Well yesterday I dutifully sat in front of my PC and watched with bated breath the unveiling of the much hyped Garrett Apex detector. Oops no, wait a minute, hang on, excuse me I mean the Garrett “ACE” Apex…
Adding the Ace prefix really disappointed me and in my mind rendered the word “apex” meaningless. Yup sorry, when I hear that word I’m thinking the top, the pinnacle, the crest, peak, summit, zenith, whatever. In this case it’s simply the top of the ACE line of detectors. I had assumed (and hoped) it was going to be a new “top of the line” model.
Based on the silhouette in the teaser ads I thought too that perhaps the Apex might have knobs but nada, just a rehash of what Garrett defines as easy-access menu controls/adjustments. I call them confusing and time consuming. I don’t want to have to wonder what my settings are nor do I want to wear out my thumb pressing buttons/pads. I want to be able to look down and instantly see where my features are set and make an adjustments without having to remember up/down, left/right, etc..
On the plus side the Apex has a streamlined look and is visually more appealing than both the Ace and AT models, whose control boxes always looked to me like they were destined to break off the shaft (and did a few times). I wonder now – will the rest of the Garrett line will be taking on a similar look in the near future?
The Ace Apex is lightweight at 2.5 lbs, and offers Multi-Flex™ frequency technology (5 kHz | 10 kHz | 15 kHz | 20 kHz | Multi-Frequency | Multi-Salt), rechargeable lithium battery and a “rainproof” control box.
The Apex comes standard with a 6×10 Viper™ searchcoil, built-in Z-Lynk™ wireless technology (wireless headphones extra cost), six search modes, 5 tone target ID and hallelujah, a large LCD readout. For a more complete list of specs click here…
Suggested retail for the Apex is $499.95 (basic package) and $579.95 (with Z-Lynk headphones). Garrett is back to work full time now and expects to ship out the first Apex detector sometime in July.
All my piddling criticism aside the Apex has a lot to offer at a great price and should be a big seller. The real test of course will come a few months down the road after thousands of average tekkies have put it to the test in the field.