NOKTA MAKRO SIMPLEX+ We’d like to sincerely thank Detect-Ed for affording us the opportunity to review the new Simplex+ in the field. It’s very much appreciated.
OK, here are our findings….
First impressions was how lightweight it is, only 1.3kg (2,9lbs). This is definitely one of the lighter machines out there and a child could swing this all day without getting back or arm fatigue.
Assembly was ridiculously simple and only took us 2 minutes. The longest part was fitting the 11” DD coil with the washers and locking bolt, and that’s a one off as you won’t need to do it again unless you’re changing coils. Once that was done, the actual assembly of the machine took us literally 30 seconds. Anyone who’s ever used or assembled an XP Deus, will recognise straight away the similar shaped shafts, functionality, ease of assembly and smart locking cams. Well done Nokta, a big tick from us for that!
The shafts fully extends from a collapsed state of 63cm (25 inches) out to a whopping 132cm (52 inches), so the tallest users won’t find any issues with using this machine. Nokta appears to have added extra length to the shafts with these users in mind. Very clever. For those of us who are a bit closer to the ground, the two separate shaft segments and locking cams allow easy adjustment of the overall length all the way down to suit a child. The smart use of locking cams makes this adjustment only seconds to accomplish. We loved it.
We were very impressed with the simplistic approach Nokta took when designing the display functionality. The display itself is a 5.5cm square LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) and easy to see, especially for those of us bordering on antiquity. Navigating through the different settings is surprisingly easy; we didn’t even have to refer to the owner’s manual. Once we had a bit of a play around with it, it all made perfect sense. Anyone new to the hobby choosing this as their first machine will master it on day one; guaranteed, it’s that easy to use.
The Simplex+ comes with four (4) pre-set modes, All Metal, Park, Field and Beach. Changing between each is simply a matter of pushing the – and + buttons on the control panel. Each mode definitely produces a distinctly different performance.
Make no mistake, the pinpoint function on this machine is deadly accurate; to be honest, we were shocked. The front centre section of the coil is where your pinpoint area is. We particularly liked the pinpoint display on the screen, comprising four outer rings with a central dot (like a bulls-eye target). As you get closer to the target, the outer rings disappear, and the audible tone changes, leaving you with a dot and a squealing sound when you’re over the target. We found targets every single time where this pinpointed to dig.
A BIG tick from us Nokta, you nailed it.
Ground balancing is done automatically by the machine each time you put the coil to the ground and turn it on. It’ll continue to adjust automatically as you detect, so you’ll never have to worry about ground balancing again.
There is a manual ground balance option for those who want to fine-tune their settings. However, we found the auto feature perfect for our needs and didn’t even bother with the manual function.
Yes, this machine is fully waterproof, down to 3 meters (10 ft). We actually turned it on and dropped it into a spa bath full of water with the jets turned on at full strength and left it for an hour to simulate diving/surf conditions. It came through with flying colours. Very impressive.
Say goodbye to batteries! The Simplex+ is fitted with a built-in rechargeable long-life Lithium battery. It comes with its own power pack and cable, and you can also charge it off your PC, laptop or car charger. This seems to be the direction most of the higher-end manufacturers are going these days, so it was nice for to Nokta adopt this feature.
The Simplex+ comes standard with a good-sized, fully waterproof 28cm (11 inches) Nokta Makro double D coil, complete with a coil cover. It’s very robust, can take plenty of knocks and is a good fit for the Simplex+.
It comes standard with a headphone adaptor cable that screws into the back of the control box allowing you to plug your standard headphones in. It also comes with a wireless option, however, it only works with Nokta headphones. We tried three different brands and none would pair with it. So, if you’re looking for wireless headphone functionality, and who isn’t, make sure you buy the package deal with the headphones included, it’s cheaper in the long run.
The Simplex+ is a big step up from the entry-level Go-Find range of detectors. We do like the Go-Finds and have recommended them to our members for a long time. However, this is just the next level up in quality and functionality at around the same money.
Having said that, it’s no Equinox, so don’t think this is a competitor, it’s most certainly not. It is a very well-priced, well designed and well-built treasure hunting machine well suited to land and sea, with very impressive functionality for the price.
The market range this machine represents was once dominated by the stunningly successful Xterra 705 by Minelab. It’s still the most widely used machine in Australia today. We believe we’re seeing its successor.
If you’re new to the hobby and wondering about what machine to start off with, wonder no more. The new Simplex+ IS what you’re looking for, you’ll thank us later.
Our rating – 8/10