Best Radar Detector

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  1. Shobster

    Shobster Notebook Consultant

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    Anyone have any suggestions? I'm look for a reasonably priced radar detector for my car. I've looked through some online and some were priced up to $500 while some were as low as $40. I'm clueless on quality of detectors.
     
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    Have you thought or a radar detector + laser shifter? I also live in the Sugar Land area and know that Houston in general has been using both laser and radar (got hit once on I-10). Just a thought. Might be more beneficial to get a laser/radar kit than simply just a radar detector.

    In addition and based on prior experience, I'd stay away from the cheaper detectors. I once had a Whistler XTR-140 which I picked up on sale for $40 and it was utterly a POS. Died within a few months and there was customer service was non-existent. I can't say the same thing for other brands, but the bitter experience has persuaded me to never buy cheap detectors ever again.
     
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    KLF NBR Super Modernator Super Moderator

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    Are those legal there, or what's the fine if you are caught using it in live traffic? :p
     
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    Yup, it's legal in Texas. Only in the state of Virginia and Washington DC are they banned/illegal. Commercial vehicles are another story.

    There are also built-in detectors which are much more discrete if you don't want anyone to know you have a detector in your car. The Escort Passport 9500ci for example has detectors placed in the bumpers/grill/license plate frame that are quite conspicuous. I've been shopping around for some time too and I'm planning to have the 9500ci installed in my car plus have the display integrated in my rear-view mirror.
     
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    i prefer the Valentine One because of the arrows, but u can't go wrong with the V1 or a Passport. i've had both and they both do a stellar job at picking up all kinds of radars and lasers.
     
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    I'm more curious on the kits. I heard laser detectors are illegal in Texas, but laser jammers are legal whilst radar jammers are illegal.

    EDIT: I took a look at Valentine 1's and they look pretty reasonable...compared to the Escort.
     
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    Not sure if that's true and if it is, it doesn't make any sense to me.
     
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    Radar Detector Laws and Speeding Tickets are Reviewed

    I know right? I can jam laser radars but I'm not allowed to detect them.:confused:

    Anyways, I've been seeing some updated laws as Sept. 2011 and it seems laser jammers are illegal in Texas now. Of course, prove me wrong.
     
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    Ok, you've got it wrong. Laser jammers are legal. RADAR jammers are illegal. :)
     
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    What confuses me more is why laser jammers are legal. Laser guns are much more responsive and more accurate than radar based guns, yet we are allowed to jam. Doesn't that kind of make laser guns a waste if officers should just stick to radar?
     
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