I am getting prepared to buy an escort 8500 refurb($150) off ebay or something very similar. I'm a little worried about the reliability of it.
Is the escort worth buying now, or would i be better off saving up to buy a top of the line radar detector in a couple months? I assume i would be looking to buy a Valentine 1 or a Escort 9500i(x) if i save up.
Is the performance difference between a 8500 and a top of the line detector significant and worth saving up for?
Also, would a top of the line detector have a better chance of picking up Laser? I'm looking for primarily radar detection on the freeway, but California is using more and more laser these days. (I know radar detectors are poor at picking up laser, but i can't throw alot of money at this point into a lidar jammer.)