well was a hummingbird guy till i bought a new rig this spring, came with lowrance and i felt as if 5 holes in the back of the boat was enough and decided to keep the lowrance stuff. i have a hds8 and a 7 networked with structure scan on both units. do not now about headaches as the new hds's are extremely easy to use. i like the soft keys on the 8 and would love if they would add them to the 7's as well. i would go with a hds8 with soft keys, buy the base model and add the new lakemaster digital charts with 1ft contour lines. bought the hotmaps for the 7 and hate it. sold it and using the lakemaster on the 8 networked to the 7 also the structure scan and side scan are just as easy and just as comparible to the hummingbird i had on my last boat. was really kicking myself in the shorts for letting the dealer talk me into the lowrance units but after using them the last few months i have come to like the lowrance units as much as the birds. my suggestion would be to go to scheels or anywere that sells both units and go play for a few hours and buy the one you like and can figure out the easiest. good luck.
outdoorsguy is wrong about lakemaster also, they just came out with a chip i believe late last year or early this year. bought it 2 months ago. would rather have it than the insight maps. just mho
[This post was last edited on 5/13/12 at 11:03 AM]