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  1. #1
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    Default 8500 x50 for cheap or V1

    Hi all, here is a slightly different take on an age-old question:

    I can get the 8500 x50 new for about $190 with full warranty, etc or I could pay full price for the V1. Now I had decided on the V1 for various reasons, but at less than half the price, I am thinking again. Thoughts?

    -Dan

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    If you can swing it, get both of them - if you're paying $190 for that x50, I'm sure you'll be able to sell it and get that money back at the very least.

    With the V1 from VR, you've got the 30-day policy there (which I've used with no problems in the past.)

    Personally, I have an x50 and V1, and I like both of them - recently, though, I've been biased towards the V1.

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    Depends on your driving style and your personal preferences. I used the x50 for about 4 months. I found that the blue was hard on the eyes at nighttime and would glare off of the windshield. I fixed that by making the display a small dot that didnít move. However as soon as spring hit I found that the audible alert on the x50 to not be loud enough. ala driving down the road and it was hard to hear with the windows down and the system up. much less a fairly loud exhaust adding to the mix.

    on one occasion the x50 did in fact save my bacon I was leaving BelAir, MD and a cop was running instant on Ka. I got a brief quick Ka alert and put on the breaks, I turned a bin and bam he clocked me. I had plenty of time to slow down and it paid for its self just that one time.

    x50 Pros:
    Price! $190.00 is a steal if you can get it for that.

    Very easily programmed, on the fly driving with one hand.

    Good Ka and K band detection never had an X encounter.

    I love how you can make it go complete dark that was so nice for going onto base. The cops just thought it was turned off.

    x50 Cons:

    Blue would hurt my eyes at night until I adjusted it.

    I didnít like how it would sit on my windshield either, the mounting hardware is very inferior to that of the V1.

    Audible tones are low even when you change them to max volume they are still not that loud.

    Laser is ok but not great like the V1. It has a set / general alert time for a laser encounter very very annoying.

    In the middle not a pro or con

    City falsing got really annoying, but this is a problem with Dover, DE. All the stores sit 4 feet from the road and they all own a K band automatic door. The x50 would never shut up, even on city or auto. However with the settings feature on the V1 I got it perfect.

    I could never tell that much of a difference between City, Auto, & Highway.

    V1 3.821 Review

    This has saved me twice since acquiring it. I was traveling on I-95 north when a MD state trooper was running laser. The V1 picked up the signal while the vehicle to my side or front was getting targeted. I didnít have to use the Blinder or VEIL, and although they are great I would rather not have to need them

    Pros Version 3.821
    I am in love with the Arrows once you have them it would be hard to use anything else. Its so nice on the highway if you pick up a signal to know if he's coming up from behind running instant on or if he's just up ahead.

    Bogey Counter is very nice once you learn to use it. Itís nothing special for in the city because it will go nuts if you have a lot of doors. And itís not that accurate as far as telling you the number of bogeys at a certain spot while in the city. However, on the highway I love how if you pick up a small k band signal, and then if you ran across a Ka band signal it would go up to 2 bogeys.

    The mounting hardware is world class and the best between the rx65 & the x50.

    It comes with a hardwiring kit, and when mounted high it is out of your line of sight, which I love.

    Customer support is top notch and they offer free revisions.

    Excellent and I mean excellent laser reception. If the officer stops shooting your car the V1 stops. No set time / generic warning.

    Ka band is also GREAT by all means on the highway. I have picked up LEO's from 3 miles out a few times. And the one run in I have found instant on the Ka gun in question must have been leaking because it never died off.

    Great very odvious audible alert tone, all the bands are very easily identifiable.

    I'm sure there has to be something Iím forgetting but if I think of it Iíll edit this.

    Cons: Revision 3.821

    Little feature called "J" also know as a JUNK / horrible feature on 3.821.
    At this point if I get a Ka alert I have a 50% shot of it going away because of "J", which means I have to restart my V1 at least twice on a 200 mile road trip. VERY annoying. (However the version you get which would be 3.825 has supposedly fixed this we have not confirmed it to be 100% true just yet)

    The LED indicators are horrible to read at night time and almost impossible. They should have been color coded.

    Programming would be in possible on the fly. You need a V1 tech manual and patience.

    Documentation for the programming on the V1 is very poor. And has lead to a forum member doing his own testing and documenting what he finds.

    No ability to turn the unit to completely off with just audible alerts a feature I love on the X50.

    The remote display is just stupid. If you plug it in then it will shut the feature / display off of the main unit. Itís either remote display or the main unit Very annoying. And if you think the main unit is hard to tell which band is flashing its impossible on the remote display.

    Expensive as hell! $400.00 is a lot of money, and as forum members have said its one of the most stolen.

    In-between not a pro or con

    The programmable features are great and you can really customize it to your liking. However it takes patience and research, which should never be the case.

    My recommendation. Buy the V1 and use it for a month, if you donít like it you have the money back guarantee. Then try out the x50, if you donít like it and if you pay $190.00 you can easily resell it for $235 to $250 on eBay. And buy the Rx-65 or get the V1 back!!!

    Itís all about learning and getting to know your detector that counts. Some may suit your needs better than others!

    Hope this helps

    --staton

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    Thanks for the replies-

    Some additional considerations:

    I live in virginia, so I have to be rather careful about these things, I was planning on mounting the v1 above my rear view mirror for a mostly stealth install + the remote display. Without the remote display option on the x50 i would probably just take it out on an as-needed basis.

    I am planning on mostly using this for semi-rural highway driving. Around the city it will be mostly of no use to me considering I am more often than not limited by the speed of traffic.

    The v1 is on its way, so I will try it out for a while, then probably compare it to the x50. Initially it sounds like the I will like the v1 more, but $250 is halfway towards a Blinder m20, so we shall see.

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    I would have to say get the x50 and save your money. They are both really really good detectors, but when the cop takes away a 400 dollar unit, I am sure you will be more upset then a 190

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sethy
    I would have to say get the x50 and save your money. They are both really really good detectors, but when the cop takes away a 400 dollar unit, I am sure you will be more upset then a 190
    It is a $95 fine - they cant take it away.

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    I thought the siezed the detector. Thats why many people have cheap crappy detectors with them and try to pawn that off.

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    That's what they do in... everywhere except Va... :?

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    I've had them both. With such a good price on the x50 I'd do that for sure. It has very very good range.

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    For 190$ , buy the X50 and if you dont like it you will have no problems selling it.

 

 

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