Garmin goes big with GPSMAP 8400 displays

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New multi-function displays offer highest screen resolution and built-in features.

Garmin has introduced the range of GPSMAP 8400 all-in-one multi-function displays (MFDs) that are claimed to deliver the highest screen resolution on the water – and much more.

The large-format MFDs are available in 17”, 22” and 24” displays that feature full HD in-plane switching (IPS) screens with multi-touch control. Incorporating new and improved processors, Garmin says the new models provide increased performance, enhanced video processing, and the fastest chart drawing offered in a Garmin MFD.

The sunlight-readable MFDs feature an anti-glare IPS LCD display designed to provide consistent, accurate colours from all viewing angles. The GPSMAP 8417 and 8424 models offer a WUXGA 1920 x 1200 display while the GPSMAP 8422 has an FHD 1920 x 1080 display. The displays can be flush or flat-mounted and allow for edge-to-edge installation of multiple displays.

The all-in-one compact design eliminates the need for black boxes, monitors, and external wifi antennas.

The user interface offers new One Touch presets for sonar, charts, radar, cameras, media, and digital switching. Users can configure and customise their entire system for activities from cruising, fishing, anchoring and docking with just one touch.

The screens can be spilt to show up to six different features simultaneously, including HDMI video input. Boaters can view videos in full or spilt-screen from a variety of media devices or they can mirror the chartplotter screen on a TV or monitor using the HDMI output ports. HDMI video can be shared across the Garmin Marine Network and viewed on multiple displays. Users can also play digital audio from the HDMI input through the boat’s stereo.

The screens can be connected to a new Garmin quatix 3 marine GPS smartwatch, Nautix In-View Display, VIRB action cameras, RF wireless remote control, smartphones, and tablets. They feature four wired-Ethernet ports, composite video input, and are fully-networkable across the Garmin Marine Network, NMEA 2000 and FUSION-Link.

The enhanced video processing allows for up to four IP camera streams and simultaneous Garmin Helm support. Support for J1939 is also available, providing engine and generator data with configurable templates for instrumentation.

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