I was going to put up a similar post tonight, now I've found yours
I was heading down the track of the Garmin FF140 for 249 until you posted the info on the Lowrance.
Lucky you did as I would have bought this Garmin.
As you have pointed out the Lowrance X50DS is good value for the bucks.
When choosing a fishfinder I always try to get as many pixels for my money. I only ever use the raw data for sounding, I never rely on those fish symbols.
I have set a limit of 300 for my ff on my new yak so my choices are llimited.
Lowrance X50DS. 240x160 pixels= 38400 pixels RRP $269.
Eagle Cuda 242. 240x160 pixels= 38400 pixels RRP $229
Garmin 140. 128x240 pixels=30720 pixels RRP $249
Humminbird FF525. 240x240 pixels=57600 pixels RRP $319
Have you considered
Eagle Fishmark 320. 320 x 320 pixels=102400 pixels RRP $349.00
Output 188 watt rms.
I know it's a little bit dearer but for the extra you get a better picture and most of the other fishfinders with that resolution are over 400.
The eagle Cuda 242 seems to be value for money as well especially when you wait for Amart Sports to put it in their Sales Catalogue and you walk into Anaconda and claim the extra 10 percent with their price gaurantee :lol:
Geez, I don't know what I'm going to buy now.
I was originally going to get a Garmin FF140 as a guy just started at my work and his last job was with Garmin so I can get a good deal thru him
That Eagle Fishmark 320 seems to be good value as well so I might have to extend my limit
Let me know how you go