be retrofitted into a variety of dashboards. Using this technology, you can easily view raster cartography on the fly while on the water. You can also enjoy other gizmos such as Quickdraw Contour Mapping and the SailAssist feature that provides wind data, a seat and drift, and lay lines.

Fortunately, the chart options for the Garmin GPSMAP 943xsv are plentiful. Some of the best include BlueChart g3 coastal charts, LakeVu g3 inland maps, and high-resolution satellite imagery. Other premium chart offerings, such as the Garmin Navionics Vision+, provide improved navigation options.

ActiveCaptain Community

The Garmin GPSMAP 943xsv Combo is a full-featured Chartplotter with a Wi-Fi-enabled touchscreen display. It offers a large 9″ in-plane switching (IPS) screen, rapid processing power, and a vivid color palette. Plus, it includes BlueChart g3 coastal and inland maps and Navionics data. In addition, it comes with a multifunction control knob, Panoptix LiveScope(TM) transducers, CHIRP traditional sonar, and a Panoptix GT23 transducer.

The GPSMAP 943xsv also provides advanced connectivity, allowing you to share user data, radar, and maps with other users. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity lets you access the free ActiveCaptain(TM) all-in-one app. This convenient mobile app allows you to connect to compatible chart plotters, buy new charts, sync your data, and monitor your OnDeck(TM) system.

As you enjoy your boating trips, the ActiveCaptain(TM) mobile app automatically syncs with your Chartplotter, providing a seamless connection. Whenever you have an update to your software or you download a new map, the app will notify you. Moreover, you can sync your points of interest and boat ramps, and plan your routes.

Supports BlueCharts

If you have a boat and are looking for a GPSMAP combo to help you navigate your way around, Garmin has a new product that has everything you need. This chart plotter and sonar package features a compact design and a host of other advanced features. In fact, it’s more powerful than many other chart plotters on the market.

The combination unit includes a high-resolution 9-inch in-plane switching touchscreen display that offers 50% more pixels than previous-generation devices. Its IPS display also offers improved sunlight readability. Moreover, the chart plotter has built-in Wi-Fi (r) connectivity that pairs with the free all-in-one mobile app. With this, you can get access to smart notifications, software updates, and more. Plus, you’ll have access to community data through the OneChart(TM) feature. You’ll have a more immersive experience as well, as the GPSMAP 943xsv has Ultra High-Definition SideVu scanning sonar.

Another unique feature of the GPSMAP 943xsv is that it supports both traditional CHIRP and Ultra High-Definition CHIRP. It also supports the Panoptix LiveScope(TM) sonar device.