Minelab Equinox Vs XP Deus – Comparison 2019 – 2020

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Minelab Equinox Vs XP Deus

Big names in the Metal Detector manufacturing include the likes of: Garrett, Whites, Minelab, Teknetics, XP and many more, so it’s inevitable that these brands will clash with one another when it comes to new detectors and new technology.

Today we’ll see who wins a VS battle between the Minelab Equinox 800 and the XP Deus.

Let’s first look at their main features.

What are the Main Features of the Minelab Equinox 800 Metal Detector?

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  • Simultaneous Multi Frequency – With six frequency options ranging from 5kHz to 40kHz, finding big and small metal targets has just got a whole lot easier.
  • Discrimination – With its 50 segment notch discrimination, the Minelab Equinox 800 UK will identify each metallic treasure the user comes across. -9 to 0 = Ferrous metals and 1-40 = Non Ferrous metals.
  • Waterproof – The user can take their new detector into the water with its waterproof depth of 3 metres (10 feet).
  • 4 Detecting Modes – These modes include: Gold, Park, Field and Beach. Utilising these modes will enhance the users chances of finding their fortune beneath the ground.
  • 8 Custom Search Profiles – The four detecting modes have two search profiles each, these enable the user to fine tune their search accuracy and find their target swiftly.

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What are the Main Features of the XP Deus Metal Detector?

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  • Multi Frequency – The XP Deus metal detector has a frequency range of 4kHz to 18kHz, not as much as its opponent but impressive nonetheless.
  • 4 Ground Balance Settings – The included settings are: Swing, Pump, Manual and Beach. Selecting one of these settings for the appropriate terrain will improve the detectors balance and accuracy.
  • 6 Levels of Response – The fast levels of response have branded the XP Deus as the quickest metal detector in the world. If this factor is true then it makes this detector pretty spectacular.
  • 99 Levels of Sensitivity – Sensitivity is important when detecting a specific type of metal. Having an abundance of sensitivity levels is exceedingly helpful for the user.
  • 10 Factory Programmes – These include: Basic 1 = For general use, GM Power = Fast and powerful hunting, Deus Fast = Locates smaller items in Iron infested grounds, Pitch = Pitch varies and locates target, G-MAXX = Coins and large masses, Relic = Deep and large masses, Wet Beach = Wet sand, Dry Beach = Dry sand, Basic 2 = Good for starting out and avoids false signals, and Gold Field = Specifically detects Gold. Also included are 8 saveable programmes, to suit the users preferences.

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Taking a first look at these metal detectors, I can see many similarities. Both share a professional look, in a plain black colour and are well designed. I must add though, that Minelab eke just in front because the overall finish of the Equinox 800 is just beautiful. The Equinox 800 has an 11″ DD smart coil with a skid plate whilst the XP Deus has a simple 9″ DD search coil, both are effectively suited to their respective metal detectors.

Each of our metal detecting machines are powered by an inbuilt battery pack. A Lithium Ion Battery powers the Minelab Equinox, giving it 12 hours of battery life and a charger is included; and a Li-Poly Battery powers the XP Deus, giving it approximately 15 hours of battery life and a charger is also included. Additionally, both metal detectors come with a range of useful accessories, such as Wireless/Bluetooth headphones.

In this VS challenge, there are many similarities that the two competing metal detectors share. Specifically on the functionality side, each detector has shown amazing capabilities, the amount of modes and settings included in each are quite mind boggling and Minelab and XP present these numerous settings with finesse. Both companies have really impressed us with their originality and technological determination.

Both of our challengers have proved to be exceptional metal detectors, but more users seem to be favouring the Minelab Equinox 800, has this VS challenge already been won? Let’s review the facts.

What are the Pros and Cons of the Minelab Equinox 800 and the XP Deus Metal Detectors?

Minelab Equinox 800 Review

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  • Target ID – Fast and accurate target ID is essential to finding that special relic, coin, metal etc… very quickly. The Equinox 800 uses its power to do just so.
  • Signals – There are hardly any false signals when using this metal detector, which is brilliant!
  • Ground Balance – Automatically setting the ground balance ensures a quick start when hunting for treasures, whereas manually setting it will appeal to the more experienced detectorists, as it improves accuracy.
  • Lightweight – At a weight of 3lbs, the user doesn’t have to worry about arm ache until a considerable time into their metal detecting.
  • Quality – The quality of this magnificent machine is rather apparent. Powerful and versatile, the Minelab Equinox 800 reviews show much praise from users, with some labelling this metal detector better than any Garrett detector.
  • Price – At a price of £879, the Equinox 800 is placed at the higher end of the market, appealing to more seasoned/pro detectorists who are searching for a quality, sturdy and robust detector.
  • User Friendliness – Some users have struggled with the usage of this detector, branding it complex and not user friendly. It will definitely take some time and effort for the user to get to grips with their new detector, especially if it’s as high tech as this one.

XP Deus Review

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  • Lightweight – When it comes to weight, the XP Deus trumps their VS opponent. At a weight of 2.1lbs the ergonomic design has not gone unnoticed by happy customers.
  • Weatherproof – It may not be waterproof but this detector is still weatherproof, aiding its users come rain or shine.
  • BeginnersBeginners to metal detecting will benefit greatly, as the Deus has been praised for its ease of use.
  • S-Telescopic Stem – With a telescopic stem, the user will be able to tailor their detector to their own preferences. Nice!
  • Temperature – This product can operate in temperatures ranging from -5 Degrees Celsius to 40 Degrees Celsius.
  • Price – £879 VS over £1,000, is an easy decision. Unfortunately, the price of the XP Deus is just too much for what we think it’s worth.
  • Mixed Reviews – Most products have conflicting reviews, the same can be said for this metal detecting product. Like Marmite, users seem to love or hate this item, and we’re not exactly sure why.


This epic VS battle to me has one clear winner which is the Minelab Equinox 800, to me this detector hits all the right notes, it’s robust, it has proven to be extremely trustworthy and despite its price and complex functionality it seems to be an all round wonder of a machine.

The XP Deus has also impressed us with its technology, ease of use and lightweight capabilities, it’s proven to be advantageous in ways the Minelab Equinox 800 can only dream of.

Even though it has been a close VS battle, the differences between these metal detectors aren’t actually that major, both detectors have demonstrated that they are dependable and competent machines, resulting in a nail biting contest.

Who is your winner?

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