I've had my V1 for about a week and here are my impressions.
Way too hard. Do I mean it's too hard for me, or my particular car? No. I just mean the process is too hard.
I previously cut the 12V adapter off my Cobra and used it to wire to my map lights (constant 12V source, no biggie.) That took me all of 30 minutes. Removing four screws, removing my map light assembly, and splicing some wiring in. When I went to install the V1 I disassembled the map lights, cut a large portion of the Cobra wire off (used it for extension only, basically) and then tapped power into that wire. What was mainly difficult though was figuring out how that blue thing works. I figured I could put it on an uncut wire and it would "cut into it for me." Nay. I figured out I had to strip part of the wire and use that.
There was no screw in my car I could attach ground to without having wiring showing, so I opted to just electrical tape the ground plug to a ground wire. Worked perfectly.
The V1 came with so much wiring it was difficult to hide ontop of my map light assy so I spent most of my time rearranging wires and trying to get my map lights to screw back in correctly.
Oh yeah, I spent about 20 minutes diagnosing my wiring because it was wired correctly but the V1 and map lights still wern't turning on. I figured I had fscked the factory wiring harness from Honda but it was just a blown fuse. $0.27 and an hour later I was in business.
Maybe some of you had a better time hardwiring your V1, but I didn't have a fun time.
- Wow, it's neat to pass by my grocery store and see UP arrow, then SIDE arrow, then REAR arrow. That's really neat infact.
- Damn, this thing is very "chatty" (as noted by Radar Roy). I've been using A for interstate travel and L for heavy city travel. Even in L mode in the city it's slightly annoying. Perhaps I haven't figured out the muting volume level/city operation measures, but my Cobra 9120 was a little better in this area.
- I miss my Cobra 9120 voice. The V1 is hard to read at night sometimes. VR really should have put different color LEDs for band identification. When I get an alert I look up and the first thing I look at is band, it was much easier with my Cobra 9120 to be TOLD the voice and have the band light up. I've memorized the positions of the bands already, but that 1 second I have to think is 1 second less I get to react.
- A girl_friend of mine noted "Damn, I bet that thing could get annoying" (talking about city driving and constant false alerts.) About 3 minutes later we were driving back to her house and I got a K alert ahead (in a place there was no false before.) Signal strength is at 2 and pulsing and bogey counter is pointing at 1. I knew we had a LEO at this point and I smile because it's my first -real- alert. I adjust speed accordingly and we continue driving. The signal gets stronger and my girl_friend said "Well, where is the cop?!?!" (This was 30-40 seconds after the initial alert) and about that time we see him cross us. When V1 is actually reporting to a real alert -- it impresses the passengers.
- Sometimes the arrows are inaccurate. In the situation described above, I was driving North and the cop driving West, after we crossed the arrow continued to point Up, got confused, "detected a second K" (not true), then finally turned the arrow around to REAR.
- It's kinda annoying in the city, even in big-L mode. I know it's just doing it's job, and the way I explain it to the passengers is "Well, it's the best on the market. It's suppose to be a catch-all and let me decide if it's a threat or not."
I like it so far, but I haven't decided if I want to keep it or not. I've still got about two weeks to continue playing before I'd need to send it back to VR for a refund.
I'd kinda like to test the Bel X65 in my area and see if I liked it more. Even without the arrows, I hear it's just as good as a "detector" as the V1.