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The Valentine 1 and the Escort Passport 8500 usually come out on top in radar detector comparisons. I wanted a V1 so bad, but had a hard time convincing myself that the arrows were worth the extra 100 bucks over the Passport.
So I did a little research and decided on the BEL Vector 995. It is BEL's newest radar detector, it essentially has the same guts as the Passport 8500 X50 (Escort and Bel are essentially the same company), and BEL gave me 80 bucks trade in value on my 16 year old BEL 966! So I got the Vector 995, which has all the radar bands covered (including the new POP radar). According to the reviews I read, and Valentine's website, the V1 does not cover POP radar. POP radar is a superfast radar burst that only a radar detector with POP detector ability can pick up.
The Bel Vector 995 has 7 programmable features, includes Ku band (for Europe), has a voice mode, is flash upgradeable if new technology comes out, and a smart cord that allows you to monitor alerts from a location other than your radar detector unit. Granted the remote module is not as cool as the V1's. It doesn't have the arrows (which is a pretty cool feature and one of the main reasons I wanted a V1). But, it gets the job done.
Like I said, my previous BEL never let me down in over 16 years of driving. Never once did I get a ticket when I had it up. It was rock solid on reliabilty. I expect the same from my new Bel.
The V1 is a great detector, but when it came down to it...
I got my Bel Vector 995 for 300 bucks, plus 30 bucks for the smart cord, plus 30 dollars for an extended three year warranty which includes any flash memory upgrades, MINUS the 80 dollar trade in for my old BEL. I came out spending 280 dollars for one of the top of the line detectors.
My only knock against V1 is the price, AND that it doesn't cover POP radar. And that made the Vector 995 an easy choice. The Passport 8500 x50 is almost the same unit except it doesn't have voice, or Ku band and they didn't have the 80 dollar trade in for it.
Hope this helps.
Oh yeah, the BEL RX65 seems like it would be the best radar detector that BEL makes, but the BEL service rep told me that actuall the Vector 995 was newer and in fact had more state of the art technology (similar to that of the Passport 8500 x50). Granted its probably minor updates, but still.
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