"One word, "WOW""on by risdog
Pros Awesome distance, nice design, love the smart cord.
Cons None so far
Summary From the time I opened the box till now, all I have said is "WOW". This gadget has yet to stop impressing me. I had a 10 year old RadioShack radar detector that was finally at its end. I live in VA where radar detectors are illegal and the old on finally got me pulled by a RDD (Radar Detector Detector). I am used to a detector that only goes off once you can see the cop. The 8500 give you ample time to slow down, take it off the dash, turn it off and still have time to speed up before the cop ever comes in sight. I love this thing! $300 at Best Buy, saved me 3 times in the same day as I purchased it. WELL WORTH THE MONEY. What is the point is spending $200 on one that might not go off?
Pros Great range sound display and looks sleek. One of the top 3 radars out there. Good "value" for the money though.
Cons Leaks x-band. To test this, have a better detector in another car like a Valentine 1 and you will see that Valentine 1 will point this out to you and the direction of the offender.
Pros Finds them B4 They find U
Cons Can't make you invisible, doesnt report ememgency
Summary What's a Detector for? In my opinion to prevent the acquition of those wonderful traffic citations. If this thing can detect radar 2-1/2miles over that hudge hill or around it, your in good shape. Programmable and updateable. Stay current and ahead of the GAME... I'm very happy with my investment, next step up is $1700. I paid $307.00 out the door - Best Buy has it
Pros Great detection range!
Cons none so far
Summary This is the first radar detector I have bought and it has performed time and time again. Its the same one my dad and cousin have and all three of us researched to find the best one. The only thing you need to know is keep it on highway as often as possible for maximum detection range. It tends to take a little longer in auto because its trying to filter out false signals. Also you have to turn pop detection on when you first buy it. And there is an option to turn the volume up from the program menu. For people like me who have the music up really loud. Over all its awesome and it hasnt failed me yet!
Pros great range sound display
Cons will over heat if left in window! I have had 3 overheat. but this is the best there is way better than v1.