I'm looking to buy my first RD.
I found a super crappy 1995ish Whistler RD in my parents' garage about a month ago and have been toying around with it. I started watching videos of some newer RDs and it made me realize how utterly awful the one I have is.
I've never had a ticket and only been pulled over once, but I just got a new job and my commute will be basically the reverse of everyone else around here. I've had too many close calls and would like a RD to help cut down on those a little.
-I'm not completely decided on my budget yet. The cheaper the better, but if I'm going to get something that'll give me very noticeable increases in sensitivity or very useful features, that's fine. I'm fine with spending $200 but may be convinced to spend a bit more if necessary.
-I'll be driving almost exclusively in MA and NH, so I don't need anything stealth.
-I don't care much about false alerts. I'd *much* rather have a RD beeping too much than not enough. I definitely don't care to spend the money on a unit with GPS.
-From what I've heard, police around here do use POP. The NH state police use laser as well. I'm okay with going without a laser jammer at this point. I'll watch my speed when I'm around there.
I was originally thinking of a refurb 8500 as per the recommendation from a lot of people here. However, after finding out that POP is used around here, I'm thinking of maybe an x50.
I also have all the V1 users in my ear saying how much they like them. I don't care much about the arrows or the price; mostly I just like the increased sensitivity I'm seeing in things like GOL tests. Then again, something like an x50 might be sensitive enough for me.