This is my first, and hopefully not my last post on this fine establishment of a web forum you have going on here. I finally got around to creating my own account after reading hundreds of useful posts. Now I've come to you radar junkies to help me out with my first[successful] radar detector purchase.
[successful] means after a plethora of reviews I read, and posts on here, I purchased an 8500 x50 blue a few weeks ago. Needless to say, it was embarrassing. I don't know if I got a bad unit but I returned it within a week. It was a joke in the car because every time it would go off, there wasn't a cop in sight, even down the road a few miles, and every time it didn't go off, I'd cruise past a statey just staring me down. I realize cops don't always have their radar on, but I drove home from work one night and passed one cop sitting, and two coming the other way without a beep :cry:
But I do realize there are bad units, or maybe I'm just unlucky, but I'm willing to give these cool little devices another shot, and that's where I'm in a pickle. First I'll start with my driving conditions/location. I don't speed that much, lol. I only speed when I'm late for work, which is often, and on the Western West Virginia border. So, naturally I live on the Eastern Ohio border, and drive a solid 25 minutes of interstate (470, 70), four days a week. Like I said though, I'm not a hardcore speeder, I just occasionally like to book it for tardiness, boredom, or I'd just like to comfortably drive a good 10-15 over without a worry.
I've been strongly considering the V1. Like I said, I've read a lot, and it just seems like a solid investment, and that's a key word here. I'm willing to pay for the higher end detectors, as long as it evens out down the road. The other detector I'm considering is the 9500i, but I'd almost be ashamed to pay half a grand (I'd be compelled to get the new blue display) given my conditions. On the other hand, I don't want to buy something cheap that's not going to protect me. One thing that's throwing me off on the V1 is ironically the range. I could be completely off, but, wouldn't it be going off constantly with such an enormous range? It seems like it could be going off while I'm sitting in Dairy Queen, and the cop is in the next town over parked in a BP. Also, as a side question for the V1, does it get a lot of false alerts given its sensitivity? And finally, I'm looking at the RX65, and any of the Vector detectors. With those detectors I'm thinking, since I'm not that much of a speeder, they'd be more price/driving conditions, on par, I guess I could say.
I apologize for dragging such a simple question out to four paragraphs, heh, but I just wanted you guys to get the whole scoop. So, thanks for reading, and, help!