I got some more good news from the girlfriend after her road trip along the Mass Pike and NY thruway. Apparently she encountered more than a dozen speed traps, at least four or five of which were laser. "Helga" gave plenty of warning on radar traps and even detected laser hits. Unfortunately I don't have enough detail to make this interesting since I wasn't in the car, but it sounds like it's doing pretty well for one of the less expensive detectors. She currently has it hardwired and mounted right below the rear view mirror.
I honestly don't know how she gets herself into these gauntlets. I do plenty of driving but I don't encounter nearly as many speed traps as she does, even on the same roads. Sounds like today was a real winner.