Hey guys, I'm looking to buy a radar detector for around $150-$200. I had a Cobra XRS 9485 (****ty, I know, but it saved me from a ticket more than a few times) that my friend gave me for about a year. Last week it shorted, so now I'm looking to buy a higher end detector.
I go to school at URI and live off campus in Narragansett. I do a lot of driving, both city and highway, in RI, Mass, Maine, CT, VT, NH and NJ.
From the research I've done so far, I've been lead to believe that the beltronics v955 and v940 are the best new detectors you can get in my price range, but a refurbished detector is another option. Escort sells refurbished 8500s for $150 and 8500 x50s for $200.
My questions are:
Is it worth the extra 50 for the x50, or are the 8500s and 8500 x50s pretty much the same?
Would you recommend a new v955 over a refurbished rd?
Are there any other options I am unaware of?