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Valentine One Radar Detector

Pros: One of the few radar detectors with both front and rear antenna mounts. Exceptional detection range, and the directional arrow lets you know precisely where the speed guns are located.

Cons: Prone to false alarms, especially during highway driving. There are currently no scramblers installed, so law enforcement officers can detect the presence of an active radar detector.

Summary: The best on the market. This radar detector has been well-respected for decades and is the one used most often by cross-country rally drivers. Expensive, but still cheaper than a speeding ticket.
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Beltronics RX65-Red Professional Series Radar Dete...

Pros: Customizable settings for each driver. Covers all of the most common radar bands. Exceptionally good detection range on the open highway, too. Controls are very user-friendly.

Cons: Is almost too sensitive, sending out numerous false alarms in congested city traffic.

Summary: The Beltronics line of radar detectors is actually a clone of its parent company, Escort. This means comparable features and technology, but at a lower price point in general.
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Whistler Cr90 Laser Radar Detector

Pros: We really appreciate this radar's quietness -three different city/highway modes keep the false alarms to a minimum. Many features are equal in quality to high-end detectors.

Cons: Does not have the ability to remember false alarm locations and tends to be triggered by other laser-based devices such as automatic door openers.

Summary: A good compromise between the least expensive models with reliability issues and the higher end models that are not as user-friendly. Ideal for drivers who spend a lot of time of time on the road.
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Cobra XRS9370 High-Performance Radar/Laser Detecto...

Pros: Contains most of the features of much higher priced models, plus protection against radar detector surveillance. Already programmed to detect European radar guns not yet available in the US.

Cons: Produces a significant number of false alarms, but that's a common problem with lower-priced models. Range is closer to 1.5 miles than the 5 miles typically achieved by high-end detectors.

Summary: For the price, the Cobra XRS9370 delivers just about everything a driver needs for basic radar protection. Ideal for drivers who just need a head's up from time to time.
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Escort Passport 9500ix Radar/Laser Detector (Blue ...

Pros: Detects all common bands (X, K, Ka, and Ku) equally well, along with induction loop and red light cameras. Artificial intelligence feature that will "remember" false alarms but detect new signals in the same area.

Cons: Some concerns about the suction cup attachments. Not quite as sensitive to laser-based speed guns as we'd like. Annual fee is required to receive critical updates.

Summary: Ideal for drivers who need a reliable radar detector both on the highway and in-town. Different tones for different speed detectors help keep a driver's eyes on the road.