Back around November 2018 Nokta announced a new range of entry level metal detectors that combine a high spec with a low price. Called ‘Simplex’ the clue is very much in the name. These are turn on and go detectors but with some really interesting features that would appeal to the mid-range buyer as well as those just starting out. The biggest selling point being that these detectors are fully waterproof to 3 metres! Yes folks you can actually get into under water detecting with an entry level detector.
The ‘Simplex’ range were slated for a Q1/Q2 2019 release but as with most product launches this seems to have been a little optimistic. Here we are in June 2019 and no sign of Nokta releasing these machines to market just yet. Latest estimated release date is October. However from what I have seen of the Simplex they may well be worth the wait. Take a look at what we know so far and perhaps you will agree? There are two models by the way. The more expensive of the two is called ‘Simplex’ Plus’. We don’t have the full spec for both yet but they are pretty similar.
- First fully submersible entry level machine in the market. Waterproof to 3 metres.
- Backlit display.
- Illuminated keypad.
- Frequency Shift.
- Wireless Audio.
- LED Flashlight.
- 12kHz Operating Frequency. (Approx)
- 11″ Double D Coil as standard.
- Simplex Plus has 4 x Search Modes incl Beach Mode.
- Notch Discrimination.
- Vibration target notification.
- Price for Simplex is $249 and Simplex Plus $299
All settings are contained on one screen which make it very easy to use. No delving through sub-menus here!
Also there is no manual ground balancing or none that I am aware of which may be a deal breaker for some but I guess it depends on how good the auto tracking is.
So there you have it. The Nokta Simplex. Given the spec and the price means it doesn’t have any competition in the market right now. Probably the closest would be the Quest Q20 and Q40 but although they are water resistant they are not submersible. The Q40 is also substantially more expensive and lacks some features that the Nokta Simplex has as standard.
It will be interesting to see how other manufacturers respond. I will certainly be getting my hands on a Nokta Simplex at the earliest opportunity!
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