Garrett ACE 250 Metal Detector
- Product Review (submitted on April 17, 2008):
Garrett's Ace 250 has many of the features you would expect from a mid-range detector, but with a low end price tag. Even though this machine is packed with all the bells and whistles, they have somehow managed to keep the weight down to a mere 2.7 lbs so the only thing you'll be icing up at the end of the day is your digging hand! With notch discrimination, 4 presets (all metal, coins, relics, jewelry) and 1 custom setting to be programmed by you, keeping away from the trash is much easier, of course if you're looking for a gold ring, there's no avoiding the pop tabs, get used to it! Another nice feature is the depth indicator that shows how deep your scanned target is, and it's surprisingly accurate in pinpoint mode, not so much in regular scanning mode, but since you pinpoint before digging anyway, that's not something that gets in the way. And since we're on the subject of pinpointing, let's talk pinpointing! The 250 has the ability to go into pinpoint (all metal) mode at the touch of the thumb so you can narrow your grid down and hone in on the exact spot of your target before you dig, very nice option.
So why am I not giving a 5 star rating? I actually wanted to go with a 4.5, but it wouldn't let me! I love this machine, but there is one thing I would change if I could, I know, for the price it's probably just not possible to add anything else, but I can still dream. The 250 has a preset ground balance setting that isn't changeable, which is great for a beginner, but a little more of a challenge for someone wanting to experiment a little with some highly mineralized ground. For example, the 250 is great in the dry sand at the ocean, but don't even go near the wet sand or into the water, too much mineralization due to the salt concentration. Fresh water isn't an issue at all however and you can go right into the water as long as you don't get the control housing wet, the coil is completely water proof. Overall, I can't say enough good things about it.