In this instance size does matter [and
smaller is better, in our opinion] and
the Bel excels in this regard as
compared to the other two as it has a
very nice diminutive shape that is
streamlined in its appearance.
the 8500 X50 was a bit long (in
comparison) which impacted, somewhat,
the ability for placement - particularly
with windshields that have a pronounced
curve to them (like that of the BMW Z4)
and it tended to bounce a bit more when
traveling over uneven road surfaces.
The Valentine One, although shorter than
the X50, felt bulkier given its
dimensions which are more like a small
brick. When compared to earlier versions
of itself (V1.6 & V1.7) , its reduced
size was more apparent.
Although compact is nice, in deference
to the Valentine, the larger
sizes allow the V1s to house, what
appears to be, somewhat larger antennae
than the others and improved circuitry. This likely
enhances the V1s' ability to see
off-axis weak signals more readily (more about this later) as
well and allows the radar detector to better withstand the rigors of sun exposure and excessive heat for extended periods of time and resulting in very reliable operation.
Ultimately, though, we're not talking huge
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