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Beltronics RX 65

*Est. $300
Reviewed
October 2011
by ConsumerSearch
Beltronics Pro RX65

Pros
  • Good radar and laser detection
  • More features than other midpriced models
Cons
  • Less sensitive than top detectors
  • Won't warn about speed/red-light cameras
  • More false alarms than Escort 9500ix
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The Beltronics RX 65 radar detector is the best value among midpriced radar detectors, according to reviews. It does a good job of detecting all kinds of radar in tests, and experts say it alerts drivers in plenty of time to slow down -- not as quickly as the top-rated Escort Passport 9500ix (Est. $470) , but faster than the budget-priced Beltronics Vector 955 (Est. $205) . Although the Beltronics RX 65's "city mode" cuts down on false alarms from motion sensors and the like, reviewers say it still allows more false alerts than the Escort Passport 9500ix. The RX 65 also lacks GPS, and it can't warn you when a speed or red-light camera looms ahead, as can the Escort Passport 9500ix. Other midpriced models offer similar performance but fewer features than the Beltronics RX 65. The Escort Passport 8500 X50 (Est. $320) lacks voice alerts and Ku-band detection for European use, and the Beltronics Vector 995 (*Est. $220) is missing the RX 65's multiple-threat alarm, which tells you when more than one type of radar gun is detected.

RadarTest.com and RadarBusters.com test and compare the Beltronics RX 65 to detectors from other brands. CNET has a comprehensive review of the RX 65, but it doesn't rank the unit against other radar detectors. LaserVeil.com ranks the RX 65 among the best radar detectors, but with only a couple of sentences explaining why. The RX 65 has accumulated more than 30 user reviews at Epinions.com, and the various opinions posted there give a good picture of how the unit performs in real life.

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Our Sources

1. RadarTest.com

Reviewer Craig Peterson pits three over-$300 radar detectors against each other, looking for "the world's best." Based on testing, Peterson calls the Beltronics RX 65 "the tool of choice for the serious road warrior."

Review: Shootout: Bel RX 65 vs. Escort Passport 8500 X50 vs. Valentine One, Craig Peterson, Updated Aug. 17, 2011

2. RadarBusters.com

The Beltronics RX 65 is one of the top-rated radar detectors at this site run by Roy Reyer, a former police officer who now sells radar detectors. Reyer does test the detectors, although no test results are published.

Review: Radar Roy's Badge Ratings, Roy Reyer

3. CNET

Reviewer Wayne Cunningham evaluates the Beltronics RX 65 based upon his experience with the unit. The thorough write-up includes a numeric score -- 3.5 stars (out of 5), or "very good."

Review: Beltronics Pro RX 65, Wayne Cunningham, May 6, 2008

4. Laserveil.com

"The Veil Guy" runs this site, which sells a laser light-absorbing spray for cars, and also tests radar detectors. This annual buyer's guide includes a list of the top $300-and-up radar detectors -- including the Beltronics RX 65 -- but there is no full test of this unit.

Review: Radar Detectors Buyer's Guide 2008-2009, "The Veil Guy", Updated Jan. 11, 2009

5. Epinions.com

The Beltronics RX 65 earns an average of 3.5 of 5 stars, with more than 30 consumers posting reviews. In addition to the overall score, users rate the Beltronics RX 65's ease of use and durability. Each short narrative review starts with a list of pros and cons.

Review: Beltronics RX 65 Radar Detector, Contributors to Epinions.com

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