Garrett Ace 200i Review – Good Entry Level Metal Detector

Garrett Ace 200iThe Garrett Ace 200i is a middle end metal detector. This metal detector may be a great pick if you consider to start detecting with 0 experience before, because it’s a great starter model with enough options to get started straight away.
I think that Garrett has become one of the leading manufacturers of novice and mid range metal detectors due to the practical use of their detectors, in short, plug and play.

I’m using the more advanced detector, 400i in my spare time and I’m a big fan of their products because they are so easy to use.

One of the reasons for the surge in popularity has been due to the line of Ace metal detectors.

The 200i stands as one of the entry-point machines for the brand, an upgrade from the previous Garrett Ace 150. The i just means international, in case you were wondering. There’s almost no difference between 200 and 200i versions, except the power plugs.

Let’s see just how well it held up against scrutiny.

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Design of Appearance of the Garrett Ace 200i

The overall appearance of the Garrett Ace 200i is quite similar to that of the Ace 150.

In fact, at first glance, you would be hard pressed to find any distinguishing features.

This includes the fact that both metal detectors are compatible with the 6.5″ x 9″ PROformance submersible searchcoil. The shaft connects the 200i control box as well as the armrest to the coil.

The metal detector is delivered to you in separate pieces.

However, you can easily set it up with no additional help or tools. The construction process simply involves fitting the pieces together using the pieces provided.

The 200i has been fitted with new Camlocks.

This ensures that the stem remains fixed together at all times, and provides an additional amount of stability. Once the setup has been completed, you can begin using the metal detector immediately.

The 200i does have headphone capability although there are no headphones offered with this kit.

While the 200i does not have a velcro clasp to keep the arm in place, the armrest is nevertheless quite comfortable.

Furthermore, there is padding for the forearm available as you adjust the settings on the control box. All in all, it is quite a comfortable metal detector to deal with.

Not to mention, it just weighs a measly 2.75 pounds.

The digital display is quite comprehensive yet user friendly with a clear screen and large buttons.

Despite the compact size of the control box, the display and buttons have been set up in a way that is easy and efficient to use.

Buttons and Modes of the Garrett Ace 200i

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Along with the LED display, the control box of the Garrett Ace 200i has three large buttons.

These are titled Power, Sensitivity, and Mode.

The display shows the Mode, battery level, Target ID Legend, Target ID Cursor, Discrimination Pattern, Digital Target ID, Sensitivity, and Coin Depth Indicator.

There are three pre-programmed Modes offered by the 200i. They are also known as discrimination patterns to help focus on particular types of materials while detecting. These are:

  • Zero-Disc Mode: in this mode, you are encouraging the detector to detect all types of metal. At this point, no material has been eliminated or left out. This is particularly useful when you are not entirely sure of what your intended target is or if you are experiencing an inconsistent signal.
  • Jewellery Mode: here, you are instructing the metal detector to ignore a majority of the iron junk items that you may come across. Instead, the detector is focused on objects such as rings, watches, and necklaces.
  • Coins Mode: with this mode, most of the items that are made of either iron or foil are ignored. What is detected instead are coins that are made from a variety of different materials.

Any of these modes can be chosen by repeatedly pressing on the Mode button until you arrive at your desired setting.

The Sensitivity button allows you to choose from four different levels. The higher the level, the deeper down you are able to search. It also works well with small objects.

Features and Performance of Garrett Ace 200i

One of the ways that the 200i has a leg up on the Ace 150 is with the audio features.

Now, they do share similar Tone ID. Depending on the conductivity of the metal that is being detected, you can expect to hear a corresponding signal.

There is a separate one for objects made from ferrous as well.

With the 200i, however, this feature is more advanced, with the audio being sharper and more responsive.

Yet another impressive feature is the Digital Target ID with a 0 to 99 scale.

This allows you to be able to have a better idea of precisely what it is the machine is detecting. It helps in determining target identity and in most instances tends to be more proficient than the Target ID Cursor.

This means that you are less likely to pick up trash or items that you weren’t even looking for.

While the number of sensitivity levels are lower than that of the Ace 250, they are still quite formidable.

What’s more, the varying sensitivity levels come in handy when the discrimination modes fail you. This can happen due to soil type, excessive amounts of trash, or other factors.

The increased sensitivity can help to overcome the unstable signals that you are receiving.

The The Sensitivity button coil can be submerged, at least a little, in water.

This makes the 200i a great metal detector to have around if you are headed to the beach or other wet regions.

You should, however, be aware that the control box and other components of the 200i are not waterproof.

Pros & Cons of the Ace 200i


  • A good upgrade from entry level detectors
  • Good sensitivity
  • Increased audio features
  • Submersible coil
  • Lightweight


  • Minimal number of modes
  • Few sensitivity levels

Final Verdict

At this price point, The Sensitivity button, especially if you are moving on from the Ace 150.

While it may not be on par with the more advanced and feature-heavy Ace 250, the 220i does have its strong points.

It is a great option for individuals who are looking to take their detecting more seriously but don’t want to be crippled by complicated settings and features.

This is a good quality metal detector that has an array of solid characteristics.

You have a higher chance of discriminating between high quality items and plain metallic ones.

You also have adequate sensitivity to help find items in an environment that may not necessarily be conducive to metal detectors.

Overall, this really is a solid piece of equipment to have in 2022.

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I’m one of the founders of this blog. A 32 yr old from Lincolnshire & proud father of 3 beautiful children. My first metal detector was a garret ace 150 but I am currently using the Garrett ace 400i. My best find was a roman coin. Feel free to ask me any questions.

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Si moore - October 23, 2017

Hi I have the 200i but I’m struggling to work the controls and not sure which mode is the best all rounder can u help?

Steve - October 24, 2017

I suggest you try out the Coins mode usually. When you have time, take it on the beach and change it to Jewellery mode. Something that I think it’s important is to make sure you have more than 60% battery because you can miss out hidden treasures due to low conductivity in the coil.

Stewart Chappell - June 4, 2018

Hi i am new to detecting can anyone justify the price difference between the ace250 and the 200I models from garret? Thanks STEWART chappell

    Steve - June 6, 2018

    Hi Stewart,
    The 250 version is an improvement over 200i, it has more search modes, 2 modes of discrimination of iron (vs 1) and an improved depth range (8 inches vs 4 inches). So when it comes to better metal detecting, I’ll suggest going with the 250 because it’s a small difference in price for all of that.

Jason - July 17, 2018

Just starting out detecting, what’s the best one for beginners?

    Steve - July 31, 2018

    Hi Jason, I think you already found one of the best models in the beginners area.

oelof - December 2, 2019

I do have a Garret ACE 200I ,want to put a bigger coil on witch size can I go for

    Steve - December 4, 2019

    Hi Oelof,
    From my research, it’s not really useful to upgrade the coil from the standard one in the 200i model.
    If that’s the issue that you are facing now, I highly suggest thinking about upgrading the metal detector.

Ashley - February 8, 2020

Hi Steve love the blog… I started of with a Garrett ace 200i but then moved to minelab equinox 800, I’m actually from Lincolnshire myself, if your up for a buddy day let me know I can take you on my farm

    Steve - February 11, 2020

    Thank you, Ashley!
    Sadly, I am travelling quite a lot and I’m not going to be anywhere near you, but I’ll keep that in mind!

Denise Gould - April 14, 2020

Hello. I just purchased my first metal detector. The Garrett 200i. Pretty excited to get started.

Billy - November 3, 2020

Just purchased a 200i for my wife’s Christmas, reality gold hunter programmes have been the catalyst for the purchase, let’s hope its not a fad…

Ian Usmar - December 17, 2022

I have a 200i but cannot find anything relating to A codes coming up on the screen ??

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