The Verdict on the Hummingbird 535
For the very affordable price, and for all the features you still get, the 535 is an excellent choice for fishing folks looking for a basic and inexpensive model that they can take on expeditions on any of the bodies of water they fish do to its portability and versatility. It’s difficult to find an unfavorable review for this product with the exception of a few consumers who claimed that customer service was lacking when they had a problem with the unit.
Let’s get into the details of this device. It’s got a single beam transducer which covers a narrow beam under the boat, 20 degree beam from the bottom of the hull mounted transducer device. Not as much coverage as a dual beam but the simple design has pinpoint accuracy on structure on or close to the bottom. Murky about how transducers work? Then read up on them here at Fishfinding Transducers.
Even though it’s black and white, the screen is in high definition with contrast enhancement clearly discriminating between what is going on down there most especially what the fish are and where they’re at. The user interface is easy to understand, another good reason that it’s a sound choice for the beginner. There’s only four buttons you have to work with. The 5 inch screen is nice and big but the area around it is compact so it doesn’t take up that much room. It works at depths up to 800 feet but it is also fantastic at the most shallow depths too. Hummingbird has it listed at $159 at their online store.
All in all, the 535 is a fantastic value with real time sonar and reliability. You’ll find more competitive prices at NextTag where the bidding wars take place. Other models and brands come with way more colorful bells and whistles that you’ll pay handsomely for. But we can all agree from the Hummingbird 535 fishfinder reviews that it’s a workhorse and one of the best products available in its range.