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11 Best Radar Detector Reviews {*Top Rated*} | July 2018

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Best Radar Detectors

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Choosing perfect product is really a tough job. Here is complete guide while choosing best radar detector to buy.

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1. Valentine One Radar Detector Review

The Valentine One is considered to be one of the best performing radar detectors on the market. It is is a combination radar/LIDAR detector that was designed by Michael Valentine and manufactured by Valentine Research, Inc.

This detector features a patented warning system that tells you the number of radar and laser sources detected as well as their location. The Valentine One has two radar antennas that make this possible.

The outer case of the Valentine One is made of magnesium that will not allow electrical interference to hinder its performance. On the front of the device is the display that will show you how many radar sources the unit is picking up. On the right are four vertical LEDs that tell you which band of radar is being detected. This unit can pick up L, Ka, K, X and Ku-Band.

You are also provided with the strength of the radar signals, and as the signal grows closer to your vehicle, the LEDs illuminate from left to right until all eight of the LEDs are illuminated. This means that the radar threat is very close.

You get 2 city modes and a highway mode with the Valentine 1 as well as VG-2 Stealth detection and an AutoScan mode that automatically adjusts its sensitivity to X and K band radar, no matter where you’re driving. This means the false signals are rejected automatically for you.

he Valentine One is a winner. It is considered one of the very best laser detector ever made. This is partly due to the fact that it has two antennas, with one being a rear-facing antenna. We’ve all been caught from behind when exceeding the speed limit. The Valentine One alerts you when you’re being targeted with a radar gun from behind so you’ll have time to slow your speed.

The Valentine One will never become obsolete. The first Valentine One was produced in 1992 and has been a leader in the field ever since its introduction. This radar detector will be around for a long time to come. It’s that good.

2. Escort Passport 9500IX Radar Detector Review

The Escort Passport 9500IX Radar Detector is a unit with a difference. Having recently been reduced in price to better align it with the rest of the market, we ordered the product (even though we’ve used this particular model in the past) to see whether it has continued to stand the test of time.

After some heavy duty testing, we’re ready to sum up our findings on this device – as well as give our overall opinion as to whether it is still a competitive product in this fierce market.

Specifications & Features

1. Band Detection 

The Escort Passport 9500IX Radar Detector still recognizes all of the key bands in the radar and laser spectrum, with notifications providing detail of K, Ka, X, and POP. At first, we were unable to find a facility for Ku detection – but after a bit of time spent surfing through the navigation menus, we found the option to turn it on.

This is important because Ku is the latest band being employed by law enforcement agencies throughout the world. It provides a faster reading of speed, and is therefore encouraging a shift away from the Ka and K bands.

The 9500IX also detects all types of lasers, making for a very comprehensive device.

2. Display & Layout 

One of the first things which people always comment on with the Escort Passport 9500IX Radar Detector is the blue backlighting of the screen. This looks awesome at night, and provides a point of different from the usual black and red displays which most other radar detectors use.

Whilst this model only has 2 buttons on the top, navigation is surprisingly easy, and is customized by the length of time that you hold the buttons down for.

3. Unique Technology 

Discovering the added technology under the hood of the Escort Passport 9500IX Radar Detector is as simple as filtering through the main menu. Here, you will find customizable features such as Auto Sensitivity – which is a program that automatically adjusts sensitivity of the unit depending on the number of signals it picks up in a given period of time.

Additionally, 3 types of signal notifications are available, with the exact spectrum of the band being reported along with the voice alerts, or a screen display showing spectrum rather than strength.

4. Performance & Range 

Our testing environment featured a test track with a 4 mile length. The radar detector was able to pick up a signal on both Ka and Ku bands from a distance of 2 miles (in a line of sight). Instant On radar – which is the bane of most radar detector owners – could be detected from between 500 to 1000 feet (not taking into account any leakage from other vehicles – so technically this could extend to 1500 feet).

5. Our Rating

Even though we have moved on from the Escort Passport 9500IX Radar Detector since its first release, we still think it is an extremely good product for the average motorist – and at the current price, it represents amazing value for money. It still manages to get 4.9 stars from us.

3. Beltronics RX65 Radar Detector with Red Display

The Beltronics RX65 Radar Detector is excellent for X, K, Ka superwide and laser detection. The Bell radar RX65 is manufactured in North America for use in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan. The Bel RX65 radar detector comes with Blue display or Red display; and uses vacuum suction cups to attach to the windshield; or you might consider the optional Visor Holder accessory to hide the Bel RX65 radar detector on your visor.

Are you located outside the USA? Consider the Bel RX65 radar detector plus the GPS Mirror Photo Speed Trap Alert for excellent international protection. Combine the K, Ku, Ka superwide, Ka Narrowband and POP3 radar detection performance with outstanding photo speed trap and red light intersection camera alerts. This PRS5-B Prowler Remote combo system includes a $20 discount off the GPS Mirror. Click on the International Bel RX65 button above.

The Beltronics RX65 radar detector is superb at detecting hidden police radar traps, over the hill or around blind curves. This Beltronics radar detector can detect Ka police radar at 11+ miles. The display is a traditional red, and voice alerts are also provided.

Selecting features on the Beltronics Pro RX65 radar detector is very easy, detecting super wideband Ka, POP3 Ka band, instant on radar, international Ka, L, X, Ku, and K police radar bands. Combine the Beltronics RX65 radar detector with the Blinder M45 or Blinder M25 laser jammers for the superb laser defense. Tested by 1stRadarDetectors, Guys of Lidar and Speed Measurement Labs. The RX65, also called the Beltronics Pro RX65 Radar Detector, is windshield mounted.

The Beltronics RX65 can be optionelly combined with the GPS Mirror to provide radar detection with Photo speed trap and Red Light Camera alerts. The GPS Mirror is discounted by $20.00, when you purchase the combo BEL RX65 + GPS Mirror

Details

Beltronics RX65 radar detector has an advanced Varactor Tuned Antenna to detect all traffic radar to the front – including the new digital X, K, Ka, Ku radar guns, plus detection of the new POP3 Ka radar guns.

The Bel RX65’s circuitry is highly accurate and far more stable than traditional bias tuned antennas used in conventional radar detectors. Cold or hot weather, the Beltronics RX65 radar detector responds in a very stable manner, providing the fastest response time of all radar detectors. The Beltronics RX65 Pro’s Shadow Technology makes the Beltronics RX65 Pro radar detector 100% invisible to VG2 & VG4 Radar Detector Detectors, also known as RDD.

Front police laser receivers containing multiple laser diodes detect energy far outside the main laser beam for unprecedented sensitivity. The Beltronics RX65 radar detector can be attached to the windshield or placed on the dash.

Quality Product

The Bel RX65 Radar Detector is designed and manufactured in Canada under strict quality control. All Beltronics radar detectors are carefully tested and packaged for shipment. You will find the enclosure is very sturdy for any kind of weather. With new surface mount (SMT) technology, the Bel RX65 radar detector has allowed Beltronics to lower manufacturing costs and provide a very nice looking product with the best performance available.

Quiet, Advanced and Versatile

The Beltronics RX65 radar detector is the most advanced radar, laser and safety detector ever designed by Beltronics.

The Beltronics RX-65 includes full X, K, SuperWide Ka police bands, and Safety Warning System radar capability; front and rear laser detection; digital signal processing (DSP) for superior range and reduced false alarms; our patented Mute and AutoMute; audible and visual police band alerts; and all the performance you’d expect from Beltronics.

Four selectivity functions virtually eliminate false alerts, and Threat Display™, a sophisticated means of tracking multiple radar signals, coupled with Digital Voice Technology, keep you informed like no other detector on the market.

Of course, you can trust the proven capability of Beltronics radar detectors to outperform where it counts most – industry leading sensitivity to today’s low-powered traffic radar guns.

Features
Motorola Flash Microcontroller TechnologyUltra-Bright LED Text Display
Digital PLL Synthesized OscillatorBar Graph Signal Strength Meter
New POP3 Alert For The Fastest ResponseInstant-On / Pulsed Radar Warning
New Easy-To-Use ProgrammingDefeatable Ku Band European Radar Detection
P/V (Power / Volume) ButtonTech Display Identifies Police Radar Frequencies
Memory Retention of Preferred SettingsAutomatic and Manual Muting of Audio Alerts
Programmable Digital Voice MessagesCity / Highway Modes with User Selectable Sensitivity
Bright / D ark / Fully Adjustable SettingsCharcoal Finish Aluminum Travel Case
AutoScan Automatic X/K/Ku/Ka Band Sensitivity Adjustment
3 Operation Modes and 3 Signal Strength Meters
Total Tracking Laser (TTL) Provides 360� Laser Protection
High, Low, and Fully Adjustable Mid-Range Audio Levels
Shadow Technology: 100% Invisible to VG2 & VG4 RDD
Digital Voice or Audio Alerts for X/K/Super Wideband Ka/Ku Radar, Laser and SWS.
Detects X, K, Super Wideband Ka (33.4-36.0 GHz), Ku Band Radar, Laser, and SWS Signals, POP 3 K and Ka radar
Includes 8 ft. coiled power cord with integrated power and mute buttons, windshield bracket, hook-and-loop fastener, and non-skid dash pads

Specifications

Operating Bands
X-band 10.525 GHz ± 25 MHzKa-band 34.600 GHz ± 200 MHz
K-band 24.150 GHz ± 100 MHzKa-band 34.700 GHz ± 200 MHz
K-band POP 3, 24.150 GHz ± 100 MHzKa-band 34.700 GHz ± 200 MHz
Ka-band 33.800 GHz ± 200 MHzKa-band 35.500 GHz ± 200 MHz

Radar Receiver / Detector Type
  • Superheterodyne, GaAs FET VCO, Varactor Tuned Antenna
  • Scanning Frequency Discriminator
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

Display
  • 280 LED Alphanumeric, RED
  • Bar Graph, Threat Display, or Tech Display
  • 3 Levels of Brightness, plus Dark Mode

Laser Detection
  • Quantum Limited Video Receiver
  • Multiple Laser Diodes

Power Requirement
  • 12VDC, Negative Ground
  • SmartPlug (included)

Sensitivity Control
  • Highway, AutoScan and City

Dimensions
  • (Inches) · 1.25 H x 2.75 W x 4.75 L

Driver Selectable Features
Power-On IndicationAuto Mute On/Off
Voice Alerts, On/OffCity X On/Off, X Off
Power-on SequenceRadar and Laser Bands On/Off
Signal Strength Meter

4. Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector

The Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector is an excellent radar detector manufactured in North America for drivers in USA, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and South America. Attaches to the windshield using vacuum suction cups; or consider the optional visor holder to hide the Passport 8500 X50 on the visor.

Here is a quick summary of why the Passport 8500 X50 is an excellent radar detector:

  1. Provides GPS features to reduce false noise alerts and locate photo radar speed traps;
  2. Detects police laser, plus X, K, Ka Superwide, and POP3 radar bands within a 10 mile detection distance;
  3. Excellent at detecting over-the-hill, hidden police radar speed traps;
  4. Includes Red or Brilliant Blue Matrix display, easy on your eyes;
  5. Compatible with the Escort Passport ZR3 Laser Shifter;
  6. Fewer false alerts than nearly every radar detector sold today;
  7. 100% invisible to VG2 and VG4 police radar detector detectors – making the Escort 8500 X50 Radar Detector a 4.5 star rated product. Tested by Tiger Lily Products, Guys of Lidar and Speed Measurement Labs.

Details

The Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector is #1 in radar detection, can detect Ka at 10 miles to the front, and can alert to hidden radar traps over the top of a hill and around blind curves before you enter the trap.

The new brilliant blue display on the Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector is easy on your eyes at night, very visible during the day, alerts to X, K, Ka, POP3 Ka, Laser. The Escort Passport X50 is very user friendly, making it easy to select the desired features. Also available is the standard Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector with red display.

Escort Passport 8500 X50 radar detector provides X, K, Ka superwide, Laser, Instant On, POP3 Ka police radar detection, and superb detection of hidden, over-the-hill Ka police radar traps. The Escort Passport 8500 X50 radar detector has a beautiful blue display and is easy on your eyes at night and great during the day.

The Red Display is available at $299.95. Purchase the Escort Passport ZR4 Laser Shifter for complementary police laser protection. Alternatively, the Blinder M25 laser jammer or Blinder M45 laser jammer, as tested by Speed Measurement Labs and 1stRadarDetectors.com, as the best laser jammers in the world. Selecting features on the Escort Passport 8500 X50 radar detector is very simple. This Escort Radar Detector is great for the Porsche Carrera, Ford F250, BMW, Audi RS4, Corvette, Infinity FX, Chevy Suburban.

Features
X, K, Ka, POP3 radar and laser detectionMultiple high-performance laser sensors
Advanced digital signal processingBuilt-in earphone jack
EZ-Programming allows instant customization3 High-resolution meter modes
Selectable POP mode radar detectionMute & AutoMute
Ultra-bright matrix display with 280 LEDsOne year limited warranty
Brilliant blue or high-intensity red display2 year extended service plan available
AutoSensitivity mode automatically reduces false alarmsCompletely immune to the VG-2 “detector-detector”

X-treme Radar Range

The Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector’s new “V-Tuned” radar receiver provides extreme range on all radar; conventional and “instant-on” including POP mode, X-Band, and up to 50% more range on the all-important K and Ka bands than the original Escort Passport 8500 Radar Detector. Digital Signal Processing (DSP) provides maximum range, with minimum false alarms.

New High-Performance Laser Protection

The Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector’s multiple high-performance laser sensors provide maximum laser warning, with superior off-axis protection. For the ultimate in laser protection, the Passport X50 may be paired with the Blinder M20 Laser Jammer

X-tremely Quiet The Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector’s patented AutoSensitivity™ mode intelligently distinguishes real threats from other known sources of radar – virtually eliminating false alarms. Conventional Highway and City modes are also provided.

3 High-Resolution Meter Modes The Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector provides 3 types of meter displays: standard bar graph, exclusive ExpertMeter™, and our new SpecDisplay™. In ExpertMeter™ mode this Escort Radar Detector can identify band and relative signal strength on up to radar 8 signals simultaneously. Or, choose our new SpecDisplay™ and the Escort Passport 8500 Radar Detector will show you the actual frequency of the radar signal.

Or choose our “SpecDisplay™” and the Escort Passport 8500 Radar Detector will display the actual frequency of the radar signal.

New Reprogrammable Microprocessor The Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector’s on-board computer can be reprogrammed to detect new radar and laser threats, making it a solid investment.

New Advanced EZ-Programming The Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector is ready to use right out of the box. However, you can also instantly customize it for your unique driving preferences. Programmable options include Power-On indication, Meter type, AutoMute, Brightness level (including full dark mode), two levels of Audio tones, and selectable radar and laser bands. Simply hold both buttons to enter the Program Mode, and quickly review or change your settings. (Your preferred settings are maintained in memory, even when the Escort Passport 8500 Radar Detector is turned off or unplugged.)

3 Levels of Brightness Control Choose between Dim, Medium, or Max brightness levels, or full dark mode for discreet night driving.

Ultra-Bright Matrix Display The Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector’s matrix display uses 280 individual ultra-bright Blue LEDs to provide crystal-clear band and signal strength indication, plus text messages for programming.

Comes Fully Equipped The Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector comes complete with a comprehensive owner’s manual, quick release windshield mount, built in earphone jack, a coiled SmartCord, quick reference card, and an Escort Passport 8500 X50 Radar Detector travel case.

  • Front and Rear radar and laser detection
  • Advanced reprogrammable digital signal processing
  • AutoSensitivity mode automatically reduces false alarms
  • EZ-Programming allows instant customization
  • 3 High-resolution meter modes
  • Ultra-bright matrix display with 280 LEDs
  • Multiple high-performance laser sensors
  • Built-in earphone jack
  • Completely immune to the VG-2 “detector-detector”
  • Works well with #1 rated Blinder M20 Laser Jammer
  • Limited one year warranty
  • Two year extended Service Plan available

SmartCord (Included)

This Escort Passport Radar Detector includes the unique and innovative power cord with SmartCord.

MuteDisplayTM has a built-in alert lamp, pilot light and convenient mute button. Now everything you need is located at your fingertips.

Quality Product

This product is designed and manufactured under strict quality control. All products are carefully tested and packaged for shipment. You will find the enclosure is very sturdy for any kind of weather. With new surface mount (SMT) technology, manufacturing costs have been down, while providing a very nice looking product with highest performance available.

Specification

Operating Bands
  • X-band 10.525 GHz ± 25 MHz
  • K-band 24.150 GHz ± 100 MHz
  • Ka-band 34.700 GHz ± 1300 MHz
Radar Receiver / Detector Type
  • Superheterodyne, Varactor-Tuned VCO
  • Scanning Frequency Discriminator
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

Programmable Features
  • Power-On Indication
  • Power-On Sequence
  • Signal Strength Meter
  • AutoMute
  • Audio Tones
  • City Mode Sensitivity
  • Display Brightness

Display Type (Blue or Red)
  • AlGaAs 280 LED Matrix/Text
  • Bar Graph, ExpertMeter™, or SpecDisplay
  • 3-Level Dimming, plus Dark Mode
  • Power Requirement
  • 12VDC, Negative Ground
  • SmartCord MuteDisplay Included

Dimensions (Inches)
  • 1.25″ H x 2.85″ W x 5.32″ L

Sensitivity Control
  • AutoSensitivity, Highway, and City

4.Beltronics Vector 995 Radar Detector

The Beltronics Vector 995 Radar Detector is manufactured in North America, has superior protection from the most advanced radar detection tools and attaches to the windshield using vacuum suction cups; or consider the optional visor holder to hide it on the visor. Its all-new microwave receiver delivers the longest possible warning on all radar bands, including the latest “POP” mode Ka-band threat. The Beltronics Vector 995 provides 10 times the sensitivity of any imported radar detector – and its lightning fast microprocessor can detect and process signals in less than a second, for a crucial advantage.

  • High-definition text display – bright alphanumeric display is visible at any angle
  • Brightness Control with Full Dark Mode – four brightness levels to choose from, or choose
  • Full Dark Mode for discreet night travel
  • Exclusive Shadow Technology keeps you unseen by VG2 radar detector detection
  • Includes three contemporary face plates that complement your car’s interior

Beltronics 995 Radar Detector Product Details

The Bel Vector 995 radar detector includes X, K, Ku, Narrowband Ka photo radar detection, Superwide Ka and a Safety Warning System.The front radar antenna provides excellent K band and Ka radar detection sensitivity, while reducing fasle noise alerts with the LNA (low noise amplifier) microwave receiver. Digital signal processing (DSP) offers superior range, easy mode programming and reduced false alarms for you.

Features
10x Range vs. ImportsBrightness Control with Dark Mode
All Radar and Laser Band CoverageOne year limited warranty
Multi-Sensor Laser Protection7 Selectable Features
Complete VG-2 ImmunityEasy-to-Use Options and Controls
Digital “POP” Radar AlertDigital Signal Processing Virtually Eliminates False Alert
Advanced AutoScan™ ProcessingUltra-Bright High Definition Display
Clear Digital Voice or Audio Alerts

POP 3 Burst Radar Alerts

POP3 detection is the fastest response to the extremely short burst of K band or Ka band POP III radar, used to identify speeding vehicles in traffic. Once the target is “POPPED,” the gun is then turned to its normal operating radar mode to provide a vehicle tracking history, which is required by law.

New LNA Low Noise Amplifier, LNA, minimizes false alerts and provides the earliest possible warning against any radar threat. This feature makes it possible to detect the hidden radar traps hiding Over the Hill and Around Blind Curves. The STi Driver is the best radar detector in the world with fewest false alerts detecting these hidden radar traps.

Tech Display Provides actual radar frequency (in gigahertz) for all radar signals detected. STi Driver improved 33.8GHz radar detection in Jun07 with a new Flash memory upgrade, making STi 33.8GHz detection the best in the world.

Comes Fully Equipped The Vector 995 comes complete with a comprehensive owner’s manual with quick reference card, quick-release windshield mount with suction cups, coiled SmartPlug lighter adapter, amplified 12-volt speaker, direct wire SmartPlug and a durable hard-shell metal travel case.

Quality Product

This product is designed and manufactured under strict quality control. All products are carefully tested and packaged for shipment. You will find the enclosure is very sturdy for any kind of weather. With new surface mount (SMT) technology, manufacturing costs have been down, while providing a very nice looking product with highest performance available.

Programmable Bands
  • X, City X, No X, K, Ku, Ka superwide, Ka Narrowband, POP3, Laser
Safety Warning System
  •  Detects and decodes up to 64 safety messages.

Ultra Bright Matrix LED Display
  • Text display provides easy to read information from any angle.

New Programmable Alert Lamp
  • Provides additional visual indication of alerts

AutoScan of all Radar Frequencies
  • Mode intelligently reduces unwanted false alarms, scans Highway and City settings

New High and Low Voltage Warning
  • Given any time the vehicle’s voltage drops below 10.5 volts or goes over 16.5 volt

Bel Vector 995 Specifications

Sensitivity Control
  • Highway, AutoScan™ and City
Dimensions (Inches)
  • 1.25H x 2.75W x 4.75L

Radar Receiver/Detector Type
  • Superheterodyne, VTO
  • Scanning Frequency Discriminator
  • Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

Display Type
  • 280 LED Alphanumeric
  • Bar Graph or Tech Display
  • 3 Levels of Brightness, plus Dark Mode

Operating Bands
  • X-band: 10.525 GHz ± 25 MHz
  • K-band: 24.150 GHz ± 100 MHz
  • Ka-band: 34.700 GHz ± 1300 MHz
  • Ku-band: 13.400 GHz ± 25 MHz
  • Laser: 904nm, 33MHz bandwidth

Programmable Features
  • Power-On Indication
  • Voice Alerts, AutoMute
  • Power-On Sequence
  • Signal Strength Meter
  • City Mode Sensitivity

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