Many people will tell you that the Minelab GPX5000 is in a league of it’s own. It is a great metal detector and is well suited to professional treasure hunters as it is easily customizable and is excellent at detecting in almost any type of condition. The main drawbacks for the GPX5000 is that it costs over $5,000 and all the customization options can be difficult for newcomers to come to grips with. Overall I rated it 2nd in my best metal detector reviews simply because the Garrett ATX is so much cheaper than the Minelab GPX5000 and for most people it will find just as many gold targets.
Minelab GPX5000 Appearance
The Minelab GPX5000 is nice and streamlined, although it can start to feel heavy after a few hours. It comes with a standard white search coil and a very nicely padded arm rest.
The display on the Minelab GPX5000 is small, but effective with a LCD backlight display.
Dimensions & Warranty
- Length: 1100mm (43.3”) 1300mm (51.2”).
- Weight: 2.4kg (5.3lbs) including 11” coil (excluding battery and accessories). Battery weight 780g (1.7lbs).
- Warranty: 3 year warranty on control box and coils.
The Minelab GPX5000 can be bought for around $5,000. So it isn’t cheap by any standard, however, it is a top of the line product.
- 11″ Round Double-D plus 11″ Monoloop
- Koss 100 ohm headphones
- Batteries and Battery Charger
- Lithium-ion rechargeable battery 68Wh with in-built amplifier for speaker use. Approx. 12 Hours use. Supplied with mains and vehicle charger
- 2 search coils – 11″ Round Double-D plus 11″ Monoloop
- 64 x 128 pixels visual display with transflective white backlight
- MPS, DVT & SETA Technology
- Six preset Search Modes
- Automatic Ground balance
- Iron Reject Drimination: range 1 to 10 & Off (All Metal)
- Rx Gain 1 to 20 sensitivity
- Low battery audio alert.
- 8 Timings including – Coin/Relic Timing, Fine Gold Timing & Salt/Gold Timing
Videos of the Minelab GPX5000 Metal Detector
This is a great video that goes into how to setup and use the Minelab GPX5000 metal detector. The video is a little on the long side, but you will feel comfortable using this detector after watching this.
Check this gold nugget out! A guy in Ballarat Australia found this gold nugget in 2013 using a Minelab GPX5000. I don’ t know about you, but I would love to find one even a quarter of that size.
My Final Verdict
This is a serious metal detector and it has the capability to find some serious nuggets. Overall, this used to be my favorite metal detectors for a very long time, however, I understand that it isn’t for everyone and that it is very expensive, particularly for hobbyists.
That is why I put the Garrett ATX ahead of it in my top metal detector list. I feel as if the GPX5000 is almost exclusively meant for people who have been metal detecting for a while and know that they are serious about it. Your average first timer isn’t going to feel like the GPX5000 is an easy machine to use and it is priced very steeply. If you are an avid treasure hunter then I suspect you have seen people or even tried the GPX5000 for yourself and you know how powerful it can be when it is tuned properly.
Overall I think that this is a great detector – possibly one of the best, but just not good for beginners.