The Garrett GI 2500 Metal Detector Video and Review
Review Summary: The GI 2500 is a $950 Treasure Detector that has a lot going for it (which you would expect at this price). We really like the fact that Garrett went for it with an entirely new type of user interface called "Treasure Vision". We were disappointed in some of the early problems reported by users concerning depth on small items and glitches. But you should check it out yourself. As with all new detectors the glitches are usually resolved with a new release or a software patch. This should be considered if you are looking for a high end model that is loaded with features. In this article We give a video on the 2500 and then follow that up with an in depth review of the functionality and the features that come in this professional grade metal detector. You can click on this link to read our review of the Tesoro Cortes to compare this detector against a slightly lower cost one.
By the Numbers – What we liked the most
1) We really like the "Treasure Vision" control panel (see the picture a little further down the page) with its "Graphic Targeting Imaging or GI. We review this farther down the page.
2) We like the fact that, despite its hi tech control panel, it is still a "Turn on and go" metal detector right out of the box.
What we didn't like:
1) The weight – this is heavier then most – but the hip mounted battery pack helps a little.
2) There have been enough complaints about quality from users that it is concerning.
3) There are similar complaints about depth from users. Specifically depth on small items. Depth on relics is excellent.
4) GI control panel interface is intimidating to new metal detector users and to those not accustomed to "Hi tech".
A Video on using with the GI 2500
this is a good video that gives you a nice look at the GI's large user interface screen.
The key features on the Garrett GI 2500 that you need to know about:
- The GI interface combined with the LCD Graphic Target Analyzer. No one else has anything like this.
- The 24 Notch Discrimination IS very detailed allowing you to really find to what is accepted and rejected.
- A distinct and Sharp Audio Target Response
- Excellent Target Size Data and Target ID makes for more certainty in deciding whether to dig or keep hunting!
- A very strong and comfortable Ramrod Stem Design with Armrest
- The hip mounting of the Battery Pack helps make it less strenuous to use
- The Waterproof Elastomeric Membrane Touch pads is a must. Your fingers will get wet and muddy time to time
- Excellent Imaging Search coil Series 9.5" and 12.5"
- And there is always the Optional Interchangeable Non-Imaging Search coils 4.5" and 5"x10"
- The Garrett GI 2500 can be used with the Optional Pinpointing Depth Multiplier
The Garrett GI 2500 Control panel and the Graphic Target Image System:
There is no question that the Garrett GI 2500 control panel is polarizing. It is a "Love it" or "Hate It" type of thing. At the end of the day the reality to me is that it gives you more information about your target and that is a good thing. I think back to my first machine which only had a tone and how over time you could tell that a clear light high pitch tone was a small coin buried deep. With this machine, with time, you will be able to glance at the control panel and listen to the sound and know with a high degree of certainty what you have or don't have under the ground beneath the coil. You get the depth both on the Graphic target image but also on a bar across the top. You get the Target identification identified across the top and you compare that with the Graphic Target Imaging to make the True ID. For example if the Target Id says it s a quarter but the Graphic Image System shows it as a large object 12 inches down then you can be certain it is NOT a quarter and then decide if you want to dig this larger mystery object This could lead to a much higher recovery rate of quality finds because you will dig less junk and dig more quality targets.
The Control panel is complex but it provides information that the competitors do not.
GARRETT GI 2500 METAL DETECTOR REVIEW Final thoughts
Read some of the reviews online. The amount of complaints on quality and small target depth is concerning for a high end machine.
BUT there are plenty of all star reviews to. Before deciding to plunk down $900 on a detector spend the time and read as many reviews as possible,
Make sure it is suited to how you want to detect and where you will be detecting. You should ask yourself the following:
1) What is your personal preference? Do you want an easy to use machine or a more high performance machine that may take many hours of learning (I prefer the easy to use high performance myself).
2) What do you spend most of your time Metal Detecting for? If the answer is gold nuggets then buy a gold nugget machine Like the Fisher Gold Bug 2.
3) Where do you spend most of your time detecting? IF the answer is the beach then maybe you should be looking at a machine designed for beach or even underwater.
But rest assured that any of the major manufacturers top machines (Whites, Garret's or Fisher's or Minelabs) are all going to work great as long as they fit your need and you like how they work,
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OK thats it for this GARRETT GI 2500 METAL DETECTOR REVIEW