I had mentioned in a previous thread that I was curious about the radar detector performance of this unit. I asked around at work and as luck would have it I found someone that owned it who was kind enough to let me borrow it for testing, I'll probably have it for a week or two (unless he wants it back sooner). I plan on comparing it with my V1, a late 1990s Uniden, a fairly recent Bel, an early 1990s Cobra, a 1980s era Bel (in K band), another RMR (the one I bought for $5 at a thrift store) and anything else I can hopefully get my hands on (I'm going to see if anyone at work has a more recent Escort but I don't know of anyone who owns one, but then again I didn't know anyone had this one either). Luckily they have three K band radar speed signs up in known locations so I can get some long distance detection. As it is the end of the month there should be some laser traps up on the Thruway (I don't worry about the actual detection not alerting me in time as I'm running a Blinder, and don't intend on speeding). I'll try my best to remain unbiased here.
The unit itself is fairly large and lighter than it would appear from size. The unit has 3 LEDs which are for its "laser jammer" on the right of the unit, when plugged in they leak enough light into the visible spectrum that you can actually see them faintly lit up in the dark. They're pretty darn bright on an infrared of the digital camera, brighter than the Blinder M-06HP's LEDs on an indiviual LED for LED basis, wonder what parts they're using, if they have the right spectrum and good rise times they might actually be decent in a Blinder or something. Unit has two antennas, one probably for the "scrambler" one or the detector. The old RMR I obtained for $5 had a weird antenna split down the middle as opposed to two. There is a thinner one closer to the LEDs a thicker one closer to the Laser detector portion. Unit is made in the USA, apprently it is back to the old custom designed stuff for RMR as opposed to foreign sourced stuff, might be the one redeeming quality of this product. Of course my Valentine is USA made too and at least I know it works.
Oddly this thing has FCC ID on the bottom, I'd imagine if they submit this thing for testing they turn the scrambler off (which can be done), as even if it doesn't jam radar it is surely illegal.
It has a long startup sequence which can be turned off in the menus (thankfully, because I'd be sick of it after three or four uses, let alone a week). It has a blue backlit LCD display. This actually is pretty nice at night not overly bright and pleasant, not the easiest to read during the day a little more contrast would help, but I certainly wouldn't be against another manufacturer using this display.
Though I worked today I was able to do a test against the V1 on K band (the officer was sitting right near my house because this is a speed trap, he uses a low powered K gun). While I had the RMR mounted on the windshield and my V1 mounted on the dash, they alerted at the same time, I'd imagine the RMR would alert after the V1 if mounted on the dash, winner V1.
I also was able to do a false test at a regular X band false spot. RMR did not alert in highway mode. V1 falsed as usual (V1 falses here regardless of mode you run it in, RMR disables X band in the city modes so I had to run it in highway). Worse sensitivity or better false rejection, anyone's guess here I haven't been doing anything to hinder X band detection since I ran into X band near the city last month. There are a couple of spots where the V1 will report 9 bogeys on X band I'll be driving by tomorrow, I'll see what the RMR does there.
Unfortunately that was all I got to do today as I can't run the two at the same time as the RMR causes a Ka false in the V1 and the V1 causes a Ka false in the RMR if they detect anything. I'm going to take my windshield mount for the V1 out of my other car tomorrow and try a long range K band test on the speed sign.
I will say there are a few things I like about the RMR. The color of the display at night and the windshield mount. The windshield mount holds the unit perfectly straight and is easy to mount and unmount the unit from.
I don't care for the alerts, while the voice alerts are clear enough all the beeps sound similar enough that you'd be confused if it weren't for the voice.
More testing will occur tomorrow we'll watch it scramble those speed signs too (not)!