Radar Detectors: Ratings of Sources
Total of 18 Sources
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Annual Radar Detector Test 2011-2012
by Editors of SpeedZones.com
Our AssessmentSpeedZones.com reports on the well-documented radar-detector tests by Speed Measurement Laboratories. All of the detectors in the test work well, but a few stand out. The Beltronics STi-R Plus, Beltronics STi Magnum and Escort Passport RedLine do the best job of evading radar-detector detectors, and the Valentine One, Escort Passport 9500ix and Escort Passport 8500ci Plus are the most sensitive at detecting police radar guns, even at long range or over hills. The Blinder M27 successfully jams the most laser guns. The Escort Passport iQ, a combined radar detector and GPS unit, impresses reviewers during a 3,000-mile test.
Six Essential Driving Tools for the Enthusiast Driver
by "The Veil Guy"
Our Assessment"The Veil Guy" is the proprietor of LaserVeil.com, an automotive spray designed to absorb laser light in order to reduce a laser gun's targeting range. On his blog, he regularly publishes thorough, test-based radar detector reviews. Here, he posts his short list of the best radar detectors, led by the Beltronics STi-R Plus.
Edmunds Tech Test: Escort Passport 9500ix Radar and Laser Detector
by Karl Brauer
Our AssessmentThis full review tests and evaluates all aspects of the Escort Passport 9500ix and highly recommends it. Its GPS capability makes it a smarter radar detector, capable of filtering out false alarms and warning drivers of speed and red-light traps, Editor in Chief Karl Brauer says.
Current-Model Product Reviews
by Craig Peterson
Our AssessmentReviewer Craig Peterson has long been acknowledged as a top radar-detector reviewer, but that reputation was called into question in 2007 by another review site (GuysOfLidar.com) which accused Peterson of sabotaging one of its tests. Peterson favors Beltronics and Escort models in all of his recent radar-detector comparison tests, and he says he likes the Cheetah C100 speed/red-light camera detector and Escort ZR4 and Blinder M47 laser jammers.
Radar Detector Tests
by Roy Reyer
Our AssessmentRadarDetector.org is the website of Roy Reyer, a former police officer, certified radar instructor and radar-detector retailer (see RadarBusters.com, below). Reyer was sentenced in 2001 for computer tampering in a satellite-TV fraud case. However, his radar-detector reviews appear credible; the testing methodology is clearly explained, and each detector gets subscores for sensitivity, filtering, price, GPS capabilities, stealth and photo radar effectiveness. Most get a perfect 5-star overall rating anyway, but Reyer does give zero stars to an off-brand detector that fails to detect a police officer with a radar gun until it's 200 feet away.
Radar Roy's Product Recommendations
by Roy Reyer
Our AssessmentOn his retail website, Roy Reyer makes specific recommendations for the best radar detectors in various price ranges, although the recommendations appear to be outdated, as they don't include the latest models Reyer sells. Some of the top picks are the same as on Reyer's other website (above), but others are different. Customer reviews posted here are helpful, with several detectors amassing 100 or more reviews.
2009 Radar Detector Test
by Editors of GuysOfLidar.com
Our AssessmentThe reviews conducted by GuysOfLidar.com are comparative and comprehensive, but this test is now two years old and doesn't include the latest models. Complete results are published, leaving readers to draw their own conclusions. The Valentine One is the most consistently good performer in all tests, but the Escort Passport 9500ci and Beltronics STi-R (now replaced by the newer Beltronics STi-R Plus) show strengths against different radar frequencies. The Beltronics STi Driver (now STi Magnum) is the most invisible to radar-detector detectors in this test.
2008 Laser Jammer Shootout
by Editors of GuysOfLidar.com
Our AssessmentIn this older review, editors subject eight different laser jammers to a comprehensive test. Each device is tested against every type of laser gun on the IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) approved list except for the LTI TruSpeed (testers say it was too new to obtain). Two test runs are performed with the gun aimed at a headlight and three with it aimed at the license plate. An easy-to-read chart shows that the Laser Interceptor works best. A rival company, Blinder, had accused Laser Interceptor of patent infringement, but Blinder has since announced that the dispute was "amicably resolved" in a confidential court settlement.
Escort Passport iQ Review
by Frank Markus
Our AssessmentMotor Trend tests the Escort Passport iQ, a combination radar detector/GPS navigator. It does both jobs well, but reviewer Frank Markus finds some flaws with the way it handles.
All Posts Tagged 'Radar Detector'
by Editors of Wired
Our AssessmentWired's Brook Wilkinson has posted four August 2009 reviews of radar detectors and speed/red-light camera detectors. Units from NavAlert and Cobra are so user-unfriendly that they get low ratings, and the Cheetah GPSmirror has its drawbacks, but the Escort Passport 9500ix is an Editors' Pick. The brief write-ups give very little information, however.
Escort Passport 9500ix Radar Detector Weeds Out False Alarms: Tech Test
by Glenn Derene
Our AssessmentA site search at Popular Mechanics turns up a few recent radar-detector reviews. Editors say the GPS-equipped Escort Passport 9500ix is the standout among these for cutting down on false alarms. Editors also like the similar but more powerful Escort RedLine, although they haven't tested it.
by Editors of CNET
Our AssessmentCNET has reviewed only a few radar detectors. The Beltronics RX 65 and Cobra iRadar both earn scores of "very good," beating the Cobra XRS 9960G which "may come up short for faster drivers." CNET also reviews the new Escort Passport iQ combination radar detector/GPS navigator in the site's GPS section.
Radar Detector Jammer Forum
by Contributors to RadarDetector.net
Our AssessmentThis lively discussion site includes forums dedicated to most major brands of radar detectors, as well as general radar-detector discussions, polls and more. Like all user-to-user sites, the discussion can get heated, but there's lots of great information to be found (though it takes some time to weed through it all). The site is moderated by Roy Reyer of RadarBusters.com.
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentThough Epinions.com sometimes lags behind retailer sites when it comes to review volume, radar detectors actually get a fair amount of feedback. Some of the reviews reflect months and sometimes a year or more of use, something few professional reviewers can do. Still, this is a better site to visit after you've narrowed your choices down somewhat, because many radar detectors rate similarly. In addition, many radar detectors remain listed long after they've been discontinued. One current model, the Valentine One, is the clear favorite here. It averages 4.5 stars (out of 5) in about 140 reviews.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com is another good spot to read owner-written reviews of radar detectors. Navigation is easy, because the landing page displays average ratings and the number of reviews each product has received. Some popular detectors have accumulated more than 100 reviews, but review quality varies.
by Contributors to BestBuy.com
Our AssessmentBestBuy.com attracts fewer owner reviews than Amazon.com, but it sells a wide selection of radar detectors from the most popular brands. The Escort Passport 9500ix and Escort Passport 8500 X50 get high ratings with at least 50 reviews each.
by Contributors to PC World
Our AssessmentUsers review popular radar detector models here. Some have only one or two ratings, but several have 10 or more. The Beltronics RX 65 maintains a perfect 5-star rating with 20 user reviews.
Laser Jammer Reviews, Tests and News
by Editors of LaserJammerTests.com
Our AssessmentThe testers at Laser Jammer Tests identify themselves only as "John" and "Chris," two laser-jammer enthusiasts. They say they don't accept freebies from companies, instead buying the jammers they test or inviting readers who own jammers to have them tested. Testing methods are explained, but not in detail. Chris and John like the Laser Elite LE-X2 the best, and they make no bones about which brands they hate.