Beltronics Vector 955 Review

Updated August 31, 2013
Beltronics Vector 955

It has fewer fancy features than midpriced radar detectors, but tests show that the Beltronics Vector 955 gives drivers plenty of warning about most radar speed traps. The downside? You'll be on your own with speed/red-light cameras -- only a GPS-equipped or smartphone-compatible detector can warn you about those -- and you'll have to deal with lots of false alarms.

PerformanceProsEasy to use, Good basic detectorConsGives shorter warning of radar traps than top detectors, No speed/red-light camera warnings, Can't lock out false alarms


Missing some useful extras. The Beltronics 955 is missing some truly useful features you'll find on pricey detectors. There's no GPS -- and the 955 won't pair with your smartphone -- so it can't remember false-alarm or speed/red-light camera locations. It's not undetectable to police, either (though that's only necessary if you're going to use it in states where radar detectors are illegal). Still, it's not completely stripped down. The 955 has a few niceties, like optional spoken alerts (as well as the usual beeps and readouts) and City mode (which severely limits X-band sensitivity to cut down on false alarms).

Ease of use

Easy to use and easy to see, but bright trim creates glare. Like all Beltronics and Escort detectors, owners say the Beltronics 955 is plug-and-play. Craig Peterson at finds its red text display particularly easy to read in various lighting conditions -- better than Whistler's monochromatic LCD or Cobra's multi-color graphics. Only the bright trim on its case is a letdown: "In direct sunlight it can generate a substantial amount of glare and you'll be staring at its mirror image in the windshield all day long. (The obvious solution: Mount it off-center a bit.)"

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New Bel, Cobra, Whistler Detectors : Best New Detector Under $199?, Craig Peterson, Feb. 23, 2013

After a thorough test, Craig Peterson declares the Beltronics 955 the best under-$199 radar detector for "balanced, all-around performance." It easily beats the Cobra XRS 9950. It's a closer race with the Whistler XTR-695SE, but the Bel 955 does a better job quieting false alarms.


Radar Roy's Product Recommendations, Roy Reyer, Not dated

The Beltronics Vector 955 is one of the few under-$200 radar detectors earning a recommendation from "Radar Roy" Reyer, the former police officer who now runs this retail site. Owners love it, too: It earns 4.5 out of 5 stars following more than 150 reviews.


Beltronics Vector V955 Radar Detector, Contributors to, As of September 2013

The Beltronics Vector 955 earns a rating of 3.9 stars (out of 5) with more than 260 owner reviews posted. With such a large number of different views registered by owners, readers can get a good overall idea of the Vector 955's real-life performance.