In the under $200.00 category, the
Beltronics RadioShack Vector 895 Series radar detectors available exclusively at Radio Shack has been reported to perform almost as well as its more
expensive brethren with respect to outright performance, demonstrated superior laser sensitivity as well, and was recently rated a top value in Motor Trend's 2005 comparison
especially when paired with VEIL!
On the POP RADAR detection front, the Whistler 1776 detected both K and KA POP RADAR consistently while the
Cobra 9400 had a tougher time with both forms of POP RADAR. Its important to keep POP RADAR detection
abilities of this detector aspect in perspective. Currently, we do not believe POP RADAR is being used to actually
issue tickets and the number of such police radar guns in operation is still quite small (relative to all
other RADAR forms. You should be more concerned about laser detection capability than POP RADAR.
With respect laser detection ability to police laser, both the Cobra and Whistler detectors perform similarly
and have decent sensitivity to two very popular police laser guns - the Kustom Signals Pro III and the Stalker LZ-1.
Our own radar detector tests suggest a slight performance edge with the Cobra radar detector.
On the Radar Detector Detector (RDD) immunity, the Whistler 1776 turned in an impressive performance - on
the SPECTRE III - relative to the top radar detector tier.
For those on a budget, these radar detectors provide good to very good protection against both radar and laser