A thoroughly worthless detector
By MacTech from Sector ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha on 2/11/2008
Pros:Clear Alert, Easy To Mount
Cons:Gives False Reads, Inaccurate, NO Sensitivity at all, Poor audio volume, Voice alerts annoying
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I bought this detector to replace an ancient Whistler 1490 that was beginning to show it's age, it served me well for 10 years, but it was falsing more often now, so it was time for a new detector
I took a chance on the XRS-9485, big mistake, it failed on it's first real test
On the drive in to work the next day, I had both the Whistler and the Cobra hooked up, the Whistler alerted to a weak Ka signal about 1/4 mile ahead, the Cobra, silent, I approached an intersection and turned right, Whistler showing a strong alert (4-5 bars), Cobra, nothing, as I turned into the intersection and decended the hill, the Whistler was on full alert, as coming up the hill was a local cruiser driving in the opposite lane with his Ka band radar on the constant on setting
the Cobra, silent
the cruiser passed me, heading in the opposite direction, as soon as the cruiser passed my rear bumper, the Cobra emitted two weak, halfhearted "Braps", a voice alert, and fell silent
the Whistler's alert was at 3 bars and falling....
I was not speeding in this encounter, I was simply driving the posted limit, and trying to get a feel for the effectiveness (or total lack thereof) of this detector.
the Cobra was a complete and utter failure, it was returned that evening, and I purchased a Escort Passport 8500-X50 at a different retailer, which has worked flawlessly and easily outperforms the Whistler
Yes, it's possible I may have recieved a defective Cobra, but it's abyssmal performance did not fill me with confidence, the alert tones are quiet, even on highest volume setting, and the voice alerts are irritating and distracting
I DO NOT reccomend this detector at all, if I could give it zero stars, I would, heck, it deserves *negative* stars for it's complete and utter failure to fulfill it's most basic function, to *detect* radar
You think people will get the point?