by Steve Lague

Garmin has released its new GPSMAP 8400 series that sets a new benchmark for screen resolution and is the first multi-function device that provides consistent, accurate colours that can be seen from any angle.
They also feature full High Definition in-plane switching (IPS) screens with multi-touch control and incorporate new and improved processors that increase performance, enhance video processing and provide the fastest chart drawing offered in a Garmin MFD.
With a sleek glass-helm look, these large-format MFDs are available in 17”, 22” and 24” displays that feature an anti-glare IPS LCD display that can be read in any sunlight conditions. The GPSMAP 8417 and 8424 offer a WUXGA 1920×1200 display, and the GPSMAP 8422 has an FHD 1920×1080 display.
The new design also means they can be flush or flat-mounted, and enables edge-to-edge installation of multiple displays.
The 8400 series also gains new One Touch presets for sonar, charts, radar, cameras, media, and digital switching. They also can be used independent of, or incorporated into SmartMode station controls. This combination will enable users to configure and customise their entire system for activities such as cruising, fishing, anchoring and docking with just one touch.
The new HDMI video input will also mean videos played on a variety of media devices can be watched in full or spilt-screen. They can also mirror the chartplotter screen on a TV or monitor using the HDMI output port.
The all-in-one compact design of the GPSMAP 8400 series eliminates the need for black boxes, monitors, and external Wi-Fi antennas. They also feature built-in Wi-Fi and ANT that allow the unit to connect to a new Garmin quatix 3 marine GPS smartwatch, Nautix In-View Display, VIRB action cameras, RF wireless remote control, smartphones, and tablets. The GPSMAP 8400 series screen can even be spilt to show up to six different features simultaneously, including HDMI video input.
The MFDs feature four wired-Ethernet ports, composite video input, and are fully-networkable across the Garmin Marine Network, NMEA 2000, and FUSION-Link. Users will also benefit from enhanced video processing with up to four IP camera streams and simultaneous Garmin Helm support.
The new GPSMAP 8400 series is available now with a recommended retail price of $11,999.