I resemble that, erh I mean resent that Artie. Not that there's anything wrong with that mind you.
Yeh Patwah, there seemed to be show specials on most of their stuff mate. Lowrance have so many models in the market at the moment they seem to be reducing prices all over the place. And speccing and pricing of their new models is very keen indeed.
I was mainly impressed by the small footprint of the Mark/Elite 4's, being an ideal size for a yak IMHO. The Mark/Elite 5's looked just a tad too big for my liking, although I'm sure they are superb units. Whilst leaning toward colour, after seeing the mono Mark 4 in action (incredible clarity and brightness probably due to the LED backlighting) I had second thoughts. The ease of operation (compared to my old Navman) along with the added benefits of dual frequency, chart plotter/GPS, upgradeable maps via micro SD, track back capability, and of course the price (I am after all a bit of a cheapskate
) made it a no brainer for me. Check out http://bcove.me/xdsvhdkm
to see what I mean.
Interestingly the Lowrance guy said they are identical units under the bonnet, except for the screens, with exactly the same bits and bobs, and software. But apparently the Mark 4 is actually quite a bit quicker because it doesn't have to render the data in colour, which sealed it for me. Sorry I can't tell you what the deal on the Elite 4 was, but from memory the retail difference is only about $100. If you want one let me know, and I'm sure I could get you some sort of deal.
PS: I'm not working for Lowrance, but I should be don't you reckon.
Ya there Nick?
EDIT: Picked it up today, and just turned it on out in the garage with the lights out. I won't need anything else for night time fishing as this baby it's sooooo bright I could use it as a search light.