First, a BIG word of thanks to both allyoops (Al) and RacerX (Don), for their MOST EXCELLENT service.
I'm heading to Chicago this weekend, and with the unfamiliar territory and its RLC threats, I really needed the protection of the Cheetah GPS-Mirror.
allyoops replied to my call, from Scotland :shock: , in just minutes, and he then got a hold of RacerX right-away, who immediately got on the ball and rushed to me my GPS-Mirror, plus other goodies! In just two days from date-of-purchase, and with two more days to go before my setting out on the road, the GPS-Mirror was on my doorstep.
:shock: :shock: Now THAT's service!
As some of you may know, some of my other hobbies have included items that are made on a custom-to-order basis - and in such fields, "customer service" is expected, as you're not just a customer, you're a "patron."
Although I've gotten some excellent service from mass-production/retail vendors before, I've gotta say that this round from the Cheetah crew has totally stunned me. This kind of excellence is, even in today's "customer driven" service/sales market, still really rare, and I am truly impressed by their efforts.
In terms of the GPS-Mirror, you know, RacerX told me that my first reaction would be "OMG, it's HUGE!!!" - and while I didn't think I'd be that surprised at its size, when I opened the box, I was, like, "OMG!"
It's optical clarity is honestly second to none. I've never seen a mirror so clear. And thanks to its size and wide-angle curvature, I can easily see my daughter on the car's rear bench, in her child-seat, without having to resort to an accessory "clip-on" mirror (which are all of drastically inferior optical quality, too).
I'm still getting used to judging distances with this convex wide-angle mirror, but even from the few miles I've logged with it during my PM commute yesterday (I was able to install - including hardwiring - the GPS-Mirror in less than 20 minutes, and RacerX had already pre-loaded the most current Trinity database update, again, what great customer service follow-through!) and this morning's work commute, I'm thoroughly impressed with how much SAFER it's made my drive, thanks to the superior blind-spot coverage.
And I've never thought that the speed-indication on the mirror would be so handy until my first few miles! Not having to glance DOWN at the speedo is just a tremendous safety advantage as well. (And its new feature of reverting to GPS-Time when at-stop is also a great convenience.)
So far, sadly, I've only had one RLC location to report - it's the one right by my workplace, and the one that I encounter daily on my commute. The GPS-Mirror alerted to the location clearly (and this is very important, as my car is on the loud side, due to its modifications; this is a concern I have since, for example, with the LI, I cannot locate it well enough to get really clear audible voice alerts), with excellent spoken-language clarity and pleasing alarm tones. I hope to be able to drive around the Metro-Cleveland speed/RLC camera locations a bit more when I return from my trip to Chicago, but I now know, for-sure, that when I'm in that unfamiliar city (I've only been to Chicago one other time in the last two years), I'll be well-protected!
Also quite sadly, I've yet to be able to see how this mirror will "handle" at night. My vehicle's factory mirror is an optional autodimming model, and I've loved it - I will have to see how the GPS-Mirror compares in terms of glare reduction.
Truthfully, the ONLY shortcoming I can find of this excellent piece of hardware is an aesthetic/subjective one.
My vehicle's interior rearview is on the large side. As a matter of fact, I had to measure and re-measure in order to make sure that I could fit the GPS-Mirror over mine.
As-such, the GPS-Mirror's integrated mounting bracket is stretched very far - and this makes it so that the bare metal "bar slider" is greatly exposed (as viewed from inside the vehicle, facing the mirror). Furthermore, my mirror is contoured so that the middle is of the largest cross-section, and this means that a bit of the underlying factory mirror surface also "peeks out" over the top of the GPS-Mirror.
I plan to remedy these visual/aesthetic shortcomings with some self-made trim material, but honestly, I don't see any "manufacturing" means through which Cheetah can hope to avoid these concerns. The execution of the mirror's mounting method is as well-conceived as I could imagine, and I think that this is just "what has to be."
Still, this aesthetic/cosmetic concern is a small trade-off in terms of both the speed/RLC protection I've gained, as well as the increased safety/utility of the mirror.
I couldn't be happier with the purchase - and a lot of this fulfillment also goes towards the excellent service that both Al and Don have given me. Much thanks, gentlemen!