Whites Prizm IIPrice: $250
Based on 24 reviews
Avg. Durability: 5.00
Avg. Ease of use: 5.00
Whites Prizm II
All in all,it is a fun, easy to use, turn on and go machine. It will hold me until I can justify an M6 or XLT.
Poptop from Eastern North Carolina
Newbie gives 5 star Review to Prizm II
Here is my review:
The assembly of the unit is easy. Directions were clear and easy to follow. One thing I noticed in the directions is that is doesnt show where the Headphone jack is. It is located on the side of the box, there is a black pullout snap cover protecting the opening. The unit is well balanced also, which is very important at the end of a long day. It is not "top" or bottom" heavy and the arm cup is comfortable.
This unit is truly an ON and GO machine. Simply turn it on and you can go hunting, using factory settings for discrimination (factory presets eliminate iron and foil and standard sensivity is set) I found .56 in change including 2 clad quarters at 5 inches in my first 30 minutes at a local park. While the Prizm II lacks a depth indicator ,I still dont feel that for a beginner, a depth indicator (Prizm III) is necessary and I would rather save the $100 and spend it on books or gasoline, or use to buy a better dectector if I get hooked on the hobby, so that is why I didn't buy a Prizm III or IV. 2nd day out at a local man-made beach I found 13 coins (no quarters), 2 hot wheels, fishing sinkers, an old key and over 30 pull tabs. I dug all tab indications. The unit detect via motion sweeping, unless in pinpoint mode. When a target it indicated you get a distinct BEEP. To verify it is a true target, White suggests repeated BEEPS in both the forward and reverse swing to indicate repeatability of the signal. I found this works well.
I feel this unit will go 6-8 inches deep no problem, though i didnt go that deep for my finds as they were all shallower. The Pinpointing mode is very good, in the center of the coil, making it easy use.
Once a person understands what discrimation is and does and how it works (read as many books as you can on the subject), one can adjust it to suit his/her tastes. The control is easy to use. The sensitivity control is easy to use also, if you need to adjust it.
The digital display shows the type of treasure that is most likely to be dug up. At the time , as a newbie, I didnt realize that rings could and will likely show up in the tab range, but never the matter, i didnt miss any jewelry, because I dug all signals. Unfortunatly, I had only 2 days to use the Prizm II before winter snow storm that totalled 17 inches of snow over a 3 day period, sub zero temperatures, so I am afraid my hunting days are over until spring. I am very well satisfied with this unit, and I am hooked on the hobby. I will always keep this unit as a spare, if I decide to go with an update next year. I highly recommend this unit, especially if you can purchase it for between 150-$200.00.
Cary from South dakota
Prizm two is hot
But the 2 to 4 prizms have the same depth.
I use my unit in the all metal mode and can clock a dime at 7+ inchies not bad.
I get the XL PRO if I find old coins etc.
I also use the my prizm for the kiddie sandbox.
My XL PRO is for the very old and deeeeep stuff.
Go to www.firstontop.com click on the metal detector to see some of my finds.
The Prizm is light and eazy to use.
Learn to control how fast you sweep the coil.
I also get over 30 hours out of a 9v battry.
One big plus it is made in the USA.
Clondike Clad from Omaha Ne.
Ithink that this detector made a good first time machine and it led me into the world of detecting without being bombarded with menues and settings and such, It just let me get on with detecting and having fun while learning !!!
Rav from South yorkshire, UK
Mine's paid itself off already!
Matt from Chicagoland
Whites Prizm II
Leon from Utah
KEVIN from USA
Prism II- best beginner's detector
This detector will find any coin within 8" of the surface in topsoil or sand. Coins are dead meat and you won't miss any. If you are the first into an area you will clean it out and I don't care if the next guy has a Minelab Explorer II or DFX- he won't be finding much after you went in with the Prism II.
This detector only weighs 2.5 pounds- it's unbelievably light. My legs get tired from walking and my arm is still not tired of sweeping with it.
It will also detect large items to 16" in open air tests- and I have dug cans to that depth also. So the larger the item, the deeper it will go.
It has a great display and tone signal. The areas I'm in are full of trash so I run it with all disc. settings ON and max SENS. I've found this gives the most depth while weeding out all the pulltabs and bottle caps.
Washers will trick this detector- by that I mean hardware washers, nuts, etc. fasteners- will come up as quarters and half dollars on the display. But that is a small price to pay. In the last 2 weeks hardly using it at all- I found 30 coins and 6 relics- including old horse saddle buckles and horse/wagon harness parts- these were in the ground nearly 100 years as we've lived here since 1937 and never had horses- so these are from the late 1800's or early 1900's before cars were common- unreal !
I also found (2) fired pistol bullets 38 caliber with rifling marks in them, and a 303 Savage empty brass rifle casing- the 303 Savage is a discontinued caliber no longer chambered in any modern gun- that's neat.
Possibly will step up to a more powerful detector someday- but this is a great beginner's or kid's detector as the investment is small- and the rewards can be great. It will definitely pay for itself. This detector prefers virgin topsoil and sand, and works as good as ANY in those areas.
NEWBIE DETECTORIST from USA
The hot detector for the money
The PRIZM 2 IS A VERY GOOD UNIT FOR THE MONEY.
It will pick up a dime at 8inch deep.
This unit is very good for coins.
Anonymous from Nebraska
Nice machine for park hunting ...
It will not detect in wet salt water sand but does OK elsewhere.
Depth is about average for detectors in this price range.
Willee from CC Texas