I am looking into getting my first radar detector and am looking for the best one to suit me. My brother and a friend of mine both have the V1...and I've heard tons of great stuff about them...but I want to make sure I get the most useful for me and not the one with the most hype.
I have searched on google for answers, and it seems every site ranks these units in different order: some put the 9500 on top, others the STi, and still others the V1. This makes it terribly difficult to make a decision since I have virtually no knowledge on this topic.
In reference to me: My budget is $550 and under for the detector...I haven't thought much about laser jammers due to the cost of the two pieces together, but if they are really that useful, then I would seriously consider one along with the RD. I lightly speed through the city, but very minimally...I've never received a ticket, and this unit would be geared more towards my highway driving (I-90/I-71/I-77/I-271) (typically right around 7-15 over). I drive in Cleveland, Ohio, along with some other rural cities nearby. Cleveland has a series of radar guns that I know of, but the rural towns I drive through do not. I drive a 2003 Cobra.
In summary, the main uses for this detector is for highway/interstate driving, as I rarely speed through the city for safety reasons...but I do like to get where I'm going quickly, especially the common 4 hours drives on I-71 for when I go to visit my girlfriend.
Anyways, I read the article for newbies, and this is what I gathered I needed to answer. Thanks for any kinds of help you can offer.