Garmin Speeds Chart-Drawing

By Tom Allen
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Garmin has introduced a new range of marine screens with IPS panels and at least 1920 x 1080 resolution. The large-format units feature multi-touch control and new processors, for the fastest-ever chart drawing in a Garmin multi-function display (MFD).

The GPSMAP 8400/8600 series consists of three models: GPSMAP 8×17 (17″) and 8×24 (24″) (1920 x 1200) and GPSMAP 8×22 (22″) (1920 x 1080). They have anti-glare displays and can be flush or flat-mounted, enabling edge-to-edge installation. Additionally, each unit features One Touch presets for sonar, charts, radar, cameras, media and digital switching. They can be operated independently, or used in SmartMode station controls. The system can be customised with one touch.

Video can be viewed in full- or split-screen modes, using the display as a receiver via the HDMI input; or mirror content to another screen(s) using HDMI-out. As well as HDMI, the products feature component and RJ45 (x4) inputs.

Black boxes, monitors and external WiFi antennas are not required to use the new displays. They feature built-in WiFi and ANT, which can be used to connect to other devices such as smartphones and tablets. They are also IPX7-certified.

Garmin will begin to sell the GPSMAP 8400/8600 series displays in Q1; pricing is on request.