This is a fantastic lightweight metal detector with plenty of features for the beginner.
They’ve always kept it easy, so you won’t have any trouble setting up this system before a search or finding out how it works; in reality, it’s essentially switch-on-and-go technology.
In fair conditions, the unit comfortably reaches a depth of 7 to 8 inches; in good conditions, you’ll definitely get more depth. Unfortunately, it struggles in heavily mineralized grounds and on wet beaches, as do all beginner metal detectors and the rest of the ACE selection. The only option is to reduce the sensitivity to zero, but even then, you’ll still get some false signals. I wish Garrett had spent more time focusing on improving stability in this area, but in reality, it only performs marginally better than the ACE 250, which is largely due to the 300’s increased iron resolution.
The numeric Target ID is awesome and far more accurate than I anticipated.
The tones are somewhat distracting and harsh for me, so headphones are suggested so you don’t offend anyone else. They are irritating, but they are really straightforward, which might be desirable for some of you.
Depending on your budget, you could use the ACE 200
, which is a more basic edition, or the ACE 400, which is more expensive.
Overall, for those on a tight budget seeking to buy an entry-level machine with a some additional bells and whistles, the Garrett ACE 300 is a machine worth considering. It has everything you need, is quick and easy to use, and perhaps most importantly, it can locate coins and objects in the ground.
In my opinion, Garrett has achieved yet another victory. If you can afford it, upgrade to the ACE 400; otherwise, the ACE 300 is an excellent beginner’s metal detector that will assist you in learning.