I ordered this metal detector for my son's birthday gift. My husband and I had researched these, and done lots of price comparisons. This is the best deal, all the way around. Metal Detectors with less than the features on this one, or even similar features- were way over our budget. I was skeptical about this one at first...the price seemed too good to be true. We tested it out on multiple types of metal, and it really does distinguish between metal types! As for the feature which allows detection of metals below the ground, that really is accurate as well. I was amazed. My son came in from testing it outside with his friends, with all kinds of coins and metal "things" they had just finished digging up. The earphones are a definite plus, and the tones that the detector sounds off really do fluctuate based on the metal type. The features listed are truly accurate, and it is well built. The carrying case is very handy, as well. I'd recommend this for the novice and beyond. Well built, features are accurate and reliable, and the price is absolutely the best - no question about it.