I currently use a Bel Vector 985 that I bought in 2004. It has served me well on my 80 mile round trip commute to work down and up I295 in NJ. I'm sure that it's saved me from quite a few tickets over the past 4 years. My commute each way is 35 miles on the highway and 5 on local roads.
I got hit by a laser for the first time on I295 North (near the scenic overlook) - they usually use X-Band here. My V985 notified me about 1/4 mile (maybe less) away from the LEO. I wasn't speeding (I'd just moved over to the left lane to avoid a bunch of tire tread that was littering the middle lane).
I've read tons of forum posts about, and reviews of, radar detectors over the past few days. I'm confused as to which one to get, if any. It appears as though it's a choice between the Beltronics RX-65, Passport 8500 X50 and Valentine 1.
I'm leaning towards the V1 - but is the difference in performance between my Vector 985 and the V1, worth the cost of upgrading?