The Rutus Alter 71 has been around for a couple of years now, but late last year Rutus announced the new V.2.0 software upgrade, based on feedback from its users. I was really keen to see if it would make an already capable machine even better.
I had heard many good things about the Alter 71 from both social media and within my detecting circles and was fortunate to try out the machine towards the end of last year, running the original 1.1 software which I was very impressed with.
Recently there has been a lot of discussion about the software upgrade, so I was very interested to see what all the fuss was about. It is certainly impressive, with Rutus being a relatively small company, to see that they have genuinely listened to their customers’ feedback after the initial launch of the machine back in April 2017. As a result of this feedback, version 2.0 was launched in December 2018 and is now standard with all new Alter 71 machines. It is also available as an update from your nearest Rutus dealer simply for the cost of return postage.
So, What’s New with the Version 2.0 Software? Four Personal Programs
With the original 1.1 software you could only modify the original seven programs. Easy to do, but if you wanted to start over or go back to the original factory settings you lost the program you created. Now you can make four personal programs while still keeping the factory originals.