This is our Simrad GO7 review.
The Simrad Go7 XSE is the perfect combination of a fish finder and chart plotter. It features an easy-to-read display, a user-friendly design, and the option to easily add sonar.
Simrad has been a leader in producing high-quality marine electronics since 1946 and the Simrad Go7 XSE is a perfect example of their expertise.
The GO XSE fish finder series also has an available 3 in 1 active imaging transducer which provides clear images and detailed bottom contours.
This product review will provide you with all of the information that you need to make an informed decision about whether or not this product is right for you. We will cover what this product does and list some alternatives too!
Simrad GO7 Review
The Simrad GO fish finder series is a lineup of chart plotters and fish finder combos that are perfect for recreational boaters and amateur anglers. The GO XSE includes the option to add one of three different transducers- active imaging 3 in 1, Med/High HDI, and Total Scan.
The GO series includes 5″,7″,9″, and 12″ displays and the option to purchase bundles that include radar. Below are some of the most popular models in the GO Series family.
- GO7 XSE ACTIVEIMAGING 3-IN-1 CMAP PRO
- GO9 XSE ACTIVEIMAGING 3-IN-1 CMAP PRO
- GO9 XSE with Active Imaging 3-in-1 Transducer & HALO20+ Radar
- GO12 ACTIVEIMAGING 3-IN-1 CMAP PRO
- GO12 XSE with Active Imaging 3-in-1 Transducer & HALO20+ Radar
We have selected the GO7 XSE Fish finder combo for a detailed analysis.
The 7″ compact yet powerful display is a perfect option for smaller boats where space at the helm is limited.
GO7 XSE Feature Analysis
Here is a detailed analysis of all the features the Go7 XSE fish finder has to offer.
The Go7 XSE display has three transducer options-
- Active Imaging 3 in 1-This transducer is best for bottom fishing and in particular locating fish around structure. This ducer combines CHIRP sonar system and Downscan sonar along with Navico’s exclusive FishReveal Smart Target imaging that makes identifying fish arches on the screen easier than most other displays. We recommend this transducer rather than the two options below.
- Med/High HDI- This transducer features Hybrid Dual Imaging which combines a broadband sounder with Navico’s exclusive DownScan imaging. We noticed this transducer was superior when it came to reading depths at high speeds but not as effective for identifying fish compared to the active imamging 3 in 1.
- TotalScan-This one is the hybrid of the bunch making it a do it all transducer that features CHIRP sonar, DownScan, and StructureScan.
The GO7 XSE fish finder comes with two options for mapping-
- C-MAP Insight PRO– This card is the more robust card featuring inland and coastal charts as well as fishing hot spots and other points of interest.
- C-MAP DISCOVER- The Discover chart card is a basic package that has everything you need when it comes to charts including coverage of the U.S. and Canada on just one card. Other features include depth shading, vector charts, and bathymerty.
One downside when it comes to the mapping is the fact that there is only one card slot on the GO7 XSE. Having 2 or more card slots would be an advantage for fishermen looking to travel into different areas and utilize more than one card at a time.
One of the highlights of the GO series fish finders is how user-friendly and intuitive these displays are. These displays are very similar to smartphones and tablets, which allow users to spend less time trying to figure out how to use them and more time enjoying their time on the water.
The built-in wireless connectivity allows you to easily pair with your tablet or smartphone. You can essentially add a display by using your tablet in unison with the GO7 XSE. The GO series is compatible with the industry-standard NMEA2000 network, allowing you to easily integrate with all other electronics on board.
What’s in the box?
- GO7 U-Bracket
- GO7 XSE Bezel
- GO7 XSE Dash Mount Kit
- 4 pin Power Cable,
- Active Imaging 3 in 1 Transom Mount Transducer(if you choose this package)
What is the difference between Simrad XSE and XSR?
- The GO7 XSR is an updated version of the GO 7 XSE display. It offers the same mapping and sonar features, but the 9″ and 12″ displays in the XSR series have the ability to plug into radar.
- The XSR being the newer model will most likely receive software updates longer than the XSE will.
- The XSR series includes a flush mount kit, while the XSE requires it to be purchased separately.
What is the difference between Simrad GO and NSS?
The NSS series offers the ability to network on all of the screen sizes while the GO series only offers networking on only the 9″ and 12″ displays.
The GO7 XSE fish finder is more suitable for simpler installations, whereas the NSS series works better for multiple displays and/or transducers.
With the GO series being about half the price compared to the NSS series, it will take a lot of convincing for me to spring the extra money to jump over the GO series to get to the NSS.
What transducer comes with Simrad GO7 XSE?
There are three transducer bundles available
- Active imaging 3 in 1
- Med/High HDI
What is the newest Simrad fish finder?
The NSS Evo3 fish finder series is the newest series of fish finders that Simrad has available as of 2022
How to get Simrad software updates?
You can easily download the software updates by following this link and choosing your display.
Who owns Simrad electronics?
Navico is the parent company of not only Simrad but also Lowrance, B&G, and CMAP.
Alternatives to Simrad GO7 XSE
Is the Go7 XSE worth it?
Yes, the Simrad GO7 XSE is a great product for anyone that needs an all-in-one solution. It’s easy to install, has the features you’ll need, and the screen clarity is second to none.
The GO7 XSE is an upper-tier MFD in this price range!
Where the Simrad GO7 XSE could be better
We think there are better options when it comes to finding fish that are in a similar price range to the GO7 XSE. If you are looking for the ultimate imaging while still staying in the Navico family, we recommend the Lowrance Elite FS 7.
The functionality of the Simrad GO7 XSE is also a concern, as many users have noted that they have had issues with freezing and rebooting after updating the software.
The GO series has many combinations of displays, maps, and transducers, so be sure to choose the package that fits your needs the best.
For more information on the Simrad GO7 XSE watch this short video.
If budget is your main criteria then check out our guides based on price
What to do next?
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