It seems radar detectors are considered essentially useless against laser, but what happened today will make me rethink that assumption. I was headed west on the 90 into Marina del Rey this afternoon and my 9500ix's laser warning went off, while it was sitting on my lap! (I was in the process of taking it down...). I was really surprised, picked it up and pointed it out the windshield at dash height. I was doing 70-ish and estimate that the laser alert sounded for 6 to 7 seconds straight, and going around the first curve that presented itself...there was CHP. So, no line of sight for a while, RD down below the dash, and an unwavering detection of laser. I'm really, really impressed!