Well we started this (Friday) afternoon and plan on doing another full weekend of testing. Today Racer X came up to our offices to test his new Blinder set-up that he received this week.
We made over 50 runs using different mounting locations against my new LTI, and my Stalker and Laser Atlanta.
Off course the big test was the Laser Atlanta in Stealth Mode.
Over 10 runs were made using his new Blinders while the Laser Atlanta was in Stealth Mode. In each run the Blinder detected and jammed!
All the runs were video taped by Racer X, and I recorded the first run, that was jam to gun. This video is available here:
The Drive Smart was also evaluated (with more testing planned this weekend)
This is a GPS device that you can download known photo radar and red light camera locations into the unit that will warn you of the location as you approach. The unit we evaluated also has a laser detector front and back on the dash mounted control head and en external laser detector antenna. We had some problems installing the external laser antenna and today’s test was using only the internal laser sensors on the dash unit. We will install the external laser antenna as soon as we get some more information from the company. The company is also planning on coming out with a laser jammer sensor and perhaps a radar jammer sensor in the near future.
Overall the unit was very easy to install and operate and the GPS is very accurate. As we do not have any photo radar/red light cameras in our locations, I programmed it to alert to other spots in the area. The device gave enough warning as we approached these programmed locations.
One major concern that I have with the unit, is the delay of it reporting a laser hit. With the LTI it took 3 – 4 seconds to alert, with the Stalker 2- 3 seconds, with the Laser Atlanta in normal mode 3 – 5 seconds and it would not alert at all when the Laser Atlanta was placed into Stealth Mode. To watch a video of this test, you can click here:
The audio alert also is a very low tone voice alert that could be easily missed with the radio playing. Instead I would rather see the unit come out with a more audible tone alert, followed by the voice alert.
As this is a new unit being tested for the International market, I am sure that the manufacture will come up with a fix for these concerns.
The third item that I am testing this weekend so far has “blown me away” and I cannot say much about this product until I get permission from the manufacture.
However I can tell you this. It is a remote mounted radar detector that took me a total of 4 minutes to install once I took it out of the box!
When I was told by the “overseas” manufacture that they would be sending me a unit for my review, I can tell you that I was expecting another POS that I am used to getting. Not this time! In the over the hill and curves testing it’s performance was equal to my Escort SR7.
This unit does NOT have several features such as POP or X band, for the US market, but I expect that they can be easily added.
Tomorrow I’ll be doing the long range testing and report back to the manufacture and hopefully can provide more information if, when and where unit will become available.