I started off with the Garrett ProPointer and then when I got the Etrac, which came with the attached Sunray probe, I stopped using the ProPointer. But when the Sunray died, I went to use my Propointer, it had died as well. I think it was dying before I stopped using it. But not sure what happen to it, but I tried fix it but it was broke.
So I went out and bought the Whites TRX Bullseye. I really liked the "Vibrate only" feature and it had some nice adjustable settings. But, it has started to die as well. After only about 3-5 months. I've just now sent an email to Whites to see what they can do.
But here's my dilemma, I won't detect without a probe. I've been there and done that, and it sucks. So, if Whites can't work something out with me, which will keep me using the TRX, I'm already looking for a replacement.
Here's a list of choices and the things I like and don't like about each one:
Garrett ProPointer - Sturdy. Weak light. Not adjustable. Has only 1 mode=vibrate and sound. Price dropped to $110. You'll see why below.
Minelab ProFind - 2 modes- vibrate only or vibrate w/sound. Weak light. Says it's water resistant, but not waterproof. Adjustable sens. Spendy $170
Whites TRX Bullseye - 3 modes. 4 adjustable sens. Sort of bulky but you can easily replace the outer shell if broke. Weak light. Also, the power button is flush and makes it sometimes a guess to which side you have up when trying to operate fast without looking. It also takes a long press to shut off. Which I don't like. Very poor side detection. Spendy $150
Vulcan 360 - Kellyco - $120. I don't like that it takes a screwdriver to change battery. Hardly no vids to review it.
Nokta RS Pinpointer - $140 - It's a little wider, but about the same size over all. I'm not a fan of the switch.
Deteknix Xpointer - $90 (I think this is why Garretts priced dropped). I watched a few vids and I like this. It reminds me of the Garrett but has more features I like. It's not made in USA, but has a US rep. Bright light.
Makro Waterproof - $125. This is what I think most have been waiting for, but this lacks in a few areas. It is waterproof to 1 meter for 30 mins. And dustproof. So there's the pluses for detecting in the wet and muddy NW. What I don't like about it is the button locations. And again, it takes a long press to shut off and it makes 6 short beeps when it does. Yuck. Also, any water in the speaker almost kills the sound completely (watch the vid). Made in Turkey.
So I'm in the market for something. Well, a second or first probe. Depending on what Whites says and does. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJS_jghRGWIhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeTzAkuD8Mghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kN28WOzGDEYhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tpCnMKhEiM