This the first post to this sight. I am the owner of the Escort 8500 (old version) and the Valentine One 1.8. Recently my V1 died so I started to do some research about the various products available. I did this same exercise about three years ago and initially purchased the 8500 then got the V1 after reading conflicting reports. My wife uses the 8500 (she drives faster than I do). I have been very satisfied with both products.
Here is my question and quandary: Why are there so many conflicting, so called, expert reviews that either have the Escort or the V1 as the top detector?
Radar Roy likes the RX-65, SML indicates the Escort is the overall champ, and Motor Trend 2005 testing likes the V1 by a slim margin. But they then go on to say:
Given their equally fine performance in a wide variety of conditions detecting all radar bands, you must carefully weigh the added level of laser sensitivity of the Valentine One against the lower cost of either the BEL Vector 995 or Escort Passport 8500 X50. “So, if you were picking a radar/laser package, which one would you choose?” This year, with its combination top-tier all-band radar detection, integrated laser jamming abilities and very reasonable price, our choice as the most outstanding total protection package is the BEL Vector 995 combined with the available Laser Pro 905 laser blocker. Case closed.
They (Motor Trend) did not test the RX-65. What the outcome been different?
I am sending my V1 in for repair and upgrades and I am also considering a Laser Jammer in the future.
So back to my original question: Who is right?