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Wireless Radar Detectors! How They Work?

Imagine you buy a radar detector, get into your car and stick the detector onto the windshield to discover that the cigarette lighter cleverly located at the back of the console requires a detector cord three feet longer than what you have. In this case three things can be done; re-engineering the entire electric system of the car (overboard), Fabricate a longer power cord for the radar detector (mild, but why bother) or get a wireless radar detector(best approach to solving problem).

Improvements in the manufacturing technology of Radar detectors have seen newer versions smaller, more digital and cordless. It is important to be cordless, mobility is enhanced and this safeguards against laws which prohibit objects on the windshield.

A radar detector in general is an uncomplicated device used by motorist to detect police radar. Radar fundamentally works by bouncing a radio signal off of an object, thus any receiver tuned to the same frequency can detect the signal and often at a greater range than the radar unit itself can detect the reflected signals. There are many different detectors on the market, with varying sensitivity and different options, but they are all fundamentally radio receivers. So in actual sense it is a radio tuned to the same frequencies as police radar.

Why wireless radar detectors

All over the US corded detectors are the most common and their fundamental feature of being mounted on a windshield by using suction cups makes them the most regulated form of radar detector.  Wireless detectors are more of the new generation kind of detectors. It can be placed anywhere in the car meaning a cleaner form of installation.

Most wireless radar detectors come with new cutting edge technology that brings them to this new digital age of ours. This means there is a higher probability of wide-brand frequency detection. This is the essence of the detector; if for a moment the radar detector is unable to detect the frequencies used by the police then it is no better than a useless radio device.

Modern features would mean a detector equipped with GPS systems. This is very useful in that it increases the consciousness of the detector; if we are concerned about the police and safety then a detector with a GPS system incorporated is very important. It allows the detector know and be able to alert on how fast the vehicle is travelling when any radar activity is detected.

Radar detector laws

Except for Virginia and Washington D.C, the use of radar detectors is legal all over the US and this is so because they are not regulated, there isn’t one legislative document out rightly making it illegal. However California, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey and Pennsylvania prohibit the mounting of objects on the windshield. This makes it illegal to use radar detectors that require mounting onto the windshield in these mentioned states. It should be noted that this applies to passenger vehicles. As concerns commercial vehicles weighing over 10, 000 Ibs there is a federal law prohibiting their use without exception. It is very important to have this in mind before going out to buy a radar detector, so you can know what kind to buy or if you aren’t to buy it at all.

Police radar

To completely understand how wireless radar detectors work it is absolutely important to know how police radar works. This will help in understanding the features that are a must have by the detector you so desire.

The day-to-day police radar is the radar gun, which is a hand held device used by pointing at a vehicle and pulling the trigger, the speed of the vehicle is immediately displayed on the screen of the radar gun and we know the rest if we are in violation.

In comparison to modern wireless radar detectors, most modern police radar guns use what is called the k-band, which was introduced in the late ‘70s. These guns have a range of about a quarter mile and can be detected anywhere within two miles depending on the conditions. The ka-band was introduced later, toward the end of the ‘80s, and uses an even shorter wavelength. This is the same band used by photo-radar machines and is also where most recent radar development has been focused, including the development of the so-called "stalker" guns which can only be detected by sweeping the entire ka-band, not just the portion used by photo-radar. Police radar originally used the x-band, which is a much lower frequency, but it has been largely phased out.

Police radar uses the Doppler Effect to measure speed. This simply means wave lengths get shorter as the source comes closer and longer as it goes away. So, the closer it moves it effectively raises the frequency. This in effect gives a perfect estimate of the speed of the vehicle

Complaints

The radar detector is about knowing where the police have focused their speed enforcement efforts and not a license to speed with impunity or guarantees invincibility while speeding. The cordless operation of the radar detector exacts some compromises because of battery life. This has forced designers to walk a tightrope while designing the wireless radar detector because incorporating all sensitivity features means lowering the longevity of battery life. This may affect efficiency as sensitivity has to be regulated and in some cases compromised

The new radar detectors might be a little bit pricier than the most we are used to and it might not be invisible from radar detector detectors. This might bring unwanted Police attention and might in a larger sense prove a certain intention to speed.

Because it is not placed on the windshield this reduces the height advantage and reduces the accuracy in detecting the police radar due to the obstruction from the vehicle’s metal.

Conclusion

Thought modern wireless radar detectors might be more expensive to use. The flexibility in its usage and its improvement in wide-brand frequency detection is essential to all radar detectors and this is what it brings to the table as a fact.

Beltronics GT-7 Radar Detector ! An Insightful Review

With the new Beltronics GT-7 Radar detector  is all about maximizing your own experience on the road while also ensuring safety. Essentially a hand me down passport max from Beltronics sister concern Escort, our own view on how it works and what it’s all about is on really about how it works, what kind of performance you can expect from it and at the end of the day if it’s feasible. On the outset it is fair to say that Beltronics is making an attempt in order to make a statement – with its striking outward design the reliable hardware and what not it’s priced at a fair range of $499, considering that the Passport Max is a bit upmarket at $549 – the Beltronics GT-7 Radar Detector is surely worth it and also includes a couple of other improvements as well.

If it really comes down to sibling rivalry – The Beltronics GT-7 Radar Detector wins the Line!

TESTING AND PERFORMANCE:

Most common to all radar detectors is the ability to pick up signals in time, performance and this factor out weighs all other aspects. For instance if you aren’t able to detect a police radar just in time to avoid getting a ticket – it’s fair to say you might as well throw it out the window. On the other hand it also depends on your priorities as well, you might not want a radar which beeps each time it picks up let’s say a stray radar signal. The downside of an overly accurate radar is that it’ll beep and chirp all the time, and you’ll probably end up phasing out alarms just when the real one comes along – now that isn’t a pretty picture.

With the Beltronics GT-7 Radar Detector what you pay for is what you get, having tested side by side against a top radar detector pick worth just under $200, we used the device on multiple road trips including between cities and interstate as well.

The Beltronics GT-7 Radar Detector in all its glory incorporates the digital signal processing circuitry, now this isn’t anything new you can find the same system on the Escort Passport Max line as well, needless to say both devices did a great job at not only picking up in time but also at early detection of providing alerts for both K and KA radar bandwidth, at the same time they also greatly reduced false alarms. Another great feature is the collision avoidance system from other vehicles – the GT-7 is a stellar performer in this field to.

Having tested it against the market leaders and brands you’d probably find at the top of the metaphorical shelf at a store, the Beltronics GT-7 Radar Detector out-weighs all. To find a balance however the bottom line for the customer might be price of the equipment, but then again considering the quick response and extra features, we’d say it is probably worthwhile dishing out that extra bit of money in order to enjoy a number of extras.

During my testing, I did encounter an odd bug. While driving through long tunnels the GT-7 does tend to either get non-responsive or just completely shut down. In our experience the display went completely dark and there was no sound or beep to warn us of this as well. However the good news is that a spokesperson from both Beltronics and Escort assured us that this bug had been fixed via a simple software update. Now that is good news! But in the spirit of giving an honest and straight forward review we just thought we’d mention it for those out there who were wondering what just happened – all you need do folks is upgrade your software.

BUILD AND FEATURES:

Now let’s move on the features and what can you actually expect from your Beltronics GT-7 Radar Detector, needless to say it is a full-featured detector and has numerous customization options. The downside? Well those of you who are familiar with the Passport Max will know that this is probably nothing new and that the two devices are essentially the same to a certain extent identical. There might just be a few small tweaks and the like when considering certain modes but overall there is nothing notably different.

So – does it really drill down to consumer usability ease? After all if the features are all the same than why choose a different devices? Well – it’s not up to us really but we should mention that there is a difference in pricing for both the devices.

With the Beltronics GT-7 Radar Detector you will find that it is able to detact all radar and laser used by US law enforcement agencies these include bands across X, K,  Ka, Ka-POP and TSR – just to add in our experience the device did so with ease. A further benefit we’d thought we’d mention is that you are able to adjust detection for each band independently and they can be turned on or off as per you’re requirements as well, this is of course put into place to match the types of detection used in your area and at the same time also reduce false alarms.

Another feature of the GT-7 is that you are able to adjust sensitivity in order to balance alert spend which reduces false alarms while on highway. In our own experience we tested using Auto No X and found alert times to be excellent with a notable reduction in false alarms from inner city driving. With a Built-in GPS which also allows you to lock out static false alarm areas, the GT-7 does deserve extra brownie points in this area.

Moving on – it is worthwhile mentioning that the GT-7 has Escort's built-in Defender database of known red light and speed cameras. This gives you a leverage, meaning that the GT-7's GPS is able to provide timely alerts. We’ve found the database to be accurate and up to date even in cities who have in the past depended upon red light cameras. Purchasers get three months of Defender updates, after which they must purchase a subscription which comes up to $19.95 for one year or $39.95 for three.

It might just be worthwhile mentioning at this point that there is one side effect of using the red light camera warning on the highway – they usually detect nearby red lights and come up with false alarms. Fortunately these false alarms are way too obvious thus making it easy for you to pretty much ignore them.

The GT-7 can be paired to the Escort Live services, however this means yet another subscription at $49.99 per year. An upside to this is the smartphone app which connects with Escort Live services for real-time updates and over speed warnings, these are based on actual speed limits for the vicinity you are travelling within. Like the Max, connecting to Escort Live requires purchasing the optional Smart Cord Live for $99.95, putting the GT-7 at the same price as the $599.95 Passport Max 2, which uses built-in Bluetooth to connect the detector and smartphone for Escort Live. But if you are tech savvy, you will find other apps in the market which allow you to do the same with the GT-7 – we’d recommend WAZE – try it out!

To wrap it up let’s give the display a once over, the Beltronics GT-7 Radar Detector has an easy to read display ad that to in all lightening conditions. It can provide you with numerous options and the choice to choose between what informational alert data to show and when as per your requirements and convenience. The color scheme on the display can be changed as well between copper, red, green or blue, it also provides a heads-up speed indicator on the display. This feature is there to alert you when you exceed a certain speed limit.  And there are four display information configurations modes that provide varying levels of technical details about detected threats.

 

Escort Max ll HD Radar Detector review

What makes Escort Max II HD Radar Detector The Best Choice?

In all available radar detectors, there are few that would guarantee an absolute worry-free experience while driving than the Escort Max II HD Detector. It incorporates in its system modern and cutting-edge technology to meet up with today’s fast-evolving technology enriched world.
It has built-in Bluetooth technology, giving access to Escort’s award-winning app. ESCORT LIVE make your life much easier. The app gives access to a shared database of radar hits and red-light camera locations. Escort Max II HD covers the all major and best-known frequencies used by law enforcement.

So the frequencies like X-band, K-band, a-band, and laser cannot evade the Max II’s detection. You don’t have to sweat yourself if you can’t drive 60, Escort Max II HD Radar Detector has got you covered those obstacles much more efficiently. It just doesn’t end here like weekly updates are available through the app that keeps you alert and informs you of all what is happening in North America on the road.All these handy features put up the Escort Max II on top-rated radar detectors List at the top.

The Escort Max II HD Radar Detector comes in different graphic displays and the new multi-color graphics display is breathtaking. Brilliant new graphics illuminate intuitive icons that identify the type of threat at a glance. In addition, user-selectable backlit colors allow you choose a color that works best with your vehicle's interior gauges, in addition to these it is worthy of noting that all displays using speed limit data are connected to Escort Live
Feedback from most if not all its users has testified that the Max II is currently the best in filtering out dynamic/moving false K (and even Ka) band ON PAR/equal footing with Escort's competitors (namely Valentine and it's V1).

And it is noteworthy  that every radar detector currently on the market struggles with dynamic/moving false radar emissions such as collision avoidance systems installed on modern cars and have, as of current, only use tricks such as desensitizing the unit slightly, or making the unit slower to alert to deal with this growing problem. This problem will only get worse as more and more cars are manufactured, bought and used with this technology as time goes on. So we all need to commend the Max II for standing out from the rest.

FEATURES

  •  Artificial intelligence protection uses auto learn technology to aid in rejecting unwanted door openers and other fixed position false alarms.
  •  Build in Bluetooth technology. ESCORT LIVE
  •  Live Database
  •  Fastest response and remarkable accuracy
  •  Web-ready
  •  Clear Voice alerts
  •  Coiled Smartcard
  •  Direct Wire Smart Cord
  •  SHIFTER ZR4™ Laser Shifting System
  •  Replacement detector cases
  •  Flexible: can be set up for your specific type of driving and personal preference

PROS

  •  Good sensitivity
  • Handy speed notifications
  • Eliminates false positives
  • The Escort Max II Radar Detector exhibits excellent radar detection even beyond line-of-sight.
  • It works with an app and includes a shared database of radar hits and red-light camera locations.
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Comes with a simple and user-friendly design
  • Can immediately respond to brief radar bursts
  • Provides distinct audible alerts for every band signals detected
  • Saves the user’s personalized settings when the device is turned off
  • Effectively reduces annoyance caused by false alerts
  • Displays the most important signal when it detects one
  • Has a remarkable detection range and increased field of view
  • Can detect radar signals from the front, sides, and rear

CONS

  •  The bulky casing is more than obvious when attached to your windshield.
  • The app lacks detailed information about radar hits.
  • Quite Expensive

SUMMARY

It doesn’t a surprise for manufactures as well informed buyers opt for the Escort Max II HD Detector over and above all other radar detectors. With the addition of its internal Bluetooth technology Passport MAX II radar detector is simply faster, detect longer range with high accuracy compared to its previous companions.The regular feedback is the fact that it gives good value to the money spent.
It is worthy to note that sophisticated intelligence is a bonus added to its ticket- protecting skills. Incorporated in it is a patented AutoLearn Technology which makes use of the GPS and frequency to perform the task like reject unwanted door openers and other fixed position false alarms. So it doesn’t have as aim to only protect you from a ticket but any other misshaping.

VERDICT

Bottom line is The Escort Passport Max II will accurately let you know when law enforcement has set up a speed trap with active radar. The fact that it uses modern cutting-edge technology makes it very user-friendly and easy to use for everyone especially for your younger ones who are always tempted to go above the limit. Having it as a part of the car may make the user feel lost without it. It is absolutely very useful and even though the price may seem high and its high visibility on your dashboard might create unwanted attention, the life-saving job it does cannot be quantified enough and its high visibility seems to be a reminder of how essential it is, as the car would evidently look strange without its availability.

Radar Detector Laws! Is Radar Detector Legal?

Most drivers have been at a particular point in their driving experience, when we ask ourselves “how can I beat the ticket.” It is pretty easy if you understand the intricacies of being caught for exceeding speed limits in the first place. It is well known that the police officer issuing the ticket used a laser gun to detect the car speed. Out of the genius of our minds, the radar detector came to being.

They alert motorist and let them know if their speed is being monitored by a police using a laser gun, cool isn’t it. By using it motorist are able to reduce the car’s speed before ticketed for speeding. However because of the several implications of this devise and the fact that it can affect certain radio frequencies, is radar detector legal to use it in some states and on military property throughout the entire country? Let dig it a bit.

FEDERAL LAWS ON RADAR DETECTORS
Federal laws carry with them wider applicability, this notwithstanding speed limits vary in various states making it difficult for strict federal laws to be enacted on the topic, so they do so in a much broader legal manner.

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Communications Act OF 1934
The piece of legislation passed by congress in 1934 with which intent lied on interstate and foreign commerce on the regulation of wire and radio transmissions has been given a progressive interpretation by the Federal courts to include the legal foundation for states to regulate devices such as radar detectors. Detractors from this approach argued that the law is a response to national defense issues caused the evolution of foreign and domestic advancements of monitoring technologies. Whereas proponents postulate that interstate commerce provisions of the 1934 ACT applies to radar detectors because a lot of commercial entities make use of it.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
The FCC as a federal government agency has respected is boundaries as purview over radio detectors is ceded to the states. However the FCC has tried to impose a general legal language as it applies to radio devices such as, ham radios, as well as other devices that can receive police transmitted frequencies. Be as it may since 1993 when the broad legal language was incorporated into a handful of regulations, no court has made a connection between ham radio receivers and radar detectors.

STATES AND RADAR DETECTOR LAWS                                                                      

Windshield mount laws
There are five states that are against mounting devices on the windshield that can be seen by lawful authority to impair the vision of the driver:

  • California
  • Minnesota
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • Florida.

There is a little twist to this because except for Minnesota that specifically bans radio detectors hanging from the windshield the rest bans anything hanging from the windshield. Take note that these states do not specifically ban the owning and using of a radar detector. It just happens that most radar detectors are used and best suited to be placed at the windshield. Citizens of the Sun Shine State of Florida have taken a class action against the windshield mounting law and no conclusive ruling has been reached on it yet.

Commercial Vehicles
ALL 50 states and the District of Colombia in the US prohibit the use of Radar Detectors on commercial vehicles. States specify the weight of the commercial vehicle and in some cases all vehicles above a certain weight are also prohibited. The states of Illinois and New York cap theirs at 10 000 pounds for commercial vehicles and 18000 pounds for all vehicles. In this regard, commercial vehicles above 10000 pounds and all vehicles over the weight of 18000pounds are prohibited from using the radar detectors.

RADAR DETECTOR LAWS IN VIRGINIA AND DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Virginia and Washington D.C are unique when it comes to Radar detectors. Not only is it illegal to use it in Virginia and D.C it is illegal to be in possession of it or for traders to trade in radar detectors. The reason for this in the state and territory is because radar detectors interfere with federal government transmitted electronic waves. Military vehicles are the only exception in using radar detectors in both jurisdictions. The penalty when found guilty of using one varies; it becomes aggravated by prior offences committed by the offender.

In 1998 there was an attempted federal move restrict the use of Radar Detectors but the move didn’t gain the momentum to be able to make it to the floor. The restriction thus remains under the control of all states. No state out rightly makes radar detectors illegal except Virginia and Washington D.C. other states have restrictions that limits its use and particular models.

It is very important for everyone to stay abreast with laws restricting devices like Radar Detectors as well the introduction of such legislation, not forgetting case law interpreting laws that may apply to Radar Detectors. Why we all should watch out is because traffic citations bring in revenue to states, therefore it would not be a surprise to see cash strapped states make the move to out rightly ban radar detectors. The fines that come out of from speeding have become a lucrative source of income for local and state governments.

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Top Undetectable Radar Detector Models

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Having an undetectable radar detector is an important aspect of car ownership that you should consider since this can protect you against radars and lasers used by speed enforcers. In addition to that, having this places you a step ahead from law enforcers since they cannot easily detect that you are using a radar detector.

But due to the increasing number of available options, you need to be extra cautious in selecting the detector to purchase. For best results, you can conduct a comprehensive search about the top products sold in the market. To simplify things, you can also consider any of the following models.

  • Cobra ESD7570
  • Escort RedLine Radar Detector
  • Whistler XTR-540 Cordless Radar Detector
  • Radenso XP Radenso Pro M Extreme Laser Detector
  • Uniden R3 Extreme Long Range Radar Laser Detector
  • Dealstock 360 Degree Anti-police GPS Car Radar Detector
  • COBRA ESD-9275 - 9 Band Laser Radar Detector

    Cobra ESD7570 9-Band Performance Radar/Laser Detector

    The Cobra ESD7570 9-Band Performance Radar/Laser Detector is a bestselling undetectable radar detector. It comes with dimensions of 2.7x1.3x4.1 inches and weighs about 4.3 ounces.

    Aside from its compact, portable and lightweight design, the detector is admired for its capability to detect all radar and laser bands used in Canada and US.

    It provides a 360-degree protection from laser signals and features an UltraLight Data Display. The product comes with the city and highway modes that allow you to select its operating mode and significantly reduce the frequency of false alarms when the detector-equipped car is driven on densely populated areas.

    On top of that, the Cobra ESD7570 9-Band Performance Radar/Laser Detector comes with a design that enables it to remain undetectable to VG-2 and Spectre 1 radar detector detectors.

    Given this feature, you can confidently use this while driving without the need to worry that you will be caught off guard in case the speed enforcers are using any of the radar detector detectors at their disposal.

    Escort RedLine Radar Detector

    The Escort RedLine Radar Detector is another recommended undetectable radar detector that you should consider. It comes with dimensions of 3x3x3 inches and a weight of about 1.6 pounds.

    The Redline is currently known as one of the most sensitive radars and laser detector in the market. It is designed to detect known radar bands like the full K, X, and even the SuperWide Ka. It is also equipped with the technology that allows it to provide a 360-degree laser protection.

    The device is equipped with the Digital Signal Processing feature that enables it to offer a relatively long range and significantly reduce false alarms.

    On top of that, the Escort RedLine Radar Detector features the company’s TotalShield RF technology that makes it ultimately undetectable to the latest versions of radar detector detectors particularly the Spectre and the VG-2.

    Whistler XTR-540 Cordless Radar Detector

    The Whistler XTR-540 Cordless Radar Detector is also among the bestselling undetectable radar detector in the market at present. The device is a preferred option for buyers since it is very compact and comes with dimensions of 4.9x3.1x1.4 inches.

    It is also among the lightest with a weight of 9 ounces. Aside from its compact and lightweight design, it can provide you with full band radar and 360-degree laser protection. It is also among the few cordless detectors that are powered by 3 AA batteries and can function for 15 straight hours.

    In addition to that, the Whistler XTR-540 Cordless Radar Detector comes with user-friendly functions, very clear LCD and POP detection mode. This is also equipped with Whistler’s patented VG-2 cloaking technology that allows it to remain invisible from the VG-2 radar detector detectors.

    Aside from providing the needed invisibility, the device can also alert you to the presence of such radar detector detectors.

    Radenso XP & Radenso Pro M Extreme Radar & Laser Detector

    User's giving radenseo xpRadenso Pro M Extreme five stars for its tremendous performance on the road, it alerts you up to several miles away from the actual trap.It can remember mostly encountered false alerts and never alert you to them again during your regular everyday route.it has the ability to automatically mute when it goes under speed selected by the user.

    This technology called GPS Lockouts for False Alerts.It has already earned a reputation for the Best all around detector! with the quietest radar detector available in the world.

    Its stealth technology which shields it totally from Radar detector detectors makes an excellent choice for the range of top undetectable radar detectors.
    it can detect even very Low power K band based detection camera, sensors, threats really efficiently.

    it comes with Windshield Suction Cup mount thus, you don't need to buy it separately, with a free software update make them a perfect on the road companion for a worry-free travel experience.

    Radenso Pro M Extreme Range comes with a Preloaded database includes more than 6000 red light and speed camera locations.
    it has a built-in USB port which allows free monthly updates, that you can do at home to ensures that your detector remains always Up to the Date.

    Uniden R3 Extreme Long Range Radar Laser Detector

    Uniden R3 Extreme is another Superstar with "Spectre Elite undetectable technology" make your road experience much pleasant by alerting you the coming
    Red light camera alerts, Spead traps, radar guns.It has functionality the Mute memory false alerts, ability to mark the location by the user and keep it into its database.
    It offers an Extreme radar sensitivity for mostly common detection band used by the law enforcement agencies, based on the most advanced 360 Degree Digital Signal Processor with all the key features of the best radar detector like no false alarm, easy to operate, long range, price and the beautiful design.

    Dealstock 360 Degree Anti-police GPS Car Radar Detector

    The list of the undetectable radar detector models that you should consider will never be complete without mentioning about the Dealstock 360 Degree Anti-police GPS Car Radar Detector.

    This is because the device is quite effective in detecting radars in the area where the vehicle is driven and equipped with a laser eye that provides a 360-degree protection against lasers. It has the capability to detect both mobile and stable radar speed monitors situated about 2000-2500 meters ahead.

    Finally, it is fitted with the most advanced technologies that allow it to remain invisible to almost all known types of radar detector detectors used by speed enforcers in every place all over the US and Canada.

    COBRA ESD-9275 - Safety Alert & LaserEye Radar Detector

    Relatively a new detector from cobra which is gaining popularity for its high-quality detection while remaining undetectable to the other law enforcement equipment. The price is very reasonable as well and fits easily within every budget.
    Here are some basic features it offers:

    360-degree detection - by using well-known laser eye feature it covers more area to detect speed traps.
    Undetectable - Provides complete invisibility to Spectre I radar and VG-2 type detector-detectors
    Alerts- the user when they come under the surveillance of VG-2 radar detector-detectors and remain completely undetectable to the detectors.
    Signal Strength Meter- Shows the user the distance while approaching to the trap or vice versa.
    Auto Mute- has the option to automatically mutes the alert tone for driver's convenience.

    COBRA ESD-9275 - Safety Alert & LaserEye Radar Detector could be an excellent choice with low-budget folks as it has reported to the tremendous performance on the road if we compare the cost with high-end radar detectors.

Common Features of a Good Radar Detector

Common Features of a Good Radar Detector

Getting a good radar detector can be considered as a good investment. This is because doing so provides you with the needed protection against radars and lasers commonly used for speed enforcement.

Given the said benefits, it is really important for you to get the best radar detector in the market. But due to increasing number of options in the market, selecting the best from what is available might be difficult.

Fortunately, you can simplify the selection process by looking at the common features of a good radar detector such as the following.

Longer Detection range

Radar detectors are basically used to alert drivers of the presence of radar and laser signals used by traffic police to apprehend motorists who are driving beyond the prescribed speed.

Due to this, go for a radar detector with a longer radar detecting range. This is because such device can provide prompt alerts and ample time to reduce speed before getting into trouble with speed enforcers.

Although a lot of radar devices claim that they provide longer detecting range, go for the models that can provide alerts at least a mile away from the sources of the radar or laser signals detected.

But since the detector’s range varies depending on presence of obstacles in a particular area, go for the products with “highway” and “city” mode since these can be adjusted to meet the possible challenges present on the area where the vehicle is driven.

POP-detecting Feature

Speed enforcers are now using radar guns with POP modes to deal with motorists who use radar detectors. This is because the POP mode allows the radar guns to send short signals that a lot of radar detectors cannot pickup.

Due to this, it is important for you to consider the idea that a good radar detector should include a POP-detecting feature. By having a device which is equipped with this feature, you will surely avoid getting a speeding ticket from enforcers who use POP-equipped radar guns.

Portable

The portability of a radar detector is another important feature that you should consider in during the selection process sense a portable device provides a lot of useful features.

First this characteristic allows you to conveniently position the device in areas such as the dashboard and windshield. Second, a very portable and cordless detector can be easily transferred from one car to another making it a top option among drivers who are fond of switching cars regularly.

On top of that, you can easily conceal a portable detector when it is needed to be hidden or kept to prevent speed enforcers from discovering that you are using such device.

GPS Navigation Equipped

Many experts agree that a detector which is equipped with the GPS navigation is better compared to those that are not sold along with such feature.

This is because the GPS technology is one of the features that enable the device to provide warnings and possibly the actual positions of potential sources of threats such as the red traffic lights, fixed speed cameras mounted on strategic areas and other speed traps employed by the authorities.

In addition to that, a radar detector with GPS Navigation can help you free some space from the car’s dashboard as well as help reduce your expenses.

Instead of buying a separate GPS navigation device to aid you during the drive and incur additional expenses, you will just need to activate the said function on the device to obtain the needed navigation assistance.

Can Detect All Radar and Laser Bands

Finally, you should also understand that a good radar detector is capable of detecting all radar and laser bands present in the areas where you drive the car. A lot of experts view this as an important feature since it allows the device to provide you with warnings upon detecting different laser and radar bands.

Thus, you will not be caught off-guard in the event that the speed enforcers in particular area are using radar guns that make use of different bands. For best results, you can go for the models that provide rear and front protection since this will keep you protected from all sides.

Whistler LR-300GP Laser Radar Detector

Whistler LR-300GP Laser Radar Detector

The Whistler LR-300GP Laser Radar Detector is one of the popular radar detector models sold in the market today. Because the product comes with an intelligent GPS technology and a total laser detection feature.

In addition to that, it has the capability to eliminate various alerts generated by detecting traffic low sensors that are radar based that can confuse its user.

The device is also admired for effectively providing the needed protection against X-band, K-band, SuperWideBand Ka and laser.  On top of that, it features an advanced speed detection function that enables it to respond to short radar bursts.

Features

  • Sold with dimensions of 7.8x2x6.1 inches
  • Weighs about 9.6 ounces
  • Has an internal GPS that generate red light and speed camera alerts
  • Capable of detecting lasers such as the Laser Ally™, Laser Atlanta Stealth ® mode and LTI TruSpeed ®S
  • Comes with a bright OLED that vividly displays some of the most important detection information
  • Has 3 city modes and 1 highway mode
  • Has quiet and auto quiet modes
  • Features a number of selectable tone alerts
  • Comes with a VG-2 detection function
  • Offered with a Traffic Low Signal Rejection function
  • Has a manually-controlled display brightness
  • Can detect radar signals from the front, sides and rear

Pros

  • Lightweight and compact
  • Comes with a simple and user-friendly design
  • Can immediately respond to brief radar bursts
  • Provides distinct audible alerts for every band signals detected
  • Saves the user’s personalized settings when the device is turned off
  • Provides a 360-degree laser and radar protection
  • Informs the user of the locations of highway safety transmitters
  • Effectively reduces annoyance caused by false alerts
  • Displays the most important signal when it detects two or more
  • Has a longer detection range and increased field of view
  • Sold at a decent price

Cons

  • Provided protection is limited to few radar bands
  • Product availability is quite limited
  • Might not be sold along with a warranty
  • Might not be eligible for shipping in some countries

Summary

A lot of buyers who are in need of radar detectors prefer the Whistler LR-300GP Laser Radar Detector over the other available options since it is very lightweight, compact and very durable.

The detector comes with a simple design and very user-friendly. It is capable of providing a 360-degree radar and laser protection, has an internal GPS that provides red light and speed camera alerts and offers a longer detection range.

On top of that, the Whistler LR-300GP Laser Radar Detector can detect the presence of the VG-2, a known radar detector detector.

Comparison

The Whistler LR-300GP Laser Radar Detector is definitely one of the best products in its class at present. However, many buyers also consider the Cobra Electronics SPX 5500 and the beltronics PRO200 8X Range as their other top pick.

This is because both of these are reliable, portable and capable of providing the needed protection against radars and lasers employed for speed enforcement. In addition to that, the two radar detectors are sold in prices that consumers will have no problem coping with.

The Cobra Electronics SPX 5500 comes with dimensions of 1.3x2.8x4.2 inches and has a weight of about 4 ounces. According to its producer the SPX 5500 is designed to provide a longer detection range and faster warning time compared to some of its Cobra siblings.

In addition to that, it is made of the most advanced and high-grade military components to provide a phenomenal performance. Aside from that, the Cobra Electronics SPX 5500 is also equipped with more useful features such as the tone/voice alerts, signal strength-measuring meter, Ku-band detection, highway filtering modes to avoid false alarms and VG-2 radar detector detectors.

The beltronics PRO200 8X Range on the other hand can be had with dimensions of 4.8x2.8x1.2 inches and a weight of about a pound. It comes with an improved level of sensitivity which is about 8 times that of the other imported detector models.

Not only that, it features an AutoScan and Traffic Sensor Rejection technology that rejects unwanted and false alerts. The product is also regarded as an ideal device since it provides clearer voice alerts to its user without the need for the latter to take his eyes from the road when driving.

Finally, the device comes with a bright and very visible display that can be easily read from all angles.

Verdict

After examining the features of the radar detectors discussed earlier, one can readily conclude that the Whistler LR-300GP Laser Radar Detector is the best option among the three since it is equipped with all the needed radar and laser protection features. It is also the cheapest but comes with added functions that make it easier to use and effectively transmit timely alerts to its user. The Cobra Electronics SPX 5500 can be considered as the second best option by providing most of the SPX 5500’s function at a relatively higher price. Finally, the beltronics PRO200 8X Range proves to be the third best choice since it bundles almost all of the features of the first two products. However, this is sold at an expensive price and the difference is quite high.

Valentine One Radar Detector

Valentine One Radar Detector

The Valentine One Radar Detector is currently known as one of the best-performing radar detectors in the market. This is because it is equipped with a lot of standard features that the buyers expect from a good radar detector.

In addition to that, the Valentine One Radar Detector comes with a compact, portable and durable construction that makes it an ideal device for motorists who wish to obtain the needed protection against speed enforcers.

Finally, a lot of buyers decide to go for this product despite of its relatively expensive price since it is among the few radar detectors that are equipped with multiple antennas.

Features

  • Has dimensions of 6x2.5x4 inches
  • Weighs about 1.7 pounds
  • Comes with two radar antennas
  • Designed to detect almost all types of radar units
  • Ideal for detecting X,K,Ka and Super Wideband Ka signals
  • Provides the information about the band and strength of the radar signal it detects
  • Indicates the directions of the sources of signals it detects
  • Features an excellent laser reception
  • Equipped with updateable hardware and software
  • Features an arrow-shaped directional indicators
  • Provides 360-degree protection against different types of laser
  • Equipped with the Ku band detection feature

Pros

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Portable and durable
  • Made of high-grade components
  • Provides laser protection on all sides of the vehicle
  • Has rear-facing and front-facing radar antennas
  • Provides the user with notifications regarding the band and strength of radar signals detected
  • Can pinpoint the directions where the signals are coming from
  • Can be conveniently mounted and detached from the windshield
  • Does not easily gets obsolete
  • Provides information about the number of radar units within range

Cons

  • Sold at a relatively higher price
  • Lacks the technology that can conceal it from detector detecting devices
  • Software and hardware updates are not offered for free
  • Might not be eligible for shipping in some countries
  • Lacks the digital display that other cheaper radar detector models have
  • Product availability is quite limited

Summary

Although the Valentine One Radar Detector is sold at a relatively higher price, many buyers still prefer to buy this despite of the availability of cheaper models since it is equipped with two antennas that detect radar signals in front and rear.

The product is also features a 360-degree protection against lasers. On top of that, it provides information of the band, strength and the direction of the source of radar signal it detects.

Comparison

A lot of people those are in need of reliable radar detectors are also willing to go for other models particularly the Escort Max ll HD Radar Detector and the Beltronics 015007-6 STi Magnum Radar Detector.

This is because these detectors are very efficient and capable of detecting the existing radar and laser signals in a particular area. In addition to that, the both of these detectors are built by reliable producers and can be conveniently used inside the car.

The Escort Max ll HD Radar Detector is among the most expensive radar detectors in its class. But despite of its higher price, the device still remains as a bestseller. It comes with dimensions of 5.2x3.2x1 inches and has a weight of about 9.6 ounces.

It features a new built-in Bluetooth technology that enables the device to connect to the company’s award-winning and popular app dubbed as the ESCORT Live.

The detector also comes with the ticket-protection that provides real-time updates about the incoming alerts reported by other users, the existing data about local speed limits along and is offered along with a pre-loaded speed camera and red lights locations all over North America.

The Beltronics 015007-6 STi Magnum Radar Detector is sold with dimensions of 3x3x3 inches and weighs about 2 pounds. It comes with a simple and user-friendly design but equipped with a number of laser sensors strategically installed on its case.

These sensors are programmed to continuously search for laser guns. It features a number of digital voice alerts that keep the user informed without taking his eyes from the road. In addition to that, the device offers a bright text display that can be easily read when viewed in different angles.

On top of that, it comes with the TotalShield Technology that allows it to remain invisible against almost all types of radar detector detector.

Verdict

Upon looking at the features of the radar detectors discussed earlier, it is quite clear that the Valentine One Radar Detector can be the best option. This is because it is equipped with a long list of standard features such as the capability to detect all bands of radar as well as provide the information about the type of band and the strength of signal detected.

The Escort Max ll HD Radar Detector can be the second best option since it provides some of the features offered by the Valentine One but sold at a relatively higher price.

Finally, the Beltronics 015007-6 STi Magnum Radar Detector can be the third best option by providing the most generic features that a good radar detector is expected to have along with the technology to stay invisible against radar detectors at a much lower price.

Escort Solo S3 Cordless Radar Detector

Escort Solo S3 Cordless Radar Detector

The Escort Solo S3 Cordless Radar Detector is presently among the most in-demand radar detectors in the market. The product became popular option for most buyers since it comes with a compact, lightweight and very functional design.

In addition to that, it hosts a lot of useful features such as the longer radar range protection, uncompromised laser protection and high resolution graphic display. Finally, the Solo S3 is admired for the cordless convenience it provides.

Compared to the conventional detectors, this consumes lesser amount of power and has a programmable AutoPower feature that enables it to automatically turn off when not in use and conserve battery.

Features

  • Has dimensions of 5.2x2.9x1.2 inches
  • Weighs about 1.1 pounds
  • Comes with a sleek and cordless design
  • Powered by 2 AA batteries
  • Offers long-range radar warning on all bands of radar including the K-band, X-band and the Super wide Ka-band
  • Comes with the Digital Signal Processing feature that reduces false alarms
  • Makes use of low-noise laser sensors responsible for longer range warning and wider field of view against lasers
  • Equipped with 9 different features that are user-programmable
  • Features a High-Resolution Graphic Display
  • Provides clear messages for every laser, radar and SWS signal detected
  • Provides information about the strength of signal it detects via the bar-graph and expert meter
  • Supplies a unique visual and audible alerts when it detects signals from Safety Warning Signals

Pros

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Made of durable materials
  • Very portable and can be conveniently taken on the go
  • Comes with a sleek, decent and user-friendly design
  • Cordless and power efficient
  • Works well with all radar bands
  • Provides longer range warning and wider field of view against laser encounters
  • Has DSP that effectively eliminates false alarms
  • Has 9 highly customizable features
  • Stores the user’s preferred settings when turned off or when the battery is replaced
  • Comes with a very clear OLED display
  • Measures the strength of signals detected
  • Sold along with a 1-year limited warranty

Cons

  • Product availability is quite limited
  • Sold at a relatively higher price
  • Might not be available for international shipping

Summary

Although it is sold at a relatively higher price, many buyers still prefer to go for the Escort Solo S3 Cordless Radar Detector since this product offers a long list of useful standard features.

First off, it comes with a sleek, portable and very user-friendly design. Second, it has a cordless design and makes use of 2 AA batteries as power source making it an ideal option for individuals who are fond of rental cars but don’t want to get into trouble with speed enforcers.

Finally, the Solo S3 is capable of detecting all laser and radar bands as well as in providing its user with fast and accurate signal warnings.

Comparison

Aside from the Escort Solo S3 Cordless Radar Detector, other products particularly the Beltronics RX65-Red Professional Series Radar Detector and the Cobra Electronics DSP9200BT Radar Detector are also considered to be among the most favored options.

This is because both of the products are very reliable and efficiently detects all the existing radars and lasers within their range. Both of these are also loaded with features that enable their users to conveniently use them against the potential threats from speed enforcers.

The Beltronics RX65-Red Professional Series Radar Detector is presently sold with dimensions of 6.5x11x2 inches and weighs almost 2 pounds. Many buyers purchase this because it is capable of detecting several radar bands particularly the K, X, Safety Warning System and the SuperWide Ka.

In addition to that, the RX65 provides the needed laser detection function in front and rear. It is also equipped with the Digital Signal Processing mechanism that enables the device to provide longer range capability and significantly reduce the false alarms.

The Cobra Electronics DSP9200BT Radar Detector is constructed with dimensions of 3.4x2.3x1.1 inches and a weight of 8 ounces. It is presently considered as Cobra’s most advanced radar detector.

The device is designed to detect all laser guns, cameras and radars. It is equipped with the Digital Signal Processing feature that lessens the number of false alarms and is backed by the company’s powerful servers.

On top of that, the DSP9200B uses Cobra’s free iRadar app that allows it to provide the user with real-time alerts regarding the upcoming speed and red light cameras.

Verdict

A quick look at the features of the radar detectors discussed above clearly reveals that the Escort Solo S3 Cordless Radar Detectoris definitely the best option among the three.

This is because the Solo S3 comes with more useful features, power efficient and has a cordless design. The Beltronics RX65-Red Professional Series Radar Detector can be considered as the second best option since it provides most of the features found on the Solo S3 minus the cordless layout and a relatively higher price.

The Cobra Electronics DSP9200BT Radar Detector gets the third best spot by bundling all the generic features that a good radar detector is expected to provide at a lower price.

Escort Passport S55 High Performance Radar\Laser Detector

Escort Passport S55 High Performance Pro Radar and Laser Detector

The Escort Passport S55 High Performance Pro Radar and Laser Detector is known to be among the most advanced radar and laser detector models in the market at present. In fact, many buyers choose this over the other available options since it was able to provide a very reliable performance.

In addition to that, the Escort Passport S55 was built to detect all laser and radar bands and provide long range warnings. On top of that, the detector is sold at a very affordable price, making it a good buy for consumers with limited budgets.

Features

  • Weighs about 1.1 pounds
  • Comes with dimensions of 8.4x8.2x2 inches
  • Capable of providing long-range warning on all radar and laser bands
  • Has a Digital Signal Processing feature that reduces false alarms and provides a maximum range
  • Comes with an AutoSensitivity mode that intelligently identifies other radar sources from real threats
  • Features the company’s own Traffic Signal Rejection that rejects existing interstate traffic sensors
  • Features a 3-high-resolution meter modes and 3-types of meter displays
  • Has a Highway, Auto and Auto No X settings
  • Works compatibly with the ESCORT Live, the company’s exclusive ticket-protecting network that provides real-time updates

Pros

  • Lightweight, portable and compact
  • Provides an advanced radar and laser detection performance
  • Provides long range warnings
  • Detects almost all laser and radar bands
  • Can intelligently filter false alarms
  • Warns the user about the upcoming alerts that other users in the area have received and reported via the ESCORT Live
  • Provides the user with the access to the local speed limit data
  • Provides clear alert information, text for programming and signal strength
  • Can be immediately used after taking it out of the box
  • Sold at a decent price

Cons

  • Easily gets out of stock
  • Might not be eligible for shipping in some countries
  • Not sold along with an applicable warranty
  • Requires a longer learning curve to maximize the benefits it provides

Summary

The Escort Passport S55 High Performance Pro Radar and Laser Detector remains as a bestselling radar detector model in the market today. This is because it is known as one of the most advanced and high performance models offered for sale.

In addition to that, the Escort Passport S55 is loaded with a long list of standard features such as the capability to detect all laser and radar bands, ability to reject interstate traffic sensors and efficiently eliminates false alarms. The detector is also a top option among buyers since it has a decent and relatively affordable price.

Comparison

Just like the Escort Passport S55 High Performance Pro Radar and Laser Detector, the Beltronics Vector V995 Radar Detector and the Cobra Electronics SPX 5500 are also among the bestselling radar detectors in its class at present.

This is because both of these are loaded with a long list of useful features that enable them to provide uncompromised protection against radars and lasers used for speed enforcements. These detectors are also sold at prices that buyers including those with limited budgets can afford.

The Beltronics Vector V995 Radar Detector comes with dimensions of 4.8x2.8x1.2 inches and has a weight of 2 pounds. It is capable of detecting various bands of radar particularly the X, K, Ku and SuperWide Ka.

It is equipped with the Safety Warning System radar capability, Mute and AutoMute features, visual as well as audible band alerts and laser detection. The Vector V995 also features the digital signal processing (DSP) and a number of laser sensors that allows it to provide a long-range performance and significantly lessens the number of false alarms that the device detects.

Finally, the detector is fitted with the technology that makes it invisible to VG-2 radar detector detectors.

The Cobra Electronics SPX 5500 is built with dimensions of 1.3x2.8x4.2 inches and weighs about 4 ounces. Aside from its compact, lightweight and portable construction, the Cobra Electronics SPX 5500 boasts of its powerful CPU which is able to conveniently sweep the entire radar spectrum utilized by the police in 240 milliseconds.

It is also known for using the low-noise signal amplifiers that were previously used by the military. On top of that, it is equipped with a uniquely-designed circuitry that makes use of a gold-plated circuit board.

Verdict

The radar detectors discussed earlier are definitely among the best in the market today. But out of the three, the Escort Passport S55 High Performance Pro Radar and Laser Detector proves to be the best option since it is equipped with a lot of useful features and is decently priced.

The Beltronics Vector V995 Radar Detector can be considered as the second best pick for it provides most of the features that the Vector V995 has but at a much higher price. The Cobra Electronics SPX 5500 comes in at third by providing a number of features provided by the first two models at a cheaper price.