I've been researching radar detectors over the last few days, trying to get a grasp of what options I have. Following my first speeding ticket (took me about 4 years of driving to collect, not that bad I guess) I'd like some help avoiding the next one.
Ideally, my budget is the $200 mark. I realize detectors like the V1 and Bel STi and Passport 9500i are real nice but I just don't think I can justify dropping $400+ on a radar detector at this point. I've been doing some reading and have heard mixed results with the Whisler Pro-78 models, though so far this looks like the best detector in my price range. I'd like some help from those who know more about these than me on what I should select for my first RD?
It will be the only one I use, since I definitely don't have the budget for 2. I also go to school in Ohio and drive through NJ on my way home (OH -> PA -> NJ -> CT -> RI -> MA), so I imagine X band detection would be important for me. I don't see very many cops while driving around Cleveland, and usually the traffic keeps me well below the speed limits, so I primarily will be using a radar detector out on the highway and rural backroads.
What other models should I be taking a look at? Sorry if it looks like I'm offloading the hard work onto you all, but if I'm going to make an investment like this I at least want something I won't regret