This is the ultimate metal detector for the enthusiast who wants to have the best. The Minelab CTX offers all the bells and whistles you would expect for a top end metal detector. It is waterproof up to 10 ft (3 meters) and very rugged letting you take it anywhere. This is one machine that you will not feel the need to upgrade in the future. The machine boasts the most accurate target identification available with advanced “Target Trace” discrimination. This mode helps you find more treasure even in high trash areas. There is integrated GPS that helps you keep track of your favorite locations and quickly identify certain hot spots. The wireless audio as well as an integrated speaker gives you the versatility of how you listen to the output.
The control panel is clear and easy to read with a useful backlight for subpar conditions. The screen is 3.5 inches and is full color, I would say it is the perfect size for a top end machine. There are buttons to access the quick menus and smart functions, navigating the controls is pretty easy and intuitive.
The Minelab CTX 3030 comes with five helpful preset search modes as well as providing more automatic function that makes it even suited for the beginner.
Overall I would say this machine is aimed at the high end user but it is also a capable beginners machine due to the easy of operation and intuitive features. The problem is the price makes it a bad investment for the beginner, it would be best to start with something cheaper to ensure you enjoy the hobby if metal detecting. For the advanced user then this is the one to get if you can afford it. It has so many helpful and modern features and will last you a long time that it is a great investment
Minelab CTX 3030 rating breakdown
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A feature packed machine that will be your go-to machine. It needs a little investment but with the advanced target finding features that helps you save time then it would pay for itself in the long run!