Garmin has just announced their new ranges – Garmin GPSMAP 8400 series and GPSMAP 8600 series. Available in 17″, 22″ and 24″ display sizes – we all need bigger boats
They all have IPS (in-plane-switching) screens with multi touch and have “glass helm” look. Screens are WUXGA (1920×1200) for the 17″ and 24″and FHD (1920×1080) for the 22″ – and can be flush or flat mounted. Garmin also says they have higher speed processors – actually they say the processors are the fastest in the entire range of Garmin GPSMAP chart-plotters.
They of course use the new “One Touch” presets we have seen in latest firmware releases for Garmin GPSMAP 8000 series as well.
As a new thing – you can pipe in HDMI to the chartplotter – so you “could” use it as a monitor for a Media Center or a computer/tablet – and you can even view it in full or split screen. Split screen can split up to 6 views at the same time. And HDMI video input is shared across the Garmin Marine Network – and can be viewed at multiple displays at the same time – with sound being piped via a special (and optional) cable to your boats stereo.
The Garmin GPSMAP 8400/8600 series have WiFi built in, ANT+ support for fx. quatix 3 marine watch, Nautix In-View Display, Support for VIRB camera’s, and remote control, up to 4 IP camera’s, 4 wired Ethernet ports, Composite Video input.
The new 8400/8600 Series does NOT have any built in sounders – just like the 8000 series. So to get fish finder / 3D / Panoptix – you need to buy external boxes or share from other Garmin GPSMAP series displays.
So all in all a new set of monster displays from Garmin we will have to shoe horn into our already crammed dash boards 🙂 – In short it is a Mega Sized Garmin GPSMAP 8000 series – with built in WiFi and ANT+ and HDMI Input and Video Distribution as the very new features.
Garmin GPSMAP 8417 – US$ 7399,-
Garmin GPSMAP 8422 – US$ 9899,-
Garmin GPSMAP 8424 – US$ 11899,-
Garmin GPSMAP 8624 – US$ 11999,- [It includes US G2 Vision charts built in compared to GPSMAP 8424)
Availability: Q1 2016