Experts say the Beltronics Vector 940 is a good basic radar detector, but they prefer the step-up Beltronics Vector 955 (Est. $205) as it actually doesn't cost much more. Both are good at detecting radar, and both include helpful features like a city mode (to cut down on X-band false alarms from automatic doors and the like) and spoken alerts. But the more advanced Vector 955 offers longer-range detection as well as AutoScan, a feature that further cuts down false alerts.
These budget-priced detectors lack the advanced features you'll find on top-of-the-line (and much more expensive) detectors, such as the top-rated Escort Passport 9500ix (Est. $470) , which uses GPS to point out speed and red-light cameras, and the Escort Passport RedLine (Est. $500) , which is invisible to police radar-detector detectors.
Craig Peterson regularly comparison-tests radar detectors at RadarTest.com, including a faceoff between the Beltronics Vector 940 and three budget detectors from Cobra. Another experienced tester, the "Veil Guy" (proprietor of LaserVeil.com, which sells a vehicle coating designed to block police laser guns) discusses the Vector 940 in a video review at YouTube.com. Amazon.com and Epinions.com both post reviews written by radar detector owners.
This review pits the Beltronics Vector 940 against three budget-priced radar detectors from Cobra. The Vector 940 has some drawbacks, but Craig Peterson calls it "a top pick if you're shopping for a cost-effective, good-performing radar detector."
Review: New Detectors Under $150 Tested, Craig Peterson, June 23, 2008
In this video review, the "Veil Guy" -- a longtime radar detector reviewer -- briefly gives his opinions on several Beltronics radar detectors. He calls the Beltronics Vector 940 "a very good all-around radar detector" with all of the basic features first-time buyers need, but he says the step-up Beltronics Vector 955 performs better, with fewer false alerts.
Review: Veil Guy Discusses the Beltronics Vector 940, 955, 965, 995 Series (V940, V955,V965,V995) Video Review, "Veil Guy", July 16, 2008
One of the top-rated radar detectors here, the Beltronics Vector 940 averages 4.4 stars (out of 5) with more than 110 customer reviews posted.
Review: Beltronics Vector V940 Radar Detector, Contributors to Amazon.com
With 16 owner reviews posted, the Beltronics Vector 940 maintains an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. Some of the reviews here are lengthy and thoughtful.
Review: Beltronics Vector 940 Radar Detector, Contributors to Epinions.com