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It has been what seems like a very long time since we first heard about the new machine from C.Scope, the EVO 6000.
When it was first shown at Detectival in Sept 2019, it looked like a really interesting machine but we did question if it might not be too little and too late? After all, it was coming up against the already well established Minelab Equinox and XP Deus. There were also entry-level but highly specced machines in the form of the Nokta Makro Simplex+, Minelab Vanquish and the Quest Q30 which was shown at the same time.
Then, of course, came COVID-19 and the three-month national lockdown. This pretty much halted all production of metal detectors not just in the UK but all around the world. The EVO 6000 was expected to be launched in the Summer but delays in production due to the pandemic meant things needed to be pushed back.
Now however it looks like we may see the EVO 6000 sometime toward the end of October or early November 2020.
The problem for C.Scope is that other manufacturers have managed to get their new machines out of the door before them.
C.Scope EVO 6000 Spec.
- Superfast switch on and go. No tuning etc
- Main settings visible on screen at all times without delving into a menu.
- Detect and adjust at the same time.
- Manual and Auto Ground balance plus Auto Ground Track.
- Selectable frequencies 7 kHz and 17 kHz (coil change required)
- Built-in LiPo rechargeable battery – Up to 30 hours use on a single charge.
- Bluetooth APTX L built-in. Low latency, no delay. It comes with wireless headphones but any APTX L Bluetooth headphones can be used.
- USB C port for charging and software updates.
- Pinpoint – Single button press no need to hold.
- Weatherproof control box.
- 2 Years Parts & Labour Warranty.
- Estimated launch October/November 2020.
- Price. £679 without headphones and £779 with headphones.
Up until now, we were not sure of where C.Scope would pitch the price of the EVO 6000. It had been hoped that they would bring it in somewhere around the £559 mark. But if those prices of £679 and £779 remain as they are I think it could be a really hard sell. It puts the base version head to head with the Minelab Vanquish and that is a battle C.Scope are never going to win!
The Minelab Equinox 600 has 3 selectable single frequencies of 5, 10 and 15 kHz with no coil switching required! Plus the famous Multi-IQ simultaneous multi-frequency mode covering 5 through to 40 kHz. The Equinox is also fully waterproof and submersible. Has wireless audio and a 3-year warranty for the control box and coil. Price is £679.00. Compare that to the C.Scope EVO 6000 and it is not difficult to see where they may have a problem?
Of course, a machine’s performance is hard to gauge from a spec sheet and we have not yet seen any field tests for the EVO 6000. C.Scope may have weaved some magic into this machine that will let it out-perform the current market leaders. In which case it will be a well-deserved success.
Time will tell if the EVO 6000 will be a success but the odds are not stacked in C.Scope’s favour.
NOTE: Since this article was written, the EVO 6000 had been released to stores. However it quickly became clear that it has some serious issues and after a short delay, where C.Scope promised a fix via firmware update. It was then decided that nothing less than a total recall of all machines was needed. See our latest C.Scope EVO 600 article here for more details.
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