Well, here is my "eopinion". Having owned and possessed radar detectors from the original Fuzz Buster all the way up to the present herd, Iíd have to say my present detector, the V1 is the cream of the crop. I like the Escort and Bell, but the V1 It is truly an example of quality robust engineering with little planned obsolescence. Yet it is constantly being refined internally to stay on top and resolve any problems that may arise. Mike V. would not have it any other way. It does have filter modes (4 at the push of a button) and with a little more intervention from the above average user, you can really interact with its programming capabilities. It is truly military grade piece of equipment.
As far as testing, unbiased testing and real world testing, i.e. Guys of Lidar, show that it is in most cases to be the top dog. But, I would be happy with any of the top 3 as far as overall sensitivity is concerned. ButÖif I had all three at one time & could only pick one, I would grab the V1 hands down above the rest.
As far as esthetics are concerned, the V1 has a look that obviously has not changed much from its earlier launch. Thatís not necessarily a bad thing, unless you need something new looking every few years or so. I would not call its look ď80ís lookingĒ, unless you want the V1ís edges to be more rounded & flat like the others, and shrink more in size. Then the front display would have to be minimized and the V-1ís internal antenna array would be compromised.
The remote display option is a big plus. I love the discrete look and the arrows are why most people wonder how they lived without them. I would agree with this statement.
The customer service is really good. I never had a problem. You might even get a chance to talk to Mike V. himself.