I recently bought a new bel Vector 995 on the internet and have used it for a week. I ordered it from an authorized bel dealer for $229.99 plus s+h. I even called Bel up and asked them if it was an authorized dealer.
When I got the package, the top of it was ripped open about 3 inches meaning someone opened the package up! I checked the firmware version and it was 4.5 which I beleive is the latest version. I have been using it for a week and like a normal high end bel I have been picking up every automatic door opener in town that is on x or k band. However its ka band performance has been absolutely terrible-only 200 yards or so from a side hit and it only alerted me 1/2 strenght on the display when I passed a leo using constant ka on a city street. Tonight I looked at the fcc id code and sure enough, it was made prior to 2/2005 because it has an id code of QL4G1S7. I wonder if the detector is a refurb or something and was sold as new?
This company does have a 30 day return policy so I will return it. Boy, I learned my lesson and most likely I will be buying my next purchase from Roy. Hopefully he can give me a discount.
I think I am going to wait until after the field tests at the end of January to get a new one as I have yet to decide on getting a bel rx65 or an Escort x50. My two biggest concerns where I live are laser and ka band protection. I guess I will use my trusty old Bel Express 795 until I decide on what model to get. Maybe I should report the company to bel?