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Summary (Abridged) Report

1. Introduction
2. The Equipment
3. The Drive/Ride
4. Conclusions
5. Credits
6. Useful Links

Full (Unabridged) Report

1. Introduction
2. What's Included
3. Costs
4. Build Quality
5. Display (Video)
6. Alert Volume (Video)
7. Alert Tones (Video)
8. Alert Gradient
9. Alert Muting
10. Size
11. Adhesion
12. Programming (Video)
13. The Drive/Ride
14. Test Day #1
15. Test Day #2
16. Test Day #3
17. Respite
18. Test Day #4
19. Test Day #5
20. Test Day #6
21. Conclusions
22. Epilogue I
23. Epilogue II
24. Credits
25. Useful Links

Radar Detector Review '05
Unabridged Version 

Valentine One Escort 8500 X50 Beltronics RX65
Packaging –Cost Equivalencies (USD)
Bel RX65 Pro      Escort 8500 X50 (Red)      Valentine One v1.8 w/POP2
Base Package $329.95    Base Package $299.95    Base Package $399.00
Visor Bracket $9.95    Visor Clip $4.00    Visor Clip  INCL
Escort Direct Wire*  $10.00    Escort Direct Wire* $10.00    Direct Wire Kit INCL
Dark Mode/Cord** INCL    Dark Mode/Cord** INCL    Dark Mode/Module $39.00
Escort Euro Adptr*** $2.50    Escort Euro Adptr*** INCL    Escort Euro Adptr*** $2.50
Travel Case**** INCL    Travel Case**** INCL    Travel Case $29.00
  -------   -------   -------
  $352.40   $313.95      $469.50

The purpose of the above section is to demonstrate rough equivalencies of packages in terms of cost.

* Escort Direct Wire more closely approximates the direct wire kit provided by Valentine and is available only from Escort. Both Bel and Escort offer a direct wire kit that includes a remote display module inline for $29.95.

** Power Cords of the Bel and Escort were noticeably longer than the standard coiled-cord of the Valentine which tended to place less strain on them when mounting high on the windshield.

*** The European Adaptor is an Escort product - available online.

*** The Travel Case is not as diminutive as the Valentine case. Escort offers a soft leather carrying case for $12.00 and Bel offers their carrying case for $13.95. The supplied case from Escort appears to be somewhat higher in quality than that of the Bel, although it was larger in size.

We especially liked the Valentine carrying case. It is a zipped hard-shell design and has a curvaceous shape that lends itself to easy storage and it is a highly recommended if you are interested in providing protection to your investment regardless of the brand detector you purchase – it serves equally well – although the Escort’s longer length makes for a tight fit.

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