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Humminbird 385ci Combo Fishfinder Review

humminbird 385ci review

If you want a fishfinder and a GPS at the same time, go for Humminbird 385ci Combo Fishfinder. Humminbird 385ci Combo is a powerful combination of fishfinder and GPS chartplotter. Featured with a 3.5-inch 256-color display, 2400 Watts PTP DualBeam sonar, and GPS Chartplotting with built-in UniMap, best of all, it’s at the price of some portable fishfinders.

Main Features

  • 3.5-inch LCD display
  • Dual-beam Switchfire Sonar
  • Real-time Sonar
  • 256-color display, DualBeam sonar with 2400 Watts PTP power output

GPS Features

  • 16 Channel GPS
  • Trackplotting
  • Chartplotting
  •  GPS Speed
  •  Humminbird UniMap

In-depth Review of Humminbird 385ci

Big Collection of Advanced Tech

This little fishfinder integrates a bunch of advanced technology, including DualBeam Plus, Switchfire Sonar, Split Screen Zoom and Instant Image Update.

With the DualBeam Plus you get the best of both narrow and wide beams. You can either view the two beams separately, or blend them together to form a complete image of fish, structure, and bottom profile. Exclusive Humminbird SwitchFire Sonar enhances your power to adjust with the fishing conditions, making your sonar more customized and valuable, especially in a shallow water area.

There is a Real Time Sonar (RTS) Window appears on the right side of the display, which will updates at the fastest rate as your boat moving through the water. So that the sonar chart can always present the latest information.

High-accuracy Fish Detecting

Other than commonly used by other fishfinders post processing software to enhance the arching effect, which can slow down performance and exaggerate the information displayed, Humminbird’s TrueArch Technology utilizes parallel processing of sonar data, helps anglers fast discern the arches of fish targets and in the same time provides higher accuracy.

Built-In U.S. UniMap

Humminbird 385ci is also a powerful GPS by the way. The built-in uniMap covers the continental U.S. coastline, inland lakes, and rivers, plus hundreds of thousands of small lakes that even don’t appear on other charts. And with the help of waypoint feature, navigating to a cursor selected point is as easy as placing the cursor over the place you want to go.


  • DualBeam sonar
  • Real time image update
  • Works great on both shallow and deep water


  • Screen too small

Bottom Line

There’s no doubt that Humminbird 385ci Combo Fishfinder is really a good combination of fishfinder and GPS. This is the decent budget for enthusiast want to experience a combo fishfinder.

How to Read Your Fishfinder

Since I myself regularly fish with my fishfinder, I often feel lost without it. A good fishfinder not only detect fish but provide a variety of useful information in addition. Knowing how to read the fishfinder properly and apply that information to fishing likely will definitely improve the productivity. Today I’m gonna take Lowrance Elite-4x DSI to explain how to read your fishfinder, you’ll find it not a difficult task.

1. First of first, read through the guide. Lowrance has put together a clear guide to understand your fish finder readings and how to make sense of them all.
2. The line on the left side of screen and digit indicate the depth. This is the most important information to most anglers.
3. As we mentioned in the previous review, you can take advantage of the trackback feature to review your sonar history. Simply press the keypad to the left until the screen starts to move in reverse and then the sonar history bar appears at the bottom of the screen.
4. Examine the bottom to see the character of bottom or if there is anything on the bottom, or growing from it.
5. Now here is the most exciting part. You’ll note some fish like shapes or icons, other brands like Humminbird may use fish ID as well. Icons that are grouped together often indicate a school of fish.

At last here are some pictures to help you better interpret the readings. And a Youtube guide is also included.