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I was quite excited when I heard there would be a new top end machine from C.Scope. More so when I saw it sported a modern digital display and light weight design. However that was some time ago and a lot has happened since so, is this a case of C.Scope being a little too late to the party?
Let’s take a look at the competition.
First up we have the Nokta Makro Simplex Plus. No one in detecting circles can fail to have seen or heard about this machine by now. It has pretty much been dominating the entry level market for the past couple of months and it’s popularity is ably demonstrated by the fact that is is nearly always “out of stock”. There are queues of people waiting to buy one and I think it is fair to say Nokta Makro are struggling to keep up with demand. And here’s why:
NOKTA MAKRO SIMPLEX+ KEY FEATURES
- IP68 -Waterproof upto 3 meters (10 feet) with protection from dust ingress.
- Frequency Shift – Eliminate EMI with frequency shift.
- Iron Volume – Adjust or turn off the iron tone.
- Notch Discrimination – Discriminate unwanted target IDs
- Firmware Updates – Keep your machine up to date with the latest firmware downloads via USB
- Built In Wireless Audio – Compatible with 2.4 GHz Nokta Makro Green Edition Wireless Headphones.
- Vibration Mode – Ideal for target alerts underwater or hearing impaired users.
- Pre-set Search Modes – Field, Park, Beach and All Metal modes.
- Lighting – Backlight on the LCD screen and keypad, plus built in flashlight.
- Retractable Shaft – Slides down to just 63cm (25″) for easy transport and diving.
- Lightweight – The Simplex+ weighs just 1.3kg (2.9lb) and is well balanced.
- Rechargeable – The built in lipo battery is easily recharged via USB from mains, powerbank or vehicle.
- Price – From £299.00 (£399 with wireless headphones)
As you can see from the spec, this is an entry level machine only with regard to the price.
Next we have the Minelab Vanquish. Not available to buy at the time of writing this but there were rumours it may be available before Christmas 2019. Minelab themselves have said Feb 2020 but even so that would put it out before the C.Scope EVO-6000. Let’s take a look at what the Vanquish offers:
Unlike the Nokta Makro Simplex+ there are three models in the Vanquish range plus one “Pro Pack” which adds an extra coil and wireless headphones. Given that the EVO-6000 is being pitched at the top end of the C.Scope range let’s take a look at the top end Vanquish model, the Vanquish 540.
VANQUISH 540 MAIN FEATURES
- Compact Design – Reverse the Arm Cup for storage and transport.
- Detect Modes – Coin, Relic, Jewellery and All Metal.
- Frequencies – Three: Low, Medium & high Simultaneously
- Noise Cancel – Auto (19 Channels)
- Iron Bias – High / Low
- Sensitivity Levels – 10
- Volume Levels – 10
- Target Tones – 5
- Target ID Range -9 to 40
- Discrimination Segments – 25
- Depth Indicator Levels – 5
- Audio Output
- Built-in Speaker
- 3.5mm (1/8″) Headphone Jack
- Bluetooth aptX Low-Latency Wireless
- Display – Back-Light Mono LCD
- Price £399.00 (£499 for Pro Pack with extra coil and wireless headphones)
There are also new machines from Quest but we don’t expect those until Summer 2020.
Now let’s look at the proposed spec of the C.Scope EVO-6000
C.SCOPE EVO-6000 MAIN FEATURES
- Instant switch on and go – no setting up needed.
- Switch Between Motion and Non Motion modes.
- Inland, Beach and All Metal Modes.
- Save up to 10 user configurations.
- Auto and Manual Ground Balance.
- Auto Tracking option.
- Large LCD display.
- Showerproof – possible waterproof on release.
- Detect and adjust at the same time – no need to go to the menu.
- Built in Lithium Ion battery – detect time up to three days on single charge.
- USB C Port for fast charging.
- Software updateable online.
- Bluetooth APTX Low Latency – Use any low latency bluetooth headphones.
- Wireless headphones included with machine.
- 2 Years Warranty
- Price – To be announced but possible around £500.
- Available first quarter 2020.
On the face of it the C.Scope EVO-6000 looks like it will be a great machine. The problem is that the company have said they will be marketing the machine toward the top end of their range and so it is reasonable to assume it will be priced likewise. If we take their current top end model the CS6MXi which has an rrp of £645 (Street price is currently £525) that would make it far more expensive than the excellently specced Nokta Makro Simplex+ or the Minelab Vanquish 540.
The Minelab Vanquish is not waterproof or even showerproof but it does have Minelab’s unique ‘Multi-IQ’ detection technology and that along with its use of APTX low latency bluetooth for wireless headphones puts it firmly in front of every other machine at that price point…in my humble opinion of course.
Everything about the Nokta Makro Simplex+ ticks the boxes other than if you want to use wireless headphones you need to use theirs. No other wireless headphones will work with this machine.
Can the C.Scope EVO-6000 compete against the likes of the Simplex+ and Minelab Vanquish? And what about the new Quest Q60 which we know will have three selectable frequencies, interchangeable search heads and fully waterproof design at around the same price point? It’s going to be a very interesting one to watch. Let us know what you think in the comments section below or continue the discussion on the forum or facebook page.
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