Well I have to comment upon my new Beltronics STi Driver radar detector and the service I received.
First, let me share my experience in dealing with Beltronics directly. I ordered my STi via the website despite a great deal with the customer service representative. I ordered it on Friday May 8th, 2009 and to my surprise I received it today from UPS! I was not expecting it until Monday. What happened was that Beltronics upgraded me from next day air (originally ordered) to UPS saturday delivery. I missed the 9:32 AM original delivery attempt due to being away but I made the 2:00 PM second attempt! I was happy to get it now so I don't have to wait till Monday.
Second, let me share my thoughts upon opening the box. I opened the brown shipping box and was first of all shocked by just how "big" the box itself is. It is by far the biggest box for an RD to have come in. Then I read the outside of the box and reviewing all the information and what have you.
Next, I unwrapped the shrink wrap and officially opened the box. WOW! I was shocked at how heavy just the case was. It is very nice and looks extremely professional. Of course anything with chrome naturally looks pretty nice anyways. I picked up the STi itself and again was shocked by the weight of this little guy. It is the heaviest RD I have ever had and probably ever will. It was nice to see the antennas and display covered with plastic "tape" like material to protect them from scratches during shipping.
I got a kick out of the keys included inside with the words "WINIX" written on both of them. I noticed the suction cup mount and wondered if they would hold up due to the STi being so heavy but then I thought well I thought the V1 was heavy when I first got it as well so only time will tell. Also, a spare set of suction cups were also included which is nice to have for those just in case moments.
Additionally, the external speaker, hardwire (aka directwire) cord, instruction manual and an offer for a free hat with the registration of the STi online was also included. After a few moments to take it all in I was overall excited to get this little guy. Now onto more important issues and that is picking a name for my new guy here. Suggestions??? Anyone???
While I can't test it right now because I have no vehicle to hook it up to as my aunt and mom are at a baby shower were everyone doesn't like me very much for whatever reason and I didn't want to attend. I had to wait for the STi after getting the note left by UPS from teh first attempt.
I did also purchase a separate power cord (straight)(not the smart cord one for $29 but the one for $15) I hope this will power the V1 so I can use that and replace the broken cord I have now from its tarzan act earlier.
I decided to get the STi to use as a backup detector and also to use in conjunction with my V1. While running two detectors is perhaps not a good thing I would like to try so that I can get the best of both worlds.
Just wanted to let everyone know of my little review here and I will being doing some testing of course so stay tuned for videos and written reviews.
EDIT: Here are some pics I took of my new STi. Enjoy!
Thanks for reading!