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2. What's Included
3. Costs
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5. Display (Video)
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10. Size
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14. Test Day #1
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20. Test Day #6
21. Conclusions
22. Epilogue I
23. Epilogue II
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Radar Detector Review '05
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Valentine One Escort 8500 X50 Beltronics RX65

Size

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.

We felt 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 disparities here.

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