I do like some of the newer machines, mainly the ORX. I've had a couple of them over the years just because they are so lightweight compared to everything else. I don't condone any new or old detector, and have favorites from both ages, but the ergonomic improvements are nice. Something that feels comfortable and lets you hunt a little longer before being worn out is nice. I do agree that the hype these days is you have to have the latest greatest detector. It's how marketing has made the majority today. Just look at phones....they release the next thing for say $1000 and it has 5% more battery life, new looks, slightly better camera. 6 months later they release the next in the generation for $1200 with yet an additinal 5% battery life, 2mm bigger screen, more cameras on it. Me i don't see the hype on it. When the tech advances majorly i could get behind it, such as a new phone that now features 25% more battery life, screen size has increased by 2 inches, and has a camera that is significantly better. Some people love the newest best thing and others don't. The phones were an example but i feel like with the exception of adding multiple frequency detectors it has just been trickle fed to the majority when it comes to features on detectors for the last couple decades. There were some companies that released state of the art things and way beyond what others were doing, but the market for the majority just rebadged and remarketed, and finally in the last couple of years we are seeing the companies actually release some decent leaps and bounds in detector technology and making progress with it. I know some will read this and disagree with me, but please don't forget, that there are companies/detectors out there that do change the hobby for the better and improve the technology, that i would lay down my hard earned money for, but only when i felt like it would really make a change or difference in my particular hunting styles and ground. Have a good nightSo what is the best thing that technology has bought to us as detectorists.Is the latest high tech machine really going to find you that much more than the last really good detector?
I've been in this hobby for thirty six years and have used a lot of machines and i haven't seen or used a single new model detector that has made a significant impact on my finds rates over a seasons detecting.I've tested loads of machines in real world conditions and the"latest greatest"has often not shown any real advantage over earlier generation top end machines.
Lets take the latest "best ever" machine the Deus 2.This is the machine that is attracting a lot of attention as the next big breakthrough.So over a seasons detecting if one detectorist used the deus 2 and another say a dinosaur like an explorer on the same fields and compared the same signals,how many more signals do you think the deus 2 would pick up over the old explorer......hardly any is the answer.Most of the latest technology is about weight and cordless technology which is a good thing but people buying the latest machine in the hope it will find them a load more may be disappointed.