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1. Introduction
2. The Equipment
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5. Display (Video)
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7. Alert Tones (Video)
8. Alert Gradient
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10. Size
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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
Initially Published: 14 FEB 05
Updated: 02 SEP 08

Valentine One Escort 8500 X50 Beltronics RX65 Pro

Ultimate Test '05

What's unique about this Beltronics (BEL) RX-65 Pro vs. Escort Passport 8500 X50 vs. Valentine One (V1) radar detector review and comparison?

The purpose of this radar detector review is to examine the real-world performance and ergonomics of the top selling windshield-mount radar detectors that are currently being made by Beltronics, Escort, and Valentine— the Beltronics (BEL) RX-65 Pro, Escort Pasasport 8500 X50, and the Valentine 1 (V1).

We wanted to compare these radar detectors in real-world driving situations against actual speed traps which we encountered and to report our findings in a format that is as comprehensive as it is unique; we wanted you to feel as if you were along for the ride.

Many of the conventional reviews extant address the performance of radar detectors in terms of distance. In keeping with VEIL's philosophy, we reported our results in terms of time - as in, reaction time.

This, we believe, is ultimately what radar detector performance is all about - providing its owner with sufficient reaction time to safely slow down and avoid a potential speeding ticket.

Each of the detectors were retail versions of the products. No radar detector was provided to us by the manufacturer and our opinions were formulated on these specific samples. We did not take into account the possibility of production variation, which may exist.

We did not want to write just another editorial and the conclusions we reached here may be entirely different from your own. That's OK, as a good number of the things we covered are subjective in nature.

We offer two flavors of our findings:

Summary Version - which leaves out some detail and contains none of our daily travel logs
Full Version - designed for the "road warrior"

Since different aspects of these radar detectors will appeal to each individual differently, we included an incredible amount of detail in our unabridged version. In doing so, we provide you the option of deciding whether or not you wish to understand how and/or why we reached the conclusions we did.

With the full version, we broke the report into sections about individual aspects of each either performance-wise or ergonomically - so that you can choose what is most relevant - and included some additional pictures and video clips

Each version contains unique content (particularly, the conclusions)- for you "true diehards" - so you may enjoy both versions!.

The Radar Detectors

We set out to test, compare, and review the three latest high-end radar detectors: the Beltronics RX65 Pro Rev 3.6, the Escort 8500 X50 - Rev 5, and the Valentine One v3.8.18 /w POP2 (aka: V1.8).

All were acquired new, shortly before our trip to CES in late December, 2004. We added an older Valentine One (V1.7) to the mix for good measure.

We hope the information provided, herein, will elevate the level of knowledge about all of these great radar detectors.

Enjoy The Ride!

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Now that you are considering arming yourself with a good detector, learn how to safely avoid speeding tickets!

Until we publish our next comprehensive real-world review, you can continue keep-up with the latest info about our continuing long-term comparisons and driving experiences (frequently updated) by visiting the VeilGuy blog. Be sure to opt-into our mailing list, so you don't miss the action!

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