Lowrance Hook-3x Review

UPDATED Apr. 2021
Brand: Lowrance
Model: 3x
Our Score: 7.2/10
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Lowrance Hook-3x is a basic fish finder released back in 2016 as a part of the company’s renowned HOOK Series. It is primarily designed with budget-friendliness in mind, which means it does not include many of the extravagant features implemented in more expensive models. In other words, this is a fish finder only unit without any navigational functions.

Having said that, it is an excellent DownScan portable device for kayak and canoe fishing and it will provide you with a superb fish finding functionality if you already have a GPS device installed in your vessel. Keep reading this Lowrance Hook-3x review to find out more.

Lowrance Hook-3x side view on white background

Pros & Cons

Pros
    • Dual-frequency sonar 
    • Budget-friendly unit 
    • High-Speed Skimmer transducer 
    • Tilt-&-swivel quick-release bracket 
    • LED color display with adjustable backlight 
    • Easy to use 
Cons
    • No GPS 
    • No networking options 

Specifications

SpecificationsLowrance Hook-3x
TypeDown Imaging
SonarDownScan
Transducer9-pin High-Speed Skimmer
Display (size, resolution, backlit, color)3" 256-color TFT display with 11-level LED backlight and 320 x 240 pixel matrix
DimensionsH x W x D - 5.64"\143mm (6.45"\164mm with bracket), 3.71"\94mm, 1.85"\47mm
Weight2lb
Batteries1 x 12V sealed lead battery and charger
Depth CapabilityAround 300ft
Frequency83/200 kHz
Power Output180W RMS
Power Input12v DC (10-17v DC min-max)
GPSNo
MapsNo
Routes, Waypoints, TracksNo
WaterproofIPX7
Wi-Fi ConnectivityNo
MicroSD card slotNo

Display/Screen

Lowrance Hook-3x comes with a 3” 256-color TFT display with a pixel matrix of 320 x 240 as well as an 11-level LED backlight, which allows you to observe images without any problems even in direct sunlight. Note that the power button also doubles as a backlight control and allows you to adjust for nighttime or daylight fishing conditions. The unit does not come with a touchscreen functionality. Lastly, the standard view can be zoomed up to 4x for better observation of key fishing hotspots.

Lowrance Hook-3x with holder and cable

Lowrance Hook-3x comes with an IP-X7 waterproof rating, which means it can handle rain and water splashes as well as full immersion in 3.3ft of water for up to 30 minutes without any negative consequences. However, it has not been tested against the entry of dirt, dust, and other outside solids.

Sonar & Transducer

As we already mentioned in this Lowrance Hook-3x review, this is a basic fish finder that provides only DownScan imagining. It does come with a dual-frequency sonar that operates at 83 and 200 kHz. The conical coverage is 60° at 83 kHz and 20° at 200 kHz. The 83 kHz mode is ideal for scanning larger areas and locating the largest fish arches while the 200 kHz one should be used for advanced lure tracking (excellent for drop-shot technique) and enhanced target separation. The implemented keypad allows you to effortlessly switch between the two frequencies.

The unit comes with the 9-pin High-Speed Skimmer transducer equipped with a temperature sensor. The transducer features a tilt-&-swivel quick-release bracket and can reach up to around 300ft, which is to be expected from a twater as long as you stick to the shallows.

When it comes to the standard sonar features, Lowrance Hook-3X comes with ASP and Fish ID. The provided transducer is capable of scanning fish targets, underwater structures, and bottom contours at 75mph, but we recommend keeping your speed between 1 and 10mph for optimal results.

What's In The Box

    • Hook-3x
    • 9-pin High-Speed Skimmer
    • Power/transducer cable
    • Quick-release bracket

Lowrance Hook Series Overview

In this Lowrance Hook series overview, you can check out some of the most important features of other models from the series to determine if any of them is a better fit for your needs.

Model
Type
Sonar
Transducer
Display
Price
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Type
Down Imaging
Sonar
DownScan
Transducer
9-pin High-Speed Skimmer
Display
3" 256-color TFT display with 11-level LED backlight and 320 x 240 pixel matrix
Price
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Type
Down Imaging
Sonar
2D CHIRP and DownScan
Transducer
Transom, number 000-10976-001
Display
5″ diagonal, 480 x 480 pixel matrix, 16-color TFT, with adjustable LED backlight
Price
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Type
Down Imaging
Sonar
2D CHIRP and DownScan
Transducer
Transom, number 000-10976-001
Display
7″ diagonal, 16:9, 800H x 480V pixel matrix, 16-bit color TFT, with adjustable backlight
Price

Verdict

As we already stated in this Lowrance Hook-3X review, we are talking about a fish finder designed to provide you with a decent sonar at a budget-friendly price. As such, it only features DownScan, the depth range is rather underwhelming, there are no GPS or chartplotting mechanisms, and the networking options are pretty much non-existent (no NMEA, Ethernet or microSD card reader).

Having said that, it is still an excellent, budget-friendly fish finder that will provide you with all the necessary features for freshwater fishing and coastal saltwater trips. Thanks to its small dimensions and weight, the device is perfect for kayak and canoe fishing.

Our score: 7.2/10