By Bohemia Miner
I got my first chance to take the Apex out for a test drive in a local park. I chose U.S. Coins mode because the area I was hunting is home to a Carnival with Rides and Game Booths every year. I must say, it ran fairly quiet until it hit a target. I will most likely use Zero in the future as the “Pre-set” modes may have more discrimination than I’m used to. Or I could “Accept” some of the blocked-out segments to create a “Custom” Program.
Overall impressions: Simple, nice and light weight, well balanced, easy to adjust settings plus the Wireless Audio that you can hear your Pin Pointer through! However, I watched a You Tube video of a hunt at a Boy Scout Camp. The videographer mentioned that the Depth Gauge seemed to be “off”. I experienced the same issue. One target read 4” when it was right under the surface. This happened more than once.
My 1.5 hours netted me some Clad coins, a Cinemark Token, a Fleur-de-lis snap or button cover and three strange washers. I only found one other piece of “junk” which appears to be cast Aluminum.
Comparing it to the Minelab Equinox Series would be a bit unfair. While they share similarities like Simultaneous MF, GB, Noise Cancel (Frequency Shift) and Preset Programs including Beach Mode, that’s where it ends. The Nox has way more Features and Adjustments putting in a completely different league altogether! The APEX is simply an entry level Multi-Frequency Metal Detector for those starting out or an upgrade for the many Ace Enthusiasts.
I’ve mostly worked with the White’s TRX which reads off the tip. It will take some time getting used to the 360 degrees of the Garrett and Nokta Pin Pointers.
My only real concern other than the Depth issue is what problems, if any, may occur due to them being put together so quickly to fill the many preorders and back orders.
By Keith Southern
Video of the Apex on Monte's Nail Board Test.
This is Monte's official Nail Board Test he sent me Years ago.
I think for the large size of the stock coil and DD its quite Good!!
Test done with factory tone break.Zero Disc.Multi Freq and some other solo freq's at one point for a comparison.
By Steve Herschbach
This is a video that Garrett has done in response to some of the user videos made about the new Apex. It’s possible this was posted before and I missed it... been busy lately!
“Iron targets can “mask” or change the Target ID of adjacent good treasure targets. Two examples of target masking are presented, along with a demonstration of successfully scanning coins mixed into a row of nails. Although the presence of iron can change a target’s ID, this video shows how easy the Garrett Apex can pick out the treasures in such trashy detecting environments.”
Well, out of interest I thought maybe if the Apex is cheap enough I'll give it a shot, I could always make it the first detector I've ever sold after buying it if I did dislike it. I don't like missing out on all the action.
So I contacted Garrett NZ for a price. https://www.garrettnewzealand.co.nz/ Their response nearly made me fall off my chair.
We currently have a pre order in with Garrett USA but no confirmation on delivery at this stage, we hope for Christmas time this year but may be first quarter next year, we are only bringing in the apex unit with headphones, the current retail price will be $1029.00.
So you can see a price comparison here are some NZ prices in NZ Dollars.
Garrett Apex + Headphones: $1029
Vanquish 540: $659
Vanquish 540 Pro Pack: $769
Vanquish 440: $559
Vanquish 340: $469
Equinox 600: $1,118
Multi Kruzer Package deal: $1198
Includes 2 search coils, waterproof battery case, hat and Nokta digging tool.
Simplex+ WHP: $698
Garrett ACE 400i: $675
Garrett ACE 300i on sale!: $499
When you look at price points the Apex is laughable, you'd go the Equinox all day long for a tiny amount more, the dealer would probably match the Apex price on it anyway. And the Vanquish and Simplex crush the Apex price.
Similar things happen in Australia with US detector pricing, this is why US detectors are US detectors, price makes them very noncompetitive outside of the USA in some other parts of the world. Its not just Garrett, it's all US detectors that are priced far higher than their competitors produced in other parts of the world, it would be acceptable if they were world leaders in detecting technology but they're far from it. A big part of it will be the crazy shipping prices incurred with US products being shipped overseas, I'm not sure why that is, the most expensive country to get something shipped from that's for sure but there has to be more to it than that, taxes or something making them not competitive.