Buyer's Guide What if you could walk away from every hunt with more finds in your pouch? These are just two reasons you should think about getting a pinpointer for metal detecting. Garrett Pro Pointer AT All-Terrain The Garrett Pro Pointer AT is the newest version of the famous Garrett Pro Pointer. No more covering the speaker hole with your thumb like on the old Pro Pointer! Because this pinpointer can be used underwater, Garrett changed the color from black to orange. The other big advantage of the Pro Pointer AT is that it has three sensitivity modes - low, medium and high. This allows you to quickly find smaller targets at greater depths. Retuning allows you to shrink the detection signal which allows you to gain an even more precise location of your target - one of my favorite features! The Pro Pointer AT is lightweight 6. When you look at the XPointer from Deteknix, you might need to do a double take because it looks so much like the Pro Pointer. A Chinese-based company, Deteknix makes a pretty solid pinpointer. One of the best features of the XPointer is that it never falses - not even when you put pressure on the tip. This is a great feature to have when sifting dirt in the hole. You never have to worry about falsing when you press down too hard which we all do without realizing half the time. Another superior feature on the Deteknix pinpointer is the brighter LED light. Unlike other pinpointers, the Xpointer comes in different colors - black, orange, camo or gray. The Xpointer weighs 4. The Makro Pinpointer was released in the fall of 2014 and was the first mainstream, fully waterproof pinpointer. Based in Turkey, Makro is relatively new to the hobby detecting market and has grown very quickly in popularity. Like the Pro Pointer AT, it is fully waterproof and has multiple levels of adjustable sensitivity. A nice feature unique to the Makro is that it comes with two replaceable hard-shell cases. Think coil cover, but for your pinpointer. Both cases are intended to protect, and extend the life of your pinpointer. One of the cases is a basic cover while the other has a scraping blade to help sift through the dirt. The Makro Pointer also comes with a belt holster, finds bag, and a large carrying case equipped with a shoulder strap. Most other pinpointers will only come with a belt holster. The ProFind 25 from Minelab is another great pinpointer that you may want to consider. When the Pro Find first hit the market in late 2012, no other pinpointer had the ability to adjust sensitivity - not even the original Pro Pointer. It was a breakthrough in pinpointer technology because never before could you adjust the settings like you could on your regular detector. The Pro Find 25 also gave you the ability to switch between audio modes - audio and vibrate or vibrate-only. Both of these features were later adopted by Garrett and others when they released the Pro Pointer AT, making the Pro Find 25 just slightly less attractive. This pinpointer weighs in at 6. In the current market, the TRX will get you the greatest amount of depth. But with that superior depth comes a few tradeoffs. It does tend to false quite a bit and can become unstable under maximum sensitivity. It also has a big blind spot on the side scan functionality which is a major red flag for me. Lastly, the LED light is so dim that they might as well not even have included it on this pinpointer. While I hate to be so down on any product, I would skip this one and opt for something with better features and more stability. Now that you know some of the pros and cons for each, you can make a more educated decision as to the best pinpointer for your metal detecting needs. What is a pinpointer? So what exactly is a pinpointer and what does it do? Having a pinpointer in your pouch makes recovering targets much faster and easier. Do you really reed a pinpointer to metal detect? Think of it like this. You can then use that earned hour to cover more area, dig better targets, and increase your find count for the day. So do you really need a pinpointer? Consider the features you want and your budget. If you do any water hunting, you should go with either the Pro Pointer AT or Makro Pointer. On a budget but still want quality? Consider the Deteknix XPointer. Want maximum depth without much concern for falsing? Add the TRX to your tool belt. I hope this article was helpful. Now choose your pinpointer and get hunting! I think you were a bit hard on the TRX and easy on the Carrot. I would rate them in near polar opposite. I see the top 5 being 1. Minelab ProFind 35 iron tone 2. Bullseye TRX for Max depth and interchangeable waterproof shells. User replaceable shells are a huge bonus. Gold Digger Land or Sea Pulse, deep and consistent in highly mineralized areas. Possibly, maybe the Carrot. Having said that may I add another pin pointer from a supplier in NJ USA Called LAND AND SEA pin pointer. It was designed along the lines of Pulse induction, so the unit works well in the ocean, beaches. There is a girl SHE DETECTOR in Florida that shows the using of different machines metal detecting and has also reported on the pin pointer.