Here are our most common Radar Detector questions that we receive: (Updated 12/3/2014)
1. What is the best radar detector for the money?
Without a doubt we can say that we feel that the best radar detectors are between the following units: Beltronics PRO-300 ($299.95), The Escort Passport ($349.95) , Beltronics PRO-500 ($399.95), Escort Redline ($499.95) and the Escort Max & Escort Max 2 ($549.95 & $599.95).
With a starting price of around $300 for these units,
they may be out of the price range for many shoppers. We rank these
radar detectors the best because they offer the absolute best performance and they are all firmware upgradeable.
If you live in an area where radar detectors are illegal (Virginia,
Washington DC & some countries including parts of Canada) and you
can afford $499.95 then the Escort Redline
is the unit for you. In areas where detectors are illegal enforcement
uses RDD's (Radar Detector Detectors) to find vehicles using radar
detectors. The Escort Redline is immune to all RDD technologies and they can not sense you are using a radar detector in these areas.
The new Escort Max
& Max 2
takes false alerts to the next level with an Auto Learn feature which
will automatically learn all the false alerts in your area and ignore
them making it an extremely quiet detector which is great for city use. The Escort Max & Max 2
also come with a complete North American & Canada database of all red-light and fix speed camera locations.
Please check out the following page for more info on both these detectors: Comparing the Max & Max 2 Radar Detectors
2. What is the best radar detector under $200?
There are a few good units in this price category. Whistler just
refreshed their lineup in 2014 and introduced the new high performance CR Series. Two of these
units new models are excellent detectors for their price and worthy to be in
the best under $200 category. The Whistler CR85
($149.95) is their new high performance entry level radar detector and the Whistler CR90
($189.95) is the same as the CR85 but it adds an internal gps antenna,
This enables the CR90 to also give you red light camera and fixed speed
camera protection. If you want camera protection and your budget is
under $200 either of these units would be a smart investment.
You may not be aware of this but Beltronics and Escort merged some
time ago. Both of these detectors offer extremely similar performance
and they are based on the same antenna platform but there are some
feature differences. The most popular differences are that the RX65
includes voice alerts and also includes a new KU Band that is being used
in Europe. They are currently priced the same at $299.95 and with the
additional features the Beltronics RX65
is our choice.
4. What is the difference between the Escort 8500 x50 Red & Blue Display?
The color of the display is the only difference. Escort has claimed
that the blue display cost more money to produce so they pass that cost
on to the consumer in the price of the unit.
5. Whats the deal with cordless radar detectors and why have so many of them been discontinued?
One of the biggest problems with a cordless radar detector is that
in order to conserve battery power these units cycle on and off
constantly. Because of this cordless radar detectors have less range
and most do not offer protection from the newest POP Mode radar guns.
Unless you are in and out of rental cars daily we highly recommend you
stay away from the cordless models.
6. What is POP radar?
POP Mode is a normal K or Ka band radar signal which travels from the radar
gun to a target and back in less than a 1/10th of a second. Most radar
detectors manufactured over 2 years ago and cordless radar detector
models can not see this signal because it is just too fast. This
technology is growing and many of the newer models do offer protection
for this new technology.
7. What are Voice Alerts?
Voice alerts is an option on some radar detectors that will
verbally tell you what radar band is being picked up. You will also get
audible alerts and messages on the screen when a laser or radar signal
is detected. Most units that have voice alerts also have SWS which will
give voice alerts such as "Ambulance Approaching", etc.
8. Between the Beltronics RX65 and the Escort 8500 x50 which one is smaller?
This is best explained in a picture.
The Beltronics is shorter in length but is slightly wider. The Escort 8500 x50 is more narrow but it is slightly longer.
9. What is the difference from the RX65 to the new Beltronics PRO 300?
Pro 300 has both cosmetic changes as well as performance gains.
Visit the following Pro-300 vs RX65 detailed comparison for all the details on these two units.If you have any additional questions please feel free to call us toll
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