The Beltronics GX 65 performs almost as well in tests as the top-ranked Escort Passport 9500ix (*Est. $500) . Both are made by the same company. Both are GPS-equipped to offer the latest speed/red-light camera warnings. Both detect police laser guns equally well in tests. But the Beltronics lacks the Escort's AutoLearn feature, and it can't automatically detect and eliminate false alarms. Because the better Escort doesn't cost much more, reviews suggest it is the better buy. Both Escort and Beltronics use the same traffic-camera database, with free updates for 90 days ($20 a year or $40 for three years thereafter), but the software is not Mac-compatible.
LaserVeil.com, RadarTest.com and 007RadarDetectors.com all test the Beltronics GX 65. The proprietor of the RadarBusters.com retail site ranks the GX 65 alongside two dozen other units, but there is no testing mentioned. Amazon.com posts both positive and negative owner reviews for the products it sells -- and they're mostly positive for this model.
1. Veil Guy Blog
The Beltronics GX 65 is on the short list of recommended radar detectors at this website, whose author sells a laser light-absorbing spray for cars. In this single-product test, the reviewer says the GX 65 seems to be better at detecting laser guns than the older Beltronics RX 65. But in an earlier blog post, he noted that for a bit more money, you could get the Escort Passport 9500ix with its bonus AutoLearn feature.
Review: Beltronics Pro GX 65 Review: Another GPS-Enabled Winner from Bel, "The Veil Guy", Updated Oct. 3, 2008
Reviewer Craig Peterson tests the Beltronics GX 65 along with four other GPS-equipped radar detectors. Although he has no complaints about the GX 65's performance, one of its cons is that it is "priced very close to the Escort 9500ix."
Review: Reviewed: New GPS Radar Detectors, Craig Peterson, Updated Aug. 16, 2011
3. 007 Radardetectors.com
The Beltronics GX 65 (along with its sister model, the Escort Passport 9500ix) has the best features and fewest false alerts in this ranking of 10 current radar detectors. However, the Valentine One is slightly better at detecting radar and laser guns.
Review: 2009 Radar Detector Reviews and Tests, Editors of 007RadarDetectors.com
The Beltronics GX 65 is one of several radar detectors with a perfect 5-star rating from "Radar Roy" Reyer, the former police officer who runs this retail site. He says it was his top detector in 2007, and it's improved with the ability to detect traffic enforcement cameras, but there is no full review.
Review: Radar Roy's Badge Ratings, Roy Reyer
The Beltronics GX 65 earns an average of 4 stars (out of 5) from about two dozen owners posting reviews here. More than half of the ratings are a perfect 5 stars.
Review: Beltronics Pro GX 65 Radar Detector, Contributors to Amazon.com